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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Entries Tagged as 'Vienna (January 1790)'

Of Fridays and Finales (Box 15, Late Italian Operas)

May 21st, 2010 · No Comments · Box 15: Late Italian Operas, Cosi fan tutte, Cosi fan tutte (Part III), K588, K588 (Part III), Mozart at 33, Mozart at 34, Nicolai Gedda, Vienna (January 1790)

I can’t add anything to what I wrote in previous installments. Well, other than this: After hearing him and watching the YouTube clip, I immediately jumped on the Amazon site and bought two collections of Nicolai Gedda’s music. He may be my all-time favorite tenor. And if take away nothing else from listening to Mozart’s [...]

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Of Nicolai Gedda. Period. (Box 15, Late Italian Operas)

May 20th, 2010 · No Comments · Box 15: Late Italian Operas, Cosi fan tutte, Cosi fan tutte (Part II), K588, K588 (Part II), Love Duet, Montserrat Caballe, Mozart at 33, Mozart at 34, Nicolai Gedda, Pilar Lorengar, Vienna (January 1790)

I could write a bunch of self-serving, fancy-schmancy words to kick off today’s blog. But all I need to write are two: Nicolai. Gedda. Remember those old Maxell ads with the guy sitting in the arm chair, being blown away listening to his stereo, which presumably is playing Maxell recordings? That’s the way I feel [...]

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Of Fun Screenwiting and Fiancee Swapping (Box 15, Late Italian Operas)

May 19th, 2010 · No Comments · Charles Taylor, Cosi fan tutte, Cosi fan tutte (Part I), Despina, Don Alfonso, Dorabella, Douglas Robinson, Ferrando, Fiancee Swapping, Fiordiligi, Guglielmo, Ileana Cotrubas, Janet Baker, John Constable, K588, K588 (Part I), Montserrat Caballe, Mozart at 33, Mozart at 34, Nicolai Gedda, Orchestra & Chorus of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Richard van Allan, Sir Colin Davis, Vienna (January 1790), Wladimiro Ganzarolli

I’m still working on my next screenplay. It’s supposed to be a lot of fun (it’s an adaptation of a favorite childhood book series). But I can’t seem to focus on it because of my Mozart blog (which takes 2-4 hours each day) and because of all the blogging I do on the side. I [...]

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Of Wandering Minds and Rolling Rs (Arias, Vocal Ensembles, Canons, Box 12)

April 17th, 2010 · No Comments · Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Anton Scharinger, Box 12: Arias Vocal Ensembles Canons Lieder Notturni, Bryn Terfel, Dresdner Philharmonie, Eva Lind, Hans Peter Blochwitz, Jörg-Peter Weigle, Julie Kaufmann, K434, K441, K479, K480, K492, K527, K532, K540b, K577, K579, K584, K625, KApp25, KApp5, Mozart at 26, Mozart at 29, Mozart at 30, Mozart at 31, Mozart at 33, Mozart at 34, Muncher RFO, Peter Schreier, Prague (October 28 1787), Rene Pape, Rudolf Jansen, Sir Neville Marriner, Vienna, Vienna (1785-6), Vienna (1786), Vienna (1787), Vienna (April 29 1786), Vienna (August 11 1788), Vienna (August 1789), Vienna (August 1790), Vienna (December 1790), Vienna (January 1790), Vienna (July 1789), Vienna (Late 1782), Vienna (November 21 1785), Vienna (November 5 1785)

Today’s CD is a fest of rolling Rs. It wasn’t compelling enough to stop my mind from wandering (isn’t that a line from a Beatles song?). But it was entertaining. A few selections from the Marriage of Figaro are represented here. And more songs from the superb Eva Lind. (I wonder if she’s related to [...]

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Of Snowy Mornings and Slow Movements (String Quartets, String Quintets, Box 7)

February 24th, 2010 · No Comments · Arpad Gerecz, Arthur Grumiaux, Box 7: String Quartets String Quintets, Eva Czako, Georges Janzer, K593, K614, Max Lesueur, Mozart at 34, Mozart at 35, String Quintet No 5 in D, String Quintet No 6 in E flat, Vienna (April 12 1791), Vienna (January 1790)

Here it is – CD 11 of 11. Today ends my sashay through Mozart’s quartets and quintets. I must say, today’s compositions are among my least favorite. They’re abominably slow. And rather uneventful. I’m not detecting anything that raises my Music Radar, causes me to sit up and say, “Hey! That was clever!” or chuckle [...]

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Of Oz Wizards and Prussia Kings (String Quartets, String Quintets, Box 7)

February 21st, 2010 · No Comments · Box 7: String Quartets String Quintets, K589 "Prussian No 2", K590 "Prussian No 3", King of Prussia, Mozart at 33, Mozart at 34, Mozart's Letters Mozart's Life, Prussian Quartets, Quartetto Italiano, Robert Spaethling, String Quartet No 22 in B flat "Prussia No 2", String Quartet No 23 in F "Prussia No 3", Vienna (January 1790), Vienna (June 1790)

My wife and I watched the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz today. She hates the film and thinks it’s creepy. My opinion isn’t that far behind hers. But I wanted to see what it looked like on Blu-ray on our 50,000:1 dynamic contrast TV. It looked amazing. And creepy. Today’s Mozart music was anything [...]

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Of Even Stiffer Necks and More Dancing Germans (Serenades and Dances, Box 2)

January 3rd, 2010 · No Comments · Box 2: Serenades Dances Marches, Contredanses, Der Sieg vom Helden Koburg, German Dances, K106/588a, K571, K585, K586, K587, Minuets, Mozart at 33, Mozart at 34, Vienna (December 1789), Vienna (February 21 1789), Vienna (January 1790), Wiener Mozart Ensemble, Willi Boskovsky

Today’s CD contains one of Mozart’s last Contredanses, Overture & 3 Contredanses, K106/588a, which were composed in Vienna in January of 1790. Mozart was 34. He only lived to be 35. There’s another interesting title in today’s compositions: “Der Sieg vom Helden Koburg.” That translates from German to English as “The victory of the hero [...]

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