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Fans of the iconoclastic (and increasingly idiosyncratic) Cameron Carpenter will know what to expect from this recital and want to embrace it with open arms. Bach aficionados may want to approach with considerably more caution. Recorded on the digital touring organ built to Carpenter’s own specifications by Marshall & Ogletree, it’s a characteristically flashy and virtuosic traversal intended to show off the soloist’s own not inconsiderable gifts as much as the instrument – a rather tonally squeezed and artificial-sounding affair on this showing. The music is recognisably Bach but only just in places, the counterfeit plasticity of the BWV 544 B minor Prelude & Fugue particularly grating on the ears.

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