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 Endings and Endings (Box 15, Late Italian Operas)

May 23rd, 2010 · No Comments · Box 15: Late Italian Operas, Chorus of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Frederica von Stade, K621, K621 (Part II), La clemenza di Tito, La clemenza di Tito (Part II), Lucia Popp, Stuart Burrows

I’m glad today’s CD is the last of the two-part opera La clemenza di Tito, K621, written by Mozart when he was 35 – just a few short months before his untimely demise. Today’s CD, 11 of 11, finishes the box of Mozart’s Late Italian Operas. Tomorrow starts a brand-new box of CDs: German Operas, [...]

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Of Anticipated Saturdays and Underappreciated Operas (Box 15, Late Italian Operas)

May 22nd, 2010 · No Comments · Annio, Box 15: Late Italian Operas, Charles Taylor, Frederica von Stade, Frederick Lowe, Ian Herbert, Janet Baker, John Constable, K621, K621 (Part I), La clemenza di Tito, Lucia Popp, Mozart at 35, Orchestra & Chorus of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Prague (September 4 1791), Publio, Robert Lloyd, Robin Stapleton, Servilia, Sesto, Sir Colin Davis, Stuart Burrows, Tito Vespaisano, Vitellia, Yvonne Minton

Today’s opera is La clemenza di Tio, K621, written by Mozart when he was 35, just a couple of months before his death. The Overture is compelling. It sets the stage nicely. But what follows doesn’t match the standard set in the Overture. This is a typical opera. Nothing fancy. Nothing different from nearly every [...]

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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 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 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 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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