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These world premiere recordings bring together several works from American composer Carson Cooman' Nantucket Dreaming cycle, a series of compositions inspired by the island' landmarks and landscape. Spanning a seven-year creative period, these diverse wor

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  1. Miacomet Dreaming, Op. 781Slovak National Symphony Orchestra 6:18$0.89  Buy MP3 
  2. Nobadeer Dreaming, Op. 784Christopher Gekker 3:06$0.89  Buy MP3 
  3. Bassoon Quintet, Op. 764Roman Mesina12:57Album Only
  4. Madaket Dreaming, Op. 774Jeffrey Grossman 4:58$0.89  Buy MP3 
  5. Shawkemo Dreaming, Op. 811Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra 5:11$0.89  Buy MP3 
  6. Lyric Trio, Op. 710: I. Red DarknessChristopher Gekker 3:43$0.89  Buy MP3 
  7. Lyric Trio, Op. 710: II. The Thousand CandlesChristopher Gekker 3:58$0.89  Buy MP3 
  8. Lyric Trio, Op. 710: III. WindsweptChristopher Gekker 1:15$0.89  Buy MP3 
  9. Lyric Trio, Op. 710: IV. Whispering WingsChristopher Gekker 3:13$0.89  Buy MP3 
10. Lyric Trio, Op. 710: V. Towards LightChristopher Gekker 2:00$0.89  Buy MP3 
11. Lyric Trio, Op. 710: VI. Let Evening ComeChristopher Gekker 4:34$0.89  Buy MP3 
12. String Quartet No. 4, Op. 461, "Sankaty Dreaming": I. CapriccioZwiebel Quartet 4:49$0.89  Buy MP3 
13. String Quartet No. 4, Op. 461, "Sankaty Dreaming": II. Elegy and AriasZwiebel Quartet 6:14$0.89  Buy MP3 
14. Flying Machine, Op. 775Slovak National Symphony Orchestra 7:48$0.89  Buy MP3 

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  • Audio CD (August 31, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos American Classics
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dean Frey on November 3, 2010
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The Naxos American Classics series has introduced me to so many new voices in American music, and this new entry is certainly welcome. Though I appreciated an earlier Naxos disc containing two of his symphonies (8.559329 from 2007), I think the more rhapsodic style of the pieces on this new disc are a better fit for Cooman's considerable composition skills. The common thread that ties together most of these works is "dreaming", and Cooman's dreams are translated into sound in a most appealing way.

The composer's inspirations for this music, explained in his admirable liner notes, come from a variety of sources: the natural and built landscapes and histories of special places; interesting meteorological effects; and in one case (Miacomet Dreaming), an oil painting by Loretta Yoder (though not the Yoder painting featured on the CD cover). Most interestingly, he builds landscape changes into two of the most interesting works on the disc.

In Sankaty Dreaming (String Quartet #4), Cooman tells a story of nature reclaiming a landscape. It's a stirring story that ends on a elegaic note. Cooman calls Flying Machine "workshop/construction" music. This clever piece is about the shifts in perspective that result in different ways of looking at a landscape.

All in all, this music tells a story about the world around the composer. It's a much more dynamic story than the more static pastoral tradition of 20th century British music, so perhaps it's more typically American. This music is about dreams, but it's not all dreamy!
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