CD Releases...an audiophile's dream
Recordings by the Harris-Coates Duo offer a refreshing brilliance and presence of sound. In the world of classical music, pure studio recordings are often a rarity. Most recordings of this genre opt for the speed and cost efficiency of "live" location/remote recordings. The Harris-Coates Duo has the luxury of a fully equipped, professional recording studio at their disposal complete with a superbly skilled producer/engineer--Mike Coates--who brings decades of professional experience in all facets of commercial recording and deep dedication to the classical aesthetic of beautiful, clear sound.
Rather than searching out a choice performance venue for a traditional recital-style recording, Mike and Debora wanted to record in the studio utilizing contemporary commercial recording conventions: close miking, professional-grade digital recorders, and modern serial and parallel electronic processors to construct their ideal venue. The benefits of such an approach include greatly enhanced fidelity, superior detail of lines and parts, maximum control of dynamic extremes, and the ability to optimize individual performances.
The result--CD recordings of extraordinary fidelity, clarity and presence which provide the perfect showcase for the Harris-Coates Duo's world-class musicianship, flawless technique and masterful interpretation of the finest works in the flute-guitar repertoire.
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The White Peacock
BDR022 - released September 2002
This album includes three new compositions which the Harris-Coates Duo performed at last year's NFA Convention in Dallas: Tre Divertimenti by Spanish composer Salvador Brotons, Quatre Facettes by French composer Jean-Michel Damase and Serenade to Eve, After Rodin by American composer Daniel Dorff. Also featured on the CD is a new transcription of American composer Charles T. Griffes' The White Peacock. This piece, originally written for piano in 1915 and later scored by Griffes for full orchestra, was transcribed and arranged by Mike Coates for flute, guitar and bassoon -- this recording features guest artist Russell Peterson on bassoon. Other pieces include Serenata al Alba del Dia by Joaquin Rodrigo, Le Petit Berger and Le Petit Negre by Claude Debussy and Mosaic by Andrea Stern.
more info on the White Peacock page
Dances in the Madhouse BDR2161 - released February 2000
This exotic and varied compact disc release includes as its centerpiece the four-movement Dances in the Madhouse by American composer David Leisner. Notes Debora Harris, "We are especially pleased to record and release the flute and guitar version of this strikingly dramatic work. It has been our pleasure to perform this piece on several occasions around the country, including the 1998 National Flute Association convention in Phoenix, Arizona and the 1999 College Music Society convention in Denver, Colorado." The album also includes Sonatina op. 205 by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Two Preludes by Claude Debussy, Aria from Bachianas brasileiras No. 5 by Heitor Villa-Lobos, Hymn of Pan by Charles Delaney, Trio by Hector Berlioz, and Histoire du Tango by Astor Piazzolla. More info on the Dances in the Madhouse page
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Reverie BDR2071 - released September 1997
A lovely selection of repertoire which captures the musical rapport of these superb artists. From delicate French Impressionism to colorful Appalachian folk melodies to the exotic Argentianian tango, the engaging sound of the flute and guitar duo beautifully explores these diverse musical worlds. Works on this recording include Pièce en forme de habanera by Maurice Ravel, Bordel 1900 from Histoire du Tango by Astor Piazzolla, Trois Movements Perpétuels by Francis Poulenc, Entr'acte by Jacques Ibert, Kokopeli by Katherine Hoover, Tempo di Siciliana from Sonatina op. 205 by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, The House Carpenter and Cindy from Mountain Songs by Robert Beaser, plus works by Jindrich Feld, Eugène Bozza, and Francis Kleynjans. More info on the Reverie page