Virtuoso composer-performer unique among organists, Cameron Carpenter’s approach is to smash the stereotypes of organists and organ music. Described as “extravagantly talented” (New York Times), and “smasher of cultural and classical music taboos,” (The New Yorker), Cameron is the first organist ever nominated for a Grammy® Award for his debut album, Revolutionary. If You Could Read My Mind is the first recording made on Cameron’s new International Touring Organ. The organ, designed by Cameron himself, is a mobile digital organ that is artistically and sonically equal to any of the world’s great organs and will challenge the way the world thinks about organs. He debuted the International TouringRead more Organ live in two concerts and press event at Lincoln Center in New York City on March 9, 2014.
The repertoire on If You Could Read My Mind features classical favorites known worldwide as well as famous pop songs from the 1960s and 1970s including “Alfie” by Burt Bacharach, “Sisters of Mercy” by Leonard Cohen and the title track by Gordon Lightfoot. If You Could Read My Mind includes a bonus DVD that features six full performances on the new touring organ plus an informational piece about the organ with interview footage, Cameron Carpenter – Birth of the International Touring Organ. Read less
How is it possible to play the organ like this?October 5, 2014By David F. (Granville, OH)See All My Reviews"Unbelievable playing and compositions from Cameron Carpenter. I believe we are witnessing a new form of organ music, but can anyone reproduce this complexity of organ playing? I am disappointed by his costumes, but this is probably part of showmanship."Report Abuse
DisappointingSeptember 29, 2014By Robert M. (Venice, FL)See All My Reviews"While the recording effort may be excellent, the performance is distracted by the visual presence of Cameron Carpenter. Cameron projects an image of passion, as if his playing extracts every ounce of physical energy from his body. But that's not what I expected when I bought the recording. I then tried listening to his music with my monitor turned off. That helped, but I felt overwhelmed by the ego of the artist. This recording will not become a permanent part of my music collection."Report Abuse
Awesome!September 27, 2014By John L. (Monarch Beach, CA)See All My Reviews"This guy is a force of nature! Flashy at times, yes, but always entertaining. Amazing skills on the keyboards. Fun to watch (and hear) in person as well."Report Abuse