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 Oil Spills and Last CDs (Early Italian Operas, Box 13)

May 3rd, 2010 · No Comments · Arleen Auger, Aufidio, Box 13: Early Italian Operas, Cecilio, Celia, Edith Mathis, Giunia, Gulf Oil Spill, Helen Donath, Julia Varady, K135, K135 (Part III), Leopold Hager, Lucio Cinna, Lucio Silla, Mozarteum-Orchester Salzburg, Obama Administration, Peter Schreier, Salburger Rundfunk-und Mozarteumchor, Salzburg or Milan (Autumn 1772), Werner Krenn

I wonder what the Obama administration was thinking while the oil slick approached the Gulf of Mexico? I mean, why wait over 10 days to take action? I remember how the media came unglued when former President George Bush took two days to act on Katrina. And here the Obama administration took nearly two weeks [...]

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Of Long Walks and Roman Generals (Early Italian Operas, Box 13)

May 2nd, 2010 · No Comments · Arleen Auger, Aufidio, Box 13: Early Italian Operas, Cecilio, Celia, Edith Mathis, Giunia, Helen Donath, Julia Varady, K135, K135 (Part II), Leopold Hager, Lucio Cinna, Lucio Silla, Mozarteum-Orchester Salzburg, Peter Schreier, Salburger Rundfunk-und Mozarteumchor, Werner Krenn

What a gorgeous day! My wife and I spent the day walking nearby rail trails, stomping through the woods, turning over logs to find salamanders, watching ducklings and goslings, and soaking up some sun. We were headed to Pickerel Lake to walk through the woods. But an early-morning rain storm prevented that. So we improvised. [...]

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Of Rainy Saturdays and Un-Cared-For Music (Early Italian Operas, Box 13)

May 1st, 2010 · No Comments · Arleen Auger, Aufidio, Box 13: Early Italian Operas, Cecilio, Celia, Edith Mathis, Giunia, Helen Donath, Julia Varady, K135, K135 (Part I), Leopold Hager, Lucio Cinna, Lucio Silla, Lucius Sulla, Mozart at 16, Mozarteum-Orchester Salzburg, Peter Schreier, Salburger Rundfunk-und Mozarteumchor, Salzburg or Milan (Autumn 1772), Werner Krenn

As usual, I liked the Overture best of all. And this Overture was the best to date. It was very lively, very Mozart. It was delightful. Then the singing started. And it all went downhill. But not so far downhill that I can’t appreciate the talent involved with this piece of music. I can appreciate [...]

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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 Clandestine Soundtracks and Not-So-Subtle Tugs (Missae, Requiem, Organ Sonatas, Box 10)

March 19th, 2010 · No Comments · Andreas Schmidt, Annette Markert, Box 10: Missae Requiem Organ Sonatas & Solos, Helen Donath, Herbert Kegel, In honorem SSmae Trinitatis, K140, K167, K65, Mozart at 13, Mozart at 17, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, Rundfunkchor Lepizig, Salzburg (1773), Salzburg (January 14 1769), Salzburg (June 1773)

It’s surreal to have ear buds in, listening to a Mozart mass, and watch people. The music swells. The vocalists soar. And the people here in the restaurant go about their otherwise humdrum lives, totally unaware that I’ve just infused their existence with a majesty they didn’t realize they possessed. Seriously. Try it some time. [...]

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