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At just 30 years old, Carson Cooman’s opus num- bers are already stealing towards the 1,000 mark. These mostly recent motets were written after the delivery of two very large works:The Acts of the Apostles and The Revelations of Divine Love. They are, as ever, muscularly singable and embraced as such by Jeffrey Grossman’s well-drilled but not over-drilled choir. There is a freshness and spontaneity that recalls university glee clubs of a bygone age but delivered with both intimacy and weight: a near-ideal recording. Interestingly, it’s the slightly older pieces, including 2001’s Wherein Our Blessing Stand, 2003’s Faith, Hope, Love and the 2008 Man Proposes, but God Disposes for Royal Holloway and the British Embassy in Washington that stand out, as if recent writing has been a little shadowed by the two master (monster?) pieces.

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