Albert Coates

Albert Coates
Albert Coates (23 April 1882 – 11 December 1953) was an English conductor and composer. Born in Saint Petersburg where his English father was a successful businessman, he studied in Russia, England and Germany, before beginning his career as a conductor in a series of German opera houses. He was a success in England conducting Wagner at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in 1914, and in 1919 was appointed chief conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra.

His strengths as a conductor lay in opera and the Russian repertoire, and he was not thought as impressive in the core Austro-German symphonic repertoire. After 1923 he failed to secure a permanent conductorship in the UK, and for much of the rest of his life he guest conducted in continental Europe and the US. In his last years he took orchestral appointments in South Africa, where he died at 71.

As a composer, Coates is little remembered, but he composed seven operas, one of which was performed at Covent Garden. He also wrote some concert works for orchestral forces.
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Albert Coates

Albert Coates

Albert Coates (23 April 1882 – 11 December 1953) was an English conductor and composer. Born in Saint Petersburg where his English father was a successful businessman, he studied in Russia, England and Germany, before beginning his career as a conductor in a series of German opera houses. He was a success in England conducting Wagner at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in 1914, and in 1919 was appointed chief conductor of the London Sympho...
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BACH (arr Elgar) - Fantasia and Fugue in C minor
BEETHOVEN - Gratulations-Menuett
BEETHOVEN The Creatures of Prometheus - Overture
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9 'Choral'
Recorded between 1925 & 1928
Total duration:  78:04 

Elsie Suddaby, soprano
Nellie Walker,
contralto
Walter Widdop,
tenor
Stuart Robinson,
bass
Philharmonic Choir
London Symphony Orchestra
Albert Coates,
conductor

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MOZART - Symphony No. 41, 'Jupiter'
MOZART - Der Schauspieldirektor - Overture
BEETHOVEN - Symphony No. 7
Acoustic HMV recordings 1921-1924
Total duration: 70:41

The Symphony Orchestra
Albert Coates,
conductor

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STRAVINSKY Petrushka Ballet
BORODIN
 Prince Igor - excerpts
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV
 Czar Sultan - Suite
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV
 May Night - Overture
MUSSORGSKY
 Khovanshchina: Persian Dances

Electric HMV recordings 1926-30
Total duration: 73:15

Albert Coates, conductor

London Symphony Orchestra

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RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Coq d'Or - suite
STRAVINSKY
 Firebird Suite
RAVEL Ma Mère l'Oye - Suite
Music by Glinka, Liadov, Debussy

Acoustic HMV recordings 1921-24
Total duration: 70:19

Albert Coates, conductor

London Symphony Orchestra

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TCHAIKOVSKY - Symphony No. 5
TCHAIKOVSKY - Francesca da Rimini
BORODIN - Prince Igor - Ballet
Acoustic HMV recordings 1922-1924
Total duration: 68:50

The Symphony Orchestra
Albert Coates
, conductor

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    MOZART Symphony No. 41
    MOZART
    The Impressario, Overture
    BEETHOVEN
    Symphony No. 3
    HMV Studio Recordings ∙ 1926 – 1927
    Total duration: 71:42

    Albert Coates, conductor
    London Symphony Orchestra

    "Symphony Orchestra"


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    TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 6, "Pathétique"
    TCHAIKOVSKY March Slave
    TCHAIKOVSKY
     Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture
    GLINKA
     Ruslan and Lyudmila Overture

    Electric HMV recordings 1926-1930
    Total duration: 74:46

    Albert Coates, conductor

    London Symphony Orchestra

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    WAGNER The Potted Ring - Volume One

    Das Rheingold
    Die Walküre
    Studio recordings, 1926-32
    Total duration: 2hr 33:07

    Frida Leider ∙ Friedrich Schorr ∙ Emmi Leisner
    Florence Austral ∙ Walter Widdop ∙ Göta Ljungberg
    Albert Coates ∙ Leo Blech, conductors


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    WAGNER The Potted Ring - Volume 3: Götterdämmerung, Motives and Extras
    Studio recordings, 1926-31
    Total duration: 2hr 23:59 and 60:30 

    Florence Austral ∙ Walter Widdop
    Rudolf Laubenthal ∙ Maartje Offers ∙ Ivar Andrésen

    Lauritz Melchior ∙ Friedrich Schorr

    Götterdämmerung: Albert Coates ∙ Leo Blech
    Appendix: Lawrance Collingwood ∙ Leo Blech ∙ Karl Muck 


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      WAGNER The Potted Ring - Volume Two: Siegfried
      Studio recordings, 1928-32
      Total duration: 2hr 31:10

      Lauritz Melchior ∙ Florence Easton ∙ Friedrich Schorr
      Heinrich Tessmer ∙ Eduard Habich ∙ Albert Reiss
      Rudolf Bockelmann ∙ Emil Schipper ∙ Maria Olszewska ∙ Nora Gruhn
      Robert Heger ∙ Albert Coates ∙ Karl Alwin, conductors