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COOMAN: Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3 / Violin Sonata

Composer(s):Cooman, Carson
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber MusicConcertosInstrumentalOrchestral
Catalogue 8.559329
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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The young American composer Carson P. Cooman is one of the most active of his generation, having written over six hundred works in many forms. This disc presents a broad overview of his music, from orchestral to chamber and solo works. It includes the lyrical Symphony No. 2, inspired by a poem of Kathleen Wakefield about love and the desire for rain, and his Symphony No. 3, which takes as its source material the plainchant Ave maris stella. Partita explores the baroque flute’s unique sonic properties, and the Piano Concerto is filled with allusions to classical symphonic form and style, within a contemporary context. Dedicated to the composer Peter Sculthorpe, Songlines, Sun Dreaming is rich in native Australian imagery.

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Review By The American Organist,November 2007

Review By ,The American Organist,November 2007

Born in 1982, Carson Cooman is one of the most active and prodigious musicians on the scene today. He already has produced more than 600 works for various musical media and is in constant demand for commissions. A concert organist, he specializes in an international repertoire of contemporary works, many composed specifically for him. This disc features a wide sampling of his music. All but one of the works receives its premiere recording here. Composed in 2004, Symphony No. 2, subtitled “Litanies of Love and Rain,” is inspired by the poem, “Desiring the Solitude of Rain,” by American poet Kathleen Wakefield. Cooman uses multiple motifs and gestures within a thoroughly modern harmonic idiom, and demonstrates skill and imagination in his manipulation of


Review By William Yeoman,Limelight Magazine,August 2007

Cooman works in many forms and this disc would therefore seem to be a good overview of his compositional activities, ranging as it does from the symphony through the concerto and chamber music to a work for solo flute. To begin with the latter, the two-movement Partita was specifically written to take advantage of the colours of the wooden baroque flute, and it’s interesting to hear these reflected in the much larger-scale works surrounding it, the multi-hued Symphony No 2 and the polystylistic, chamber-like Concerto for piano and strings. Following these three works are the meditative and mysterious Vision for violin and organ, the transparent Symphony no 3 for chamber orchestra, the weightier Songlines, Sun Dreaming for orchestra and the substantial


Review By David Denton, Naxos,May 2007

With over six hundred works already completed, the twenty-five-year-old American, Carson Cooman, must be the world's most prolific composer and makes Mozart seem dilatory by comparison. A melodic composer, who at times is sliding towards atonalism, his music falls easily on the ear and is among the listener-friendly writers to come from the States in recent years. The disc gives a good cross-section of his output in the four years from 2001, most of the pieces written to specific commissions. Maybe the quiet and at times pensive nature of the Second Symphony does not reveal the picture suggested by its subtitle, and if I were just coming to Cooman, I would want to start at the outgoing Piano Concerto with its catchy melodic content. It calls for a flamboyant performance that these



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