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 Talk-Singing and Practice Operas (Box 14, Middle Italian Operas)

May 5th, 2010 · No Comments · Arminda, Barry McDaniel, Box 14: Middle Italian Operas, Brigette Fassbaender, Don Ramiro, Ezio di Cesare, Il Contino Belfiore, Jean-Pierre Faber, Julie Conwell, Jutta-Renate Ihloff, K196, K196 (Part II), La finta giardiniera, Leopold Hager, Lilian Sukis, Lou Reed, Mozart at 19, Mozarteum-Orchester Salzburg, My Fair Lady, Nardo, Podesta, Rex Harrison, Sandrina, Serpetta, Talk-Singing, Thomas Moser, Velvet Underground

As Simon Cowell might say, “Absolutely dreadful.” This opera is so bad I’m having a very hard time leaving it on once, let alone twice. La finta giardiniera (“The Pretend Garden-Girl”), written by Mozart when he was a few days shy of his 20th birthday, should never have been written at all – except as [...]

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Of Blooming Lilacs and Pretend Garden-Girls (Box 14, Middle Italian Operas)

May 4th, 2010 · No Comments · Arminda, Barry McDaniel, Box 14: Middle Italian Operas, Brigette Fassbaender, Don Ramiro, Ezio di Cesare, Il Contino Belfiore, Jean-Pierre Faber, Julie Conwell, Jutta-Renate Ihloff, K196, K196 (Act I), La finta giardiniera, Leopold Hager, Lilacs, Lilian Sukis, Mozart at 19, Mozarteum-Orchester Salzburg, Nardo, Podesta, Sandrina, Serpetta, The Pretend Garden-Girl, Thomas Moser

Another beautiful day in Grand Rapids. Sunny, breezy and in the upper 60s. Time for a walk with my wife. I look forward to these lunch-time strolls. They’re great pick-me-ups, not only physically but emotionally as well. She’s so much fun! She always makes me laugh. Tonight’s walk was a gem, too. The lilacs are [...]

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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 Edita Gruberova. Period. (Arias, Vocal Ensembles, Canons, Box 12)

April 13th, 2010 · No Comments · Box 12: Arias Vocal Ensembles Canons Lieder Notturni, Double Wow, Edita Gruberova, Edith Mathis, Leopold Hager, Lucia Popp, Mannheim (February 27 1778), Mozart at 22, Mozart at 23, Mozart at 25, Mozart at 26, Mozart at 27, Mozarteum-Orchester Salzburg, Munich, Munich (March 8 1781), Paris (1778) or Munich (1779), Quadruple Wow, Robert Lloyd, Thomas Moser, Triple Wow, Vienna (April 2 1781), Vienna (January 8 1783), Vienna (May 29 1782)

Sopranos to the rescue! Wow. No. Let’s be honest. This music rates a Double Wow in my book. If you want to hear some outstanding voices, listen to this CD. Track 2, for example: Popoli di Tessaglia… Io non chiedo, K.316, performed by Edita Gruberova. She hits a few of those only-dogs-can-hear notes that I [...]

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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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