Organ Sonata No. 6 in G major BWV 530
Piano Sonata No. 6 in D major K. 284 (transcr. Cameron Carpenter)
Piano Sonata No. 4 in F sharp major (transcr. Cameron Carpenter)
The Lark Ascending (transcr. Cameron Carpenter)
Variations sur un Noël
La Valse (transcr. Cameron Carpenter)
Chamber Music Hall Foyer
Introduction: 7:00 pm
“The organ as I know it is the most dynamic of all instruments, very sensual and expressive,” says Cameron Carpenter, whose repertoire ranges from standard organ works to adaptations of music by Richard Wagner, Franz Liszt and Frédéric Chopin, to arrangements of Richard Rodgers and Kate Bush. “For me,” admits the young virtuoso, “my instrument has always been a secular one, and I found it strange that everyone else regarded the organ as a religious instrument.” He continues: “I’d like to be the Rachmaninov of the organ; I like memorable ideas that are dynamic and exciting.” There is no doubt about it: “Cameron Carpenter has reinvented organ playing,” (Süddeutsche Zeitung) and he has given the venerable instrument – which he sometimes plays like a tap dancer – a new and exciting image.
In his opening concert of the Philharmonic organ concert series, this exceptional American organist will perform, in addition to works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Vaughan Williams’s impressionistic romance The Lark Ascending and Maurice Ravel’s hypnotic waltz adaptation La Valse, – all in his own organ arrangements, of course. Cameron Carpenter has yet to announce the rest of the programme: “In my ongoing work to change public perception of the organ and of the organist in particular, I never, as a rule, announce the complete programme – whether I am playing in the Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles or the Sydney Opera House.” We look forward to hearing what he has in store for us.