Gloria Coates: String Quartets Nos. 1-9 / Kreutzer Quartet

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>Coates, Gloria : Quartet for Strings no 5
>Coates, Gloria : Quartet for Strings no 1
>Coates, Gloria : Quartet for Strings no 6
>Coates, Gloria : Quartet for Strings no 7 for Quartet for Strings & organ ("Angels")
>Coates, Gloria : Quartet for Strings no 2
>Coates, Gloria : Quartet for Strings no 8
>Coates, Gloria : Quartet for Strings no 4
>Coates, Gloria : Quartet for Strings no 3
>Coates, Gloria : Quartet for Strings no 9
>Coates, Gloria : Sonata for solo violin
>Coates, Gloria : Lyric Suite, 'Split the Lark - and you'll find the Music', for Piano Trio

Album Summary

>Coates, Gloria : Quartet for Strings no 5
>Coates, Gloria : Quartet for Strings no 1
>Coates, Gloria : Quartet for Strings no 6
>Coates, Gloria : Quartet for Strings no 7 for Quartet for Strings & organ ("Angels")
>Coates, Gloria : Quartet for Strings no 2
>Coates, Gloria : Quartet for Strings no 8
>Coates, Gloria : Quartet for Strings no 4
>Coates, Gloria : Quartet for Strings no 3
>Coates, Gloria : Quartet for Strings no 9
>Coates, Gloria : Sonata for solo violin
>Coates, Gloria : Lyric Suite, 'Split the Lark - and you'll find the Music', for Piano Trio
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

ClassicsToday.com - Reviewing original release of Quartets 1, 5 & 6
At long last, the aural equivalent to Salvador Dali's melted watches! Gloria Coates (b. 1939) has created a string quartet language out of glissandos: long, short, abrupt, gradual, creaky, rounded, often dissonant, sometimes consonant. The music conjures up vivid aural images. The Fifth Quartet, for instance, begins with delicate high-register, insect-like squeals. These assiduously descend into detuned, slow moving canons that resemble a chorus of drunken cartoon cats and coyotes intoning half-remembered hymns and barroom ballads. Its second movement is built from glissandos that ascend and descend in super-slow motion. By contrast, the third movement nearly recaps the second at a hundred times the speed, the double stops suggesting a veritable orchestra of quartets whizzing before you in a race against time.

The brief First Quartet dates from the composer's late 20s and reveals that the basic elements of her present style already were in place, if not so extreme in their deployment. I especially like the Sixth Quartet's concluding "Evanescence" movement, where palpable melodic shapes emerge from intertwining long, sustained, slowly modulated glissandos, demarcated by occasional gentle pizzicato dabs. If Coates is the painter, the Kreutzer Quartet is the widely varied palette of colors and the big, austere canvas. The sheer variety of nuance and timbre the players bring to these scores will be hard to equal, let alone surpass. Kyle Gann's exemplary notes are analytical without being academic.



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Works Details

>Coates, Gloria : Quartet for Strings no 5
  • Ensemble: Kreutzer String Quartet
  • Notes: St. John's Church, Loughton, Essex, England (09/14/2000-09/15/2000)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1989

>Coates, Gloria : Quartet for Strings no 1
  • Notes: St. John's Church, Loughton, Essex, England (09/14/2000-09/15/2000)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1966

>Coates, Gloria : Quartet for Strings no 6
  • Notes: St. John's Church, Loughton, Essex, England (09/14/2000-09/15/2000)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1999

>Coates, Gloria : Quartet for Strings no 7 for Quartet for Strings & organ ("Angels")
  • Performer: Philip Adams (Organ)
  • Conductor: Michael Finnissy
  • Running Time: 15 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2000

>Coates, Gloria : Quartet for Strings no 2
  • Running Time: 6 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Coates, Gloria : Quartet for Strings no 8
  • Running Time: 14 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2001-2002

>Coates, Gloria : Quartet for Strings no 4
  • Running Time: 13 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Coates, Gloria : Quartet for Strings no 3
  • Running Time: 14 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1975

>Coates, Gloria : Quartet for Strings no 9
  • Running Time: 25 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Coates, Gloria : Sonata for solo violin
  • Performer: Peter Skaerved (Violin)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2000
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Coates, Gloria : Lyric Suite, 'Split the Lark - and you'll find the Music', for Piano Trio
  • Performers: Peter Skaerved (Violin); Neil Heyde (Cello); Roderick Chadwick (Piano)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996
  • Studio/Live: Live