Colin Harvey Posted July 28, 2008 Share Posted July 28, 2008 Hello Chaps Cameron Carpenter has become quite a controversial figure, polarising opinions. To be honest, I haven't been that positive about him: while I admire his prodigious technical ability and musical talent, I'm uncomfortable with the homoerotic image he's adopted and concerned that such showmanship without any apparent regard to the centuries of organ culture may encourage a lack of respect to old, historic organs and old organ music. Sometimes I've felt his showing off has been at the expense of the musical depth he could be capable of and I'm naturally suspicious of anyone or anything that has people fawning all over him. However, while finding out more about the claim that Cameron designs his own organ shoes (related to another topic), I came across this - Cameron's transcription of the final movement of Mahler 5: http://www.cameroncarpenter.com/pdf/Mahler5LastMovement.pdf This work by Cameron and his own comments about it have made me see him in a different light. I also learnt he studied at the Juilliard School with Gerre Hancock and Paul Jacobs as well. What do other people think? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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