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PRELUDIO - ORGAN MUSIC BY CARSON COOMAN
ERIK SIMMONS

Following two celebrated CDs of Carson Cooman's organ music ("benchmark recording" - Classical Music Sentinel), Erik Simmons now takes us to a special area of the composer's work - music inspired by renaissance and early baroque music. This double album will be a delight to early-music lovers as well as followers of the modern organ repertoire.

Organ of the Basilica Mariä-Himmelfahrt, Krzeszów (Grüssau), Poland
built by Michael Engler, 1732-37


See also 'Litany' DDA 25116 and 'Masque' DDA 25127

Orchestral and chamber music by Carson Cooman:
'Rising at Dawn' MSV 28538 'In Beauty Walking' DDA 25117 'Liminal' DDV 24161

CD DURATION:  140:58 (2 discs)

AUDIO SAMPLE:
Renaissance Dances: Tordion




dealer release date: July 8, 2016
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CD program:
Canzonas II - VI
Sinfonia
Concertinos I & II
Preludio quieto
Rondo estatico
Three Renaissance Dances
Tambourin
Three Ricercari
Ricarcare piccola sopra un nome
Tiento
Rondeau
Preludio
Roundelay
A Bedfordshire Voluntary
Diapason Voluntary
Prelude, Fughetta and Allegro
Canto e Fugato
Kleine Spielmusik
Toccata sequenziale sopra 'ut re mi fa'
Plaint
Verset I
Passacaglia semplice

review extracts: for full reviews click here

“[Cooman] is an excellent craftsman who has developed his own voice. These pieces are mostly short, tonal, and somewhat neo-classi­cal in style and harmonic language—pleasant, unassuming music, well written for the organ. Simmons again delivers fine performances.” – Robert Delcamp (American Record Guide)

“ This impressive music was inspired by the style of the Renaissance and the early Baroque and will appeal to both early music lovers and followers of the modern organ repertoire. The brilliant Simmons gives assured performances throughout.” – John Pitt (New Classics)

“The present anthology contains two well-filled discs of organ music, the medium in which I believe Cooman has written more music than any other. Indeed, his compositional legacy for the instrument will surely be considered one of the more important of his era in 100 years. Cooman has his own voice, and someone well-versed in his music will easily spot his fingerprints, which in­clude a sure sense of counterpoint containing occasional piquant sonorities out of diatonicism, sur­prising turns of melody, and unexpected harmonies. The work that closes the set, Canzona II, is among the most majestic organ works that I have ever heard. If you admire Cooman's music, as I do, or if you simply desire to hear two and a half hours' worth of finely wrought organ music by a master of the instrument, this will be a set that you will certainly want to acquire. Definitely recommended to organ enthusiasts, and to others as well.” - David DeBoor Canfield (Fanfare)