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If You Could Read My Mind / Cameron Carpenter

Release Date: 08/25/2014 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 379688   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Cameron CarpenterLeonard BernsteinSergei RachmaninovAstor Piazzolla,   ... 
Performer:  Cameron Carpenter
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Includes CD plus bonus DVD.

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 Touring
Read 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.
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Works on This Recording

Cello Suite Elaboration, for organ (after Bach) by Cameron Carpenter
Performer:  Cameron Carpenter (Organ)
Period: Contemporary 
Candide: Overture by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Cameron Carpenter (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; USA 
Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Cameron Carpenter (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912-1915; Russia 
Music for an Imaginary Film, for organ by Cameron Carpenter
Performer:  Cameron Carpenter (Organ)
Period: Contemporary 
Enrico IV: Oblivion by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Cameron Carpenter (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1984; Argentina 
If You Could Read My Mind by Gordon Lightfoot
Performer:  Cameron Carpenter (Organ)
Alfie: Theme by Burt Bacharach
Performer:  Cameron Carpenter (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1966; USA 
Sisters Of Mercy by Leonard Cohen
Performer:  Cameron Carpenter (Organ)
Pure Imagination, song (for the musical "Willy Wonka and Chocolate Factory") by Leslie Bricusse
Performer:  Cameron Carpenter (Organ)
Back In Baby's Arms by Bob Montgomery
Performer:  Cameron Carpenter (Organ)
Trio Sonata for Organ no 6 in G major, BWV 530 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Cameron Carpenter (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1727; Leipzig, Germany 
Variations on a Noël for Organ, Op. 20 by Marcel Dupré
Performer:  Cameron Carpenter (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; France 
Grandes Etudes (6) de Paganini, S 141: no 3, La Campanella by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Cameron Carpenter (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851 
Notes: This selection is on the DVD only. 
Waltzes (3) for Piano, B 164/Op. 64: no 1 in D flat major "Minute Waltz" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cameron Carpenter (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Paris, France 
Notes: This selection is on the DVD only. 
Sonata for Piano no 4 in F sharp major, Op. 30 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Cameron Carpenter (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; Russia 
Notes: This selection is on the DVD only. 

Sound Samples

Cello Suite Elaboration (After Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007: Prelude)
"Candide": Overture
Vocalise, Op. 34, No. 14
Music for an Imaginary Film
Variation I: Larghetto
Variation II: Poco animato
Variation III: Canon à l'octave
Variation IV: Vif
Variation V: Vivace
Variation VI: Canon à la quarte et à la quinte
Variation VII: Vivace
Variation VIII: Canon à la seconde
Variation IX: Animé
Variation X: Non troppo vivace
If You Could Read My Mind
Sisters of Mercy
Pure Imagination
Back in Baby's Arms
I. Andante
II. Prestissimo volando
I. Vivace
II. Lento
III. Allegro

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  4 Customer Reviews )
 How is it possible to play the organ like this? October 5, 2014 By David F. (Middletown, 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
 Disappointing September 29, 2014 By 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, 2014 By 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
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