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Coates: Piano Quintet & Symphony No. 10 / Allen, Chadwick, Kreutzer Quartet, CalArts Orchestra

Release Date: 06/08/2018 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559848  
Composer:  Gloria Coates
Performer:  Roderick Chadwick
Conductor:  Susan Allen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kreutzer QuartetCalArts Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Gloria Coates’s personal sound world is unlike any other in contemporary music. Her ‘Piano Quintet’ is rooted in the poetry of fellow American pioneer Emily Dickinson, with half of the quartet tuned a quarter-tone higher than the other, the strange beauty of the music emerging in glacial landscapes and shimmering microtones. Coates’s ‘Symphony No. 10’ evokes the archaeological ruins of a Celtic tribe, inspiring a torrent of dramatic percussion and long held tones that curve and shake in a moving body of sound. Gloria Coates is the most prolific female symphonist in musical history, and Naxos has an emerging series of her symphonic, chamber and other major works. Of her Symphony No. 15, released on a previous Naxos recording, Fanfare wrote: Read more “the new symphony is still a jaw-dropper.” In general, the symphonies on Naxos come attached to other larger-scaled works and the chamber music (predominantly quartets) is programmed together. This is the first release to program a symphony and a chamber work in the same album. Read less

Works on This Recording

Quintet for Piano and Strings by Gloria Coates
Performer:  Roderick Chadwick (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kreutzer Quartet
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2013; United States 
Symphony No. 10 "Drones of Druids on Celtic Ruins" by Gloria Coates
Conductor:  Susan Allen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  CalArts Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1989; United States 

Customer Reviews

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 This quintet and symphony are well-matched August 14, 2019 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "Gloria Coates has a unique compositional voice. It's one I've admired since hearing her first symphony (Music on Open Strings). While not all of her 16 symphonies are as immediately accessible as that work, there are some common characteristics. Coates lets her material determine the form of the work. That material and the development of its inherent possibilities make her compositions truly symphonic in scope. Even if they don't follow traditional forms. Symphony No. 10 bears the subtitle "Drones of Druids on Celtic Ruins." Believe it. Coates was commissioned to create an outdoor work for performance in an ancient Celtic site. Coates drew inspiration from the site (and the imagined rites performed there). The symphony is for brass and percussion used in an original fashion. No fanfares, no pulse-pounding rhythms -- just long, sustained notes that gradually build in intensity. Development occurs at a glacier-like pace as interlocked chords grind against each other. It's a powerful work, perfectly suited for an outdoor venue. The performance of the CalArts Orchestra (in studio) mostly does it justice. In some sections, I thought the brass players were pushed right to the edge of their abilities. I couldn't always tell if those wavering tones were deliberate or not. Coupled with the symphony is Coates' 2015 Piano Quintet. According to the composer, microtones and glissandi create a shimmering quality to the music. I agree. The music often seems suspended in space, with bright bursts of dazzling light whenever chords come together. The Kreutzer Quartet and pianist Roderick Chadwick give a first-rate performance of this work. My one quibble is that the instruments are so close-mic'd that I could hear the page turns. At the same time, that closeness added to the intensity of the music. This makes the fifth Naxos release of Coates' music, two of which feature her symphonies. If it's not too much to ask, I'd like them to finish the cycle." Report Abuse
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