Entries by Peter Cates

REVIEW POTPOURRI: Bach selections

by Peter Cates Bach selections from The Joy of Great Music, Album 15, FW-515, LP, 1980 series of records usually peddled in supermarket chains. The above album contains the following examples of Johann Sebastian Bach, 1685-1750: Side 1, Saint Matthew Passion excerpts. Soprano Laurence Dutoit, alto Maria Nussbaumer, bass Otto Weiner, with Ferdinand Grossmann conducting […]


by Peter Cates The Odd Couple starring Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau etc. Released 1968, transferred to DVD. I have known about The Odd Couple since its release 50 years ago; that it’s very funny because Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau were exceptionally gifted actors in comedy roles, two personal favorites being Lemmon’s Good Neighbor Sam […]

REVIEW POTPOURRI: Christmas Albums

by Peter Cates The Joy of Christmas Leonard Bernstein, New York Philharmonic and Mormon Tabernacle; Columbia MS 6499, stereo LP, recorded 1963. A Golden Treasury of Christmas Music Sir Alexander Gibson, chorus and orchestra; Columbia Record Club P2S 5170, two LPs, recorded 1967. This week’s Xmas LPs, both released in the 1960s, are very good […]

REVIEW POTPOURRI – Composer: Berlioz; Xmas quote from Borge; Band: Abba

by Peter Cates Berlioz: L’Enfance du Christ Andre Cluytens conducts Paris Conservatory Orchestra with chorus and soloists. EMI, Recorded 1964, 2 CDs. Composer Hector Berlioz (1803-1869) left a Christmas oratorio, the above-listed Birth of Christ and quite exceptional in its own sublime beauty. The work focuses on three episodes of the Christmas story- Herod’s dream […]

REVIEW POTPOURRI: Christmas at the Brooklyn Tabernacle

by Peter Cates Christmas at the Brooklyn Tabernacle The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir and Singers, with the London Studio Orchestra; Warner Alliance 9460042, CD, recorded 1995. Brooklyn, New York’s Tabernacle church has this very good choir as part of its weekly services and worldwide ministry. This cd is one that should please those who enjoy the […]

REVIEW POTPOURRI – Novelist: Jim Thompson

by Peter Cates Jim Thompson Pop. 1280, 1964 crime novel, roughly 217 pages. Vastly underrated during his lifetime, Jim Thompson (1906-1977) wrote over 30 novels mainly set in the “golden triangle” of Louisiana, Texas, and Oklahoma during the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s. Most of his characters were clueless misfits, self-serving blowhards and nihilistic villains. Pop. […]