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 Cold Saturdays and Warm Operas (Box 14, Middle Italian Operas)

May 8th, 2010 · No Comments · Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Agenore, Alessandro, Aminta, Angela Maria Blasi, Box 14: Middle Italian Operas, Briony Shaw, Claes H Ahnsjo, Elisa, Il re pastore, Iris Vermillion, Jerry Hadley, John Constable, K208, K208 (Part II), Mozart at 19, Salzburg (Spring 1775), Sir Neville Marriner, Strato, Sylvia McNair, Tamiri

It’s an ugly day here in Grand Rapids. It’s overcast, rainy, and very chilly. Yuck. Happily, I have today’s CD to lift my spirits. Which is rare because this is CD 2 of Mozart’s opera Il re pastore, K208. And I still like it. For me, Il re pastore is the best of Mozart’s Early [...]

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Of Classical Pianists and Shepherd Kings (Box 14, Middle Italian Operas)

May 7th, 2010 · No Comments · Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Agenore, Alessandro, Aminta, Angela Maria Blasi, Box 14: Middle Italian Operas, Briony Shaw, Castrato (definition), Chico Marx, Claes H Ahnsjo, Elisa, Il re pastore, Ingrid Fliter, Iris Vermillion, Jerry Hadley, John Constable, K208, K208 (Part I), Maynard Solomon, Mozart at 19, Mozart's Letters Mozart's Life, Mozart: A Life, Robert Spaethling, Salzburg (Spring 1775), Shoot piano keys, Sir Neville Marriner, Sylvia McNair, Tamiri, Tommaso Consoli

Famed Classical pianist Ingrid Fliter was in town last night. She performed at St. Cecilia Music Center. She was terrific, very technically proficient. Her choices showcased her talent well: Bach, Beethoven, and Schumann. I wasn’t particularly moved, though. I don’t know why. The concert seemed to lack magic. Maybe it was me. Or the sparse [...]

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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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