On this CD/DVD combo of works by Bach, Schubert, Shostakovich, and others, Carpenter proves he’s the hippest thing to happen to the pipe organ since Halloween was invented. His trademark flamboyance is matched by profound virtuosity and reverent scholarship in both classical and theatre/pops styles. If anyone can make the musical mainstream aware of the power, versatility, and sheer steampunk cool of the pipe organ, Cameron is our man. (Telarc, cameroncarpenter.com)
Cameron Carpenter plays “Singing in the Rain”
Whether you associate the song with the original Gene Kelly film or with A Clockwork Orange, there’s no question that “Singin’ in the Rain” is one of those tunes that’s so iconic as to be a part of our collective unconscious. Here’s Cameron Carpenter, the most passionate contemporary proponent of the pipe organ, riffing on it at Tanglewood.