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 Night Queens and Magic Flutes (German Operas, Box 16)

June 1st, 2010 · No Comments · Ann Murray, Armin Ude, Box 16: German Operas, Die Zauberflote, Dritte Dame, Dritter Knabe, Ein altes Weit, Erste Dame, Erster geharnischter Mann, Erster Knabe, Frank Hoher, Friedemann Klos, Hanna Schwarz, Heinz Reeh, K620, K620 (Part I), Konigin der Nacht, Kurt Moll, Luciana Serra, Magic Flute, Magic Flute (Part I), Margaret Price, Maria Venuti, Marie McLaughlin, Maynard Solomon, Michael Diedrich, Mikael Melbye, Monostatos, Mozart at 35, Mozart: A Life, Pamina, Papageno, Peter Schreier, Queen of the Night, Reiner Goldberg, Robert Tear, Rundfunkchor Leipzig, Sarastro, Singspiel, Sir Colin Davis, Sprecher, Staatskapelle Dresden, Tamino, Theo Adam, Vienna (September 29 1791), Zweite Dame, Zweiter geharnischter Mann, Zweiter Knabe, Zweiter Sprecher

This is one of Mozart’s biggies, one of the operas I’ve been waiting to hear. It’s called Die Zauberflote, K620, also known (especially to those who don’t speak German) as The Magic Flute. This flute definitely is magical. I like it a lot. Even the Overture is memorable. I know enough about operas now to [...]

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Of Unusual Occupations and Unfinished Operas (German Operas, Box 16)

May 28th, 2010 · No Comments · Allazim, Armin Ude, Bernhard Klee, Box 16: German Operas, Drei Sklaven, Edith Mathis, Gomatz, Gunther Koch, Ingvar Wixell, Joachime Vogt, K344, K344 (Part I), Mozart at 23, Mozart at 24, Osmin, Peter Schreier, Reiner Suss, Salzburg (1779-80), Staatskapelle Berlin, Sultan Soliman, Vorsanger, Walter Weih, Werner Hollweg, Wolfgang Wagner, Zaide

I like watching old movies, the really old black and whites, and seeing the occupations people had back then. Jobs like elevator operator, soda jerk, gas-station attendant, and switchboard operator. Today, those jobs seem archaic. And unnecessary. But I’m sure many jobs today will seem that way in 20 years. If there are any jobs [...]

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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 Ducklings and Drama (Early Italian Operas, Box 13)

April 30th, 2010 · No Comments · Box 13: Early Italian Operas, Claes H Ahnsjo, Costanza, Ducklings, Edita Gruberova, Edith Mathis, Emilio, Fortuna, Il sogno di Scipione, K126, K126 (Part II), Leopold Hager, Licenza, Lucia Popp, Mozart at 15, Mozarteum-Orchester Salzburg, Peter Schreier, Publio, Salzburg Kammerchor, Scipione, Thomas Moser

It’s duckling time in Michigan! Is there anything cuter than ducklings skimming across the surface of a lake, chasing bugs, their mom floating watchfully nearby, no doubt wondering how to keep a half dozen swiftly moving balls of fuzz in line? Every year, my wife and I look forward to the birth of a new [...]

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Of Malaise and Dreams (Early Italian Operas, Box 13)

April 29th, 2010 · No Comments · Angel, Box 13: Early Italian Operas, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Chorus: Heroes, Claes H Ahnsjo, Costanza, Edita Gruberova, Edith Mathis, Emilio, Firefly, Fortuna, Il sogno di Scipione, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, K126, La Licenza, Leopold Hager, Lucia Popp, Mozart at 15, Mozarteum-Orchester Salzburg, Peter Schreier, Publio, Salzburg Kammerchor, Scipione, Thomas Moser

I always enjoy something different – whether it be a different key within a composition, an unexpected high note from a soprano, or particularly interesting passage of music. That works for just about anything, really. Some of my favorite movies were ones I didn’t regard very highly (or about which I had no expectation at [...]

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Of Winds Gone and Mythologies Here (Early Italian Operas, Box 13)

April 27th, 2010 · No Comments · Aceste, Agnes Baltsa, Arleen Auger, Ascanio, Ascanio in Alba, Box 13: Early Italian Operas, Clark Gable, Edith Mathis, Fauno, Genii, Gone With the Wind, K111, K111 (Part II), Leopold Hager, Lilian Sukis, Milan (October - November 1771), Mozart at 15, Mozarteum-Orchester Salzburg, Olivia de Havilland, Peter Schreier, Salzburg Kammerchor, Silvia, Venere, Vivien Leigh

Tonight, my wife and I get to experience something we never have before: Gone With the Wind on the big screen. Yes, that Gone With the Wind. Rhett Butler, Scarlett O’Hara, Ashley, Prissy, and the rest – all set against sweeping backdrop of the Civil War. The Hollywood movie to end all Hollywood movies is [...]

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Of Saws and Seeing (Early Italian Operas, Box 13)

April 26th, 2010 · No Comments · Aceste, Arleen Auger, Ascanio, Ascanio in Alba, Box 13: Early Italian Operas, Diana Damrau, Fauno, Genii, Jimmy Page, K111, K111 (Part I), Leopold Hager, Lilian Sukis, Milan (October - November 1771), Mozart at 15, Mozarteum-Orchester Salzburg, Peter Schreier, Saw as instrument, Se il labbro più non dice, Silvia, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Theremin, Venere (Venus)

I had another epiphany yesterday. Operas were never intended to be disembodied and heard apart from their live stage performance. I wonder what Mozart would have thought if someone approached him and said, “Wolfie, sweetie. Tell you what I’m gonna do. I can record your opera on this gadget, make copies of it, and sell [...]

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Of Post Op and Pleasant Opera (Early Italian Operas, Box 13)

April 22nd, 2010 · No Comments · Andreas Schmidt, Ann Murray, Barbara Hendricks, Box 13: Early Italian Operas, Christine Schornsheim, Clive Griffin, Don Cassandro, Don Polidoro, Douglas Johnson, Eva Lind, Fracasso, Giacinta, Hans Peter Blochwitz, K51 (Acts II & III), Kammerorchester "Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach", La finta semplice, Mozart at 12, Ninetta, Opera (Collins Discover Book), Opera buffa (defined), Peter Schreier, Phil G. Goulding, Rosina, Siegfried Lorenz, Simone, The Pretended Simpleton, Ticket to the Opera, Vienna (July 1786)

No Panera Bread for me this morning. Probably not for 3-4 days. I’m supposed to lie low, visit the bathroom frequently, and refrain from driving while I’m taking the pain medication. So this morning I’m sitting on the couch in my jammies, bathrobe, and slippers. Listening to La finta emplice, K51, the first of Mozart’s [...]

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