Owl Night – Carson Cooman Organ Music vol. 7


Catalogue No: DDA 25163
EAN/UPC: 809730516320
Release Date: March 2018
Discs: 1
Total Playing Time: 77:52

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 liturgical models, to more gritty and substantial pieces such as his organ symphonies and preludes and fugues. The music in this programme, all composed in 2016 and 2017, is varied and consists of concert pieces (though suitable for church use) as opposed to explicitly liturgical works.

Erik Simmons is a fine organist, making his seventh Cooman organ album for Divine Art. He is playing the Cavaillé-Coll organ of the Abbey of Saint-Etienne, Caen, France in a live performance recorded through the Hauptwerk system.

This is volume 7 of this highly praised series. Volumes 8-10 have been recorded and are scheduled for release later in 2018.

Track Listing

    Carson Cooman (b.1982):

  1. Two Mantras – I. Meditation (In paradisum)
  2. Two Mantras – II. Postludium (Deo gratias)
  3. Owl Night
  4. Concerto piccolo in memoriam Eberhard Kraus – I. Capriccio
  5. Concerto piccolo in memoriam Eberhard Kraus – II. Arietta
  6. Concerto piccolo in memoriam Eberhard Kraus – III. Chorale (Scholion)
  7. Cantio mystica
  8. Ricercare in epidiatessaron
  9. Fantasia solenne
  10. Fantasia pro organo pleno
  11. Preludio maestoso
  12. Preludio con ostinato
  13. Preludio staccato
  14. Preludio quasi eco
  15. Preludio festivo
  16. Postludium
  17. Toccata, Aria and Finale


The Whole Note

The music takes full advantage, especially under Simmons’ hands, of the imaginative and emotionally evocative colouring of which the Abbey organ is capable. The repertoire is well chosen and makes for very satisfying listening. There’s no doubt about the power and grandeur of this magnificent pipe organ.

” —Alex Baran
Gapplegate Classical Modern Music

I have not heard anything from Cooman that was not well-crafted and engaging. Owl Night is that and a good deal more. It is orchestral-depth organ music in the grand tradition. I recommend this to anyone who loves the organ. Good music. Very good.

” —Grego Edwards
Records International

Another entry in this immensely rewarding series. This volume reveals the composer’s range more than some of the previous ones. But some pieces here also remind us that Cooman is a versatile composer with well established modern credentials.