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 Ends Approaching and Musics Unliked (Theatre and Ballet Music, Box 17)

June 7th, 2010 · No Comments · Ballet music from Idomeneo, Bernhard Klee, Box 17: Theatre and Ballet Music, David Zinman, Eberhard Buchner, Gisela Pohl, Hermann Christian Polster, K345, K367, Karin Eickstaedt, Mozart at 17, Mozart at 21, Mozart at 23, Mozart at 25, Munich (January 1781), Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Rundfunk-Solistenvereinigung Berlin, Staatskapelle Berlin, Thamos King of Egypt, Thamos Konig in Agypten, Theo Adam

Today is the second to the last CD from my six-month journey through Mozart’s music. In all honesty, I’m going to be glad to see it end. These posts occupied 2-4 hours of my life every morning. Sometimes less. Sometimes more. But always there, every day. Rain or shine. Yet, another part of me will [...]

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Of Shuffles and Sopranos (Litanies; Vespers; Oratorios, Box 11)

April 2nd, 2010 · No Comments · Annelies Burmeister, Aspera, Bohemian Rhapsody, Box 11: Mozart: Litanies; Vespers; Oratorios; Cantatas; Masonic Music, Brett Rosenberg, Dagmar Schellenberger-Ernst, Dave Brubeck, Dream Theater, Eberhard Buchner, Glenn Miller, Grateful Dead, Half Light, Herbert Kegel, Hermann Christian Polster, Illusion Suite, Isabella Nawe, K127, K141, K143, K198, K222, K260, K273, K276, K277, K322, K323, Manheim (January-February 1778), Moonsorrow, Mozart at 13, Mozart at 16, Mozart at 17, Mozart at 18, Mozart at 19, Mozart at 20, Mozart at 21, Mozart at 22, Mozart at 23, Mozart at 31, Mozart at 32, Mozart at 33, Munich (Early 1775), Queen, Rosemarie Lang, Rundfunk - Sinfonia - Orchestra Leipzig, Rundfunkchor Lepizig, Salzburg (1774), Salzburg (1776), Salzburg (1777), Salzburg (1779), Salzburg (late 1769), Salzburg (late 1773), Salzburg (May 1772), Salzburg (September 9 1777), Ursula Reinhardt-Kiss, Ute Selbig, Vienna (1787-9)

I don’t know what’s different about today’s music. But it grabbed me by the lapels, shook me out of my slumber, and made me want to know who’s singing. Regina coeli in B flat, K.127, especially Movements 2-4, amazed me. The soprano was doing a lot of vocal gymnastics, which I don’t normally like in [...]

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Of Kidney Stones and Soaring Sopranos (Missae, Requiem, Organ Sonatas, Box 10)

March 20th, 2010 · No Comments · Aldo Baldin, Alto (definition), Baritone (definition), Bass (definition), Box 10: Missae Requiem Organ Sonatas & Solos, Contralto (definition), Countertenor (definition), Herbert Kegel, Hermann Christian Polster, K194, K275, K337, Kidney stones, Mezzo-Soprano (definition), Mitsuko Shirai, Mozart at 18, Mozart at 21, Mozart at 24, Operatic voice types (defined), Panera Bread, Rosemarie Lang, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, Rundfunkchor Lepizig, Salzburg (August 8 1774), Salzburg (late 1777), Salzburg (March 1780), Soprano (definition), Tenor (definition), Zen

Today (Saturday, March 20, 2010) we awoke to see snow had blanketed the ground in a grotesque parody of a late-December morning. I don’t mind snow in December. Especially late December. But I do object to it in late March. But to whom do I object? My cat? My wife? The meteorologist on TV? God? [...]

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Of Small Thoughts and Whole Lives (Piano Music, Box 9)

March 15th, 2010 · No Comments · Allegro in B flat, Allegro in C, Allegro in F, Allegro in G minor, Andante in C, Box 9: Piano Music, Capriccio in C, Fugue in G minor, Harpsichord, How small a thought it takes to fill a whole life!, K1/1e, K1a, K1b, K1c, K1d, K1f, K2, K3, K312, K33B, K394, K395, K399, K4, K400, K401, K408 No 1, K453a, K460, K5, K5a, K94, Kleiner Trauermarsch in C minor, Ludwig Wittgenstein, March in C, Marcia Davenport, Minuet in C, Minuet in D, Minuet in F, Minuet in G, Movement in F, Mozart at 10, Mozart at 13, Mozart at 14, Mozart at 21, Mozart at 26, Mozart at 27, Mozart at 28, Mozart at 34, Mozart at 35, Mozart at 5, Mozart at 6, Mozart at 8, Prelude & Fugue in C, Rabbit hole, Steve Reich, Strangeness of the Ordinary, Suite in C, Theme & 2 Variations in A, Tini Mathot, Ton Koopman, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus

I’ve always wondered what music composed by a five year old sounds like. Now I know. Mozart was five when he composed some of the music on this CD. In other words, a few of the selections today start at K1. K1! All of the music on this CD was composed for and played by [...]

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Of Fast Shuffles and Favorite Songs (Piano Music, Box 9)

March 8th, 2010 · No Comments · Alla Turca, Box 9: Piano Music, Journey, K311, K330, K331, Mannheim (October - November 1777), Mitsuko Uchida, Mozart at 21, Mozart at 27, Piano Sonata No 10, Piano Sonata No 11, Piano Sonata No 9, Salzburg (1783), Sonata in A, Sonata in C, Sonata in D, Steve Perry

Even people only vaguely familiar with Mozart’s music will recognize Movement 3 (Alla turca, Allegretto) from Piano Sonata No. 11 in A, K.331 “Alla Turca”. Next to Eine kleine Nachtmusik there’s probably no more instantly-recognizable composition in the Mozart canon. I recognized it, even though I didn’t know what it was called. You should have [...]

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Of Lazy Sundays and Lively Sonatas (Piano Music, Box 9)

March 7th, 2010 · No Comments · Box 9: Piano Music, Durnitz, First signs of spring, K284, K309, K310, Mannheim (October - November 1777), Mitsuko Uchida, Mozart at 19, Mozart at 21, Mozart at 22, Munich (Early 1775), Paris (Summer 1778), Piano Sonata No 6, Piano Sonata No 7, Piano Sonata No 8, Polonaise (definition), Robins, Sonata in A minor, Sonata in C, Sonata in D "Durnitz"

Once again, I must say: This is gorgeous music. These piano sonatas grabbed me by the lapels from the first notes. Which is interesting since I’m in my bathrobe. Nary a lapel to be seen. Yet, I’m positive I was grabbed. Go figure. Of course, I’m all about the Allegro. And Allegro con spirito. In [...]

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Of Flutes and More Flutes (Quintets, Quartets, Trios, Box 6)

February 7th, 2010 · No Comments · Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Ensemble, Arthur Grumiaux, Box 6: Quintets Quartets Trios, Eva Czako, Flute Quartet in A, Flute Quartet in C, Flute Quartet in D, Flute Quartet in G, Georges Janzer, Grumiaux Trio, Irish Tin Whistle, Jethro Tull, K285, K298, KApp. 171, Mannheim (1777-8), Mannheim (December 25 1777), Mozart at 21, Mozart at 22, Mozart at 25, Mozart at 26, Mozart at 30, Mozart at 31, Piers Adams, Recorder, Red Priest, Vienna (1781-2), Vienna (1786-7), William Bennett

I really love the flute. Maybe that’s one of the reasons why I liked the 1970s progressive-rock band Jethro Tull so much. Or why I recently bought an Irish tin whistle intending to learn how to play. Or why I flipped out when I saw the British baroque group Red Priest play a gig in [...]

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Of Wow and More Wow (Violin & Wind Concertos, Box 5)

February 5th, 2010 · No Comments · Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Alan Civil, Beatles, Box 5: Violin & Wind Concertos, Flute Concerto in D, For No One, Irena Grafenauer, Jack Brymer, Mannheim (January-February 1778), Michael Chapman, Mozart at 21, Mozart at 22, Neil Black, Paris (Spring 1778), Sinfonia Concerto in E Flat (doubtful), Sir Neville Marriner

Out-freakin’-standing! What an amazing CD! This was the perfect way to start a dark, cold winter’s day. It’s hard to beat Irena Grafenauer‘s inspired flute playing. My eyes lit up the second she broke into Movement 1 (Allegro aperto) of Flute Concerto No.2 in D, K.314. Listen to 1:06 onwards, especially the note she holds [...]

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Of Happy Oboes and Clever Reconstructionists (Violin & Wind Concertos, Box 5)

February 4th, 2010 · No Comments · Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Aurèle Nicolet, Heinz Holliger, Hermann Baumann, K(314)/K271k, KApp. 9/K297B, Klaus Thunemann, Mozart at 21, Mozart at 22, Paris (Spring 1778), Reconstructed From Concerto K314/K285d, Salzburg (1777), Sinfonia Concertante in E flat, Sir Neville Marriner

More oboe, bassoon, and flute. Terrific music. Oboe is another instrument I enjoy a lot. Whereas French horns, to me, often sound melancholy, oboes sound happy. So do flutes. Also making an appearance today is another “reconstruction” of Mozart’s work. In this case, it’s Sinfonia Concertante in E flat, KApp 9/297B, reconstructed by American pianist [...]

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Of Morning Friends and Mystery Flautists (Violin & Wind Concertos, Box 5)

February 1st, 2010 · No Comments · Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Andante for Flute and Orchestra in C, Box 5: Violin & Wind Concertos, Concerto in C for Flute Harp and Orchestra, Flute Concerto No. 1 in G, Irena Grafenauer, K299/297c, K313/285c, K315/285e, Mannheim (Jan-Feb 1778), Maria Graf, Mozart at 21, Mozart at 22, Paris (April 1778), Sir Neville Marriner

I like walking into Panera Bread and having the gal behind the counter immediately know what to start making (Asiago bagel, toasted, with plain cream cheese, and a mug of Light Roast coffee). I feel like Norm on Cheers bellying up to the bar. Everybody knows my name. (Of course, they don’t really know my [...]

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