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 Ends Approaching and Musics Unliked (Theatre and Ballet Music, Box 17)

June 7th, 2010 · No Comments · Ballet music from Idomeneo, Bernhard Klee, Box 17: Theatre and Ballet Music, David Zinman, Eberhard Buchner, Gisela Pohl, Hermann Christian Polster, K345, K367, Karin Eickstaedt, Mozart at 17, Mozart at 21, Mozart at 23, Mozart at 25, Munich (January 1781), Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Rundfunk-Solistenvereinigung Berlin, Staatskapelle Berlin, Thamos King of Egypt, Thamos Konig in Agypten, Theo Adam

Today is the second to the last CD from my six-month journey through Mozart’s music. In all honesty, I’m going to be glad to see it end. These posts occupied 2-4 hours of my life every morning. Sometimes less. Sometimes more. But always there, every day. Rain or shine. Yet, another part of me will [...]

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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 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 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 Blah Days and Unheard Music (Missae, Requiem, Organ Sonatas, Box 10)

March 21st, 2010 · No Comments · Annelies Burmeister, Box 10: Missae Requiem Organ Sonatas & Solos, Celestina Casapietra, Herbert Kegel, Hermann Christian Polster, K139, K259, Missa brevis in C, Missa brevis in F, Missa solemnis in C minor, Mozart at 12, Mozart at 19, Mozart at 20, Orgelsolo-Messe, Peter Schreier, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, Rundfunkchor Lepizig, Salzburg (December 1775 or 1776), Vienna (Autumn 1768), Waisenhaus-Messe

I can’t tell you how disinterested I am in today’s music. I don’t know what it is. I feel blah. Worse, I feel queasy. And the time it takes me to write each blog doesn’t make me feel any better. There are new names associated with today’s music, too: Celestina Casapietra, soprano, Annelies Burmeister, contralto, [...]

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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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