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 Staring Tykes and Tarnished Flutes (German Operas, Box 16)

June 3rd, 2010 · No Comments · Box 16: German Operas, Die Zauberflote, Die Zauberflote (Part III), K620, K620 (Part III), Magic Flute, Mozart at 35, Panera Bread, Vienna (September 29 1791)

As I sit here at Panera Bread, there’s a baby girl sitting in a high chair staring at me. She’s with her mom, of course. Babies don’t drive. Mom is reading the latest book from Donald Miller (A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life). Since her daughter can’t [...]

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Of Bagels Asiago and Parts Two (Box 14, Middle Italian Operas)

May 10th, 2010 · No Comments · Box 14: Middle Italian Operas, Idomeneo, Idomeneo re di Creta, K366, K366 (Part II), Mozart at 25, Munich (1781), Panera Bread

Another day of listening to this incredibly mediocre opera has not improved my opinion of it. It’s a good thing the Asiago bagel today was extra tasty. Thank heavens for Panera Bread! I’m not going to waste a lot of time explaining what this is, other than to say it’s called (according to Wikipedia) Idomeneo, [...]

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Of Cinnamon-Chip Scones and Well-Balanced Music (Arias, Vocal Ensembles, Canons, Box 12)

April 16th, 2010 · No Comments · Box 12: Arias Vocal Ensembles Canons Lieder Notturni, Dresdner Philharmonie, Edith Wiens, Elzbieta Szmytka, Gunnar Gudbjornson, Hans Peter Blochwitz, Iris Vermillion, Jörg-Peter Weigle, K135 (ornamentation from K293e), K366 (with alternate duet K489), K389, K490, K51, K87, Mozart at 12, Mozart at 14, Mozart at 16, Mozart at 25, Mozart at 26, Mozart at 30, Muncher RFO, Panera Bread, Peter Schreier, Robert Tear, Sir Colin Davis, Sir Neville Marriner, Staatskapelle Dresden/Karl Bohm, Stuart Burrows

This CD was a pleasant surprise. With a title like Arias & Duets I wasn’t expecting much. Well, I take that back. I was expecting another nightmare. What I discovered (as I munched my cinnamon-chip scone from Panera Bread) is that these are very nice performances. Although this isn’t a CD I could listen to [...]

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Of Koans Zen and Gods Greek (Litanies; Vespers; Oratorios, Box 11)

April 9th, 2010 · No Comments · Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Apollo et Hyacinthus, Arleen Auger, Box 11: Mozart: Litanies; Vespers; Oratorios; Cantatas; Masonic Music, Cornelia Wulkopf, Edith Mathis, Hanna Schwarz, K38 (1-4), Kvetchers, Leopold Hager, Mozart at 11, Mozarteum-Orchester Salzburg, Panera Bread, Salzburg (April 1767), Salzburger Kammerchor, Zen Koan

I have a Yiddish twist on a famous Zen koan: “What is the sound of one man kvetching?” I can answer that. This morning, only one old guy sat at the usual table on the east side of Panera Bread. Without his more vocal sidekick, he said nothing. He just sat there, looking forlorn. Not [...]

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Of Gray Tuesdays and Great Tenors (Litanies; Vespers; Oratorios, Box 11)

April 6th, 2010 · No Comments · Box 11: Mozart: Litanies; Vespers; Oratorios; Cantatas; Masonic Music, Gabriele Fuchs, Hanna Schwarz, Ileana Cotrubas, K118 Part II, La Betulia liberata, Margarita Zimmermann, Mozart at 15, Mozarteum-Orchester Salzburg, Panera Bread, Peter Schreier, Salzburg (Summer 1771), Salzburger Kammerchor, Walter Berry

I love listening to a great tenor. Today’s CD is Part II of the La Betulia liberata, K118, I heard yesterday. It’s a full-blown Italian opera, complete with characters and drama and lots of rolling Rs, written by Mozart when he was 15. Once again, I was impressed with tenor Peter Schreier. His voice is [...]

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Of Old Men and Young Boys (Litanies; Vespers; Oratorios, Box 11)

April 1st, 2010 · No Comments · Bologna (1770), Bologna (July-August 1770), Bologna (October 9 1770), Box 11: Mozart: Litanies; Vespers; Oratorios; Cantatas; Masonic Music, Dagmar Schellenberger-Ernst, God is our refuge, Hans-Joachim Ribbe, Herbert Kegel, K108, K117, K20, K33, K34, K44, K47, K72, K85, K86, K90, K91, Kluster Seeon Bavaria (1766-7), London (June 1765), Mozart at 10, Mozart at 11, Mozart at 12, Mozart at 14, Mozart at 15, Mozart at 9, Panera Bread, Ralph Eschrig, Rene Pape, Rosemarie Lang, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, Rundfunkchor Lepizig, Salzburg (1771), Salzburg (late 1770s), Salzburg (May 1771), The Hague (March 1766), Vienna (Autumn 1768), Vienna (October-November 1768)

I love sitting here at Panera Bread, listening to Mozart and watching the two old guys who meet here every morning. Well, sometimes it’s two. Other times it’s three. They get so animated, talking, laughing, waving their hands. I don’t think I’ve ever seen them eat anything. They just drink coffee and kvetch, mostly about [...]

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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 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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Of Rare March Mornings and Reconstructed Mozart Music (Piano Music, Box 9)

March 16th, 2010 · No Comments · Box 9: Piano Music, deest, deest (definition), Fugue in C minor for 2 Pianos, Ingrid Haebler, Jörg Demus, K deest, K19d, K358, K381, K426, K448, Larghetto & Allegro in E flat for 2 Pianos, Ludwig Hoffmann, Mozart at 16, Mozart at 17, Mozart at 18, Mozart at 25, Mozart at 26, Mozart at 27, Panera Bread, Paul Badura-Skoda, Sonata in B flat for Piano Duet, Sonata in C for Piano Duet, Sonata in D for 2 Pianos, Sonata in D for Piano Duet

It’s hard to believe this weather. Once again, we have sunshine and temperatures near 60 degrees Fahrenheit (15.6 Celsius) predicted for today. That’s just about as rare as it gets for Michigan at this time of year. So here I am once more (the famous first line of a classic prog-rock album), sitting at Panera [...]

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Of Misty Mornings and Mostly Mozart (Piano Music, Box 9)

March 13th, 2010 · 6 Comments · 10 Variations in G, Allegretto in 12 Variations in B flat, B Schack, Bob Newhart Show, Box 9: Piano Music, CW Gluck, David Helfgott, Dick Van Dyke Show, Eight Variations in F, Ein Weib ist das herrlichste Ding, F Gerl, Ingrid Haebler, JP Duport, K455, K500, K573, K613, Mary Tyler Moore Show, Mozart at 28, Mozart at 30, Mozart at 33, Mozart at 35, Newhart, Nine Variations in D, Panera Bread, Potsdam, Potsdam (April 29 1789), Sarah Michelle Gellar, Shine, Unser dummer Pöbel meint, Vienna (August 25 1784), Vienna (March 1791), Vienna (September 12 1786), X-Files

On the way to get my favorite table at Panera Bread this damp, misty morning, I heard on the radio that people who don’t get seven or eight hours of sleep per night are considered “sleep deprived.” Seven or eight hours? Hell, I haven’t had that much sleep in years! Because I’m not tired at [...]

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