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Carson Cooman: The Revelations of Divine Love
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The texts for this magnificent oratorio, The Revelations of Divine Love, are adapted primarily from the writings of Julian of Norwich (c. 1342-1416); an excerpt from the Book of Margery Kempe; two poems by Robert Herrick and one by Elizabeth Kirschner. The primary concept underlying this oratorio is the presence of two distinct discourses. One is a sequence taken from Julian s religious visions and the other is a sonic geography of Nantucket Island.
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The individual pieces are of varying beauty. This is a tonal, mostly monophonic work that offers little obstacle to full enjoyment by even non-musicians. As one reviewer aptly noted, the ephemeral Prayer on Track 6 is absolutely heaven-sent. The choral sonority is sublime and the orchestral accompaniment is perfectly matched. In other pieces, the soloists are in fine voice although I found the vibrato of Rebecca Henning to be annoying. I derive far greater enjoyment from choral pieces. The Middle of the Heart on Track 9 is an astonishing choral piece, and I cannot image a more perfect performance by any choral group. Cooman should pride himself on the superb orchestration of this work.
The recording quality is perfect. Both voices and instruments have superb clarity. The album is self-recommending. I look forward to hearing more from Carson Cooman in the coming years.
The composition reflects the scenery of Nantucket in the music. The music also fits the words, mainly written by Julian of Norwich. The choir's dynamics match the mood of the words. For a college choir this is a great work - ideal for a small choir with small orchestra to perform at a special event. Carson Cooman is one of today's most gifted composers.