180 Days With Mozart And Me

A Survey Of The Philips Complete Mozart Edition…From Symphonies Through Theatre And Ballet Music

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Of Stones Lost and Musics Masonic (Litanies; Vespers; Oratorios, Box 11)

April 8th, 2010 · No Comments · Alexander Commercials, Andreas Schmidt, Box 11: Mozart: Litanies; Vespers; Oratorios; Cantatas; Masonic Music, Embrace Life TV Ad, Hans Peter Blochwitz, K148, K429, K468, K471, K477, K483, K484, K546, K619, K623, K623a, Lapis, Mannerchor des Rundfunkchores Leipzig, Mindfulness, Mozart at 16, Mozart at 17, Mozart at 18, Mozart at 19, Mozart at 20, Mozart at 28, Mozart at 29, Mozart at 32, Mozart at 33, Mozart at 34, Mozart at 35, Peter Schreier, Salzburg (1772-6 or Vienna 1784), Staatskapelle Dresden, Vienna (1785-91), Vienna (April 20 1785), Vienna (date and year unknown), Vienna (December 1785-January 1786), Vienna (July 1791), Vienna (July-November 1785), Vienna (June 26 1788), Vienna (March 26 1785), Vienna (November 1791 origin doubtful), Writing Music

I lost my little blue stone yesterday. For the past year, I carried a small lapis in my pocket. It wasn’t particularly valuable. Lapis is a semi-precious stone. I think it cost me $5 at a local New Age-type store. But I considered it priceless. (Or I thought I did.) I bought it because I [...]

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Of Shuffles and Sopranos (Litanies; Vespers; Oratorios, Box 11)

April 2nd, 2010 · No Comments · Annelies Burmeister, Aspera, Bohemian Rhapsody, Box 11: Mozart: Litanies; Vespers; Oratorios; Cantatas; Masonic Music, Brett Rosenberg, Dagmar Schellenberger-Ernst, Dave Brubeck, Dream Theater, Eberhard Buchner, Glenn Miller, Grateful Dead, Half Light, Herbert Kegel, Hermann Christian Polster, Illusion Suite, Isabella Nawe, K127, K141, K143, K198, K222, K260, K273, K276, K277, K322, K323, Manheim (January-February 1778), Moonsorrow, Mozart at 13, Mozart at 16, Mozart at 17, Mozart at 18, Mozart at 19, Mozart at 20, Mozart at 21, Mozart at 22, Mozart at 23, Mozart at 31, Mozart at 32, Mozart at 33, Munich (Early 1775), Queen, Rosemarie Lang, Rundfunk - Sinfonia - Orchestra Leipzig, Rundfunkchor Lepizig, Salzburg (1774), Salzburg (1776), Salzburg (1777), Salzburg (1779), Salzburg (late 1769), Salzburg (late 1773), Salzburg (May 1772), Salzburg (September 9 1777), Ursula Reinhardt-Kiss, Ute Selbig, Vienna (1787-9)

I don’t know what’s different about today’s music. But it grabbed me by the lapels, shook me out of my slumber, and made me want to know who’s singing. Regina coeli in B flat, K.127, especially Movements 2-4, amazed me. The soprano was doing a lot of vocal gymnastics, which I don’t normally like in [...]

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Of Crooners and Kyries (Litanies; Vespers; Oratorios, Box 11)

March 30th, 2010 · No Comments · Annelies Burmeister, Bing Crosby, Box 11: Mozart: Litanies; Vespers; Oratorios; Cantatas; Masonic Music, Crooners, Dean Martin, Dixit et Magnificat, Eberhard Buchner, Frank Sinatra, Herbert Kegel, Hermann Christian Polster, Johnny Mathis, Jon Anderson, K125, K193, K195, Litaniae de venerabili altaris sacramento, Litaniae Lauretanae BMV, Mitsuko Shirai, Mozart at 16, Mozart at 18, Renate Frank-Reinecke, Roundabout, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, Rundfunkchor Lepizig, Salzburg (July 1774), Salzburg (March 1772), Salzburg (May 1774), Yes

The music is great. But when the vocals begin I am immediately taken away from the music. I can’t seem to hear both together. I hear one, or the other. Mostly the other. I don’t have trouble with vocals in prog-rock music, or metal, or rock, or even pop. Heck, for that matter, I dig [...]

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Of Steaks and Sonatas (Missae, Requiem, Organ Sonatas, Box 10)

March 27th, 2010 · No Comments · Box 10: Missae Requiem Organ Sonatas & Solos, Church Sonatas 1-12, Daniel Chorzempa, Deutsche Bachsolisten, Going For the One, Helmut Winschermann, K144, K145, K212, K224, K225, K241, K244, K245, K263, K67, K68, K69, Mozart at 16, Mozart at 18, Mozart at 19, Mozart at 20, Mozart at 24, Organ Sonatas 1-12, Panera Bread, Salzburg (1772), Salzburg (1774), Salzburg (April 1776), Salzburg (December 1776), Salzburg (early 1780), Salzburg (January 1776), Salzburg (July 1775), Yes

This is going to be a great day. A couple of days ago, Elisabeth and I bought two three-pound, two-and-a-half-inch-thick Porterhouse steaks from a local meat market. I kid you not. Six pounds of beef. The biggest, best-looking steaks I’ve ever laid eyes on. I took pictures of them, holding one up to Bradbury, our [...]

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Of Likes and Dislikes (Missae, Requiem, Organ Sonatas, Box 10)

March 22nd, 2010 · No Comments · Annelies Burmeister, Box 10: Missae Requiem Organ Sonatas & Solos, Celestina Casapietra, Clifford Grant, Gillian Knight, Helen Donath, Herbert Kegel, Hermann Christian Polster, John Alldis Choir, K192, K257, London Symphony Orchestra, Mozart at 18, Mozart at 20, Peter Schreier, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, Rundfunkchor Lepizig, Ryland Davies, Salzburg (June 24 1774), Salzburg (November 1776), Sir Colin Davis

I think I know what the problem is. Choir-based compositions sound more alike than instrumental compositions. In other words, when the music is no longer the primary focus, my mind has less to grab onto when I listen to vocal music. Every composition sounds the same to me. Oh, there’s a different soprano here, a [...]

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Of Kidney Stones and Soaring Sopranos (Missae, Requiem, Organ Sonatas, Box 10)

March 20th, 2010 · No Comments · Aldo Baldin, Alto (definition), Baritone (definition), Bass (definition), Box 10: Missae Requiem Organ Sonatas & Solos, Contralto (definition), Countertenor (definition), Herbert Kegel, Hermann Christian Polster, K194, K275, K337, Kidney stones, Mezzo-Soprano (definition), Mitsuko Shirai, Mozart at 18, Mozart at 21, Mozart at 24, Operatic voice types (defined), Panera Bread, Rosemarie Lang, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, Rundfunkchor Lepizig, Salzburg (August 8 1774), Salzburg (late 1777), Salzburg (March 1780), Soprano (definition), Tenor (definition), Zen

Today (Saturday, March 20, 2010) we awoke to see snow had blanketed the ground in a grotesque parody of a late-December morning. I don’t mind snow in December. Especially late December. But I do object to it in late March. But to whom do I object? My cat? My wife? The meteorologist on TV? God? [...]

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Of Rare March Mornings and Reconstructed Mozart Music (Piano Music, Box 9)

March 16th, 2010 · No Comments · Box 9: Piano Music, deest, deest (definition), Fugue in C minor for 2 Pianos, Ingrid Haebler, Jörg Demus, K deest, K19d, K358, K381, K426, K448, Larghetto & Allegro in E flat for 2 Pianos, Ludwig Hoffmann, Mozart at 16, Mozart at 17, Mozart at 18, Mozart at 25, Mozart at 26, Mozart at 27, Panera Bread, Paul Badura-Skoda, Sonata in B flat for Piano Duet, Sonata in C for Piano Duet, Sonata in D for 2 Pianos, Sonata in D for Piano Duet

It’s hard to believe this weather. Once again, we have sunshine and temperatures near 60 degrees Fahrenheit (15.6 Celsius) predicted for today. That’s just about as rare as it gets for Michigan at this time of year. So here I am once more (the famous first line of a classic prog-rock album), sitting at Panera [...]

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Of Sunshine and Salieri (Piano Music, Box 9)

March 11th, 2010 · No Comments · 12 Variations in C, Amsterdam (February 1766), Box 9: Piano Music, Eight Variations in G, Friedrich Kerst, Ingrid Haebler, K179, K24, K25, K264, Mozart at 10, Mozart at 17, Mozart at 18, Mozart at 22, Mozart at 9, Mozart: the man and the artist revealed in his own words, Nine Variations in C, Paris (Summer 1778), Salieri, Salzburg (Summer 1774), Seven Variations in D, Six Variations in G, The Hague (January 1766), Vienna (Autumn 1773)

I can’t believe it’s supposed to get up to 60 degrees (F.) today. And be sunny! This is Michigan. In early March. We’re not supposed to see the sun for at least another two months. (That’s an exaggeration. But it feels that way when you live here.) Today’s selection of music is fascinating, not just [...]

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Of Erudite Lyricism and Not-Wasted Youth (String Quartets, String Quintets, Box 7)

February 14th, 2010 · No Comments · Arpad Gerecz, Arthur Grumiaux, Bolzano or Verona (Oct-Nov 1772), Box 7: String Quartets String Quintets, Elisa Pegreffi, Enjoyment of Music (book), Eva Czako, Franco Rossi, Geroge Janzer, Joseph Machlis, K155, K156, K157, K158, K80, Max Lesueur, Milan (1772-3), Milan (late 1772), Mozart at 16, Mozart at 17, Mozart at 18, Paolo Borciani, Piero Farulli, Quartetto Italiano, Salzburg (1773-4), String Quartet No 1 in G, String Quartet No 2 in D, String Quartet No 3 in G, String Quartet No 4 in C, String Quartet No 5 in F, Tully Potter

A new day. A new week. A new box of CDs to discover. Today starts Box 7 (“String Quartets, String Quintets”) from the Complete Mozart Edition. Along with all of the “new” of this moment, there’s a new group of musicians to learn about: the Quartetto Italiano. Here’s their entry on Wikipedia: Quartetto Italiano – [...]

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Of LIfelike GWTW and Lighthearted BCBF (Violin & Wind Concertos, Box 5)

February 2nd, 2010 · No Comments · Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Bassoon Concerto in B flat, Box 5: Violin & Wind Concertos, Clarinet Concerto in A, Gone With the Wind, K191, K622, Karl Leister, Klaus Thunemann, Mozart at 18, Mozart at 35, Salzburg (June 4 1774), Sir Neville Marriner, Vienna (October 1791)

We bought a 42″ flat-screen TV last night, a Philips 6000 series with 50,000:1 Wide Dynamic Contrast. The picture is so life-like that when we watched the Blu-ray version of Gone With the Wind it was like looking out a window at real people. I’m not kidding. I’ve never seen the pores on Vivien Leigh’s [...]

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