If You Could Read My Mind

If You Could Read My Mind

by Cameron Carpenter

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If You Could Read My Mind

In this CD/DVD package from Sony, Cameron Carpenter presents a stunning program of classical pieces and popular song arrangements for organ, paired with a documentary, Birth of the International Touring Organ. Treating virtuoso organ playing as an extreme sport, Carpenter frequently delivers wildly inventive and exciting recitals that have made him a pop star, and such flights of fancy as "Music for an Imaginary Film," and his Song Paraphrases, are explorations of his undeniably mad skills as a performer and as a composer of startling ingenuity and freshness. Carpenter's renditions of other composers' works are, at their core, faithful transcriptions, though they sometimes turn into outlandish improvisations that display his incredible dexterity and athleticism. For example, his version of Bach's "Prelude from the First Cello Suite" starts out as a note-for-note exercise for the pedals, but quickly turns into a fantastic elaboration that sends Bach's original flying off into another dimension. Yet as flamboyant and physically exhausting as his take on Bernstein's "Candide Overture" is, it is quite true to the original music and remains close to its orchestral colors. Equally accurate and effective are his subdued versions of Rachmaninov's "Vocalise" and Piazzola's "Oblivion," and his rather straightforward performances of Dupré's "Variations sur un Noël," Scriabin's "Piano Sonata No. 4," and Bach's "Organ Sonata No. 6 in C major" remind one that Carpenter really is a serious organist when he isn't having a great time showing off, which is obvious here.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/25/2014
Label: Sony Classics
UPC: 0888837968829
catalogNumber: 379688

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cameron Carpenter   Primary Artist,Organ

Technical Credits

Leonard Bernstein   Composer
Marcel Dupré   Composer
Sergey Rachmaninov   Composer
Alexander Scriabin   Composer
Leonard Cohen   Composer
Gordon Lightfoot   Composer
Astor Piazzolla   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach   Composer,Original Material
Leslie Bricusse   Composer
Jean-Claude Poyet   Liner Note Translation
Anita Marisa Boriboon   Cover Design
Philipp Nedel   Recording Producer
Stina Persson   Illustrations
Bob Montgomery   Composer
Stefan Lerche   Liner Note Translation
Cameron Carpenter   Arranger,Composer,Liner Notes
Martin Kistner   Engineer
Michael Schetelich   Executive Producer
Thomas Grube   Cover Photo

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