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JS Bach: 'All You Need Is Bach'

Magazine article Gramophone

JS Bach: 'All You Need Is Bach'

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JS Bach

'All You Need is Bach' All You Need is Bach/Inventlon No 8, BWV779 (a). French Suite No 5, BWV816(a). Die Kunst der Fuge, BWV1080--Contrapunctus IX (a). O Mensch, bewein dein' Sunde gross, BWV622. Passacaglia and Fugue, BWV582. Prelude and Fugue, BWV544. Trio Sonatas--No 1, BWV525; No 3, BWV527 ((a) arr Carpenter) Cameron Carpenter org Sony Classical (F) 8887517826-2 (73' * DDD) Played on the International Touring Organ

For those who enjoy the spectacle of breathtaking fingerwork and dazzling articulation, who marvel at impeccable accuracy at incredible speeds and who relish dazzling virtuosity irrespective of instrumental discipline, I cannot recommend this disc too highly. For those who enjoy the organ music of Bach, who marvel at the sound of a fine organ and who relish interpretations informed by style, musicality and interpretative coherence, I cannot reject this disc too strongly.

Cameron Carpenter is a brilliant showman and one of the great virtuosos of our time, but his love of spectacle and display of technical bravado seriously oversteps the mark here. Eager to demonstrate his International Touring Organ, a computerised electronic box of tricks which sounds every bit as hideous as it looks, he sheds every vestige of musical respectability in a bid to demonstrate it to the full. …

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