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If You Could Read My Mind - transcriptions of Bach, Bernstein, Rachmaninov, Piazzolla, Dupre, Gordon Lightfoot & Burt Bacharach / Cameron Carpenter, piano

Audio Samples

>Carpenter, Cameron : Suite for Cello Elaboration, for organ (after Bach)
>Bernstein, Leonard : Candide, overture to the operetta
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Vocalise
>Carpenter, Cameron : Music for an Imaginary Film, for organ
>Piazzolla, Astor : Enrico IV
>Dupré, Marcel [Composer] : Variations on an Old Noël, for organ, Op. 20
>Lightfoot, Gordon : If You Could Read My Mind
>Bacharach, Burt : Alfie (for the film score "Alfie")
>Cohen, Leonard : Sisters Of Mercy
>Bricusse, Leslie : Pure Imagination, song (for the musical "Willy Wonka and Chocolate Factory")
>Montgomery, Bob : Back In Baby's Arms
>Scriabin, Alexander : Sonata for Piano no 4 in F sharp major, Op. 30
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Trio Sonata for Organ no 6 in G major, BWV 530
>Unspecified : DVD Bonus Disc

Album Summary

>Carpenter, Cameron : Suite for Cello Elaboration, for organ (after Bach)
>Bernstein, Leonard : Candide, overture to the operetta
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Vocalise
>Carpenter, Cameron : Music for an Imaginary Film, for organ
>Piazzolla, Astor : Enrico IV
>Dupré, Marcel [Composer] : Variations on an Old Noël, for organ, Op. 20
>Lightfoot, Gordon : If You Could Read My Mind
>Bacharach, Burt : Alfie (for the film score "Alfie")
>Cohen, Leonard : Sisters Of Mercy
>Bricusse, Leslie : Pure Imagination, song (for the musical "Willy Wonka and Chocolate Factory")
>Montgomery, Bob : Back In Baby's Arms
>Scriabin, Alexander : Sonata for Piano no 4 in F sharp major, Op. 30
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Trio Sonata for Organ no 6 in G major, BWV 530
>Unspecified : DVD Bonus Disc
Performer Composers
Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Methuen Memorial Music Hall, Methuen, Massachusetts, US (11/26/2013-12/02/2013).

In this CD/DVD package from Sony, Cameron Carpenter presents a stunning program of classical pieces and popular song arrangements for organ, paired with a documentary, Birth of the International Touring Organ. Treating virtuoso organ playing as an extreme sport, Carpenter frequently delivers wildly inventive and exciting recitals that have made him a pop star, and such flights of fancy as Music for an Imaginary Film, and his Song Paraphrases, are explorations of his undeniably mad skills as a performer and as a composer of startling ingenuity and freshness. Carpenter's renditions of other composers' works are, at their core, faithful transcriptions, though they sometimes turn into outlandish improvisations that display his incredible dexterity and athleticism. For example, his version of Bach's Prelude from the First Cello Suite starts out as a note-for-note exercise for the pedals, but quickly turns into a fantastic elaboration that sends Bach's original flying off into another dimension. Yet as flamboyant and physically exhausting as his take on Bernstein's Candide Overture is, it is quite true to the original music and remains close to its orchestral colors. Equally accurate and effective are his subdued versions of Rachmaninov's Vocalise and Piazzola's Oblivion, and his rather straightforward performances of Dupré's Variations sur un Noël, Scriabin's Piano Sonata No. 4, and Bach's Organ Sonata No. 6 in C major remind one that Carpenter really is a serious organist when he isn't having a great time showing off, which is obvious here. ~ Blair Sanderson



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Works Details

>Carpenter, Cameron : Suite for Cello Elaboration, for organ (after Bach)
  • Performer: Cameron Carpenter (Organ)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Bernstein, Leonard : Candide, overture to the operetta
  • Performer: Cameron Carpenter (Organ)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1956

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Vocalise
  • Performer: Cameron Carpenter (Organ)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Carpenter, Cameron : Music for an Imaginary Film, for organ
  • Performer: Cameron Carpenter (Organ)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Piazzolla, Astor : Enrico IV
  • Performer: Cameron Carpenter (Organ)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1982

>Dupré, Marcel [Composer] : Variations on an Old Noël, for organ, Op. 20
  • Performer: Cameron Carpenter (Organ)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1922

>Lightfoot, Gordon : If You Could Read My Mind
  • Performer: Cameron Carpenter (Organ)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Bacharach, Burt : Alfie (for the film score "Alfie")
  • Performer: Cameron Carpenter (Organ)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1966

>Cohen, Leonard : Sisters Of Mercy
  • Performer: Cameron Carpenter (Organ)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Bricusse, Leslie : Pure Imagination, song (for the musical "Willy Wonka and Chocolate Factory")
  • Performer: Cameron Carpenter (Organ)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Montgomery, Bob : Back In Baby's Arms
  • Performer: Cameron Carpenter (Organ)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Scriabin, Alexander : Sonata for Piano no 4 in F sharp major, Op. 30
  • Performer: Cameron Carpenter (Organ)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1903

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Trio Sonata for Organ no 6 in G major, BWV 530
  • Performer: Cameron Carpenter (Organ)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1730

>Unspecified : DVD Bonus Disc