American Record Guide

Carson Cooman is a prolific American composer whose works number in the hundreds. They include solo instrumental pieces, operas, orchestral works, hymn tunes, and several works for organ. The composer is an excellent craftsman who has developed a distinctive, individual voice.

Carson Cooman is not only a composer but also an active performer who has had over 130 new works written for him. The nine preludes and fugues were conceived as cycle; they explore a variety of approaches and structures. Perghiera was written for this recording as an interlude between the cycle of preludes and fugues and the substantial symphony. It has an approachable style and is well conceived for the organ.

Simmons gives clean, committed performances on the 1973 Marcussen organ in the Laurenskerk in Rotterdam. The recorded sound is vivid.

—Robert Delcamp