Rachmaninoff: Paganini Rhapsody - Poulenc: Organ Concerto / Carpenter, Eschenbach, Berlin Konzerthausorchester

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Cameron Carpenter is having a ball smashing the stereotypes of organists and organ music – all the while generating worldwide acclaim and controversy. His repertoire – from the complete works of J. S. Bach to film scores, his original works and hundreds of transcriptions and arrangements – is probably the most diverse of any organist. He regularly appears as a soloist with many of the world’s great orchestras, and signed in 2013 an exclusive multi-album recording contract with Sony Classical. A virtuoso composer-performer unique among keyboardists, Cameron’s approach to the organ is smashing the stereotypes of organists and organ music while generating a level of acclaim, exposure, and controversy unprecedented for an organist. His repertoire – from the complete works of J. S. Bach and Cesar Franck, to his hundreds of transcriptions of non-organ works, his original compositions, and his collaborations with jazz and pop artists – is perhaps the largest and most diverse of any organist. He is the first organist ever nominated for a GRAMMY® Award for a solo album. The present release is Cameron’s first recording with orchestra, in which he performs Rachmaninoff’s famous Paganini variations arranged for organ and orchestra by Cameron himself.



Those who think they know Rachmaninoff's "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini" will be surprised with the new life Carpenter gives it here in the World Premiere Recording of his version for organ and orchestra. It is ultra dynamic, with a generous helping of all the aural cranked power that one might hope for and a very nicely orchestrated whole. It is as impressive as it is endlessly fascinating to hear.

Carpenter is a real player in the most dramatic and presentational sense. This CD is a wonder of its kind.

– Gapplegate Classical

Product Description:

  • Catalog Number: 88985390822

  • UPC: 889853908226

  • Label: Sony

  • Number of Discs: 1