Entries by Peter Cates

REVIEW POTPOURRI – John Coltrane: Lush Life

by Peter Cates Lush Life John Coltrane, tenor sax Heritage, 513289L, CD, 1987 reissue of sessions from 1957-58. One of the greatest saxophone players in the history of jazz, John Coltrane (1926-1967) left a huge recorded legacy, each listing imbued with consistently high quality. Lush Life gathers five previously available selections from the late ‘50s […]


by Peter Cates Strauss Waltzes conducting the Vienna Symphony; Madacy, MKC 1825, cassette. Conductor Josef Krips (1902-1974) was distinguished by his work in helping to rebuild the Vienna State Opera during the post-World War II years; he also made many recordings of the Central European repertoire-Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert etc. – that were released in this […]

REVIEW POTPOURRI: Vivaldi, Chopin and organ music

by Peter Cates Vivaldi Various Concertos Karl Ristenpart conducting the Chamber Orchestra of the Sarre; Nonesuch H-71022; stereo LP, recorded early 1960s. Karl Ristenpart (1900-1967) was one of the most solid interpreters of Antonio Vivaldi’s music, along with that of Johann Sebastian Bach and others. He made a large number of recordings between the early-to-mid-’50s […]

REVIEW POTPOURRI – E.B. White: The Elements of Style

by Peter Cates E.B. White The Elements of Style (with William Strunk, Jr.), 4th edition – Longman Publishers; 1935, 1959, 1979, 1999; 95 pages. Although Elwyn Brooks White (1899-1985), better known as E.B. White, was born in Mount Vernon, New York, the family vacations during his childhood in Maine’s Belgrade Lakes, the routines of farm […]

REVIEW POTPOURRI: A collection of great classical recordings

by Peter Cates Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade William Stenberg conducting the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; Capitol P 8305, LP, recorded 1955. William Steinberg had a style of conducting in which the most often recorded works (and I still persist in my fascination with duplicates of favorite pieces of music) sounded freshly minted; his LP of Scheher­azade kept me […]

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 […]