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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Entries Tagged as 'Francisco Araiza'

Of Trips Prepared and Parts Three (Box 14, Middle Italian Operas)

May 11th, 2010 · No Comments · Arjia Rinpoche, Box 14: Middle Italian Operas, Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Dalai Lama, Francisco Araiza, Harry Peeters, Heart Sutra, Idomeneo, K366, K366 (Part III), Mozart at 25, Munich (1781), Roberta Alexander, Surviving the Dragon, Susanne Mentzer, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Tibet, Uwe Heilmann

Hello Dalai! Today, we leave for Indiana to see the Dalai Lama give a series of teachings on the Heart Sutra on May 12th and 13th. His appearance in Bloomington is sponsored by The Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center (TMBCC). The TMBCC is directed by Arjia Rinpoche, whose book Surviving the Dragon: A Tibetan Lama’s [...]

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Of Sunny Sundays and Stupid Operas (Box 14, Middle Italian Operas)

May 9th, 2010 · No Comments · Anton Rosner, Arbace, Atsuko Suzuki, Barbara Hendricks, Box 14: Middle Italian Operas, Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Chor und Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Elettra, Francisco Araiza, Gisela Uhlmann, Gran Sacerdote di Nettuno, Harry Peeters, Heinrich Braun, Idamante, Idomeneo, Idomeneo re di Creta, Ilia, John Constable, K366, K366 (Part I), La Voce, Mozart at 25, Munich (1781), Paul Hansen, Roberta Alexander, Sir Colin Davis, Susanne Mentzer, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Uwe Heilmann, Wen-Sinn Yang, Werner Hollweg

Words fail to describe how much I hate this opera. It is talk-sing to he nth degree. It lacks any semblance of melody. And even the Overture has nothing to hook me, pull me in. It sounds like random conversations set to music, sort of like a slice of life elevated to larger-than-life status. It’s [...]

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Of Highs and Lows (Arias, Vocal Ensembles, Canons, Box 12)

April 14th, 2010 · No Comments · Box 12: Arias Vocal Ensembles Canons Lieder Notturni, Edita Gruberova, Edith Mathis, Francisco Araiza, K431, K505, K512, K513, K528, K538, K539, K541, K578, K582, K583, K612, Kapp245, Leopold Hager, Lilian Sukis, Lucia Popp, Mozart at 22, Mozart at 23, Mozart at 24, Mozart at 25, Mozart at 26, Mozart at 27, Mozart at 30, Mozart at 31, Mozart at 32, Mozart at 33, Mozart at 35, Mozarteum-Orchester Salzburg, Munich (1778) - Vienna (March 4 1788), Prague (November 3 1787), Prague (September 1791), Robert Lloyd, Vienna (1783), Vienna (August 1789), Vienna (December 26 1786), Vienna (March 19 1787), Vienna (March 23 1787), Vienna (March 5 1788), Vienna (March 8 1791), Vienna (May 1788), Vienna (October 1789), Walter Berry

Ugh. After the high note (literally) that was yesterday’s CD, this is quite a let down. When I told my wife how I felt about this morning’s music, she said she noticed something about my Mozart blog. She said that I either love or hate the vocal performances. For example, yesterday I raved to the [...]

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Of Monday Morning and Monster Men (Arias, Vocal Ensembles, Canons, Box 12)

April 12th, 2010 · No Comments · Box 12: Arias Vocal Ensembles Canons Lieder Notturni, Claes-Håkon Ahnsjö, Edita Gruberova, Edith Mathis, Francisco Araiza, Hanna Schwarz, K209, K210, K217, K255, K256, K272, K294, K295, K74b, K82, K83, Leopold Hager, Lillian Sukis, Lucia Popp, Mannheim (February 24 1778), Mannheim (February 27 1778), Milan (1770), Mozarteum-Orchester Salzburg, Rome (April 25 1770), Rome (April-May 1770), Salzburg (August 1777), Salzburg (May 1775), Salzburg (May 19 1775), Salzburg (October 26 1775), Salzburg (September 1776)

Tenors to the rescue! The first few tracks of this CD were painful to my ears. They were everything that frosts my cookies, all in one circular silver package: mediocre music and sopranos with warbly, screechy voices. (And not because they lack talent, either. It’s because of how Mozart wrote the music.) Vocal histrionics from [...]

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Of Fathers and Requiems (Missae, Requiem, Organ Sonatas, Box 10)

March 26th, 2010 · No Comments · Box 10: Missae Requiem Organ Sonatas & Solos, Francisco Araiza, Franz Xaver Süssmayr, K626, Margaret Price, Mozart at 35, Mozart's Requiem, My Dad (1937-2009), Nigel Tufnel, Peter Schreier, Requiem in D minor, Rundfunkchor Lepizig, Saddest Key of All, Salieri, Staatskapelle Dresden, Strep Throat, Theo Adam, Trudeliese Schmidt, Vienna (December 1791)

Talk about coincidence. A year ago today – Friday, March 27, 2009 – my father slipped into a coma-like state from which he never recovered. He died a day and a half later, on March 29th. So here I am, by sheer mind-blowing coincidence, listening to Mozart’s Requiem, his last composition, K626 – the final [...]

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