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Those who know Carson Cooman’s choral style will understand the easy appeal that his music manages while seldom attracting the damning label of accessibility. This is a collection of vigorous pieces, communicated through a tonal yet still personal language. Simmons plays with musical comprehension as well as the clinical precision demanded by the clear-cut, sometimes startling, sounds of the IV/85 Marcussen, which suits the music. Cooman is most rewarding in fast-moving minimalistic guise, such as the Toccata Festiva and Carillon-Ostinato. Though sometimes reliant on syncopation and added sixths and ninths, there is sufficient neo-classical skill at work to satisfy listeners and players alike.

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