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Cooman: Sacred Choral Music

Composer(s):Brooks, PhilipCooman, Carson
Period(s) ContemporaryRomantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Choral - Sacred
Catalogue 8.559361
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Described by Choir and Organ Magazine as ‘[music] to enliven the programmes of choirs anywhere’, the sacred choral works of American composer Carson Cooman have been widely performed and commissioned. This disc includes a sampling of the music, broadly organized by the structure of the liturgical year. Ranging in character from the Christmas-filled exuberance of New World Carols: An American Christmas Triptych to the mystical Trinitarian contemplation of Be Present, Holy Trinity, Cooman’s music creates a sense of ‘sacred space’ in its settings of both familiar and unfamiliar texts from all eras. Under the direction of renowned organist and conductor Rupert Gough, the Choir of Royal Holloway delivers insightful performances of this


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Review By Arthur S Leonard,,December 2008

The recording companies have been discovering a young musical compositional phenomenon by the name of Carson Cooman (born 1982).  Not yet thirty, this prolific composer has produced such an enormous quantity of music, with opus numbers approaching at least 700 (the highest opus number on this new Naxos recording of his sacred music is 683, on a piece written in 2006), that one may immediately be suspicious about quality.  (On top of this, he recently began reviewing recordings for Fanfare Magazine - where does he find the time?)  Is this really a new Mozart who can churn the stuff out at a consistently high level of technique and inspiration?


Review By David Denton, Naxos,February 2008

Carson Cooman is still in his twenty-fifth year, yet has clocked up over six hundred compositions while following a very active career as an outstanding North American concert organist. He is now highly popular among choirs for his instantly engaging sacred works, their content equally rewarding to the performer as to the listener. In character it owes much to the modern English choral tradition, John Rutter being an obvious influence, the feel of the music more secular than sacred. It is a character highlighted by the performances of the Choir of Royal Holloway, University of London, an excellently groomed ensemble whose precise intonation captures those crunchy harmonies that bring a welcome brackishness. Like Rutter, Cooman’s style also relies on catchy rhythms, and like



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