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 Sheer Monotony. Period. (German Operas, Box 16)

May 26th, 2010 · No Comments · Box 16: German Operas, Die Gartnerin aus Liebe, Die Gartnerin aus Liebe (Part II), K196 (Part II), Mozart at 24, Munich (May 1 1789)

Part Two is no better than Part One. Just as I’m sure Part Three will be no better than the previous two. What was Mozart thinking when he re-worked La finta giardiniera (“The Pretend Garden-Girl”), K.196, an Italian opera, into Die Gartnerin aus Liebe, K196, a German opera? It didn’t improve by changing the language, [...]

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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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