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 Sunny Sundays and Stupid Operas (Box 14, Middle Italian Operas)

May 9th, 2010 · No Comments · Anton Rosner, Arbace, Atsuko Suzuki, Barbara Hendricks, Box 14: Middle Italian Operas, Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Chor und Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Elettra, Francisco Araiza, Gisela Uhlmann, Gran Sacerdote di Nettuno, Harry Peeters, Heinrich Braun, Idamante, Idomeneo, Idomeneo re di Creta, Ilia, John Constable, K366, K366 (Part I), La Voce, Mozart at 25, Munich (1781), Paul Hansen, Roberta Alexander, Sir Colin Davis, Susanne Mentzer, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Uwe Heilmann, Wen-Sinn Yang, Werner Hollweg

Words fail to describe how much I hate this opera. It is talk-sing to he nth degree. It lacks any semblance of melody. And even the Overture has nothing to hook me, pull me in. It sounds like random conversations set to music, sort of like a slice of life elevated to larger-than-life status. It’s [...]

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Of Post Op and Pleasant Opera (Early Italian Operas, Box 13)

April 22nd, 2010 · No Comments · Andreas Schmidt, Ann Murray, Barbara Hendricks, Box 13: Early Italian Operas, Christine Schornsheim, Clive Griffin, Don Cassandro, Don Polidoro, Douglas Johnson, Eva Lind, Fracasso, Giacinta, Hans Peter Blochwitz, K51 (Acts II & III), Kammerorchester "Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach", La finta semplice, Mozart at 12, Ninetta, Opera (Collins Discover Book), Opera buffa (defined), Peter Schreier, Phil G. Goulding, Rosina, Siegfried Lorenz, Simone, The Pretended Simpleton, Ticket to the Opera, Vienna (July 1786)

No Panera Bread for me this morning. Probably not for 3-4 days. I’m supposed to lie low, visit the bathroom frequently, and refrain from driving while I’m taking the pain medication. So this morning I’m sitting on the couch in my jammies, bathrobe, and slippers. Listening to La finta emplice, K51, the first of Mozart’s [...]

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Of Ops and Opera (Early Italian Operas, Box 13)

April 21st, 2010 · No Comments · Andreas Schmidt, Ann Murray, Barbara Hendricks, Box 13: Early Italian Operas, Christine Schornsheim, Don Cassandro, Don Polidoro, Douglas Johnson, Eva Lind, Fracasso, Giacinta, Hans Peter Blochwitz, K51 (Acts I & II), Kammerorchester "Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach", Kidney stones, La finta semplice, Lithotripsy, Mozart at 12, Ninetta, Operation, Peter Schreier, Red, Rosina, Siegfried Lorenz, Simone, Skillet, The Letter Black, The Pretended Simpleton, Vienna (July 1786)

Today’s the day. The operation. The official term for it is lithotripsy. It’s scheduled to happen in about four hours. Apparently, the only way to rid myself of the kidney stone is to bust it up with sound waves, or extract it. Either way, I’ll be unconscious. Good thing, too. It’s not like I fancy [...]

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