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Revolutionary [Includes Bonus DVD]
     

Revolutionary [Includes Bonus DVD]

by Cameron Carpenter
 
Cameron Carpenter has already been compared to Fred Astaire and the Kronos Quartet, and for good reason. “I’m madly in love with performing, but not with the organ, or even most organ music,” he admits. “I was never interested in Virgil Fox or E. Power Biggs. But Nureyev, Liberace, David Bowie, Karl Lagerfeld, those guys are my heroes. The uninhibited, the unabashed,

Overview

Cameron Carpenter has already been compared to Fred Astaire and the Kronos Quartet, and for good reason. “I’m madly in love with performing, but not with the organ, or even most organ music,” he admits. “I was never interested in Virgil Fox or E. Power Biggs. But Nureyev, Liberace, David Bowie, Karl Lagerfeld, those guys are my heroes. The uninhibited, the unabashed, the creators, the personalities… the people who are their message, not their medium.”

Carpenter is no mere showman. Among organists it is generally accepted that he’s unmatched technically, and Revolutionary’s enclosed DVD shows what many audiences have already noticed: that his feet are as accurate, fast and musical on the organ’s foot pedals (as in Chopin’s Revolutionary Etude, wherein the left-hand part is played solely by the feet) as his hands are on the keys.

Editorial Reviews

Gramophone - Jeremy Nicholas
Carpenter's rhythmic buoyancy, clarity of voicing and sheer élan are quite masterly.
Newark Star-Ledger - Bradley Bambarger
Cameron Carpenter is anything but the typical hermit of the organ loft. The 27-year-old...aims to dazzle and provoke.... He's also a technical whiz and unafraid to show it.
Audiophile Audition - John Sunier
The title of the entire album comes from Chopin’s “Revolutionary” Etude, which always impresses audiences with its very difficult left hand work. Well, Carpenter has moved those virtuoso passages from the left hand to his feet, and you have to see the video to appreciate what a feat his feet are accomplishing! Carpenter clearly demonstrates that organ playing requires the whole body - not just the arms.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/23/2008
Label:
Telarc
UPC:
0089408071126
catalogNumber:
80711
Rank:
93234

Tracks

  1. Etude for piano No. 12 in C minor ("Revolutionary"), Op. 10/12, CT. 25
  2. "Evolutionary" Toccata and Fugue in D minor, for organ (after Bach, BWV 565)
  3. Solitude
  4. Octaves, for organ
  5. Mephisto Waltz (I & II), for piano No. 1 (Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke), S. 514 (LW A189)
  6. Love Song for organ No. 1
  7. Prélude and Fugue, for organ in B major, Op. 7/1
  8. Etude for piano No. 1 in C major, Op. 10/1, CT. 14
  9. Nun komm der Heiden Heiland (II), chorale prelude for organ (Achtzehn Choräle No. 8), BWV 659 (BC K82)
  10. Variations on a Theme from Bizet's "Carmen", for piano
  11. Homage to Klaus Kinski, for organ

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