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RISING AT DAWN - chamber music with brass by Carson Cooman

Carson Cooman is an amazingly talented and prolific composer both for his own instrument, the organ, and for many forms of instrumentation, as shown on this album of new works for combinations of brass and piano or harp, three solo piano works and a beautiful melancholy song cycle. The music is very original yet in largely traditional tonality in the post-Romantic genre. The sort of album which keeps bringing you back for more.

Also by Carson Cooman:
'Masque' - music for organ DDA 25127
'In Beauty Walking' - music for string orchestra DDA 25117
'Liminal' orchestral music DDV 24161
'Preludio' - music for organ DDA 21229
'Litany' - music for organ DDA 25116

CD DURATION:  63:08  

AUDIO SAMPLE: Quidnet Shadows (extract)







Chasing the Moon Down
song cycle for mezzo-soprano, trumpet & piano
words by Katherine Gekker
Cantus I
for piano solo
Quidnet Shadows
for flugelhorn & harp
Cantus II (Into Unknowing Light)
for piano solo
Autumn Sun Canticle
for trumpet & piano
Woodbury Sestina
for trumpet solo
for tuba and piano
for piano solo

review extracts: for full reviews click here

“The disc opens strongly with the song cycle Chasing the Moon Down . The texts are skilfully crafted, the images and allusions highly effective, and they have called forth music worthy of them, in tonal language highly reminiscent of Samuel Barber at his best. This composition is a genuine masterpiece – no other word will do. [Katarzyna Sadej has] a stunningly rich, beautiful voice. The production values are high... all the participating artists give fine performances. Cooman is clearly not just a talented composer but a genuinely gifted one.” – James A. Altena (Fanfare)

“Carson Cooman is a remarkably prolific composer with a deep well of creativity. Trumpeter Chris Gekker is heard on several of the works and that's a real plus” – Barry Kilpatrick (American Record Guide)

“The present collection of works broadens our vision of [Cooman's] musical personality considerably. All the works presented have genuine substance. The performances are excellent, the works memorable and well put-together, and the sequence of works quite pleasing. This is a winner. It serves as an admirable introduction to the composer in a chamber mode. And for the brass-a-holics out there it is something you must not miss. Kudos!” - Grego Edwards (Gapplegate Classical Modern Music)

“Sustained chords and energetically accentuated repeated sequences appear to be one of the composer's favorite motifs. Long sustained sounds remove any metric rigidity and introduce a meditative character. The atonal solo melody [in Woodbury Sestina] is improvisational in character and is convincingly performed by the trumpeter. The piano solos are well and convincingly performed by pianists Jeffrey Grossman and Marie Sierra, who are able to convey inspiring lightness.” – Marina Brunner (