Organist Cameron Carpenter shows us how to colour words with sound in Schubert's Erlkönig
One of the most dramatic German art songs has to be Schubert's Erlkönig (Erl-King, the story of a father clutching his sick little boy as they ride on horseback to find help, while being pursued by death).
It is one of the pieces Cameron Carpenter has recorded on a Wurlitzer theatre organ for this new CD-DVD combination album, which I reviewed in today's Star. He adds so much colour to each sound -- while being rue to Schubert's music -- that I can alost forget there is no actual voice present.
You can see how Carpenter shaped his interpretation in a making-of video. But, first, here is the great Jessye Norman to sing it for us, first.