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IN BEAUTY WALKING - orchestral music by Carson Cooman
LEAH CRANE (soprano), CHLOE TREVOR (violin),
conducted by KIRK TREVOR

As well as being a very busy and highly regarded organist, teacher and music consultant, Carson Cooman is one of America's most prolific and gifted composers. His work retains the best of traditional forms in a modern and personal idiom; here, he has produced a body of lyrical works which are truly Romantic and pastoral but never soft or shallow. Exquisitely scored, these works tell of the beauty of the world we so often take for granted or pass by.

Also by Carson Cooman:
'Rising at Dawn' - chamber music with brass MSV 28538
'Masque' - music for organ DDA 25127
'Liminal' orchestral music DDV 24161
'Preludio' - music for organ DDA 21229
'Litany' - music for organ DDA 25116


Estampie da capo from Sinfonia Concertante

Dealer release date: 30 September 2014





CD program:
In Beauty Walking (song cycle)
Sinfonia Concertante (violin/orch.)
Symphony of Light (orchestra)
Folk Fantasies (violin/percussion/orch.)
review extracts: for full reviews click here
“We have four Cooman works that dovetail well with one another, that express a sense of reverence and elation, of very real beauty. Cooman may be the most lyrical composer alive. He certainly moves to the center of such things on this program. It is in every way delightful. The music is impeccably conceived, orchestrated and performed here. Ravishing! “ - Grego Edwards (Gapplegate Classical Modern Music)

If you've not heard of [Cooman] and you like modern orchestral music, you should hunt this down. It's an enjoyable album, and we've had it on repeat all week. The sound is never less than approachable and wanders between the very English (Vaughan Williams) and the American (Copland). A fresh, invigorating album, with a crisp, modern sound.” – Jeremy Condliffe (The Chronicle)

“Carson Cooman has ideas, he can orchestrate and knows how his expressive music has to sound. Reliable interpreters and a good recording technology present the music of Cooman in a very good light. He might be a modern romantic, but he gives his music also what I would call an ‘American' character. There is something very appealing and distinct in the pieces we can hear in this well played and superbly recorded program. ” - Remy Franck (Pizzicato)

“Aiding in the effect of [In Beauty Walking] is soprano Leah Crane, who handles these songs with loving care as she caresses the texts with a warmly burnished voice. These well-performed works do not make too many demands on the listener, but have substance that will reward repeated auditions. The mood of most of the pieces is such that this would be a perfect CD to unwind to after a hard day's work. Definitely recommended.” - David DeBoor Canfield (Fanfare)

“Though Mr. Cooman does not shy away from the occasional piquant harmony where it serves his creative objectives, on the whole this is consonant, melodic music that falls easily on the ear. Cooman's music is uplifting, inspiring and beautiful to hear, and yet remains fresh and interesting, never approaching the trite. Reflections on the natural world are central to it, as are feelings of calm and happiness, hope, peace and a certain humility that is woven into every bar. In a word, I would describe it as spiritual... superb performances. [Kirk] Trevor leads the distinguished Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra and two splendid soloists grace the performances. I believe you will relish the entire program.” – Paul Ballyk (Expedition Audio)