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 Bradbury and Bach (Violin Sonatas, String Duos & Trios, Box 8)

March 5th, 2010 · No Comments · Arthur Grumiaux, Box 8: Violin Sonatas String Duos & Trios, Bradbury, Eva Czako, Georges Janzer, Grumiaux Trio, Johann Sebastian Bach, K266, K404a, Salzburg (early 1777), Scottish Folds, Six Preludes & Fugues for Violin Viola & Cello, Sonata (Trio) in B flat, Vienna (1782), Wilhelm Friedemann Bach

I don’t think our cat, Bradbury, is feeling well. How do I know? Well, he usually eats anything I give him. Lately, he barely touches even the stuff we thought was his favorite. Plus, he’s tossed his cookies 3-4 times this week. He’s more lethargic than usual. And he seems to have a problem with, [...]

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Of Dedication and Diversion (Violin Sonatas, String Duos & Trios, Box 8)

March 4th, 2010 · No Comments · Arrigo Pelliccia, Arthur Grumiaux, Box 8: Violin Sonatas String Duos & Trios, Divertimento (String Trio) in E flat, Duo for Violin & Viola in B flat, Duo for Violin & Viola in G, Eva Czako, Georges Janzer, Grumiaux Trio, K423, K424, K563, Michael Puchberg, Mozart at 27, Mozart at 32, Mozart's Letters Mozart's Life, Robert Spaethling, Salzburg (Summer 1783), Vienna (September 27 1788)

Once again, I’m listening to the very kind of music playing overhead in this restaurant. I don’t know if that means this Mozart stuff is akin to Muzak in an elevator. Or if it’s so gosh darn good that it’s now played everywhere an air of refinement and taste is needed. Doesn’t matter. I dig [...]

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Of Lost Cords and Lovely Klaviers (Violin Sonatas, String Duos & Trios, Box 8)

March 3rd, 2010 · No Comments · An Education (movie), Arthur Grumiaux, Box 8: Violin Sonatas String Duos & Trios, Juliette Greco, K454, K481, K526, Mozart at 28, Mozart at 29, Mozart at 31, Sonata in A, Sonata in B flat, Sonata in E flat, Vienna (April 21 1784), Vienna (August 24 1787), Vienna (December 12 1785), Walter Klien

I arrived at Panera Bread at 6 this morning only to discover some guy had beaten me to “my” table. “No worries,” I thought. “I’ll just get another one. The place is empty. I can pick any table I want.” So I did, thinking very highly of myself for being so amenable. Then I discovered [...]

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Of Blockbuster Mort and Beautiful Music (Violin Sonatas, String Duos & Trios, Box 8)

March 2nd, 2010 · No Comments · Arthur Grumiaux, Blockbuster Video, Box 8: Violin Sonatas String Duos & Trios, Emotion in Music, K378, K379, K380, Mozart at 23, Mozart at 24, Mozart at 25, Pizzicato, Salzburg (1779-81), Sonata in B flat, Sonata in E flat, Sonata in G, Spaces Between Notes, Vienna (April 1781), Vienna (Summer 1781), Walter Klien

This is gorgeous music. Every track grabs me by the lapels and gives me a hearty shake. This is another one of those deserted-island CDs you hear so much about. (Which is odd since there are so few deserted islands these days, yet so many people standing around on them clutching the one thing they’d [...]

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Of Numbers 23 and Themes Various (Violin Sonatas, String Duos & Trios, Box 8)

March 1st, 2010 · No Comments · Alas I Lost My Lover, Arthur Grumiaux, Box 8: Violin Sonatas String Duos & Trios, j’ai perdu mon amant, K305, K306, K360, K376, K377, Mozart at 22, Mozart at 25, Paris (Summer 1778), Six Variations in G minor, Soanta in F, Sonata in A, Sonata in D, Vienna (June 1781), Walter Klien

I’m always daunted when I pop a CD into iTunes and discover there are 30 tracks waiting for me. Thirty. Tracks. Waiting. For. Me. Well, there’s nothing to do but dig in. Since both musicians (Arthur Grumiaux and Walter Klien) on today’s CD are familiar to me, I don’t need to study them. I think [...]

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Of Frozen Lakes and Crystalline Pianos (Violin Sonatas, String Duos & Trios, Box 8)

February 28th, 2010 · No Comments · Arthur Grumiaux, Box 8: Violin Sonatas String Duos & Trios, K296, K301, K302, K303, K304, Mannheim (early 1778), Mannheim (March 11 1778), Mannheim or Paris (1778), Mozart at 22, Sonata in C, Sonata in E flat, Sonata in E minor, Sonata in G, Walter Klien

Perhaps I was distracted by my writing projects today. But nothing jumped out at me from today’s music. …Until I heard the last track of the CD, Movement 2 (Tempo di minuetto) from Sonata in E minor, K304. Its beauty immediately stopped me in my tracks. It wasn’t a typical Classical composition. It was an [...]

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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 Gilligan’s Island and Mozart’s Vienna (String Quartets, String Quintets, Box 7)

February 23rd, 2010 · No Comments · Arthur Grumiaux, Box 7: String Quartets String Quintets, Gilligan's Island, K515, K516, Marcia Davenport, Mary Ann and Ginger, Mozart at 31, String Quintet No 2 in C, String Quintet No 3 in G minor, Vienna (April 19 1787), Vienna (May 16 1787)

This CD is a lot of fun. It hooked me from the first few bars of the opening movement (Allegro) of String Quintet No. 2 in C, K515 (one of the finest pieces of music I’ve yet heard), to the final, glorious notes of String Quintet No. 3 in G minor, K516 – especially the [...]

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Of Winters of Discontent and Quintets of Spring (String Quartets, String Quintets, Box 7)

February 22nd, 2010 · No Comments · Arpad Gerecz, Arthur Grumiaux, Box 7: String Quartets String Quintets, Eva Czako, Georges Janzer, K174, K406, Max Lesueur, String Quartet No 1 in B flat, String Quintet No 4 in C minor

Today’s music is of the quintet kind, rather than the quartet kind. So it’s back to Arthur Grumiaux (violin) and his Ensemble consisting of Arpad Gerecz (violin), Georges Janzer (viola), Max Lesueur (viola), and Eva Czako (cello). Of the late Mr. Grumiaux, Wikipedia says this: Arthur Grumiaux (March 21, 1921–October 16, 1986) was a Belgian [...]

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Of Erudite Lyricism and Not-Wasted Youth (String Quartets, String Quintets, Box 7)

February 14th, 2010 · No Comments · Arpad Gerecz, Arthur Grumiaux, Bolzano or Verona (Oct-Nov 1772), Box 7: String Quartets String Quintets, Elisa Pegreffi, Enjoyment of Music (book), Eva Czako, Franco Rossi, Geroge Janzer, Joseph Machlis, K155, K156, K157, K158, K80, Max Lesueur, Milan (1772-3), Milan (late 1772), Mozart at 16, Mozart at 17, Mozart at 18, Paolo Borciani, Piero Farulli, Quartetto Italiano, Salzburg (1773-4), String Quartet No 1 in G, String Quartet No 2 in D, String Quartet No 3 in G, String Quartet No 4 in C, String Quartet No 5 in F, Tully Potter

A new day. A new week. A new box of CDs to discover. Today starts Box 7 (“String Quartets, String Quintets”) from the Complete Mozart Edition. Along with all of the “new” of this moment, there’s a new group of musicians to learn about: the Quartetto Italiano. Here’s their entry on Wikipedia: Quartetto Italiano – [...]

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