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 Chicks-fil-A and Odds and Ends (Box 14, Middle Italian Operas)

May 12th, 2010 · No Comments · 1784, Bloomington Indiana, Box 14: Middle Italian Operas, Chick-fil-A, Dalai Lama, K422, K430, L'oca del Cairo, Lo sposo deluso, Mozart at 27, Mozart at 28, Vienna (1783)

Bloomington, Indiana, is a great city. The architecture of the campus is impressive. There are lots of trees. And interesting stores. And Chick-fil-A. Oh, yes. Chick-fil-A. We don’t have Chick-fil-A restaurants in Michigan. Well, I think we have one in a college campus near Detroit. But nothing in the rest of Michigan, and certainly nothing [...]

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Of Trips Prepared and Parts Three (Box 14, Middle Italian Operas)

May 11th, 2010 · No Comments · Arjia Rinpoche, Box 14: Middle Italian Operas, Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Dalai Lama, Francisco Araiza, Harry Peeters, Heart Sutra, Idomeneo, K366, K366 (Part III), Mozart at 25, Munich (1781), Roberta Alexander, Surviving the Dragon, Susanne Mentzer, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Tibet, Uwe Heilmann

Hello Dalai! Today, we leave for Indiana to see the Dalai Lama give a series of teachings on the Heart Sutra on May 12th and 13th. His appearance in Bloomington is sponsored by The Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center (TMBCC). The TMBCC is directed by Arjia Rinpoche, whose book Surviving the Dragon: A Tibetan Lama’s [...]

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Of Bagels Asiago and Parts Two (Box 14, Middle Italian Operas)

May 10th, 2010 · No Comments · Box 14: Middle Italian Operas, Idomeneo, Idomeneo re di Creta, K366, K366 (Part II), Mozart at 25, Munich (1781), Panera Bread

Another day of listening to this incredibly mediocre opera has not improved my opinion of it. It’s a good thing the Asiago bagel today was extra tasty. Thank heavens for Panera Bread! I’m not going to waste a lot of time explaining what this is, other than to say it’s called (according to Wikipedia) Idomeneo, [...]

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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 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 Ab Dread and Bright Spots (Box 14, Middle Italian Operas)

May 6th, 2010 · No Comments · Box 14: Middle Italian Operas, Ezio di Cesare, Julia Conwell, Jutta-Renate Ihloff, K196, K196 (Part III), La finta giardiniera, Mozart at 19, Munich (January 13 1775)

Welcome back to the Absolutely Dreadful, Part II. (Or is it Part III?) There were a few bright spots in today’s music: Track 4 (No.20 Aria: Chi vuol godere il mondo) performed by Jutta Renate Ihloff, Track 6 (No.22 Cavatina: Ah dal pianto, dal singhiozzo/Recitativo: Ma qui niuno m’ascolta) performed by Julia Conwell, Track 13 [...]

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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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