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tue 8 dec 2015 15:00 
Composer: Gloria Coates

Queen of Suspense Gloria Coates.
The American composer Gloria Coates (77) knows more than anybody else to unleash suspense and drama in her music. Breathtaking glissando and darkly-tinted microtonal sound eruptions are alternated with unsuspected lyrical themes. Coates has been working and living in Germany for ages. Her intense work has rarely if ever been performed in the Low Countries. Coates’ music fortunately has been perpetuated on CD by various labels. In her oeuvre there is a theme of ten string quartets and sixteen symphonies. In this Theme broadcast a generous choice form her big works, with work for string quartet, orchestra, harp and guitars.

Coates has been working in Germany for years and years. Her intense work has rarely if ever been performed in the Low Countries. Coates’ music has luckily been immortalized on CD by various labels. Through her works runs a theme of 10 string quartets and 16 symphonies. In this theme broadcast a generous selection from her oeuvre with work for string quartet, orchestra, harp and guitars.

  1. ‘String Quartet No. 2’ (1972) on Gloria Coates: String Quartets Nos. 2,3,4, 7 and 8. Kreutzer Quartet. Naxos 8.559152 CD
  2. ‘String Quartet No. 8’ in three parts (2001-2002) on Gloria Coates: String Quartets Nos. 2,3,4, 7 and 8. Kreutzer Quartet. Naxos 8.559152 CD
  3. ‘Symphony No. 2: ‘Illuminatio in Tenebris’’ (1974/1988) on Gloria Coates: Symphony No. 2. Stuttgarter Philharmoniker conducted by  Wolf-Dieter Hauschild. CPO 999 590-2 CD
  4. ‘Lunar Loops’ (1986) on Gloria Coates: At Midnight. Ruth Fischer + Stephen Stiens (guitars) Tzadik 8096 CD
  5. ‘Perchance to Dream’ in three parts (2014) on Postcard from Heaven. Susan Allen (harp) + Colton Lytle (bowed vibraphone). New World Records 80763-2  CD
  6. ‘Holographic Universe’ in three parts (1975), for solo violin and orchestra on Gloria Coates: At Midnight. Cambridge University Orchestra conducted by Neil Thomson, with Peter Sheppard Skaerved (violin) Tzadik 8096 CD
  7. ‘String Quartet No. 9’ in two parts (2007) on Gloria Coates: String Quartet No. 9. Kreutzer Quartet. Naxos 8.559666 CD

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