New Classics

Carson Cooman is an American composer born in 1982 with a catalogue of works in many forms, ranging from solo instrumental pieces to operas, and from orchestral works to hymn tunes. His music has been performed on all six inhabited continents and has appeared on over 25 recordings. As a concert organist, he specialises exclusively in the performance of new music and over 130 new works have been written for him by composers from around the world. He is also a writer on musical subjects, producing articles and reviews, and serves as an active consultant on music business matters to composers and performing organizations.

On this double-CD release, Eric Simmons plays 28 pieces of music by Carson Cooman on the splendid 1730s-era organ of the Basilica Mariä-Himmelfahrt in Krzeszów (Grüssau), Poland. This impressive music was inspired by and written in 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 and highlights include the opening and closing Canzonas, the pristine Organ Sonatina No. 2, a hypnotic Pavane from Three Renaissance Dances, and the beautiful Diapason Voluntary.

—John Pitt