Revolutionary Etude: Frederick Chopin / Cameron Carpenter
Evolutionay Toccata & Fugue: J. S. Bach / Cameron Carpenter
Carmen Variations: Bizet / Vladimir Horowitz / Cameron Carpenter
From Wikapedia: Cameron Carpenter (born 1981 as Taylor Cameron Carpenter) is an American organist known for his virtuosity, showmanship, technique and arrangements for the organ.
Carpenter has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School in New York, having studied with Gerre Hancock, John Weaver, and Paul Jacobs. Though he is not religious, Carpenter was from 2008 to 2009 the artist-in-residence at Middle Collegiate Church in New York’s East Village, where he played a four-manual virtual pipe organ that he designed for the broad ranging music of that church. Carpenter ended his residency in July 2009.
A champion of virtual pipe organs, Carpenter has been referred to as “extraordinary”,”the most controversial organist in the world” and “meshing virtuosity with musical intelligence” while also attracting criticism.
Carpenter has been both criticized by some and praised by others for his unorthodox interpretations of the standard organ repertoire. Registrations rarely follow those suggested by the composer, and Carpenter often takes dramatic liberties in articulation. Carpenter is also noted for his advocacy of the digital organ, particularly development of a touring virtual pipe organ, citing factors such as the obstacles the pipe organ imposes on the ability of a traveling performer to enjoy an ongoing relationship with a single instrument in the same manner as many other instrumentalists. Despite this, he frequently performs on pipe organs, often garnering major exposure for the instrument.
Raiders March: John Williams / Cameron Carpenter
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