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 Cold Saturdays and Warm Operas (Box 14, Middle Italian Operas)

May 8th, 2010 · No Comments · Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Agenore, Alessandro, Aminta, Angela Maria Blasi, Box 14: Middle Italian Operas, Briony Shaw, Claes H Ahnsjo, Elisa, Il re pastore, Iris Vermillion, Jerry Hadley, John Constable, K208, K208 (Part II), Mozart at 19, Salzburg (Spring 1775), Sir Neville Marriner, Strato, Sylvia McNair, Tamiri

It’s an ugly day here in Grand Rapids. It’s overcast, rainy, and very chilly. Yuck. Happily, I have today’s CD to lift my spirits. Which is rare because this is CD 2 of Mozart’s opera Il re pastore, K208. And I still like it. For me, Il re pastore is the best of Mozart’s Early [...]

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Of Classical Pianists and Shepherd Kings (Box 14, Middle Italian Operas)

May 7th, 2010 · No Comments · Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Agenore, Alessandro, Aminta, Angela Maria Blasi, Box 14: Middle Italian Operas, Briony Shaw, Castrato (definition), Chico Marx, Claes H Ahnsjo, Elisa, Il re pastore, Ingrid Fliter, Iris Vermillion, Jerry Hadley, John Constable, K208, K208 (Part I), Maynard Solomon, Mozart at 19, Mozart's Letters Mozart's Life, Mozart: A Life, Robert Spaethling, Salzburg (Spring 1775), Shoot piano keys, Sir Neville Marriner, Sylvia McNair, Tamiri, Tommaso Consoli

Famed Classical pianist Ingrid Fliter was in town last night. She performed at St. Cecilia Music Center. She was terrific, very technically proficient. Her choices showcased her talent well: Bach, Beethoven, and Schumann. I wasn’t particularly moved, though. I don’t know why. The concert seemed to lack magic. Maybe it was me. Or the sparse [...]

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Of Ab Dread and Bright Spots (Box 14, Middle Italian Operas)

May 6th, 2010 · No Comments · Box 14: Middle Italian Operas, Ezio di Cesare, Julia Conwell, Jutta-Renate Ihloff, K196, K196 (Part III), La finta giardiniera, Mozart at 19, Munich (January 13 1775)

Welcome back to the Absolutely Dreadful, Part II. (Or is it Part III?) There were a few bright spots in today’s music: Track 4 (No.20 Aria: Chi vuol godere il mondo) performed by Jutta Renate Ihloff, Track 6 (No.22 Cavatina: Ah dal pianto, dal singhiozzo/Recitativo: Ma qui niuno m’ascolta) performed by Julia Conwell, Track 13 [...]

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Of Talk-Singing and Practice Operas (Box 14, Middle Italian Operas)

May 5th, 2010 · No Comments · Arminda, Barry McDaniel, Box 14: Middle Italian Operas, Brigette Fassbaender, Don Ramiro, Ezio di Cesare, Il Contino Belfiore, Jean-Pierre Faber, Julie Conwell, Jutta-Renate Ihloff, K196, K196 (Part II), La finta giardiniera, Leopold Hager, Lilian Sukis, Lou Reed, Mozart at 19, Mozarteum-Orchester Salzburg, My Fair Lady, Nardo, Podesta, Rex Harrison, Sandrina, Serpetta, Talk-Singing, Thomas Moser, Velvet Underground

As Simon Cowell might say, “Absolutely dreadful.” This opera is so bad I’m having a very hard time leaving it on once, let alone twice. La finta giardiniera (“The Pretend Garden-Girl”), written by Mozart when he was a few days shy of his 20th birthday, should never have been written at all – except as [...]

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Of Blooming Lilacs and Pretend Garden-Girls (Box 14, Middle Italian Operas)

May 4th, 2010 · No Comments · Arminda, Barry McDaniel, Box 14: Middle Italian Operas, Brigette Fassbaender, Don Ramiro, Ezio di Cesare, Il Contino Belfiore, Jean-Pierre Faber, Julie Conwell, Jutta-Renate Ihloff, K196, K196 (Act I), La finta giardiniera, Leopold Hager, Lilacs, Lilian Sukis, Mozart at 19, Mozarteum-Orchester Salzburg, Nardo, Podesta, Sandrina, Serpetta, The Pretend Garden-Girl, Thomas Moser

Another beautiful day in Grand Rapids. Sunny, breezy and in the upper 60s. Time for a walk with my wife. I look forward to these lunch-time strolls. They’re great pick-me-ups, not only physically but emotionally as well. She’s so much fun! She always makes me laugh. Tonight’s walk was a gem, too. The lilacs are [...]

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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 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 More Comments No (Missae, Requiem, Organ Sonatas, Box 10)

March 24th, 2010 · No Comments · Armin Ude, Box 10: Missae Requiem Organ Sonatas & Solos, Dresdner Philharmonie, Herbert Kegel, Hermann Christian Polster, K258, K262, Marga Schiml, Mitsuko Shirai, Mozart at 19, Mozart at 20, Rundfunkchor Lepizig, Salzburg (1776)

No comment. Here is what I didn’t listen to today, complete with the best guesses of scholars regarding where and when each composition was penned. This information was pieced together from The Compactothèque book + CD, which is an essential purchase if you want the fullest enjoyment from the Philips Complete Mozart Edition. It’s only [...]

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Of Comments No (Missae, Requiem, Organ Sonatas, Box 10)

March 23rd, 2010 · No Comments · 1775-6, Box 10: Missae Requiem Organ Sonatas & Solos, Gerhard Eder, K220, K317, Mozart at 19, Mozart at 20, Mozart at 23, Peter Jelosits, Salzburg (March 23 1779), Solisten der Wiener Sangerknaben, Uwe Christian Harrer, Wiener Sangerknaben - Chorus Viennensis, Wiener Symphoniker

No comment. Here is what I didn’t listen to today, complete with the best guesses of scholars regarding where and when each composition was penned. This information was pieced together from The Compactothèque book + CD, which is an essential purchase if you want the fullest enjoyment from the Philips Complete Mozart Edition. It’s only [...]

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