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 Saws and Seeing (Early Italian Operas, Box 13)

April 26th, 2010 · No Comments · Aceste, Arleen Auger, Ascanio, Ascanio in Alba, Box 13: Early Italian Operas, Diana Damrau, Fauno, Genii, Jimmy Page, K111, K111 (Part I), Leopold Hager, Lilian Sukis, Milan (October - November 1771), Mozart at 15, Mozarteum-Orchester Salzburg, Peter Schreier, Saw as instrument, Se il labbro più non dice, Silvia, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Theremin, Venere (Venus)

I had another epiphany yesterday. Operas were never intended to be disembodied and heard apart from their live stage performance. I wonder what Mozart would have thought if someone approached him and said, “Wolfie, sweetie. Tell you what I’m gonna do. I can record your opera on this gadget, make copies of it, and sell [...]

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Of Light Movies and Lively Music (Piano Concertos, Box 4)

January 23rd, 2010 · No Comments · Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Alfred Brendel, Box 4: Piano Concertos, Jimmy Page, K456, K459, Marcia Davenport, Mozart at 28, Piano Concert No. 19 in F, Piano Concerto No. 18 in B flat, Sir Neville Marriner, Sostenuto (defined), Vienna (December 11 1784), Vienna (September 30 1784), Vivace (defined), Yngwie Malmsteen

Ahh, now this is more like it. These compositions grabbed me right from the start, from the first three minutes. If Piano Concerto No. 18 in B flat were a heavy-metal song, Alfred Brendel’s piano work would have to be performed by a guitarist insanely fleet-fingered and flamboyant like Yngwie Malmsteen. Or perhaps Led Zeppelin’s [...]

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