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 Attentitive Food Sellers and Pristine Live Recordings (Piano Concertos, Box 4)

January 26th, 2010 · No Comments · Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Alfred Brendel, Arthur Rubinstein, Box 4: Piano Concertos, Chopin, Conrad Wilson, K491, K503, Live Recording, Marcia Davenport, Maynard Solomon, Mozart at 30, Mozart: A Life, Notes on Mozart, Panera Bread, Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, Piano Concerto No. 25 in C, Saddest Key of All, Sir Neville Marriner, Vienna (December 4 1786), Vienna (March 24 1786)

Even though the first of today’s musical selections (Piano Concerto No. 24 in C) is in a minor key – thankfully not D minor, the saddest key of all – it is not ponderous or heavy. It does not drag on my mind, even though it does have a full, meaty sound – like Chopin [...]

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“Yeah, Well, Mozart Is No Chopin.” (Piano Concertos, Box 4)

January 16th, 2010 · No Comments · Box 4: Piano Concertos, Camerata Academica Salzburg, Capella Academica Wien, Chopin, Eduard Melkus, Ingrid Haebler, K37, K39, K40, K41, Mozart at 11, Piano Concerto No. 1 in F, Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat, Piano Concerto No. 3 in D, Piano Concerto No. 4 in G, Salzburg (April 1767), Salzburg (July 1767), Salzburg (June 1767)

There’s a line in the Academy Award-winning 1984 film Amadeus in which a character comments that Mozart’s composition contains “too many notes.” While Mozart may have been no stranger to the liberal use of notes, when I think of “too many notes” combined with “piano concertos” it’s not Mozart’s name that springs to mind; it’s [...]

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Of French Films and Austrian Serenades (Divertimenti for Strings & Winds, Box 3)

January 11th, 2010 · No Comments · (500) Days of Summer, Amelie, Audrey Tautou, Beethoven, Box 3: Divertimenti for Strings & Wind, Brahms, Chopin, Haydn, Holliger Wind Ensemble, Juno, K375, K388/384a, Mozart at 26, Nacht Musik, Screenwriting, Vienna (1782), Vienna (July 1782)

I really, really liked Amélie, the 2001 Oscar-nominated French film starring Audrey Tautou that we watched last night. We intend to watch it again tonight. I’m quite sure that because we were reading the English subtitles we didn’t watch everything happening on the screen. And that’s a shame because what’s happening on the screen is [...]

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