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Revolutionary / Cameron Carpenter


Release Date: 09/23/2008 
Label:  Telarc   Catalog #: 60711   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Frédéric ChopinJohann Sebastian BachCameron CarpenterJeanne Demessieux,   ... 
Performer:  Cameron Carpenter

Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.


REVOLUTIONARY & Cameron Carpenter (org) TELARC 60711 (Hybrid multichannel SACD: 64:33)


CHOPIN (arr. Carpenter) Etudes: in c, “Revolutionary”; in C, op. 10/1. BACH Toccata and Fugue Read more in d, BWV 565 (arr. Carpenter). Chorale Prelude on “Nun komm, der heiden Heiland.” ELLINGTON Solitude. DEMESSIEUX Etudes, op. 5: Octaves. LISZT (arr. Carpenter) Mephisto Waltz No. 1. CARPENTER Love Song No. 1. Homage to Klaus Kinski. DUPRÉ Prelude and Fugue in B. HOROWITZ (arr. Carpenter) Variations on a Theme from Bizet’s Carmen


& DVD: CHOPIN (arr. Carpenter) Etude in c, “Revolutionary.” BACH (arr. Carpenter) Toccata and Fugue in d, BWV 565. HOROWITZ (arr. Carpenter) Variations on a Theme from Bizet’s Carmen


Cameron Carpenter’s debut CD contains many of the works he has presented in live concerts throughout America in the past few years. The most enjoyable (and impressive) part of this Telarc release is the “Bonus DVD” containing video footage of Carpenter performing three of the selections (which are also presented on the CD): the “Revolutionary” Etude, his own transcription of Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor (called “Evolutionary” by Carpenter, since it draws on the many transcriptions of this piece over the years), and the Horowitz Variations . Carpenter’s astounding organ technique becomes even more spectacular when viewed visually; he effortless navigates things that would hardly have seemed feasible (like assigning nearly the entire left hand of the “Revolutionary” Etude to the pedals).


Performers who are gifted with an almost “freakish” level of natural talent on their instruments often have a difficult time finding how they fit into the wider performance landscape populated by very talented, but more “mortal” performers. Some, like lutenist Paul O’Dette, focus on mastering the entire corpus of repertoire written for the instrument. Some, like organist Kevin Bowyer, focus on exceptionally difficult pieces (e.g., the “new complexity” literature of Ferneyhough or Finnissy) or extended repertoire (the multi-hour Sorabji organ symphonies). Others, like pianist Marc-André Hamelin, create recital experiences that draw upon traditional pieces, contemporary repertoire by living composers, explorations into other genres (such as jazz and pop), and their own compositions. Cameron Carpenter falls into this last category, although he is certainly more of a “showman” than Hamelin. The somewhat silly sticker on the front of the CD case reads, “Includes Bonus DVD with performance footage that shows off his Fred Astaire-like footwork and Glam rock fashion.”


Common practice basically dictates that a debut album for a solo performer must be a “bits and pieces” program, with a wide variety of short items. I’ve never enjoyed this mentality. For example, I would have much preferred to have the entire set of op. 10 Chopin etudes in Carpenter’s transcription or all six Demessieux etudes. However, there is no question that the diversity of repertoire shows off Carpenter’s wide range of abilities. He delivers some beautiful performances, including moments of real tenderness and beauty. It is not just bravura flashiness.


Telarc’s recorded sound is strong, and Marshall & Ogletree’s “Opus 1” is indeed the finest virtual organ yet created. It finds its ideal use in Carpenter’s diverse program, and the kinds of instant color changes that he sometimes requires in his transcriptions are only possible on a virtual instrument. I’m certainly fascinated to see what Carpenter will do in the years to come, and this initial debut CD will find a legion of devoted fans and interested listeners who will enjoy the characterful approach he brings to the organ and its music.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10: no 12 in C minor, B 67 "Revolutionary" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cameron Carpenter (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Cameron Carpenter. 
2.
Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Cameron Carpenter (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1708; Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Cameron Carpenter. 
3.
Solitude by Cameron Carpenter
Performer:  Cameron Carpenter (Organ)
Length: 6 Minutes 8 Secs. 
4.
Etudes (6) for Organ: Octaves by Jeanne Demessieux
Performer:  Cameron Carpenter (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1946; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 44 Secs. 
5.
Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke, S 514 "Mephisto Waltz no 1" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Cameron Carpenter (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859-1860; Weimar, Germany 
Length: 12 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Cameron Carpenter. 
6.
Love Song no 1 by Cameron Carpenter
Performer:  Cameron Carpenter (Organ)
Written: 2008; New York City, New Y 
Length: 5 Minutes 49 Secs. 
7.
Preludes and Fugues (3) for Organ, Op. 7: no 1 in B major by Marcel Dupré
Performer:  Cameron Carpenter (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; France 
Length: 6 Minutes 36 Secs. 
8.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10: no 1 in C major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cameron Carpenter (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Cameron Carpenter. 
9.
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Cameron Carpenter (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1723; ?Weimar, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 24 Secs. 
10.
Variations on a Theme from Bizet's "Carmen" by Vladimir Horowitz
Performer:  Cameron Carpenter (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 4 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Cameron Carpenter. 
11.
Homage to Klaus Kinski by Cameron Carpenter
Performer:  Cameron Carpenter (Organ)
Period: 21st Century 
Written: USA 
Length: 6 Minutes 16 Secs. 

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