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Carson COOMAN (b.1982)
Chamber Music
Summer Song (2003) for cello;
Fantasia on American Hymns
(1999-2000) for alto saxophone and piano;
Lyric Pieces
(2004) for clarinet and piano; Canalscape: Soliloquy for String Quartet (2003);
(2003) for string quartet;
Dawn Rituals
(2005) for flute quartet
Olga Kryvtsova (cello); Paul Wehage (alto saxophone); Moyuru Maeda (piano) [2]; Angela Occhionero (clarinet); Donna Amato (piano) [3-8]; Ukraniana Quartet; LAGO Flute Quartet
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Carson Cooman is a young American composer, who has written a wide range of works, using forces from solo instruments to full orchestra. His output is prolific and much of it is published. His language, if this disc is anything to go by, is essentially tonal and simple; it is inoffensive to the average listener and I have no doubt that it would appeal to the Classic FM audience. This disc serves as a good introduction to his works, including a range of instrumental combinations, from clarinet and piano to string quartet. 

The disc has a feel of being produced on a low budget; the sleeve insert is one double sided page, and the text is laid out so that it is almost cropped at the edges of the pages. One cannot, however, criticise a low budget in the current economic climate, and in the interests of artistic pursuits, I would much rather see a low budget CD available than no CD at all. The recording quality is fine Ė the performances are all live, and were it not for some moments of intonational awkwardness, I would probably never have noticed.

Summer Song is a short piece for solo cello, which makes use of a repeated melodic fragment. This is an uncomplicated work which is well performed and has much appeal. Another short work, the Fantasia on American Hymns for alto saxophone and piano, follows, with clear American influences and a warm saxophone tone.

The most substantial work on the disc is Lyric Pieces for clarinet and piano, in six movements. The influence of Coomanís organ playing background can be heard in some of the textural writing. The movements follow different moods and each have distinct characters, although the performance as a whole failed to capture my attention.

The Canalscape: Soliloquy for String Quartet uses the quartet as one instrument, and has a satisfying sense of completeness. Like many of the works on this CD, the movement is slow and there is much room for expression. The harmonic language is more interesting in the Tombeau-Aria in memory of Meyer Kupferman which contains an enjoyable element of dissonance, adding tension and deeper emotional strength to the work. This is a short work, little over 3 minutes in duration, but for me, this is very much the star of the show, and something I would like to hear again. 

The closing work is a flute quartet, entitled Dawn Rituals. The most recent work on the disc, composed in 2005, this two movement work makes good use of the sonorities created by four flutes and the players balance each other well. The second movement, Sun Ride, has a sense of energy and fun and a strong sense of rhythmic drive. This is an excellent work, which showcases Coomanís abilities as a composer. Once again, the influence of organ writing is sensed, and the movement has the general feel of a virtuosic Toccata. 

The disc has served as an interesting introduction to this composerís works, and Iím looking forward to exploring more in the future.

Carla Rees


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