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Longer durations he seems to have difficulty in sustaining, especially at a more vigorous pace. There are moments of magical expressionism that become lost through the insecurity of his structuring, like chance shafts of inspired light through a wayward improvisation. In the short rhapsodic poem Beyond all Knowing, another piece ably conducted by Kirk Trevor, the music drifts delightfully through hazy mists for over eight minutes, but goes nowhere in the end [listen -- track 9, 5.00-6:33].

There are three short pieces for chamber orchestra, Night Songs (2001), sensitively conducted by Vit Micka, and they too seem to be the work of a composer waiting to be struck by lightening, one in need of some dynamic catalyst from the muses. Cooman has plenty of ideas, but that is not always helpful in creating ingenious music. It is very useful in fulfilling a lot of commissions though, and he seems to have plenty of those!

Copyright © 5 January 2005 Patric Standford, Wakefield UK


Threads - Music of Carson P Cooman

ZR102 Stereo 63'52" 2003 Zimbel Press

Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra; Kirk Trevor, conductor; Craig Hultgren, cello; Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra; Vit Micka, conductor; Chicago Brass Choir; Michael Stewart, conductor

Carson P Cooman: Threads: Concerto for Orchestra (2003); Plainsong Variations (1999) for solo cello; Zest: Fanfare for Orchestra (2001); Sonata for Brass Choir (1999); Beyond All Knowing (2003) for chamber orchestra; Night Songs (2001) for chamber orchestra; Symphony of Light (2003) for string orchestra


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