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Carson Cooman: Nantucket Dreaming

Audio Samples

>Cooman, Carson P. : Miacomet Dreaming, for orchestra
>Cooman, Carson P. : Nobadeer Dreaming, for flugelhorn
>Cooman, Carson P. : Quintet for bassoon & strings
>Cooman, Carson P. : Madaket Dreaming, for piano
>Cooman, Carson P. : Shawkemo Dreaming, for string orchestra
>Cooman, Carson P. : Lyric Trio, for trumpet, cello & piano
>Cooman, Carson P. : Quartet for Strings no 4 "Sankaty Dreaming"
>Cooman, Carson P. : Flying Machine, for orchestra

Album Summary

>Cooman, Carson P. : Miacomet Dreaming, for orchestra
>Cooman, Carson P. : Nobadeer Dreaming, for flugelhorn
>Cooman, Carson P. : Quintet for bassoon & strings
>Cooman, Carson P. : Madaket Dreaming, for piano
>Cooman, Carson P. : Shawkemo Dreaming, for string orchestra
>Cooman, Carson P. : Lyric Trio, for trumpet, cello & piano
>Cooman, Carson P. : Quartet for Strings no 4 "Sankaty Dreaming"
>Cooman, Carson P. : Flying Machine, for orchestra
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Notes & Reviews:

These world premiere recordings bring together several works from American composer Carson Cooman's Nantucket Dreaming cycle, a series of compositions inspired by the island's landmarks and landscape. Spanning a seven-year creative period, these diverse works, with their blazes of instrumental colour, subtle atmospherics and lyrical evocations of wind, sky, land and sea, create an interconnected narrative of shared musical images and ideas. Fanfare magazine proclaimed that 'Cooman has something to say, an engaging voice to do so, and real musical chops', a testament to the talent of one of the most active American composers of his generation.



Reviews

Dynamic 21st Century Music
The Naxos American Classics series has introduced me to so many new voices in American music, and this new entry is certainly welcome. Though I appreciated an earlier Naxos disc containing two of his symphonies (8.559329 from 2007), I think the more rhapsodic style of the pieces on this new disc are a better fit for Cooman's considerable composition skills. The common thread that ties together most of these works is "dreaming", and Cooman's dreams are translated into sound in a most appealing way. The composer's inspirations for this music, explained in his admirable liner notes, come from a variety of sources: the natural and built landscapes and histories of special places; interesting meteorological effects; and in one case (Miacomet Dreaming), an oil painting by Loretta Yoder (though not the Yoder painting featured on the CD cover). Most interestingly, he builds landscape changes into two of the most interesting works on the disc. In Sankaty Dreaming (String Quartet #4), Cooman tells a story of nature reclaiming a landscape. It's a stirring story that ends on a elegaic note. Cooman calls Flying Machine "workshop/construction" music. This clever piece is about the shifts in perspective that result in different ways of looking at a landscape. All in all, this music tells a story about the world around the composer. It's a much more dynamic story than the more static pastoral tradition of 20th century British music, so perhaps it's more typically American. This music is about dreams, but it's not all dreamy!
Submitted on 11/03/10 by Dean Frey 
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Works Details

>Cooman, Carson P. : Miacomet Dreaming, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Kirk Trevor
  • Running Time: 6 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>Cooman, Carson P. : Nobadeer Dreaming, for flugelhorn
  • Performer: Chris Gekker (Flugelhorn)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>Cooman, Carson P. : Quintet for bassoon & strings
  • Performer: Roman Mesina (Bassoon)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>Cooman, Carson P. : Madaket Dreaming, for piano
  • Performer: Jeffrey Grossman (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>Cooman, Carson P. : Shawkemo Dreaming, for string orchestra
  • Conductor: Kirk Trevor
  • Running Time: 5 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009

>Cooman, Carson P. : Lyric Trio, for trumpet, cello & piano
  • Performers: Emmanuel Feldman (Cello); Jeffrey Grossman (Piano); Chris Gekker (Flugelhorn)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Cooman, Carson P. : Quartet for Strings no 4 "Sankaty Dreaming"
  • Running Time: 11 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Cooman, Carson P. : Flying Machine, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Kirk Trevor
  • Running Time: 7 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008