Choir & Organ

Those who know Carson Cooman’s choral style will understand the easy appeal that his music manages while seldom attracting the damning label of accessibility. This is a collection of vigorous pieces communicated through a tonal yet still personal language. Simmons plays with musical comprehension as well as the clinical precision demanded by the clear-cut, sometimes startling, sounds of the IV/85 Marcussen, which suit the music.

Cooman is most rewarding in fast-moving minimalistic guise, such as the Toccata Festiva and Carillon-Ostinato. Though sometimes reliant on syncopation and added sixths and ninths, there is still sufficient neo-classical skill at work to satisfy listeners and players alike.

—Matthew Power