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COATES, G.: Symphonies Nos. 1, 7 and 14

Composer(s):Coates, Gloria
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.559289
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Review By ReR Megacorp,

Three stunningly great pieces. Gloria is a great original in the maverick mould, far less celebrated than she deserves. Here are massive, complex, works that live out of great simplicity - clouds of sound, predominantly formed from moving skeins of glissandi, all proceeding at strictly calculated and different speeds and in different directions, not wilfully but organised in canons and fugues (not that you can hear them as such in the roiling mists). © ReR Megacorp Read complete review

Review By,April 2012

SYMPHONY No.14 “Symphony in Microtones” is like wading through a lake of honey while dressed in a wizard’s robe and a crooked wizard’s hat. As you slowly progress, insects of all types buzz and swirl about your increasingly bemused head. Questions arise without the desire for answers…Eventually the sun sets behind the distant flat horizon and—*puff-of-smoke*—you’re gone.

SYMPHONY No.1 “Music on Open Strings” is like descending a darkly-hued left-curving corridor while attempting to mentally solve some mathematical conundrum. Down you go, on and on into rainbowed mist—anticlockwise, sinistral, withershins, widdershins—spiralling inward to the mysterious core.


Review By Ghost K,The Headphone Club (China),March 2012

This time a package came with another disc which was rather stimulating. It comes from the contemporary American female composer Gloria Coates, “Seventh Symphony” and several other musical works. Modern and contemporary music contains a rich variety, but mostly uses human curiosity and sensory impact to attract the audience as if you are tasting unpalatable sour or insipid Kiwi fruit. This CD by Coates made me truly love her music, Since buying it, I have come back to it many times to listen.



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