Gloria Coates-Quartets 5 and 9 plus

Posted on February 3rd, 2010 by

Gloria Coates – 5th Quartet (3rd Movement-In the 5th Dimension)


Kreutzer Quartet

Live performance-South London Gallery March 2010

Recording Engineer: Jonathan Haskell (Astounding Sounds)

Coates SLG

Before the concert: Lights, camera, music....

Untitled-Gloria Coates 1996


I met Gloria Coates in Munich in 1991. From the moment that we met, I felt empathy: a conversation began which continues unabated. We have shared ideas over innumerable cups of coffee at the Lenbachhaus. There, the paintings of that most musical group of painters, the Blau Reiter, can be seen. 

 Berceuse Live recording: PSS, London 2007 Engineer: Jonathan Haskell (Astounding Sounds)

  As a quartet, we often speak about Gloria’s way of listening to her own music (she is, perhaps, the most self-critical composer that I have ever met). Unlike many composers, she will not sit in rehearsal with the score in her hands. Instead, she will almost always close or cover her eyes, intently concentrating on every moment, every sound. Gloria’s greatest concern is that her music ‘works’, that, on every level and scale, the piece is as effective as it can possibly be. This is, perhaps surprisingly, liberating, as she experiences her music in much the same way as a player, almost as if she herself is playing. Perhaps super-listening is the secret of her unique voice. Gloria’s music needs to overwhelm listener, player, and composer. Once the floodgates are open, its extraordinary beauty is irresistible.

 This CD includes her 9th String Quartet, recorded at its world premiere in Cologne, along with the Solo Violin Sonata, and an extraordinary cycle of pieces for Piano Trio, Lyric Suite. We are delighted to be joined by Roderick Chadwick for this haunting work, which is based on poems by Emily Dickinson.