Recital 5 − Organ

Cameron Carpenter

Bach | Hanson

Fri, 23.11.19.30No. 18513

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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Piano Festival

17.11.-25.11. 2018

 

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    Cameron Carpenter  International Touring Organ
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
    Aria with 30 Variations, BWV 988 Goldberg Variations
    Howard Hanson
    Symphony No. 2, Op. 30 Romantic

    (arranged for organ by Cameron Carpenter)

    He is considered the “bad boy” of the organ for a good many reasons. From outward appearance alone, Cameron Carpenter, with his flamboyant mohawk haircut, muscle shirt, and dancing shoes, is a far way off from stereotypes commonly associated with “classical music.” Not to mention that he has dared to bring his instrument out of the special sphere of sacred music. Carpenter rarely appears in churches and plays no pious chorales. He prefers to present his own arrangements of large symphonies – on the International Touring Organ, a digital instrument on which he can access 186 electronically input registers, controlling the dynamics as he pleases. He even interprets Bach’s music as follows: “I feel certain that anyone can play Bach in the way they see to be right.” Still, Carpenter will break a genuine “taboo” when he follows the moving Goldberg Variations with the Second Symphony by the American Howard Hanson, a musical spectacle that has been used in the film Alien – it’s hard to think of a greater contrast.

    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.

    November 2016

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