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Orchestral music by Carson Cooman (b.1982): 'In Beauty Walking' / Leah Crane, soprano; Chloé Trevor, violin

Album Summary

>Cooman, Carson P. : In Beauty Walking, for mezzo-soprano & orchestra (or string quintet), Op. 952
>Cooman, Carson P. : Sinfonia Concertante for violin & orchestra, Op. 1010
>Cooman, Carson P. : Symphony of Light, for string orchestra, Op. 484
>Cooman, Carson P. : Folk Fantasies, for violin, percussion, & orchestra, Op. 1009
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Acclaimed organist and teacher Carson Cooman is one of America's most gifted and prolific composers working today in relatively traditional styles, his music having featured on more than 40 CDs to date. This album is the third in a new Divine Art label series; the previous programs featured chamber music with brass ('Rising at Dawn' and solo organ works ('Litany'). Here we have some of Cooman's most exquisite, traditionally written and highly Romantic music for orchestra. The works on this album offer examples of accessible, original new music that is neither bland or shallow.

Expedition Audio Recommended
From the delicate, reflective beauty of the lullaby ‘Cradle Song’ to the ebullient elation of ‘The Eagle’s Song,’ Cooman’s music is uplifting, inspiring and beautiful to hear, and yet remains fresh and interesting, never approaching the trite. If your tastes in contemporary music tend toward the harmonically challenging, this disc may not be to your liking. However, if you’re intrigued by my description of the music, I believe you will relish the entire program. read more

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
Carson Cooman's orchestral music is largely consonant and tends toward the delicate and pretty. His In Beauty Walking (2012) is the title piece of the record, a five-movement work for soprano and string orchestra. Most of the music is bright and optimistic with melodic material sometimes sounding like contemporary musical theater, especially in the last movement, 'The Eagle's Song'. An earlier work, Symphony of Light (2003), also for string orchestra, offers the most contrast with the first piece. It progresses at a slower pace, with longer, more winding melodies.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Philharmonie, Zlin, Czech Republic (09/17/2013-09/20/2013).



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Works Details

>Cooman, Carson P. : In Beauty Walking, for mezzo-soprano & orchestra (or string quintet), Op. 952
  • Performer: Leah Crane
  • Conductor: Kirk Trevor
  • Ensemble: Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Philharmonie, Zlin, Czech Republic (09/17/2013-09/20/2013)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2012

>Cooman, Carson P. : Sinfonia Concertante for violin & orchestra, Op. 1010
  • Performer: Chloe Trevor (Violin)
  • Conductor: Kirk Trevor
  • Notes: Philharmonie, Zlin, Czech Republic (09/17/2013-09/20/2013)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2013

>Cooman, Carson P. : Symphony of Light, for string orchestra, Op. 484
  • Conductor: Kirk Trevor
  • Notes: Philharmonie, Zlin, Czech Republic (09/17/2013-09/20/2013)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 2003

>Cooman, Carson P. : Folk Fantasies, for violin, percussion, & orchestra, Op. 1009
  • Performer: Chloe Trevor (Violin)
  • Conductor: Kirk Trevor
  • Notes: Philharmonie, Zlin, Czech Republic (09/17/2013-09/20/2013)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005