Choir And Organ

This is in fact the second recording of Carson Cooman’s organ music by Erik Simmons, but such is the prolific nature of Cooman’s writing, there is still much repertoire to discover. The main focus is nine Preludes & Fugues, mostly composed in 2013, which form a large concert cycle. This may sound ominously academic, yet Cooman’s inventiveness is beguiling, particularly in the preludes which explore the characterful themes played out in the ensuing fugues.

The three-movement Symphony for Organ is a grittier affair, progressing from darkness to light. Naturally, the limpid sounds of the Marcussen organ help to draw the best out of this contemporary music.

—Rupert Gough