Entries by Peter Cates

REVIEWS: Soprano: Teresa Stich-Randall; Composer: Thomas ‘Fats’ Waller; Author: Evan Eisenberg

REVIEW POTPOURRI by Peter Cates Teresa Stich-Randall Preiser 93458, CD, recorded July 31st, 1956. Born and raised in Connecticut, Teresa Stich-Randall (1927-2007) had a major career of over 30 years, starting in the U.S. but mainly centered in Europe, as a soprano performing opera, and other forms of vocal classical music. To me, her fame […]

REVIEWS: R&B performer: Roy Brown; Singer: Billy Joel; Pianist: Valentina Kamenikova

REVIEW POTPOURRI by Peter Cates Roy Brown Roy Brown and New Orleans R & B; JSP Records JSP7756, four CDs, Recordings from mid-’40s to early ‘50s. Three New Orleans musical legends are given major representation in the above collection. They are Roy Brown (1920 or ’25-1981), Dave Bartholomew (1918-), and Professor Longhair (1918-1980), each of […]

REVIEWS: Music: Robert Farnon, Thomas Tallis & Vinyl

REVIEW POTPOURRI by Peter Cates Robert Farnon Robert Farnon Concert London, LPB 126, ten inch vinyl mono LP, recorded 1949. Canadian-born, composer/conductor Robert Farnon (1917-2005) recorded numerous albums of the most imaginative mood music arrangements, a quality of work equalled, in my experience, only by Percy Faith, Paul Weston, Nelson Riddle, and Andre Kostelanetz. The […]

REVIEWS: Crumb, Beethoven & Carl T. Fischer

REVIEW POTPOURRI by Peter Cates Crumb documentary film produced and directed by Terry Zwigoff, Sony Films 1994, 120 minutes. Terry Zwigoff initially ran into fierce resistance from his otherwise very good friend Robert Crumb, when he proposed the idea of this film. In reply, Zwigoff threatened to commit suicide, thus convincing the artist of the […]

REVIEWS: Composer: Mozart; Composer: Tchaikovsky; Singer: Jacqueline Francois

REVIEW POTPOURRI by Peter Cates MozartMozart Sinfonia Concertante in E-Flat Major for Violin, Viola and Orchestra; Sinfonia Concertante for Oboe, Clarinet, French horn, Bassoon, and Orchestra- various soloists, Armin Jorad conducting the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Musical Heritage Society- MHS 4739H,  12-inch stereo LP, recorded April, 1980. A very fine LP of two of Mozart’s most […]

REVIEWS: Composer: Edvard Grieg; Conductor: Karl Bohm; Singer: Johnny Mathis

REVIEW POTPOURRI by Peter Cates Edvard Grieg Piano Concerto Lou Shankson, piano, with the Philharmonia Orchestra; Royale 18163, 10-inch vinyl LP, copyright 1956. This infinitely lovely Concerto of Edvard Grieg (1843-1907) receives a really good performance, but not from the above listed parties, which are pseudonyms. Research in recent years now identifies the team as […]

REVIEW POTPOURRI, Week of June 22, 2017

REVIEW POTPOURRI by Peter Cates Bach Suites 2 and 3 Fritz Rieger conducting the Munich Philharmonic- Mercury MG10068, vinyl lp, from 1940’s German radio broadcast tapes. These two Orchestral Suites of J.S. Bach constitute some of the most joyous, very melodic and quite listenable music, both for newcomers to classical music and experienced connoisseurs who […]