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 Attentitive Food Sellers and Pristine Live Recordings (Piano Concertos, Box 4)

January 26th, 2010 · No Comments · Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Alfred Brendel, Arthur Rubinstein, Box 4: Piano Concertos, Chopin, Conrad Wilson, K491, K503, Live Recording, Marcia Davenport, Maynard Solomon, Mozart at 30, Mozart: A Life, Notes on Mozart, Panera Bread, Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, Piano Concerto No. 25 in C, Saddest Key of All, Sir Neville Marriner, Vienna (December 4 1786), Vienna (March 24 1786)

Even though the first of today’s musical selections (Piano Concerto No. 24 in C) is in a minor key – thankfully not D minor, the saddest key of all – it is not ponderous or heavy. It does not drag on my mind, even though it does have a full, meaty sound – like Chopin [...]

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Of Raw Oysters and Happy Haffners (Serenades and Dances, Box 2)

December 28th, 2009 · No Comments · Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Andantino (definition), Assai (definition), Box 2: Serenades Dances Marches, Conrad Wilson, K249, K250/248/b "Haffner", March in D, Marcia Davenport, Minuet (definition), Molto (definition), Mozart at 20, Notes on Mozart, Salzburg (July 20 1776), Salzburg (June 1776), Serenade in D, Sir Neville Marriner

Mozart was 20 when he wrote one of his most famous serenades, Serenade in D, K250/248b, also known as “Haffner,” for the Haffner family for whom he composed it. The “Haffner” Serenade is exquisite, rich, textured, melodic, triumphant, and just plain pretty. From the book Mozart by Marcia Davenport, comes this background on the “Haffner” [...]

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Of Starving Artists and Gas Giants (Symphonies, Box 1)

December 22nd, 2009 · No Comments · Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Box 1: Symphonies, Conrad Wilson, Friedrich Kerst, K550, K551, Mozart at 32, Mozart: the man and the artist revealed in his own words, Notes on Mozart, Sir Neville Marriner, Symphony No. 40, Symphony No. 41, Vienna (August 10 1788), Vienna (July 25 1788)

You have got to be kidding me. The two symphonies on this CD (CD 12, the last one in the box of Symphonies) are nothing short of jaw-dropping. There’s no possible way I can pick a favorite between these two. The first movement (Molto allegro) to Symphony 40 is as well known as Beethoven’s Fifth. [...]

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Of Old Composers and Rogan Josh (Symphonies, Box 1)

December 21st, 2009 · No Comments · Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Adagio maestoso in G, Box 1: Symphonies, Conrad Wilson, Gingerbread, Indian Food, K409, K444, K504, K543, Linz (November 1783), Minuet for a Symphony in C, Mozart at 26, Mozart at 27, Mozart at 30, Mozart at 32, Notes on Mozart, Symphony in 39, Symphony No. 38, Vienna (1782), Vienna (December 26 1786), Vienna (June 26 1788)

I think I have a fetish for Indian food. Oh, I’m not saying there’s anything sexual going on with my plate of Rogan Josh. But I do love food that makes my eyes water and my nose run. In fact, the more painful a food is, the better – which is why sushi with inordinate [...]

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