Exordium: Organ Music by Carson Cooman


Catalogue No: DDA 25154
EAN/UPC: 809730515422
Release Date: July 2017
Genres: ,
Discs: 1

Carson Cooman is many things musical – organist and Composer in Residence at the Memorial Church, Harvard University; writer, critic and consultant, concert organist, and above all a highly prolific composer of music in a wide variety of genres, from orchestral to song.

His organ compositions come in many styles, from those inspired by the Renaissance, to liturgical models, to more gritty and substantial pieces such as his organ symphonies and preludes and fugues. The music here, tonal and accessible though never lacking in complex chromaticism, was all written either as a commission, or dedicated to a person who has known, worked with, or inspired the composer. Some works are overtly liturgical and all are endowed with a deep spirituality.

Erik Simmons is a fine organist, making his fifth Cooman organ album for Divine Art. He is playing the organ of the Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Saint-Omer, France (built 1855) in a live performance recorded through the Hauptwerk system.

Track Listing

    Carson Cooman

  1. Exordium
  2. Romanza
  3. Little Partita on a Polish Carol
  4. Cortège
  5. Sketch No. 1
  6. Refrains
  7. A Czech Liturgical Year

  8. I. Advent: Gaudeamus Partitur
  9. II. Christmas: Narodil se Kristus Pán
  10. III. Lent: Matka pláče
  11. IV. Easter: Aleluja! Živ bud’ nad smrtí
  12. V. Ordinary Time: Tisáckrát pozdravujeme tebe
  13. Gregorian Diptych

  14. I. Invocation: Adore te devote
  15. II. Fantasy: Da pacem Domine
  16. Canto quieto
  17. Pastorale (E.M.M.)
  18. Rondino for St. Joseph
  19. Deux petits préludes

  20. I. Prélude phrygien
  21. II. Prélude jovial
  22. O Come: Three Hymn Fantasies

  23. I. Nettleton (Come, thou fount)
  24. II. Veni Emmanuel
  25. III. Veni Creator Spiritus