Carson Cooman: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
Naxos' album devoted to Carson Cooman's instrumental works, including symphonies, chamber music, and solos, represents an infinitesimal portion of his output; his opus numbers were in the 700s before he was out of his mid-twenties, and include pieces written in virtually every genre of Western music. Inevitably, there are some areas in which he will be stronger than others. His choral music is especially compelling: well written for the voice, with excellent text setting in a style that is not simple, but is also immediately engaging. The works on this CD, while for the most part securely executed, don't consistently have the substance of his choral music. Some of the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
Naxos' album devoted to Carson Cooman's instrumental works, including symphonies, chamber music, and solos, represents an infinitesimal portion of his output; his opus numbers were in the 700s before he was out of his mid-twenties, and include pieces written in virtually every genre of Western music. Inevitably, there are some areas in which he will be stronger than others. His choral music is especially compelling: well written for the voice, with excellent text setting in a style that is not simple, but is also immediately engaging. The works on this CD, while for the most part securely executed, don't consistently have the substance of his choral music. Some of the pieces have strong appeal; "Vision," for violin and organ, is hauntingly lovely, and the "Sonata for violin and organ," the longest piece on the CD, is striking in its melodies and sonorities; this is evidently an instrumental combination that triggers some of Cooman's most expressive music, sometimes rhapsodic, sometimes meditative, sometimes exuberant. The two "Symphonies No. 2" and "No. 3," and the piano concerto lack an obvious structural coherence, and their motivic material isn't particularly memorable, or very fully developed. The brooding orchestral piece "Songlines, Sun Dreaming," is more successful because its development feels organic, and it is clearer and more direct in its emotional appeal. Violinist Rachel Gough and organist Rupert Gough play "Vision" and the sonata with warmth and deep feeling. Kirk Trevor coaxes barely adequate performances from the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra in the symphonies and piano concerto.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/24/2007
  • Label: Naxos American
  • UPC: 636943932926
  • Catalog Number: 8559329
  • Sales rank: 256,589

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Symphony No. 2, 'Litanies of Love and Rain', Op. 574 - Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra & Carson Cooman (10:29)
    Composed byCarson Cooman
    Conducted byKirk Trevor
    Performed bySlovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Kirk Trevor
  2. 2–3 Partita for baroque flute, Op. 526 - Stephen Schultz & Carson Cooman (6:03)
    Composed byCarson Cooman
    1. 2Cantus
    2. 3Ludus
  3. 4 Piano Concerto, Op. 649 - Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra & Carson Cooman (8:39)
    Composed byCarson Cooman
    Conducted byKirk Trevor
    Performed bySlovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Kirk Trevor
  4. 5 Vision, for violin and organ, Op. 646 - Rupert Gough & Carson Cooman (3:39)
    Composed byCarson Cooman
  5. 6–7 Symphony No. 3, 'Ave Maris Stella', Op. 650 - Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra & Carson Cooman (16:33)
    Composed byCarson Cooman
    Conducted byKirk Trevor
    Performed bySlovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Kirk Trevor
    1. 6Pentimento
    2. 7Interrupted Motet
  6. 8 Songlines, Sun Dreaming, for orchestra, Op. 301 - Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra & Carson Cooman (6:52)
    Composed byCarson Cooman
    Conducted byKirk Trevor
    Performed byBohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra, Kirk Trevor
  7. 9–11 Sonata for violin & organ, Op. 573 - Rupert Gough & Carson Cooman (21:18)
    Composed byCarson Cooman
    1. 9Telescope
    2. 10Ballade for Max
    3. 11Keep on Shining!
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kirk Trevor Primary Artist
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