Preludio – Organ music by Carson Cooman

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Catalogue No: DDA 21229
EAN/UPC: 809730122927
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Release Date: July 2016
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Discs: 2

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

Track Listing

    Carson Cooman:

  1. Canzona III (6:06)
  2. I. Sinfonia − I. Pavane (3:28)
  3. II. Sinfonia − II. Air (2:37)
  4. III. Sinfonia − III. Sarabande (3:10)
  5. I. Sonatina No. 2 − I. Toccata (3:13)
  6. II. Sonatina No. 2 − II. Sharagan (3:47)
  7. III. Sonatina No. 2 − III. Gigue (2:27)
  8. I. Concertino II − I. Allegro non troppo (2:01)
  9. II. Concertino II − II. Molto lento, alla corale (2:05)
  10. III. Concertino II − III. Allegro giocoso (2:13)
  11. Preludio quieto (5:51)
  12. Rondo estatico (2:49)
  13. I. Three Renaissance Dances − I. Pavane (2:13)
  14. II. Three Renaissance Dances − II. Tordion (1:41)
  15. III. Three Renaissance Dances − III. Allemande (2:37)
  16. Tambourin (2:02)
  17. Ricercar a 3 (2:19)
  18. Ricercar a 2 (2:47)
  19. Ricercar a 4 (3:16)
  20. Ricercare piccola sopra un nome (3:07)
  21. Tiento (2:57)
  22. Canzona VI (6:02)
  23. Rondeau (2:25)
  24. Preludio (2:44)
  25. Roundelay (4:47)
  26. A Bedfordshire Voluntary (4:28)
  27. Diapason Voluntary (4:03)
  28. Canzona IV (3:00)
  29. I. Prelude Fughetta and Allegro − I. Prelude (2:02)
  30. II. Prelude Fughetta and Allegro − II. Fughetta (2:16)
  31. III. Prelude Fughetta and Allegro − III. Allegro (1:58)
  32. I. Canto e Fugato − I. Canto (3:46)
  33. II. Canto e Fugato − II. Fugato (2:44)
  34. I. Concertino (No. 1) − I. Overture (3:11)
  35. II. Concertino (No. 1) − II. Interlude (2:42)
  36. III. Concertino (No. 1) − III. Canon (2:05)
  37. IV. Concertino (No. 1) − IV. Toccatina (2:04)
  38. Kleine Spielmusik (4:35)
  39. Canzona V (3:09)
  40. Toccata sequenziale sopra “ut re mi fa” (6:24)
  41. Plaint (4:46)
  42. Verset I (2:15)
  43. Passacaglia semplice (3:32)
  44. Canzona II (3:34)

Reviews

Choir & Organ

This double disc presents works from the last few years and there is no shortage of inspiration present here. Characterful sounds of the 18th-century Michel Engler organ in Krzeszów.

” —Rupert Gough
Fanfare

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
New Classics

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