Entries by Peter Cates

REVIEW POTPOURRI: American Country Classics & Henry Thoreau

by Peter Cates American Country Classics A Columbia Musical Treasury 6P 7157, six LPs, released 1980. Columbia Musical Treasury was an offshoot of the Columbia Record Club, later known as Columbia House, and it released numerous, moderately-priced record sets of best-selling artists, such as Percy Faith, Dionne Warwick, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, or musical […]

REVIEW POTPOURRI: Beethoven’s Symphony #7

by Peter Cates Beethoven Symphony # 7 Eugene Ormandy conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra; Columbia, M-557, five 12- inch 78s, Recorded 1944. Back during the 78 rpm days, lasting the first half of the 20th century, the record sides were three to five minutes in duration; when longer classical works were recorded, the scores were marked […]

REVIEW POTPOURRI: Edwin Arlington Robinson

by Peter Cates Edwin Arlington Robinson Towards the end of Edwin Arlington Robinson’s two years at Harvard (ones during which he took several literature courses, enjoyed them thoroughly and was happy to get Bs with no ambition for higher grades at all), the poet wrote a slightly tongue-in-cheek June 21, 1893, letter to his friend, […]

REVIEW POTPOURRI – Sculptor: Camille Claudel

by Peter Cates Sculptor Camille Claudel (1864-1943) Camille Claudel did a bust of her younger brother, the poet, essayist and diplomat Paul Claudel (1868-1955), when he was only 16 in 1884. One is captivated by the exceptionally vivid expressive lines in her brother’s face, the emotional vulnerability she brought out in bronze and the labor […]

REVIEW POTPOURRI: Stanley and Macdonough

by Peter Cates Stanley and Macdonough O Morning Land recorded June 8, 1908; side 2, the Haydn Quartet – God Be With You Till We Meet Again, recorded June 12, 1905. Victor Record, 16399, ten-inch shellac, acoustically recorded 78. Baritone Frank Stanley (1868-1910), who died of pleurisy at the age of 41, duetted with tenor […]


by Peter Cates Philharmonic EMI, CDC 7474772, cd, recorded 1985-86. Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921) was displaying perfect pitch before he was three years old and would be a child prodigy on the piano by age five; however, his mother sensibly decided he was too young for any exposure to the rigors of public acclaim through an […]