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 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 Finally Sunny Sundays and Farely Stimulating Singing (Arias, Vocal Ensembles, Canons, Box 12)

April 11th, 2010 · No Comments · 1766, Box 12: Arias Vocal Ensembles Canons Lieder Notturni, deest, deest (definition), Edita Gruberova, Edith Mathis, Hanna Schwarz, K21, K23, K36, K70, K77, K78, K79, K88, Kdeest, Leopold Hager, London (1765), Lucia Popp, Milan (1770), Milan (March 1770), Mozart at 10, Mozart at 14, Mozart at 9, Mozarteum-Orchester Salzburg, Salzburg (December 1766), The Hague (December 1765), Thomas Moser

We’ve had rain and chilly temperatures for nearly a week. Today is the first sunny day we’ve had in quite a while. It feels good to sit in the sun, typing this. I don’t even mind the glare or the fact that I’m getting a little too warm. I like it. I also like the [...]

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Of Saginaw Drives and Sorry Denouements (Litanies; Vespers; Oratorios, Box 11)

April 10th, 2010 · No Comments · Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Arleen Auger, Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand, Box 11: Mozart: Litanies; Vespers; Oratorios; Cantatas; Masonic Music, Cornelia Wulkopf, Edith Mathis, Hanna Schwarz, Leopold Hager, Mozart at 11, Mozarteum-Orchester Salzburg, Salzburg (1767), Salzburger Kammerchor

I drove to Saginaw today pick up Elisabeth who’d been visiting family for a week. To help the 2-hour drive pass quickly, I listened to Ayn Rand’s incomparable novel Atlas Shrugged. Honestly, if you want to know what’s going on in America today, read Atlas Shrugged. Despite the fact that it was written a half [...]

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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 Misty Mondays and Meh Music (Litanies; Vespers; Oratorios, Box 11)

April 5th, 2010 · No Comments · Box 11: Mozart: Litanies; Vespers; Oratorios; Cantatas; Masonic Music, Gabriele Fuchs, Hanna Schwarz, Ileana Cotrubas, K118 Part I, La Betulia liberata, Leopold Hager, Margarita Zimmermann, Mozart at 15, Mozarteum-Orchester Salzburg, Peter Schreier, Salzburg (Summer 1771), Salzburger Kammerchor, Walter Berry

This is a full-blown Italian opera, complete with characters and drama and lots of rolling Rs, written by Mozart when he was 15. What made it for me is tenor Peter Schreier. His voice is fantastic. Incredible power and range. I was mesmerized by track 3: Parte Prima – No.1 Aria “D’ogni colpa la colpa [...]

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