I absolutely love discovering musicians or bands that I’ve never heard of. And…I love organ music. But big, powerful organ music. When I used to play, the more stops I could pull out and the bigger the chords, the better. There’s nothing quite like an organist’s power kick. While most people associate organ music with “dreary” church music, it absolutely doesn’t have to be that way. There are some amazing organ works out there and who says you can’t improvise hymns and add some “oomph” to them (no offense meant)?
And then there’s Bach. Last night, I randomly searched for Bach Organ music and was rewarded with someone called Cameron Carpenter (apologies if I should know him). Wow…now he’s a welcome shift in organist stereotyping. I like. I like. Have a look and listen to the wonderful Toccata and Fugue in d minor:
Here’s another performance: