Entries by Peter Cates

REVIEW POTPOURRI – Composer: Maurice Ravel

by Peter Cates Ravel Bolero, Pavane for a Dead Princess, and La Valse William Steinberg conducting the Pittsburg Symphony; Capitol SP 8475, stereo lp, recorded October 29, 1958, at Pittsburgh’s Syrian Mosque. One of the most gifted conductors to have emerged in the last century, William Steinberg (1899-1978), led the Pittsburgh Symphony from 1952 to […]

REVIEW POTPOURRI: Green Mountain Country

by Peter Cates Green Mountain Country “He got up at seven as usual, and he and his wife had breakfast together. At half past eight he went to his office in the town. His old friend and partner was already there when he entered. They were both early risers. They spoke with each other for […]


by Peter Cates George Enescu This past August 19 was the 138th anniversary of the birth of the great Romanian composer , violinist, conductor and teacher, George Enescu (1881-1955), whose musical legacy is still drawing ever-increasing attention and appreciation. The number of his compositions is very large and ranges through most classical forms. His own […]


by Peter Cates Verdi Requiem Fritz Reiner conducting the Vienna Philharmonic and the Society of the Friends of Music Chorus with soprano Leontyne Price, mezzo-soprano Rosalind Elias, tenor Jussi Bjoerling and baritone Giorgio Tozzi; RCA Victor LD-6091, 2 LPs, recorded 1960. Composer Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901) was an unwavering supporter of the Italian Risorgimento, the unification […]

REVIEW POTPOURRI: Meyer Davis plays the Twist

by Peter Cates Meyer Davis plays the Twist Cameo 1014, vinyl LP, recorded 1960. Band leader, Meyer Davis (1895-1976) ran a multi-million dollar empire of dance music several decades for coming-out parties, and seasonal galas hosted by the folks living in West Palm Beach, Newport, the Bahamas, Houston’s River Oaks, Greenwich, Paris, and the Mediterranean […]

REVIEW POTPOURRI – Actor: Robert Ryan

by Peter Cates One of the most gifted and, nowadays, under-appreciated actors in Hollywood for over 30 years, Robert Ryan (1909-1973) played many character roles, being his best in films as evil men who were often neurotic, driven, complex. One great performance was in the 1962 film, Billy Budd, based on Herman Melville’s novel. The […]

REVIEW POTPOURRI: The Atlantic Music Festival

by Peter Cates The Atlantic Music Festival Presented annually at Colby College Since 2008, our local, world-renowned Colby College has been hosting the Atlantic Music Festival for the month of July. The festival brings composers, instrumentalists and vocalists together to make music and perform concerts free of charge to the public. Because of my abysmal […]

REVIEW POTPOURRI: Robert Frost, American poet

by Peter Cates Robert Frost American poet American poet Robert Frost (1874-1963) was one of the very few who could earn a living from poetry alone, not having to do other jobs . He was also the only winner of four Pulitzer prizes for poetry. Frost’s main subject material was living in New England, mostly […]


by Peter Cates The Desert Song Mario Lanza, Judith Raskin etc.; RCA Victor LSC-2440, LP, recorded 1959. Mario Lanza (1921-1959) was one of the finest tenors who ever lived, when it came to beauty, tone, powerful one-on-one communication and love of singing. I have a number of his recordings covering opera arias, popular songs from […]

REVIEW POTPOURRI: The hiker, Peace Pilgrim

by Peter Cates Peace Pilgrim became renowned during her lifetime for crossing the entire United States at least six times on behalf of peace, feeling this leading from God. She began her 29 years of walking in 1952 with hiking the entire Appalachian Trail in one season. The trail is 2,200 miles/3,500 kilometers of length, […]