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 Tater Tots and… (German Operas, Box 16)

May 27th, 2010 · No Comments · Box 16: German Operas, Die Gartnerin aus Liebe, Die Gartnerin aus Liebe (Part III), K196, K196 (Part III), Mozart at 24, Munich (May 1 1789), Tater Tots

When I was growing up, there was something about tater tots that gave me the heebie jeebies. Don’t ask me to explain it. I can’t. I had the same reaction to Brussels sprouts – an instant disliking for their texture, taste, and smell. Now, Brussels sprouts I’m sure everyone can understand. But tater tots? They’re [...]

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Of Relaxation and Retreads (German Operas, Box 16)

May 25th, 2010 · No Comments · Box 16: German Operas, Die Gartnerin aus Liebe, K196, K196 (Part I), La finta giardiniera (re-worked), Mozart at 24, Munich (May 1 1789)

Man, what a let down this opera is. Yesterday’s opera (Bastien und Bastienne, K50) was a pleasant surprise. Today’s opera (Die Gartnerin aus Liebe, K196) sounds like dialogue from a World War II movie set to nondescript music. It’s dreadful. According to its entry on Wikipedia: In 1780 Mozart converted the opera – La finta [...]

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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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