Entries by Peter Cates


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, […]

REVIEW POTPOURRI – Mozart: Violin Concertos 1-5

by Peter Cates Adagio and 2 Rondos Lena Neudauer, violinist, with Bruno Weil conducting the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrucken Kaiserslautern; SWR Music, 2 CDs, recorded 2013. Lena Neudauer, born in 1984, displayed extraordinary talent early in her childhood, but steered clear of starting her career during adolescence. In quoting her from the set’s liner notes, […]

REVIEW POTPOURRI: The Man Who Came to Dinner

by Peter Cates The Man Who Came to Dinner starring Monte Woolley, Bette Davis, Reginald Gardner, Ann Sheridan, Jimmy Durante, Mary Wickes, Richard Travers etc.; directed by William Keighley; Warner Brothers, dvd, released New Year’s Day, 1942, 112 minutes. Although Monty Woolley (1888-1963) appeared in a number of other films and plays, his most well-known […]

REVIEW POTPOURRI: Leonard Cohen, Songs from a Room

by Peter Cates Leonard Cohen Songs from a Room Columbia/Legacy-88697047402, CD, recorded 1968. Quebec-born singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen (1934-2016) was arguably most well-known for Hallelujah but, back in the 1960s, his Suzanne and That’s No Way to Say Good­bye held their own as very frequently sung. The lyrics dealt with politics, loneliness, integrity, faith – the […]


by Peter Cates Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 Ida Czernecka, pianist, with Laurence Siegel conducting; Nutcracker and Swan Lake ballet excerpts; Alberto Lizzio cond.; Orbis CCC 001, CD, recording date unknown. Ida Czernecka was born in 1949 in Bratislava, Slovakia, and has lived there since. She is well-known there as a pianist and teacher but […]

REVIEW POTPOURRI: Bucharest, Romania, Radio Hall

by Peter Cates Last week, I listened to a live link, via computer, from the Bucharest, Romania, Radio Hall; it is one of two major venues in that city to see classical music concerts, the other being the Atheneum. And very frequently, these concerts can be heard worldwide on romania muzical. The concert featured the […]