All You Need is Bach Cameron Carpenter
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- Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
- 1The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080: Contrapunctus IX02:51
- Trio Sonata for Organ No. 3 in D Minor, BWV 527
- 2I. Andante03:32
- 3II. Adagio e dolce05:33
- 4III. Vivace03:06
- Prelude and Fugue in B Minor, BWV 544
- French Suite No. 5 in G Major, BWV 816
- 7I. Allemande02:40
- 8II. Courante01:39
- 9III. Sarabande04:00
- 10IV. Gavotte01:05
- 11V. Bourée01:18
- 12VI. Loure02:43
- 13VII. Gigue03:26
- Trio Sonata for Organ No. 1 in E-Flat Major, BWV 525
- 14I. Alla breve02:33
- 15II. Adagio07:06
- 16III. Allegro03:14
- From Orgelbüchlein
- 17XXIV Choral Prelude O Mensch, bewein dein' Sünde gross, BWV 62204:56
- Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor, BWV 582
- 19Thema fugatum04:55
- 20All you need is Bach / Invention No. 8 in F Major, BWV 77901:20
Info for All You Need is Bach
Sony Classical is pleased to announce the second solo album by exceptional young American organist, Cameron Carpenter, All You Need is Bach. Bach s great keyboard masterpieces provide an ideal platform for Carpenter s formidable creative gifts and the seemingly limitless possibilities of his dream instrument his signature International Touring Organ. The album takes is cue from The Beatles classic All You Need is Love , where Bach s Invention No. 8 in F major proudly rises out of the coda s collage-like texture. Works include Contrapunctus IX from The Art of Fugue, Organ Sonatas in D minor and E-flat major, Prelude and Fugue in B minor, Invention No. 8 and, as the centerpiece, the great Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor. The latter holds a special place in Carpenter s affections. It is undoubtedly one of the Top 10 masterworks of all music, no matter how you evaluate it.
A virtuoso composer-performer unique among organists, Cameron Carpenter s approach is to smash the stereotypes of organists and organ music. Described as extravagantly talented (New York Times), and smasher of cultural and classical music taboos, (The New Yorker), Cameron is the first organist ever nominated for a Grammy Award® for his debut album, Revolutionary. All You Need is Bach is the second recording made on Cameron s new International Touring Organ. The organ, designed by Cameron himself, is a mobile digital organ that is artistically and sonically equal to any of the world s great organs and will challenge the way the world thinks about organs.
Cameron Carpenter, organ
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. Cameron launches his International Touring Organ – a monumental digital organ of his own design, playable throughout the world – with two Lincoln Center concerts on March 9, the release of the Sony album If You Could Read My Mind on March 3, and a 31-concert tour to Europe, the USA and the UK.
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.
As a keyboard prodigy, he performed Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier at age 11 before joining the American Boychoir School in 1992 as a boy soprano. During his four years of high school studies at The North Carolina School of the Arts, he made his first studies in orchestration and orchestral composition, and transcribed for the organ more than 100 major works, including Gustav Mahler’s complete Symphony No. 5. Cameron continued composing after moving to New York City in 2000 to attend The Juilliard School. While at the School he composed art songs; the symphonic poem Child of Baghdad (2003) for orchestra, chorus and Ondes Martenot; his first substantial works for solo organ; and numerous organ arrangements of piano works by Chopin, Godowsky, Grainger, Ives, Liszt, Medtner, Rachmaninoff, Schumann, and others. Cameron received a Master’s Degree from The Juilliard School in New York in 2006.
The same year, he began his worldwide organ concert tours, giving numerous debuts at venues including Royal Albert Hall, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Melbourne Town Hall, Tschaikowsky Hall in Moscow, Davies Hall in San Francisco and many others. His first album for Telarc®, the GRAMMY®-nominated Revolutionary (2008), was followed in 2010 by the critically acclaimed full length DVD and CD Cameron Live! Edition Peters became his publisher in 2010, beginning the ongoing release of his original works with Aria, Op. 1 (2010). His first major work for organ and orchestra, The Scandal, Op. 3, was commissioned by the Cologne Philharmonie (KölnMusic GmbH) and premiered on New Year’s Day 2011 by the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie under the direction of Alexander Shelley. Of Cameron the composer, DIE WELT’s Manuel Brug writes: “Carpenter… is proving himself to be a clever eclecticist, who understands to entertain with much finesse, and admits with a wink that he is ‘annoyed by intellectual music’”. Cameron is one of the only performing artists to make a practice of meeting his audience in person before his performances – often spending over an hour before each concert shaking hands and signing autographs on the floor of a concert venue. With combined millions of hits on YouTube and numerous television, radio and press features including CNN The Next List, CBS Sunday Morning, BBC Radio 3, ARD, ZDF, NDR Kultur, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal and many others, he is the world’s most visible organist.