Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Cameron Carpenter Orgel Concert (24.09.2012, Philharmonie Berlin)


Karl-Schuke-Organ was played very lively and free that night. Yes, the american organist, Cameron Carpenter is not one of those boring mediocre organ player in the churches that your granny took you to see. Beside his innovative mind, he is also often praised (or critizised by some old boring pigs) for his Lady-Gaga avant-garde fashion and mohawk hairstyle on stage. Gayish? Quite absolutely. Appropriate? Not for some. What I think? Capital F for fantastic. 
Le concert c'est moi. indeed. 
Johann Sebastian Bach: Prelude from Cello Suite No. 1 in G major BWV 1007 (arr. for organ)
Johann Sebastian Bach: Fantasy and Fugue in G minor BWV 542
Johann Sebastian Bach: From the Violin Partita No. 3 in E major (arr. for organ)
Isaac Albéniz: Evocación from Iberia Volume 1
Cameron Carpenter: Science Fiction Scenes (Selection): I. What Worlds Await V. You Were Now X. Apparition of the Organ from Space Première
Richard Wagner: Forest Murmurs from Siegfried (arr. for organ)
Charles Ives: The Alcotts, 3rd Movement from the "Concord" Sonata (arr. for organ)
Franz Liszt: Fantasy and Fugue on »Ad nos, ad salutarem undam«


With his eccentricity, the arranged Bach pieces are very astonishing. Very fresh and grand with such energy displayed on stage. 
Carpenter's own piece, titled "Science Fiction Scenes" are way too interesting to be missed. On the premiered "Apparition" the organ had a dialogue with a harmonium placed way above the hall. A vision of better organ from the future? Who knows?
The Liszt's Fantasy closes the concert with a bang. Energetic, passionate, yet very inspiring.
After a few more encores (as usual when great concerts happen), everyone came home with a new knowledge: Now that's an organist for this century!!!

For those of you, organ music lovers, I truly encourage you to check out his CDs "Revolutionary" and "Cameron Carpenter Live". Both will rock complete your collection.


Yep, not your every (Sun)day organist. 

Rating: 9/10

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