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American Classics - Coates: String Quartets Vol 2


Release Date: 01/20/2004 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559152   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gloria Coates
Performer:  Philip Adams
Conductor:  Michael Finnissy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kreutzer String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Gloria Coates (b. 1938) writes gloriously expressive music that's also sometimes disorienting. That's meant as a compliment. She has fashioned a mesmerizing and unique language from hovering harmonic clouds and her signature gesture -- the glissando (sliding pitches). And in a work like the String Quartet No. 7 for strings and organ, the long downward glides mix with brazen and spooky organ chords and Charles Ives-like hymn quotes to create an alluring aural vertigo.

Coates is best known for her beguiling symphonies, but this Naxos survey, which includes five works dating to 1972, reveals her powerful voice in the string quartet medium. I was especially taken with the Fourth Quartet (1976), where the beautiful siren-like
Read more slides in the opening movement give way to a darkly beautiful adagio molto and a highly rhythmic finale that Bartok surely would have loved. No one is writing music quite like this." THREE STARS.

-- Mark Stryker, Detroit Free Press
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Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings no 2 "Mobile" by Gloria Coates
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kreutzer String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1972; USA 
2.
Quartet for Strings no 4 by Gloria Coates
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kreutzer String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1977; USA 
3.
Quartet for Strings no 7 "Angels" by Gloria Coates
Performer:  Philip Adams (Organ)
Conductor:  Michael Finnissy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kreutzer String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1999; USA 
4.
Quartet for Strings no 8 by Gloria Coates
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kreutzer String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2001-2002; USA 
5.
Quartet for Strings no 3 by Gloria Coates
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kreutzer String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1975; USA 

Sound Samples

String Quartet No. 7: "Angels"
String Quartet No. 2: Grave
String Quartet No. 8: I. On wings of sound
String Quartet No. 8: II. In falling timbers buried
String Quartet No. 8: III. Prayer
String Quartet No. 4: I. Molto sostenuto espressivo
String Quartet No. 4: II. Adagio molto con espressione
String Quartet No. 4: III. Allegretto scherzando
String Quartet No. 3: I. Marcato
String Quartet No. 3: II. Mirror Canon
String Quartet No. 3: III. Agitato

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