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 Winds Gone and Mythologies Here (Early Italian Operas, Box 13)

April 27th, 2010 · No Comments · Aceste, Agnes Baltsa, Arleen Auger, Ascanio, Ascanio in Alba, Box 13: Early Italian Operas, Clark Gable, Edith Mathis, Fauno, Genii, Gone With the Wind, K111, K111 (Part II), Leopold Hager, Lilian Sukis, Milan (October - November 1771), Mozart at 15, Mozarteum-Orchester Salzburg, Olivia de Havilland, Peter Schreier, Salzburg Kammerchor, Silvia, Venere, Vivien Leigh

Tonight, my wife and I get to experience something we never have before: Gone With the Wind on the big screen. Yes, that Gone With the Wind. Rhett Butler, Scarlett O’Hara, Ashley, Prissy, and the rest – all set against sweeping backdrop of the Civil War. The Hollywood movie to end all Hollywood movies is [...]

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Of Saws and Seeing (Early Italian Operas, Box 13)

April 26th, 2010 · No Comments · Aceste, Arleen Auger, Ascanio, Ascanio in Alba, Box 13: Early Italian Operas, Diana Damrau, Fauno, Genii, Jimmy Page, K111, K111 (Part I), Leopold Hager, Lilian Sukis, Milan (October - November 1771), Mozart at 15, Mozarteum-Orchester Salzburg, Peter Schreier, Saw as instrument, Se il labbro più non dice, Silvia, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Theremin, Venere (Venus)

I had another epiphany yesterday. Operas were never intended to be disembodied and heard apart from their live stage performance. I wonder what Mozart would have thought if someone approached him and said, “Wolfie, sweetie. Tell you what I’m gonna do. I can record your opera on this gadget, make copies of it, and sell [...]

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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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