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||Etude, Op. 10, No. 12 in C Minor "The Revolutionary"||Cameron Carpenter||3:03||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||"Evolutionary" Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565||Cameron Carpenter||8:48||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Solitude||Cameron Carpenter||6:08||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Octaves, from Six Etudes, Op. 5||Cameron Carpenter||3:44||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Mephisto Waltz No. 1 (The Dance in the Village Inn)||Cameron Carpenter||12:18||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Love Song No. 1||Cameron Carpenter||5:49||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Prelude and Fugue in B Major, Op. 7, No. 1||Cameron Carpenter||6:36||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Etude in C Major, Op. 10, No. 1||Cameron Carpenter||2:38||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Chorale Prelude On Nun Komm, Der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659, from the Great Eighteen Chorales||Cameron Carpenter||4:24||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Variations on a Theme from Bizet's Carmen||Cameron Carpenter||4:42||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Homage to Klaus Kinski||Cameron Carpenter||6:16||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Comic Fugue on Five Themes (Digital Exclusive)||Cameron Carpenter||5:10||$0.99||View in iTunes|
Interesting Organ work
“NO OTHER INSTRUMENT is so victimized by stereotype as the organ, which the vast majority tend to associate with church, and probably with funerals, B movies, Halloween… And I think the organist’s image has really suffered. So I want to get in there and put on a show, because that’s what the organ is, after all. It’s a grandiose musical stage set, a glittering emotion-machine, and I see no reason not to have a great deal of fun." Cameron Carpenter
It is what it is - and it is most impressive...
I don't think Cameron Carpenter ever intended to give us the last definitive statement concerning Baroque performance practice, or to shed new light on Mendelssohn's organ sonatas. In many ways he reminds me of pianist Arcadi Volodos (and yes, he even takes one of Volodos' signature pieces, the Horowitz Carmen Variations) with a "shock and awe" debut disc of keyboard acrobatics. I first became acquainted with this young man through his YouTube videos, and some of the pieces performed there are given the full studio treatment here. I feel this man has the makings of a major career, and he could well revive interest in the organ as something more than a cathedral or funeral-home instrument. I find his interpretations refreshing, interesting, and often astounding, and welcome more recordings. A most impressive debut, and make no bones about it, this will not be a show that will close shortly after opening night.
How very unfortunate that Cameron Carpenter has wider exposure: ladies and gentlemen this is not organ music as it should be played; rather it is organ music grossly distorted for the purpose of sheer shock value. Mr. Carpenter follows none of the composer's suggestions nor, often, even their instrumentation and the gross perversion of superlative works such as Bach's Toccata and Fugue, Chopin's Revolutionary Etude, and Bach's chorale-prelude on Nun Komm, der heiden Heiland, are stripped of all their poetry and played instead at blistering speeds and utilizing incomprehensible and often ugly registration. I would not recommend this album at all.
Born: 1981 in Pennsylvania
Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s