Aureole etc.

Golden Age singers

Nimbus on-line

Faure songs
Charlotte de Rothschild (soprano);

  Founder: Len Mullenger
Classical Editor: Rob Barnett

Some items
to consider


paid for


100th birthday of Mieczyslaw Weinberg on December 8, 2019.
Renate Eggbrecht has recorded all 3 violin Sonatas

Mozart Brahms
Clarinet Quintets

Deaconoff; Stockhausen

Live at the Clifton Festival

Choir at Clifton Cathedral


New Releases

Naxos Classical

Click to see New Releases
Get 10% off using code musicweb10

Nimbus Podcast

Obtain 10% discount

Special offer 50% off
15CDs £83 incl. postage

Musicweb sells the following labels

Altus 10% off
Atoll 10% off
CRD 10% off
Hallé 10% off
Lyrita 10% off
Nimbus 10% off
Nimbus Alliance
Prima voce 10% off
Red Priest 10% off
Retrospective 10% off
Saydisc 10% off
Sterling 10% off

Follow us on Twitter

Subscribe to our free weekly review listing

Sample: See what you will get

Editorial Board
MusicWeb International
Founding Editor
Rob Barnett
Editor in Chief
John Quinn
Seen & Heard
Editor Emeritus
   Bill Kenny
MusicWeb Webmaster
   David Barker
Jonathan Woolf
MusicWeb Founder
   Len Mullenger



Advertising on

Donate and keep us afloat



Recordings of the Month


Conner Riddle Songs

Rodzinski Sibelius

Of Innocence and Experience


Symphonies 1, 2, 3



Aho Symphony 5

Dowland - A Fancy


Rachmaninov_ Babayan



CD: MDT AmazonUK AmazonUS
Sound Samples & Downloads

Gloria COATES (b.1938)
String Quartet No. 9 (2007) [25:45]
Sonata for Solo Violin (2000) [13:08]
Lyric Suite for Piano Trio, "Split the Lark and You’ll Find the Music" (1996) [19:58]
Kreutzer Quartet (Peter Sheppard Skærved (violin); Mihailo Trandafilovski (violin); Morgan Goff (viola); Neil Heyde (cello)); Roderick Chadwick (piano)
rec. Saint Peter Art Centre, Cologne, June 2008 (Quartet; Sonata); Royal Academy of Music, London, March 2009 [Suite]. DDD
NAXOS 8.559666 [58:51]

Experience Classicsonline

This CD has previously been reviewed on MusicWeb International here. To their great credit, Naxos have already published all eight of Gloria Coates's previous string quartets, on two discs, reviewed here and here.
Previous reviewers have highlighted the challenges to the unsuspecting listener of Coates's music, and it is fair to say that it has not suddenly metamorphosed into anything like a diatonic idiom for this release. In other words, anyone looking for 'great tunes', 'easy listening' or 'dinner party music' should evacuate now!
But for those interested in powerful, original experimentation in music - not just sound - that, for all its initial outlandishness, still looks back to Beethoven, Bach and indeed beyond, the works of Gloria Coates are indispensable. As Kreutzer violinist Peter Sheppard Skærved says in his note on Coates's music: "Once the floodgates are open, its extraordinary beauty is irresistible."
Many will doubtless take a lot of convincing, and much time and concentration are required to fully appreciate the complexity, intensity and profundity of Coates's music. But this disc is perhaps one of the best places to start, with both the Sonata for Solo Violin and the Lyric Suite among Coates's most approachable chamber works.
The intrepid new listener should begin not with the String Quartet, but with the Sonata for Solo Violin, in which the presence of Johann Sebastian Bach, whom Coates has previously cited as her greatest influence, is readily discernible, particularly in the first and third movements. Despite a few unusual sound effects, this is attractive, lyrical writing.
The seven-movement Lyric Suite for piano trio is another fairly accessible work, at least as far as that can be said of Coates's music at all. There is not much here that, say, Charles Ives, or certainly Henry Cowell, would not recognise - right down to the idea of asking the pianist to play both the outside and inside of the piano!
There are other peculiar sound effects, including slightly out-of-tune strings giving both a 'warped LP' effect, and a kind of ghostly, out-of-synch echo feel to some of the movements. The piano often plays very simple tonic triads, and indeed the music is slow-paced and uncluttered, momentarily reminiscent of atmospheric minimalism for an arthouse film. Despite the continual dissonance, the overall effect is strikingly memorable and, yes, lyrical. The work's subtitle, 'Split the Lark - and You’ll Find the Music”, some may recognise as the title of a poem by Emily Dickinson, and each of the seven two- to four-minute sections is named after a phrase from the poem.
The String Quartet no.9, in its world première recording, is at another remove - more likely to recall Penderecki's string music than anything American. It is altogether more arcane, with further unusual instrumental effects, including tappings and rapid high-pitched pizzicati and tremolos, although the opening bars and at least some of the subsequent material and structure would be recognisable to Shostakovich.
The first violin and viola have been flattened by a quarter of a tone, creating a spectral effect of ever-present foreboding. Almost throughout there is a simple, repeated folk-like melody, but about six minutes in all four instruments begin a trademark, and breathtaking, glissando spanning several octaves, the violins descending, the cello and viola ascending - before all reversing their glissandi until they arrive back where they started, more than four minutes later! The second movement is much more prickly, having a less apparent structure and even more dissonance; finding Bach in this section is a daunting task. Nevertheless, as with her previous quartets, Coates has created a soundworld of startling, stimulating intensity of colour and texture.
The Kreutzer Quartet, Roderick Chadwick on piano and Peter Sheppard Skærved on solo violin, give convincing performances of this often very challenging music. Sound quality is very good, especially considering that these are live recordings - there is no hint of audience intrusion. A minor grievance is that all three CDs of Coates's string quartets have now been under an hour in length - perhaps Naxos think it beyond mortal capacity to listen any longer? Insightful booklets notes on Coates's music are written as in previous releases by Kyle Gann, who clearly appreciates the significance of Gloria Coates's music. As with previous discs of her music, Naxos have included a print-in-miniature on the front page of another of her expressionist paintings, providing a glimpse of another aspect of Coates's artistry.
Coates is one of the most important and prolific female composers of the 20th and 21st centuries. Naxos deserve plaudits for having the courage to bring her music to the attention of a wider public - even if it is rather unlikely that our pop-drenched society will ever hear, let alone understand, her art.


































































Making a Donation to MusicWeb

Writing CD reviews for MWI

About MWI
Who we are, where we have come from and how we do it.

Site Map

How to find a review

How to find articles on MusicWeb
Listed in date order

Review Indexes
   By Label
      Select a label and all reviews are listed in Catalogue order
   By Masterwork
            Links from composer names (eg Sibelius) are to resource pages with links to the review indexes for the individual works as well as other resources.

Themed Review pages

Jazz reviews


      Composer surveys
      Unique to MusicWeb -
a comprehensive listing of all LP and CD recordings of given works
Prepared by Michael Herman

The Collector’s Guide to Gramophone Company Record Labels 1898 - 1925
Howard Friedman

Book Reviews

Complete Books
We have a number of out of print complete books on-line

With Composers, Conductors, Singers, Instumentalists and others
Includes those on the Seen and Heard site


Nostalgia CD reviews

Records Of The Year
Each reviewer is given the opportunity to select the best of the releases

Monthly Best Buys
Recordings of the Month and Bargains of the Month

Arthur Butterworth Writes

An occasional column

Phil Scowcroft's Garlands
British Light Music articles

Classical blogs
A listing of Classical Music Blogs external to MusicWeb International

Reviewers Logs
What they have been listening to for pleasure



Bulletin Board

Give your opinions or seek answers

Pat and present

Helpers invited!

How Did I Miss That?

Currently suspended but there are a lot there with sound clips

Composer Resources

British Composers

British Light Music Composers

Other composers

Film Music (Archive)
Film Music on the Web (Closed in December 2006)

Programme Notes
For concert organizers

External sites
British Music Society
The BBC Proms
Orchestra Sites
Recording Companies & Retailers
Online Music
Agents & Marketing
Other links
Web News sites etc

A pot-pourri of articles

MW Listening Room
MW Office

Advice to Windows Vista users  
Site History  
What they say about us
What we say about us!
Where to get help on the Internet
CD orders By Special Request
Graphics archive
Currency Converter
Web Ring
Translation Service

Rules for potential reviewers :-)
Do Not Go Here!
April Fools

Untitled Document

Reviews from previous months
Join the mailing list and receive a hyperlinked weekly update on the discs reviewed. details
We welcome feedback on our reviews. Please use the Bulletin Board
Please paste in the first line of your comments the URL of the review to which you refer.