"It will never please the public," said Tchaikovsky of his Fifth Symphony. Yet its beautiful melodies have captivated audiences for more than a century. Michael Tilson Thomas leads the San Francisco Symphony in Tchaikovsky's passionate Fifth. And the 8,264 pipes of the Ruffatti concert organ will boom under the wizardry of Cameron Carpenter in Henry Brant’s Ice Field, the Pulitzer prize-winning piece commissioned specifically for the SF Symphony in 2001. “Everything [Carpenter] touches turns fantastical,” declares The New York Times.
All sound clips are from San Francisco Symphony performances and are used with permission of the SFS Players Committee.
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Cameron Carpenter, "bad boy of the pipe organ" on CBS "Sunday Morning":