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American Classics - Coates: Quartets / Kreutzer Quartet


Release Date: 03/19/2002 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559091   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gloria Coates
Performer:  Peter Sheppard SkaervedBridget CareyGordon MackayNeil Heyde
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kreutzer String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 59 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


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
Read more 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.
--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings no 1 "Protestation Quartet" by Gloria Coates
Performer:  Peter Sheppard Skaerved (Violin), Bridget Carey (Viola), Gordon Mackay (Violin),
Neil Heyde (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kreutzer String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1965-1966; USA 
2.
Quartet for Strings no 5 by Gloria Coates
Performer:  Neil Heyde (Cello), Peter Sheppard Skaerved (Violin), Bridget Carey (Viola),
Gordon Mackay (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kreutzer String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1988; USA 
3.
Quartet for Strings no 6 by Gloria Coates
Performer:  Peter Sheppard Skaerved (Violin), Neil Heyde (Cello), Bridget Carey (Viola),
Gordon Mackay (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kreutzer String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1999; USA 

Sound Samples

String Quartet No. 5: Through Time
String Quartet No. 5: Through Space
String Quartet No. 5: In the Fifth Dimension
String Quartet No. 1: Protestation Quartet
String Quartet No. 6: Still
String Quartet No. 6: Meditation
String Quartet No. 6: Evanescence

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