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Music for piano and voice by the distinguished American composer Carson Cooman.

The distinguished composer Carson Cooman writes,"The works on this disc date from an eleven year period (1997-2008) and were chosen to create an interrelated program of songs and piano pieces. As a composer who has always believed strongly in the need and importance of music for all purposes and the value of new music in everyday life, these small pieces are something I take every bit as seriously as writing a large-scale concerto or symphony. The overall intent is a life-affirming celebration of the American experience: emotional, physical, and natural." Cooman (b.1982) has an extensive catalogue of works in many forms, ranging from solo instrumental pieces to operas, and from orchestral works to hymn tunes. He is in continual demand for new commissions and his music has been performed on all six inhabited continents.
Contents:
Carson Cooman, composer
New Dawn
Jeffrey Grossman, piano

Carson Cooman, composer
Chorale Preludes
Jeffrey Grossman, piano

Carson Cooman, composer
Bell Mosaic
Jeffrey Grossman, piano

Carson Cooman, composer
Oakdale Sketchbook
Jeffrey Grossman, piano

Carson Cooman, composer
Aria: Yet Brighter Light
Jeffrey Grossman, piano

Carson Cooman, composer
Rainshower
Jeffrey Grossman, piano

Carson Cooman, composer
Kahlenberg
Jeffrey Grossman, piano

Carson Cooman, composer
Winter Sonatina
Jeffrey Grossman, piano

Carson Cooman, composer
Mountain Toccata
Jeffrey Grossman, piano

Carson Cooman, composer
Gold into Diamonds
Amanda Forsythe, soprano, Jeffrey Grossman, piano

Carson Cooman, composer
Seven Haiku
Amanda Forsythe, soprano, Jeffrey Grossman, piano

Carson Cooman, composer
Lingerling, Lonely Callings
Amanda Forsythe, soprano, Jeffrey Grossman, piano

Review:
"The songs are quite lovely and are very singable, with good vocal lines and accompaniments that don't go against the sung music..." (MusicWeb)

"Soprano Forsythe has a light, flexible voice whose lovely, intimate quality is very well suited to the spirit of Cooman's vocal writing. ...This release is an excellent introduction to Cooman, one of the most fascinating of today's youngest generation of composers." (Fanfare)
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