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 Fathers and Requiems (Missae, Requiem, Organ Sonatas, Box 10)

March 26th, 2010 · No Comments · Box 10: Missae Requiem Organ Sonatas & Solos, Francisco Araiza, Franz Xaver Süssmayr, K626, Margaret Price, Mozart at 35, Mozart's Requiem, My Dad (1937-2009), Nigel Tufnel, Peter Schreier, Requiem in D minor, Rundfunkchor Lepizig, Saddest Key of All, Salieri, Staatskapelle Dresden, Strep Throat, Theo Adam, Trudeliese Schmidt, Vienna (December 1791)

Talk about coincidence. A year ago today – Friday, March 27, 2009 – my father slipped into a coma-like state from which he never recovered. He died a day and a half later, on March 29th. So here I am, by sheer mind-blowing coincidence, listening to Mozart’s Requiem, his last composition, K626 – the final [...]

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On Going to Less Than 11 (Piano Music, Box 9)

March 6th, 2010 · No Comments · Box 9: Piano Music, K279, K280, K281, K282, K283, Kenny Bania, Mitsuko Uchida, Mozart at 19, Munich (Early 1775), Nigel Tufnel, Piano Sonata No 1, Piano Sonata No 2, Piano Sonata No 3, Piano Sonata No 4, Piano Sonata No 5, Seinfeld, Sonata in B flat, Sonata in C, Sonata in E flat, Sonata in F, Sonata in G, Spinal Tap, These Go To 11

You really can’t go wrong with solo piano music. Well, you can if you’re talking about the corner-bar, lounge lizard-type playing. If so, no thanks. I prefer my piano playing with less smarm. And oodles more talent. In fact, I prefer my piano playing like this, as performed by Mitsuko Uchida. Here’s an excerpt from [...]

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Of Showboats and Sad Keys (Piano Concertos, Box 4)

January 24th, 2010 · No Comments · Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Alfred Brendel, K466, K467, Mozart at 29, Nigel Tufnel, Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, Piano Concerto No. 21 in C, Saddest Key of All, Sir Neville Marriner, Spinal Tap, Trill (defined), Vienna (February 10 1785), Vienna (March 9 1785)

It’s a bad sign when the Mozart playing over a restaurant’s sound system allegedly as background music overshadows the music I’m listening to with my ear buds via iTunes on my laptop. That tells me two things are possible: (1) The restaurant’s music is too loud, or (2) The Mozart on CD 9 is the [...]

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