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 Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Saint-Omer, France (built 1855) in a live performance recorded through the Hauptwerk system.
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