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Eric Coates'
commercial recordings -
delight
PATRIC STANDFORD

'... this collection has its own particular value ...'

The Definitive Eric Coates - Coates conducts Coates - All of his commercial recordings 1923-1957. © 2013 Wyastone Estate Ltd

Coates entered the Royal Academy in London as a viola player and in 1908, at the age of twenty-two, he joined first Beecham's orchestra and then Henry Wood's Queen's Hall Orchestra. That year Boosey and Co had already published the first few of over 150 of his songs, and these early pieces had proved so popular that Henry Wood asked him to write an orchestral piece for the 1911 season of Promenade Concerts, the Miniature Suite — not as far as we know ever recorded under Coates' direction, but featured on the seventh of the discs in this set which comprises important performances under other conductors. The suite was dedicated to Wood, and Clarence Raybould recorded it in 1931.But their relationship faltered a few years later, and in 1932, having been dismissed from the orchestra, Coates took what was a momentous decision at that time — he decided to devote himself to freelance composition...

Copyright © 23 February 2014 Patric Standford,
Suffolk UK

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THE DEFINITIVE ERIC COATES

ERIC COATES

NIMBUS RECORDS

ORCHESTRAL MUSIC

UNITED KINGDOM

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