Recital 2 – Organ

Cameron Carpenter

Bach | Messiaen | Schumann et al.

Mon, 16502

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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Piano Festival

19.11.-27.11. 2016



    Cameron Carpenter  International Touring Organ
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
    Prelude and Fugue in B minor, BWV 544
    French Suite No. 5 in G major, BWV 816
    (arranged for organ by Cameron Carpenter)
    Contrapunctus 9 a 4 alla Duodecima from The Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080
    (arranged for organ by Cameron Carpenter)
    Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor BWV 582
    Olivier Messiaen (1908–1992)
    Dieu parmi nous from La Nativité du Seigneur
    Robert Schumann (1810–1856)
    Study for Pedalpiano in A-flat major, Op. 56, no. 4
    Franz Liszt (1811–1886)
    Funérailles S. 173, no. 7
    (arranged for organ by Cameron Carpenter)
    Alexander Scriabin (1872–1915)
    Piano Sonata No. 4 in F-sharp major, Op. 30
    (arranged for organ by Cameron Carpenter)

    Whenever the organ is the topic, it tends to conjure images of churches and pious chorales. Cameron Carpenter, an American born in 1981, clears away all such preconceptions. He performs not only the great organ repertoire but arranges works from other genres for his instrument, even something of the order of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony. And he masters the pedals with such virtuoso, balletic elegance as to evoke Olympic sport. Since 2014 Carpenter has hardly performed in churches but instead plays on his own high-tech instrument, the International Touring Organ, which he positions at the center of the podium in the concert hall so that everyone in the audience can admire the visual effect of his playing – not to mention his outrageous outfits.

    Cameron Carpenter

    The American organist Cameron Carpenter, who was born in 1981 in Meadville, Pennsylvania, joined the American Boychoir School in Princeton at the age of 11 and later attended the North Carolina School of the Arts, where he studied composition and organ with John E. Mitchener. During this period he transcribed more than 100 works for organ, including Mahler’s Fifth Symphony. From 2000 to 2006 Carpenter completed his training at the Juilliard School in New York, where Gerre Hancock, John Weaver, and Paul Jacobs were among his teachers. His own first compositions were also written during these years. Today Cameron Carpenter concertizes throughout Europe and the United States, as well as in Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. For his performances he has had a special instrument built, the International Touring Organ, with which he can perform in any conceivable space and thus is no longer reliant upon churches or concert halls that have concert organs. Since 2014 he has played almost exclusively on this digital instrument in recitals and orchestral concerts alike. In the 2016-17 season Carpenter will give solo recitals at the Palau de la Música in Barcelona, the Konzerthaus in Berlin, the Baden-Baden Festspielhaus, and the Cologne Philharmonie, as well as in Paris, Zagreb, Ljubljana, and Vienna. He will appear with the Staatskapelle Dresden under Myung-Whun Chung at the Salzburg Easter Festival; performances with the Orquesta Nacional de España, the Bavarian Radio Chamber Orchestra, and the Orchestre National de Lyon are also on his schedule, as well as tours with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. In 2008 his debut CD Revolutionary was nominated for a Grammy Award; If You Could Read My Mind won an Echo Klassik in 2015. His most recent release, which appeared in June 2016, is the album All You Need Is Bach.

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    Before his recital Cameron Carpenter will introduce children and youths into his organ world through a workshop. Applications should be made to