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 'Mozart at 32'

Of No and Notturni (Arias, Vocal Ensembles, Canons, Box 12)

April 20th, 2010 · No Comments · 1787, Box 12: Arias Vocal Ensembles Canons Lieder Notturni, Dalton Baldwin, Elisabeth Cooymans, Elly Ameling, K346, K436, K437, K438, K439, K476, K506, K517, K518, K519, K520, K523, K524, K529, K530, K531, K549, K579, K596, K597, K598, Lieder (definition), Mozart at 29, Mozart at 31, Mozart at 32, Mozart at 33, Mozart at 34, Netherlands Wind Ensemble, Nocturne, Notturni, Notturni (definition), Peter van der Bilt, Prague (July 11 1787), Prague (November 3 1787), Vienna (1787), Vienna (August 1787), Vienna (December 11 1787), Vienna (January 14 1791), Vienna (July 16 1788), Vienna (June 24 1787), Vienna (June 8 1785), Vienna (late 1785), Vienna (May 18 1787), Vienna (May 20 1787), Vienna (May 23 1787), Vienna (May 26 1787)

Like yesterday, the word minimal also describes today’s music. Music doesn’t get much simpler than voice and piano. That’s what the majority (15 of the 21 tracks) of this CD is: Elly Ameling, soprano, and an un-named pianist that I think is Dalton Baldwin. These songs are bunched together as Lieder. Notturni (plural form of [...]

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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 Stones Lost and Musics Masonic (Litanies; Vespers; Oratorios, Box 11)

April 8th, 2010 · No Comments · Alexander Commercials, Andreas Schmidt, Box 11: Mozart: Litanies; Vespers; Oratorios; Cantatas; Masonic Music, Embrace Life TV Ad, Hans Peter Blochwitz, K148, K429, K468, K471, K477, K483, K484, K546, K619, K623, K623a, Lapis, Mannerchor des Rundfunkchores Leipzig, Mindfulness, Mozart at 16, Mozart at 17, Mozart at 18, Mozart at 19, Mozart at 20, Mozart at 28, Mozart at 29, Mozart at 32, Mozart at 33, Mozart at 34, Mozart at 35, Peter Schreier, Salzburg (1772-6 or Vienna 1784), Staatskapelle Dresden, Vienna (1785-91), Vienna (April 20 1785), Vienna (date and year unknown), Vienna (December 1785-January 1786), Vienna (July 1791), Vienna (July-November 1785), Vienna (June 26 1788), Vienna (March 26 1785), Vienna (November 1791 origin doubtful), Writing Music

I lost my little blue stone yesterday. For the past year, I carried a small lapis in my pocket. It wasn’t particularly valuable. Lapis is a semi-precious stone. I think it cost me $5 at a local New Age-type store. But I considered it priceless. (Or I thought I did.) I bought it because I [...]

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Of Shuffles and Sopranos (Litanies; Vespers; Oratorios, Box 11)

April 2nd, 2010 · No Comments · Annelies Burmeister, Aspera, Bohemian Rhapsody, Box 11: Mozart: Litanies; Vespers; Oratorios; Cantatas; Masonic Music, Brett Rosenberg, Dagmar Schellenberger-Ernst, Dave Brubeck, Dream Theater, Eberhard Buchner, Glenn Miller, Grateful Dead, Half Light, Herbert Kegel, Hermann Christian Polster, Illusion Suite, Isabella Nawe, K127, K141, K143, K198, K222, K260, K273, K276, K277, K322, K323, Manheim (January-February 1778), Moonsorrow, Mozart at 13, Mozart at 16, Mozart at 17, Mozart at 18, Mozart at 19, Mozart at 20, Mozart at 21, Mozart at 22, Mozart at 23, Mozart at 31, Mozart at 32, Mozart at 33, Munich (Early 1775), Queen, Rosemarie Lang, Rundfunk - Sinfonia - Orchestra Leipzig, Rundfunkchor Lepizig, Salzburg (1774), Salzburg (1776), Salzburg (1777), Salzburg (1779), Salzburg (late 1769), Salzburg (late 1773), Salzburg (May 1772), Salzburg (September 9 1777), Ursula Reinhardt-Kiss, Ute Selbig, Vienna (1787-9)

I don’t know what’s different about today’s music. But it grabbed me by the lapels, shook me out of my slumber, and made me want to know who’s singing. Regina coeli in B flat, K.127, especially Movements 2-4, amazed me. The soprano was doing a lot of vocal gymnastics, which I don’t normally like in [...]

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Of X-Files and Unfinished Gigues (Piano Music, Box 9)

March 14th, 2010 · No Comments · Adagio in B minor, Box 9: Piano Music, Eine kleine Gigue in G, Fantasia in D minor, Gigue (definition), K355, K397, K485, K511, K540, K574, Minuet in D, Mitsuko Uchida, Mozart at 26, Mozart at 30, Mozart at 31, Mozart at 32, Mozart at 33, Mozart at 34, Mozart at 35, Rondo in A minor, Rondo in D major, Saddest Key of All, Veipzig (May 16 1789), Vienna (1789-91), Vienna (early 1782), Vienna (January 10 1786), Vienna (March 19 1788), Vienna (March 3 1787)

Pianist Mitsuko Uchida is back. And I don’t know if it’s a coincidence or if her playing is truly magical. But these compositions are gorgeous. I’m enjoying all of them. Most of these pieces were written in Vienna in the latter part of Mozart’s life (ages 26-35). One was written in Leipzig. All of them [...]

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Of Soggy Days and Sonatas Disparate (Piano Music, Box 9)

March 10th, 2010 · No Comments · Box 9: Piano Music, für Anfänger - for beginners, International Music Score Library Project, K494, K533, K545, K570, K576, Mitsuko Uchida, Mozart at 31, Mozart at 32, Mozart at 33, Piano Sonata No 15, Piano Sonata No 16, Piano Sonata No 17, Piano Sonata No 18, Sonata facile, Vienna (February 1789), Vienna (January 3 1788), Vienna (July 1789), Vienna (June 26 1788)

It’s 43 degrees (F.) and rainy at the moment. I don’t mind either one. For this time of year, in Michigan, I’ll take temperatures above freezing and rain instead of snow, any day of the week. Besides, we need to wash away the Winter’s grime. Bring on the rain! The sun just broke through the [...]

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Of Dedication and Diversion (Violin Sonatas, String Duos & Trios, Box 8)

March 4th, 2010 · No Comments · Arrigo Pelliccia, Arthur Grumiaux, Box 8: Violin Sonatas String Duos & Trios, Divertimento (String Trio) in E flat, Duo for Violin & Viola in B flat, Duo for Violin & Viola in G, Eva Czako, Georges Janzer, Grumiaux Trio, K423, K424, K563, Michael Puchberg, Mozart at 27, Mozart at 32, Mozart's Letters Mozart's Life, Robert Spaethling, Salzburg (Summer 1783), Vienna (September 27 1788)

Once again, I’m listening to the very kind of music playing overhead in this restaurant. I don’t know if that means this Mozart stuff is akin to Muzak in an elevator. Or if it’s so gosh darn good that it’s now played everywhere an air of refinement and taste is needed. Doesn’t matter. I dig [...]

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Of Missed Loved Ones and Plaintive Melodies (Violin Sonatas, String Duos & Trios, Box 8)

February 25th, 2010 · No Comments · 12 Variations in G, Adagio in C minor, Allegro in B flat, Andante & Allegretto in C, Andante in A & Fugue in A minor, Box 8: Violin Sonatas String Duos & Trios, Harpsichord, Isabelle van Keulen, K359, K372, K396, K402, K403, K404, K46d, K46e, K547, Mozart at 11, Mozart at 25, Mozart at 26, Mozart at 28, Mozart at 29, Mozart at 30, Mozart at 31, Mozart at 32, Mozart at 33, Mozart at 34, Olivier Messiaen, Quartet for the End of Time, Ronald Brautigam, Sonata in C, Sonata in F, Sonata in F "for beginners"

It’s impossible to dislike this music. This sounds exactly how Classical music is portrayed in movies. I’ve seen/heard it so often in period films that every time I think of Classical music, this is what I hear in my head. I envision men and women wearing powdered wigs and dancing in a precise, formal, almost [...]

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Of Neck Pains and Unrelated Movements (Quintets, Quartets, Trios, Box 6)

February 13th, 2010 · No Comments · Beaux Arts Trio, Box 6: Quintets Quartets Trios, K442, K548, K564, Mozart at 32, Nobuko Imai, Piano Trio in C, Piano Trio in D minor, Piano Trio in G, Saddest Key of All, Three Unrelated Movements, Vienna (July 14 1788), Vienna (October 27 1788)

I write so much that I’ve developed a pain in my upper back and neck. It must have to do with a lack of ergonomic integrity in my desk arrangement. But I can’t, for the life of me, figure out how to correct it. So here I sit, with a blazing headache, writing and listening [...]

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Happy Birthday, Wolfgang! (Piano Concertos, Box 4)

January 27th, 2010 · No Comments · Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Alfred Brendel, K537, K595, Maynard Solomon, Mozart at 32, Mozart at 35, Mozart's Birthday, Mozart: A Life, Piano Concert No 26 in D "Coronation", Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat, Sir Neville Marriner, Vienna (February 24 1788), Vienna (January 5 1791)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on 27 January 1756, which means today is his 254th birthday. Happy birthday, Wolfgang! Today’s CD – the last of the 12 in the Piano Concertos box – is fantastic. Written when Mozart was 32 and 35, respectively, today’s compositions (Piano Concerto No. 26 in D and Piano Concerto No. [...]

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