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The "extravagantly talented" (The New York Times) American organist Cameron Carpenter digitally releases his first album on Decca Gold, a recording of J.S. Bach's The Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 juxtaposed with his own transcription of Howard Hanson's Symphony No. 2 in D-flat Major, Opus 30, W45, "Romantic." Both works are performed on the International Touring Organ, the American digital concert organ designed by Cameron Carpenter. The album is available today digitally and will be released on CD at a date to be announced.
Written to showcase the technical and virtuosic possibilities of keyboard instruments in general, The Goldberg Variations is as much a look into the baroque master's sense of compositional invention as it is a tour de force for performers. Bach originally wrote the variations for harpsichord with two keyboards, and Cameron Carpenter's version for organ reinterprets its roots, even as it forges in a different direction. His custom-made organ beautifully serves the many technical demands of the piece and adds a palette of tonal variations to the composer's harmonic and melodic inventions.
Cameron Carpenter MN orch - makes 'Twin Cities 5 best classical concerts' / Minneapolis Star Tribune
There are revolutionaries in music-and then there's Cameron Carpenter. This Minnesota Orchestra program pairs Carpenter's take on Rachmaninoff's "Paganini Rhapsody" (originally written for piano) with Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony, this Fri. & Sat., April 20, 21 at Orchestra Hall. The program offers the best of Russia's musical riches, from lush Romantic melodies and rich harmon...
Zanesville Concert Association hosts Cameron Carpenter for last day of 79th season / NBC: WHIZ
The Zanesville Concert Association hosted Sony recording artist, Cameron Carpenter for the last day of their 79th season. "Cameron's on his second world tour, so we're excited about having him here. I've been trying to book him since 2007. You'll see a lot of young people in the audience because he has quite a following among young people," said James McLaughlin of the Zanesville Concert Association. ...
Cameron Carpenter set for SFJAZZ / KDFC Radio
Cameron Carpenter has always taken a personal approach to playing the organ – a few years ago, he had his dream realized when the International Touring Organ made for him. He'll be playing it at SFJAZZ Center tonight through Sunday, in concerts that will include works by J.S. Bach. The iconoclastic Carpenter says he focuses on the relationship he has with individual pieces, and his own approach, ra...
Cameron Carpenter performs on ITO at UCLA's Royce Hall / Los Angeles Times
Compared with, say, violinists, flutists and even cellists, classical keyboard players have it rough in that they can't carry their own instruments with them on tour. OK, a few determined pianists like Vladimir Horowitz and Krystian Zimerman have done so, but organists? Enter Cameron Carpenter, who took a sledgehammer to the traditional organ recital. He's breaking ground again by traveling with ...
Cameron Carpenter's wizardry on display at Kleinhans Music Hall / Buffalo Rising & WBFO Radio
The dynamic young organ virtuoso Cameron Carpenter will join the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and JoAnn Falletta for a concert like no other, with a marvel of 21st century technology. The "International Touring Organ" (ITO) redefines the digital organ as a serious instrument for the touring artist. Why is that important? While the uniqueness of each pipe organ in the world is part of its charm, th...
Cameron Carpenter pulls out all the stops for BPO show / The Buffalo News
Organist Cameron Carpenter brings his unique sparkle to Kleinhans Music Hall on March 10 and again on 3/11, when he joins the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra for two colorful masterpieces -- the Saint-Saens Organ Symphony and the Organ Concerto of Francois Poulenc. Carpenter, a gleeful throwback to the days when musicians were entertainers, dazzles audiences with pipe organ novelties in a new light. ...
Cameron Carpenter set for Fairfield's Quick Center / ct post
Cameron Carpenter gets heaps of satisfaction from crushing a few stereotypes now and again. No one debates whether the Juilliard-trained Carpenter is a brilliant musician and a mesmerizing nexus of energy when he's on stage. He is. It's the incongruity of it all. The way he looks and dresses doesn't fit the stereotype of the serious musician who plays a serious instrument: the organ. And that's part of h...
Cameron Carpenter plays 'spirited performance' with the BSO / MassLive review
Fifty-one gold-colored pipes line the wall near the back of the stage at Symphony Hall. You rarely get to hear music pouring out of these impressive looking specimens. That's why it was such a thrill Saturday night to hear organist Cameron Carpenter put on a spirited performance with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Anyone who thinks all organists are buttoned-down traditionalists playing Bach in churc...
Cameron Carpenter & BSO, in program of Barber, Riley & Elgar / Here & Now
The pipe organ dates back to ancient Greece. It has grown ever more complicated and ever more associated with Christianity. But virtuoso organist Cameron Carpenter is on a mission to change the whole organ world, from its religious ties to archaic technology. Carpenter spoke with Here & Now's Robin Young ahead of his performance with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Music From The Segment inclu...
KUAF's Katy Henriksen picks her 2016 favorites
KUAF: Fayetteville AR - Katy Henriksen picks her 2016 Favorites and several Crossover Media titles made the list. Here's the rundown. Harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani approaches one of the greatest works of the Baroque repertoire with fresh eyes: Bach's incomparable Goldberg Variations. Following the success of his DG debut album, Time Present Time Past, Esfahani returns to the b...
Cameron Carpenter goes digital on 'All You Need is Bach' / theguardian
This CD promises to display "the unique capabilities of Cameron Carpenter's international touring organ". The popular, spiky-haired American virtuoso has addressed the challenge of being a soloist unable to travel with his instrument. This digital organ, designed to his specifications, can fit into a truck and be assembled in a couple of hours. An idiosyncratic player, Cameron includes here his own a...
Cameron Carpenter - All You Need Is Bach / WFMT: Featured New Release
Bach's organ music has been central to Cameron Carpenter's multi-faceted repertoire. For his first all-Bach release, Carpenter has created a program that reveals the scope of Bach's genius. Carpenter plays his signature International Touring Organ, an instrument which uses computer technology to digitally reproduce the sounds of many diverse American pipe organs without any of their mechanisms. Bach:...
Cameron Carpenter. A revolutionary organist / Deutsche Welle
Inspiring, glamorous, controversial – musical genius Cameron Carpenter is exceptional in every way. His performances of Bach toccatas and pop songs, on his one-million-dollar, custom-built 'International Touring Organ', are equally impressive. Bach's great keyboard masterpieces provides an ideal platform for Carpenter's new Sony Classical album - All You Need is Bach....
KUAF: Of Note features Cameron Carpenter's Touring Organ / KUAF Radio
When thinking of pipe organs, the word "portable" doesn't generally come to mind. But that's just what Cameron Carpenter's International Touring Organ is – a one-of-a-kind portable pipe organ he is touring the world with. Carpenter's new release All You Need is Bach takes on Bach's classical pieces with a reverence for interpretation that Bach himself might have admired. Bach'...
Cameron Carpenter - All You Need Is Bach / Bay Area Reporter review
One of the unobviously startling things about All You Need Is Bach(Sony), Cameron Carpenter's new CD, is that it's the organist's first all-Bach recording, or the first all-Bach recording on his self-designed International Touring Organ (ITO). Or something. Pretty much everything else about it is startling in all the usual, obvious ways. Carpenter is as flamboyant a showman as today'...
Cameron Carpenter brings his touring organ to Atlanta's Woodruff Arts Center / WABE interview
In 1995, it was a kids' movie that garnered no less than seven Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture; bringing some firsts to the Academy's long history of hallowed honorees, including a talking pig. Cameron Carpenter has made it his mission to develop a portable instrument that rivals those of the great cathedrals of the world. Cameron Carpenter has made it his mission to develop a portable ...
Cameron Carpenter - If You Could Read My Mind / Out Smart review
Queer organist Cameron Carpenter's If You Could Read My Mind (Sony Classical) is his most daring album by far, and marks the debut recording of his International Touring Organ. While it's probably unlikely that Carpenter (an OutSmart coverboy in 2013) will ever achieve the kind of crossover success that he rightfully deserves (perhaps a dance remix would do the trick), it's not hard...
Cameron Carpenter - If You Could Read My Mind / Classicalite interview
We caught up with celebrated organ virtuoso Cameron Carpenter last week in Berlin, where he is touring in support of his Sony Classical disc If You Could Read My Mind (a record that quickly became the top-selling classical album in the United States). Having completed his custom-built, $1,000,000 International Touring Organ (ITO), Carpenter finally has the mobility he needs. It's no won...
Cameron Carpenter - If You Could Read My Mind / San Francisco Classical Voice interview
Cameron Carpenter spoke with the San Francisco Classical Voice about many subjects, including his new Sony Music release - If You Could Read My Mind. The album is the first recording of his self-designed International Touring Organ, which combines the expansiveness of the cathedral organ with the rapidity and clarity of the Wurlitzer Organ. Dispensing with traditional pipes, Carpenter's ins...