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Willscher: Organ Symphonies 19 & 20 / Cooman


Release Date: 11/17/2017 
Label:  Divine Art   Catalog #: 25162  
Composer:  Andreas Willscher
Performer:  Carson P. Cooman
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

German composer Andreas Willscher has won many awards for his compositions, which range widely from symphonic forms and oratorio to cabaret jazz and rock. His organ works are especially fine and varied – involving often a melange of post-tonal modernism, minimalism, and jazz and rock elements. Willscher is also an active writer of literary and scientific articles and as a collector and preserver of ‘lost’ and forgotten music of the past. Organ Symphony Nos 19 and 20 were both composed in 2017 so are truly contemporary. They are lively, thrilling works with great rhythmic vitality. The third work is a suite – The Beatitudes – composed in 1974 at the beginning of the composer’s career. Carson Cooman is organist of the Memorial Church at Read more Harvard University and also a most prolific composer, writer and teacher. His works have appeared in many recordings and have been played in every inhabited continent. This is his second recording of Willscher’s music for Divine Art as performer, and the label has already released eight CDs of Cooman compositions with many more planned. The recording was made on the Schulze organ (1868) in St. Bartholomew, Armley, Leeds in a live performance using the Hauptwerk system. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony for Organ No. 19 "Hallelujahs" by Andreas Willscher
Performer:  Carson P. Cooman (Organ)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: Germany 
2.
Symphony for Organ No. 20 "Laetare" by Andreas Willscher
Performer:  Carson P. Cooman (Organ)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: Germany 
3.
Die Seligpreisungen (The Beatitudes) by Andreas Willscher
Performer:  Carson P. Cooman (Organ)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: Germany 

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