Entries by Peter Cates

REVIEW POTPOURRI – Herb Alpert: Magic Man

by Peter Cates Herb Alpert Magic Man A&M records, SP-3728, LP, recorded 1981. Now 84 years old, trumpeter Herb Alpert staked his claim to fame back in the early ‘60s with the series of Tijuana Brass albums that sold in the millions as vinyl LPs and continue to do well in CD formats. His A&M […]

REVIEW POTPOURRI: Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6

by Peter Cates Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 “Pathetique”; Muir Mathieson conducting the Sinfonia of London. Camelot CMT 102, stereo LP, recorded 1958. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s 6th Symphony was given its world premiere on October 28, 1893, nine days before he died at 53. He wrote a letter to his nephew that year describing his feelings […]

REVIEW POTPOURRI: Elizabeth Coatsworth

by Peter Cates Elizabeth Coatsworth “Outwardly I am 83, but inwardly I am every age, with the emotions and experiences of each period.” Born in Buffalo, New York, the writers Elizabeth Coatsworth (1893-1986) and her husband, Henry Beston (1888-1968), lived in an early 19th century farmhouse, Chimney Farm, alongside Damariscotta Lake, in Nobleboro, Maine. She […]


by Peter Cates The Headliners, Volume 3 Columbia Record Club, GB 11, LP, released December, 1962. A number of record collectors with very long memories, including myself, joined the now-extinct Columbia Record Club which started in 1955 and was based in Terre Haute, Indiana. Every year around Christmas starting in 1960, it would send a […]

REVIEW POTPOURRI: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

by Peter Cates In last week’s column, I wrote about the pianist Glenn Gould and mentioned his classical hit record, the 1955 Bach Goldberg Variations for Columbia Records but failed to mention another million seller, his 1981 remake of the same work, of which many of his fans, including myself, also consider basic to any […]


by Peter Cates Glenn Gould (1932-1982) Glenn Gould would have been 87 this past September 25 if he had not died of a stroke October 4, 1982, at the age of 50. A world-fa­mous pianist at a rarely achieved level of success as was Vladimir Horowitz, Artur Rubinstein and Sviatoslav Richter, and still Yuga Wang, […]

REVIEW POTPOURRI: Budapest String Quartet

by Peter Cates Budapest String Quartet Op. 59, No. 3 Budapest String Quartet, Columbia MM-510, 4 12-inch 78s, recorded September 15, 1941. The Budapest String Quartet began in 1917 when Budapest, Hungary, was a major center for classical music education with composers Bela Bartok and Zoltan Kodaly and violinist Jeno Hubay and others. Four unemployed […]

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 […]