- Serenade and Fugue on B.A.C.H., for organ
- Improvised cadenza for organ
Cameron Live! showcases the genre-bending compositions, arrangements, and virtuoso performances that have placed Cameron Carpenter in the ranks of 19th and 20th century greats like Horowitz, Paganini, and Liszt.
The video portion of this two-disc, CD/DVD package is quite possibly the most exciting "serious" music DVD ever made. Performing on a four-manual Wurlitzer organ (from silent film's heyday), Carpenter presents two world premiere recordings of his own works ("Three Intermezzi for Cinema Organ" and "Will o' the Wisp" from Fifteen Inventions on Chopin's Etudes), his now-famous arrangement of Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever" (the first to faithfully retain each line of counterpoint to the end), and works by Shostakovich, Schubert, and Liszt, among others.
The second disc, Cameron Live! - The CD, is a live concert recording from The Church of Saint Mary the Virgin in New York, whose top-notch acoustics combined with Carpenter's ground-breaking performances make this one of the most intriguing Bach CDs available. Carpenter brings his own unique perspective to Bach works like Toccata and Fugue in F Major (BWV 540), which he chose to play in F#, a viciously difficult key -- for anyone except Carpenter. To complete this live recording, Carpenter composed Serenade and Fugue on B.A.C.H. with a lovely, lyrical first movement and a complex fugal second movement -- within which the B.A.C.H. theme is stated, in various forms, more than fifty-five times.
What package could possibly contain such an exorbitant project? A double-thick "butterfly" album case and artwork designed by Carpenter himself that manages to balance both projects equally with two startling front covers. On the outrageous DVD cover, Noel Coward meets Janis Joplin in her backstage dressing room (actually, Carpenter photographed in his New York East Village apartment). Flip the album over to find the other front in stark contrast: Carpenter in jeans, silver boots, and a T-shirt that proclaims "Music Is It," reminding the listener that despite his attention to detail on the outside, it's what they see and hear on the discs inside that matters. From the Label