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 repertory, but he was not thought as impressive in the core Austro-German symphonic repertory. After 1923 he failed to secure a permanent conductorship in the UK, and for much of the rest of his life guest-conducted in continental Europe and the US. In his last years he conducted in South Africa, where he died at 71.

As a composer, Coates is little remembered, but he composed seven operas, one of which, Pickwick, was performed at Covent Garden and was the first opera to be televised on the newly launched BBC, on November 13, 1936. He also wrote some concert works for orchestral forces.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 1, 1882 (Saint Petersburg), Died December 11, 1953 (South Africa)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1919 - 1932

Roles Represented in DAHR: conductor

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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 150 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia 76742 12-in. 12/11/1919 Scheherezade, 4th movement, part 1 Albert Coates ; London Symphony Orchestra Orchestra conductor  
Columbia 76743 12-in. 12/11/1919 Scheherezade, 4th movement, part 2 Albert Coates ; London Symphony Orchestra Orchestra conductor  
Columbia 76744 12-in. 12/11/1919 Scheherezade, 4th movement, part 3 Albert Coates ; London Symphony Orchestra Orchestra conductor  
Columbia 76745 12-in. 12/11/1919 Scheherezade, 4th movement, part 4 Albert Coates ; London Symphony Orchestra Orchestra conductor  
Gramophone CR134 12-in. 1/25/1926 Fire music Albert Coates Orchestra conductor  
Gramophone CR135 12-in. 1/25/1926 Fire music Albert Coates Orchestra conductor  
Gramophone Cc589 12-in. 10/25/1921 Symphony in A major, no. 7 Albert Coates ; Symphony Orchestra [Gramophone Co., 1920s] Orchestra conductor  
Gramophone Cc590 12-in. 10/25/1921 Symphony in A major, no. 7 Albert Coates ; Symphony Orchestra [Gramophone Co., 1920s] Orchestra conductor  
Gramophone Cc591 12-in. 10/25/1921 Symphony in A major, no. 7 Albert Coates ; Symphony Orchestra [Gramophone Co., 1920s] Orchestra conductor  
Gramophone Cc592 12-in. 10/25/1921 Symphony in A major, no. 7 Albert Coates ; Symphony Orchestra [Gramophone Co., 1920s] Orchestra conductor  
Gramophone Cc593 12-in. 10/25/1921 Symphony in A major, no. 7 Albert Coates ; Symphony Orchestra [Gramophone Co., 1920s] Orchestra conductor  
Gramophone Cc605 12-in. 10/28/1921 Symphony in A major, no. 7 Albert Coates ; Symphony Orchestra [Gramophone Co., 1920s] Orchestra conductor  
Gramophone Cc606 12-in. 10/28/1921 Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg : Overture Albert Coates ; Symphony Orchestra [Gramophone Co., 1920s] Orchestra conductor  
Gramophone Cc607 12-in. 10/28/1921 Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg : Overture Albert Coates ; Symphony Orchestra [Gramophone Co., 1920s] Orchestra conductor  
Gramophone Cc630 12-in. 11/4/1921 Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche Albert Coates ; Symphony Orchestra [Gramophone Co., 1920s] Orchestra conductor  
Gramophone Cc631 12-in. 11/4/1921 Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche Albert Coates ; Symphony Orchestra [Gramophone Co., 1920s] Orchestra conductor  
Gramophone Cc632 12-in. 11/4/1921 Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche Albert Coates ; Symphony Orchestra [Gramophone Co., 1920s] Orchestra conductor  
Gramophone Cc633 12-in. 11/4/1921 Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche Albert Coates ; Symphony Orchestra [Gramophone Co., 1920s] Orchestra conductor  
Gramophone CR674 12-in. 9/15/1926 Symphony no. 6 in B minor, Pathétique Albert Coates ; London Symphony Orchestra Orchestra conductor  
Gramophone CR675 12-in. 9/16/1926 Tannhäuser : Overture Albert Coates Orchestra conductor  
Gramophone CR676 12-in. 9/16/1926 Tannhäuser : Overture Albert Coates Orchestra conductor  
Gramophone CR677 12-in. 9/16/1926 Tannhäuser : Overture Albert Coates Orchestra conductor  
Gramophone CR678 12-in. 9/16/1926 Symphony no. 3, in E flat major (Eroica) Albert Coates Orchestra conductor  
Gramophone CR679 12-in. 9/16/1926 Symphony no. 3, in E flat major (Eroica) Albert Coates Orchestra conductor  
Gramophone CR680 12-in. 9/16/1926 Symphony no. 3, in E flat major (Eroica) Albert Coates Orchestra conductor  
(Results 1-25 of 150 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Coates, Albert," accessed July 15, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104000.

Coates, Albert. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 15, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104000.

"Coates, Albert." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 15 July 2024.

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