Rising at Dawn – Chamber Music with Brass by Carson Cooman


Catalogue No: MSV 28538
EAN/UPC: 809730853821
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Release Date: September 2013
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Discs: 1
Total Playing Time: 63:08

Carson Cooman is an amazingly talented and prolific composer both for his own instrument, the organ, and for many forms of instrumentation, as shown on this album of new works for combinations of brass and piano or harp, three solo piano works and a beautiful melancholy song cycle. The music is very original yet in largely traditional tonality in the post-Romantic genre. The sort of album which keeps bringing you back for more.

Track Listing

    Carson Cooman:

  1. I. Chasing the Moon Down – Winter (4:08)
  2. II. Chasing the Moon Down – Spring (1:58)
  3. III. Chasing the Moon Down – Summer (2:17)
  4. IV. Chasing the Moon Down – Fall (5:29)
  5. Cantus I (5:49)
  6. Quidnet Shadows (8:38)
  7. Cantus II (Into Unknowing Light) (7:53)
  8. Autumn Sun Canticle (5:12)
  9. Woodbury Sestina (2:28)
  10. I. Sonata for Tuba and Piano – Speaking of Sunsets (6:00)
  11. II. Sonata for Tuba and Piano – Build me a Garden (6:04)
  12. III. Sonata for Tuba and Piano – Rising at Dawn (3:26)
  13. Yizkor (3:46)


American Record Guide

Carson Cooman is a remarkably prolific composer with a deep well of creativity. Trumpeter Chris Gekker is heard on several of the works and that’s a real plus.

” —Barry Kilpatrick
Gapplegate Classical Modern Music

The present collection of works broadens our vision of [Cooman’s] musical personality considerably. All the works presented have genuine substance. The performances are excellent, the works memorable and well put-together, and the sequence of works quite pleasing. This is a winner. It serves as an admirable introduction to the composer in a chamber mode. And for the brass-a-holics out there it is something you must not miss. Kudos!

” —Grego Edwards

The disc opens strongly with the song cycle Chasing the Moon Down. The texts are skilfully crafted, the images and allusions highly effective, and they have called forth music worthy of them, in tonal language highly reminiscent of Samuel Barber at his best. This composition is a genuine masterpiece – no other word will do. [Katarzyna Sadej has] a stunningly rich, beautiful voice. The production values are high… all the participating artists give fine performances. Cooman is clearly not just a talented composer but a genuinely gifted one.

” —James A. Altena