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Classical Recordings

Mike and Linda Coates

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Classical guitar forms the foundation of the set of four seasonal recordings released by "Mike & Linda Coates and Friends" on Barking Dog Records: The Summer AirFall in LoveWinter's Night and An Early Spring. Often categorized as "classical crossover," "light classical" or "classical/pop," the music ranges from an Elizabethan lute song or traditional carol to a King Crimson ballad or Coates original, all united by classical guitar, lush vocals and delicate acoustic arrangements.

Fall In Love

Mike & Linda Coates and Friends

1     Love in Fall / Mike & Linda Coates
2     Plaisir d’Amour / Giovanni Martini
3     Because / The Beatles: Lennon & McCartney
4     A Whiter Shade of Pale / Procol Harum: Brooker; Reid
5     Romance from Rosamunde / Franz Schubert
6     C’est la vie / ELP: Lake; Sinfield
  Romantic Suite for Classical Guitar / transc. & arr. by Mike Coates
7     Liebestraum / Franz Liszt
8     Romance / Robert Schumann
9     Prelude No. 7 in A Major, Op. 28 / Frédéric Chopin
10   Theme from Symphony No. 6 “The Pathetique” / P. I. Tchaikovsky
11   Adieu (Nach Osten) / A. H. von Weyrauch (orig. attributed to Franz Schubert)
12   Träumerei / Robert Schumann
13   Meditation on a theme from Thaïs / Jules Massenet
14   A Whiter Shade of Pale, reprise

Hidden track:        Come Again! / John Dowland


Winter's Night

Mike & Linda Coates and Friends

1      In the Bleak Midwinter / Rossetti; Holst
2      Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella / 17th c. Provençal
3      Jolly Good Ale and Old / (words c. 1480)
4      Ave Maria / Gounod; J. S. Bach
5     Good King Wenceslas / (trad.)
6     Pastorale, Op. 149 / Mauro Giuliani
7     Nana (Lullaby) / Manuel de Falla
8     Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring / J. S. Bach
9     Each Winter as the Year Grows Older / W. & A. Gay, 1969, Congregational Hymn
10   Now Winter Nights Enlarge / Thomas Campian
11   Wassail, Wassail / (ancient English)
12   A Slumber Song of the Madonna / Noyes; Head
13 - 15   Concerto in D Major, RV 93 / Antonio Vivaldi

                     I. Allegro giusto
                     II. Largo
                     III. Allegro

16   I Believe in Father Christmas / ELP: Greg Lake


An Early Spring

Mike & Linda Coates and Friends

1     Here Comes the Sun / The Beatles: George Harrison
2     The Salley Gardens / (Irish folk song)
3     Summer Is A-Coming In / (anon.)
4     The Seeds of Love (Sommerset folk song)
5     “Spring” from The Four Seasons / Antonio Vivaldi
6     Hansa / M. Coates
7     Have You Seen But A White Lilly Grow / (anon.); Ben Jonson
8     Now Is the Month of Maying / Thomas Morley
9     The Lowest Trees Have Tops / (anon.); L. Coates
10   Moonchild / King Crimson: Pete Sinfield
11   It Was a Lover and His Lass / Shakespeare; Morley
12   April Is In My Mistress’ Face / Thomas Morley
13   Branle Gay (Renaissance dance) / (anon.)
14   The Water Is Wide (Waly Waly) / (Sommerset folk song)
15   Summer Is A-Coming In / Canarios / (anon.); Gaspar Sanz


The Summer Air

Mike & Linda Coates and Friends

1     The Summer Air / Mike & Linda Coates
2     Sun King / The Beatles
3     It’s a Beautiful Morning / The Rascals
4     Blackbird / The Beatles
5     Hot Fun in the Summertime / Sly & the Family Stone
6     Summer in the City / Lovin’ Spoonful
7     Summer Breeze / Seals & Crofts
8     Summer’s Almost Gone / The Doors
9     Aja / Steely Dan
10   Indian Summer / The Doors
11   Suite: A Fawn on the Lawn / Debussy; Orff
12   The Summer Knows / Michel Legrand
13   The Bar by the Side of the Road / R. E. Howard; M. Coates
14   The Last Rose of Summer / (trad. Irish)


Harris-Coates Duo

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The Harris-Coates duo performed many concerts and recitals in their nearly twenty-year collaboration. Both taught at Moorhead State University, MN and Concordia College, MN. Mike is now at North Dakota State University. Featured invitational performances included National Flute conventions in Phoenix (1998), Dallas (2001), and San Diego (2005), a College Music Society Convention in Denver
(1999), and Tennessee Technological University in the mid 1990s. The duo recorded three CDs on Barking Dog Records. Several world premieres were included on those CDs and those performances.


Harris-Coates Duo

1     Pièce en forme de habanera / Maurice Ravel
2     Bordel 1900 from Histoire du Tango / Astor Piazzolla
            Trois Mouvements Perpétuels / Francois Poulenc
3                     Assez modéré
4                     Très modéré
5                     Alerte
6     Tempo di Siciliana from Sonatina, Op. 205 / Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
7     Entr’acte / Jacques Ibert
            Deux Danses / Jindřich Feld
8                    Danse Lyrique
9                    Danse Barbare
10   Kokopeli (for solo flute) / Katherine Hoover
11 - 12    Berceuse et Serenade / Eugéne Bozza
             Deux Arias / Francis Kleynjans
13                   Aria No. 1
14                   Aria No. 2
             Mountain Songs / Robert Beaser
15                   The House Carpenter
16                   Cindy


Dances in the Madhouse

Harris-Coates Duo

               Dances in the Madhouse / David Leisner
1                        Tango Solitaire
2                        Waltz for the Old Folks
3                        Ballad for the Lonely
4                        Samba!
                Two Preludes / Claude Debussy
5                        La fille aux cheveux de lin
6                        Bruyères
                 Sonatina Op. 205 / Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
7                        Allegretto grazioso
8                        Tempo di Siciliana
9                        Scherzo-Rondo
10   Aria from Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 / Heitor Villa-Lobos
11   Hymn of Pan for Solo Flute / Charles DeLaney
12   Trio from L’Enfance du Christ / Hector Berlioz
                   Histoire du Tango Astor / Piazzolla
13                     Bordel 1900
14                     Café 1930
15                     Night Club 1960
16                     Concert d’aujourd’hui



The White Peacock

Harris-Coates Duo

1     Mosaic / Andrea Stern
            Tre Divertimenti, Op. 68 / Salvador Brotons
2                     Molto allegro
3                     Adagio lamentoso
4                     Con fuoco
5     The White Peacock / Charles T. Griffes (arr. M. Coates)
6     Serenade to Eve, After Rodin / Daniel Dorff
             Serenata al Alba del Dia / Joaquin Rodrigo
7                     Andante moderato
8                     Allegro

             Claude Debussy
9                     Le Petit Berger
10                   Le Petit Negre
              Quatre Facettes / Jean-Michel Damase
11                   Allegretto
12                   Andante
13                   Allegro scherzando
14                   Presto



Tango Solitaire:

I.  from

Dances in the Madhouse/ David Leisner


Flute/Guitar track

The Fargo Kiwanis Club Club CD project grew out of chairperson Margie Bailly’s research concerning “The Mozart Effect.” 3,000 copies were given to MeritCare and Innovis hospitals in Fargo to distribute as part of the kit given to new parents of all babies born in Fargo in the year 2004. The album was produced by Mike and Linda Coates and involved all premiere area musicians. Included in the cast are Jay Hershberger, Peter Halverson, The Concordia Woodwind Quintet, The Fargo-Moorhead Symphony, and the Harris-Coates Duo.


Ricardo Visus tenor


Ricardo Visus was a colleague and dear friend of Mike and Linda Coates during the 1980s and early ‘90s at Moorhead State University in Moorhead, MN. He was born in Navarra, Spain and began his musical studies at the Conservatorio Pablo Sarasate in Pamplona, Spain. He continued his studies at the Royal Conservatory in Madrid, Spain, and in 1963 he won the international Scholarship "Funda-
cion Juan March" to study in Milan, Italy. In 1965 he was awarded the Gold Medal at the J.B. Viotti International Awards in Vercelli, Italy, competing against more than 100 performers from 22 countries.

Ricardo Visus has sung the principal operas of the Italian and Spanish repertoire in performances in Italy, Spain, Argentina and the United States. He was a leading tenor during one year with the Company Mendoza LaSalle and two years with the Spanish National Lyric Company. In 1972, Ricardo Visus came to the United States and joined the music faculty of Moorhead State University, where he
taught voice and directed the opera program.


In 1994, Ricardo and Mike (along with pianist Terrie Manno) recorded a CD of Spanish and South American songs featuring music of composers including Villa-Lobos, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Obradors, Sandoval, de Falla, Rodrigo, and Turina, as a parting gift to celebrate Ricardo’s retirement and return to Spain.

Ninguem Faz Falta Ninguem by Arnaldo Rebello
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