Andreas Willscher: Organ Works Carson Cooman
- Andreas Willscher (b.1955): Organ Symphony No. 19 "Hallelujahs":
- 1Organ Symphony No. 19 "Hallelujahs": I. Hallelujah of Moses03:22
- 2Organ Symphony No. 19 "Hallelujahs": II. Hallelujah of Hannah05:10
- 3Organ Symphony No. 19 "Hallelujahs": III. Hallelujah of Hezekiah03:18
- 4Organ Symphony No. 19 "Hallelujahs": IV. Hallelujah of the Three Young Men in the Fiery Furnace04:40
- 5Organ Symphony No. 19 "Hallelujahs": V. Hallelujah of the Angel with the Golden Rule05:31
- Organ Symphony No. 20 "Laetare":
- 6Organ Symphony No. 20 "Laetare": I. Vocem Jucunditatis04:27
- 7Organ Symphony No. 20 "Laetare": II. Lou Boun Diou07:45
- 8Organ Symphony No. 20 "Laetare": III. Ubi Caritas07:28
- 9Organ Symphony No. 20 "Laetare": IV. Laetare03:59
- 10Organ Symphony No. 20 "Laetare": V. Urbs Jerusalem06:17
- Die Seligpreisungen:
- 11Die Seligpreisungen: I. Blessed Are You Poor, for Yours Is the Kingdom of God04:33
- 12Die Seligpreisungen: II. Blessed Are You That Hunger Now, for You Shall Be Satisfied05:07
- 13Die Seligpreisungen: III. Elegy. Blessed Are You That Weep Now, for You Shall Laugh05:38
- 14Die Seligpreisungen: IV. Toccata. Rejoice in That Day and Leap for Joy04:57
Info for Andreas Willscher: Organ Works
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 mélange 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 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.
Carson Cooman, organ
has performed and recorded many pieces by German composer Andreas Willscher (b. 1955).
Willscher studied composition, theory, and organ in his native Hamburg. In 1971 he was appointed organist of the St. Francis Church in Hamburg and in 2000 at the church of St. Joseph-Wandsbek. In addition, he has been keyboardist for several jazz and rock ensembles. Willscher has received many awards and commissions for his compositions, which range widely in form: from symphonic music and oratorios to cabaret and rock scores. His organ works are very diverse, ranging from large-scale post-tonal pieces to some that blend elements of the traditional repertoire with contemporary jazz and pop influences. In addition to his own composition and performing activities, Willscher has published a number of literary and scientific articles in journals and encyclopedias and has been very active in collecting and preserving lost and forgotten music from earlier eras. In 1995, Willscher was awarded the Sudetendeutscher Culture Prize for Music and in 2012 the Ansgar Medal from the Archdiocese of Hamburg for services to church music. In 2015, in honor of his 60th birthday and life’s work as a musician, he received the Johann Wenzel Stamitz Prize from the Arts Guild of Esslingen.