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 Rainy Days and Second Acts (Early Italian Operas, Box 13)

April 24th, 2010 · No Comments · Agnes Baltsa, Alois Aigner, Arbate, Arleen Auger, Aspasia, Box 13: Early Italian Operas, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Christine Weidinger, Edita Gruberova, Farnace, Ileana Cotrubas, Ismene, K87, Leopold Hager, Marzio, Milan (December 1770), Mitridate re di Ponto (Act II), Mozart at 14, Mozarteum-Orchester Salzburg, Sifare, Werner Hollweg

A chilly, overcast, drizzly day. Still lying on the couch, drinking apple juice, watching Buffy. CD 4 is Act II of Mitridate, re di Ponto, K87. Most everything I wrote about it yesterday applies today. So I’ll reprint what I wrote yesterday, starting with what Wikipedia has to say about Mitridate, re di Ponto: Mitridate, [...]

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Of Buffy and Edita (Early Italian Operas, Box 13)

April 23rd, 2010 · No Comments · Agnes Baltsa, Alois Aigner, Arbate, Arleen Auger, Aspasia, Box 13: Early Italian Operas, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Christine Weidinger, Edita Gruberova, Farnace, Ileana Cotrubas, Ismene, K87, Leopold Hager, Live Theatre, Marzio, Maynard Solomon, Milan (December 1770), Mitridate, Mitridate re di Ponto, Mitridate re di Ponto (Act I), Mozart at 14, Mozart: A Life, Mozarteum-Orchester Salzburg, Sifare, Spike, Werner Hollweg

I have Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 5, on in the background. I’m not watching it, though. That would be silly. Okay. You caught me. I’m watching it. Look, I like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, all right? Is that so wrong? To be honest, I think it’s one of the most brilliant TV series ever [...]

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Of Cinnamon-Chip Scones and Well-Balanced Music (Arias, Vocal Ensembles, Canons, Box 12)

April 16th, 2010 · No Comments · Box 12: Arias Vocal Ensembles Canons Lieder Notturni, Dresdner Philharmonie, Edith Wiens, Elzbieta Szmytka, Gunnar Gudbjornson, Hans Peter Blochwitz, Iris Vermillion, Jörg-Peter Weigle, K135 (ornamentation from K293e), K366 (with alternate duet K489), K389, K490, K51, K87, Mozart at 12, Mozart at 14, Mozart at 16, Mozart at 25, Mozart at 26, Mozart at 30, Muncher RFO, Panera Bread, Peter Schreier, Robert Tear, Sir Colin Davis, Sir Neville Marriner, Staatskapelle Dresden/Karl Bohm, Stuart Burrows

This CD was a pleasant surprise. With a title like Arias & Duets I wasn’t expecting much. Well, I take that back. I was expecting another nightmare. What I discovered (as I munched my cinnamon-chip scone from Panera Bread) is that these are very nice performances. Although this isn’t a CD I could listen to [...]

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Of Plants and Linds (Arias, Vocal Ensembles, Canons, Box 12)

April 15th, 2010 · No Comments · 1783, Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Box 12: Arias Vocal Ensembles Canons Lieder Notturni, Christiane Eda-Pierre, Dresdner Philharmonie, Eva Lind, Hans Peter Blochwitz, Jörg-Peter Weigle, Julie Kaufmann, K119, K178, K293e, K294, K295, K433, K435, K440, K580, K83, Mannheim (February 12 1778), Mannheim (February 24 1778), Mannheim (February 27 1778), Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Mozart at 14, Mozart at 22, Mozart at 26, Mozart at 27, Mozart at 29, Mozart at 30, Mozart at 33, Robert Lloyd, Robert Plant, Rome (April-May 1770), Sir Colin Davis, Stuart Burrows, Vienna (1782), Vienna (early 1782), Vienna (Early 1785-6), Vienna (June 1783), Vienna (September 17 1789)

I wish I could like this music. I know soprano Julie Kaufmann is considered one of the world’s finest. But her singing leaves me cold. There’s something about her timbre that doesn’t sooth me. She has the power I respect. She has the range I like. But her singing just doesn’t do it for me. [...]

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Of Finally Sunny Sundays and Farely Stimulating Singing (Arias, Vocal Ensembles, Canons, Box 12)

April 11th, 2010 · No Comments · 1766, Box 12: Arias Vocal Ensembles Canons Lieder Notturni, deest, deest (definition), Edita Gruberova, Edith Mathis, Hanna Schwarz, K21, K23, K36, K70, K77, K78, K79, K88, Kdeest, Leopold Hager, London (1765), Lucia Popp, Milan (1770), Milan (March 1770), Mozart at 10, Mozart at 14, Mozart at 9, Mozarteum-Orchester Salzburg, Salzburg (December 1766), The Hague (December 1765), Thomas Moser

We’ve had rain and chilly temperatures for nearly a week. Today is the first sunny day we’ve had in quite a while. It feels good to sit in the sun, typing this. I don’t even mind the glare or the fact that I’m getting a little too warm. I like it. I also like the [...]

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Of Old Men and Young Boys (Litanies; Vespers; Oratorios, Box 11)

April 1st, 2010 · No Comments · Bologna (1770), Bologna (July-August 1770), Bologna (October 9 1770), Box 11: Mozart: Litanies; Vespers; Oratorios; Cantatas; Masonic Music, Dagmar Schellenberger-Ernst, God is our refuge, Hans-Joachim Ribbe, Herbert Kegel, K108, K117, K20, K33, K34, K44, K47, K72, K85, K86, K90, K91, Kluster Seeon Bavaria (1766-7), London (June 1765), Mozart at 10, Mozart at 11, Mozart at 12, Mozart at 14, Mozart at 15, Mozart at 9, Panera Bread, Ralph Eschrig, Rene Pape, Rosemarie Lang, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, Rundfunkchor Lepizig, Salzburg (1771), Salzburg (late 1770s), Salzburg (May 1771), The Hague (March 1766), Vienna (Autumn 1768), Vienna (October-November 1768)

I love sitting here at Panera Bread, listening to Mozart and watching the two old guys who meet here every morning. Well, sometimes it’s two. Other times it’s three. They get so animated, talking, laughing, waving their hands. I don’t think I’ve ever seen them eat anything. They just drink coffee and kvetch, mostly about [...]

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Of Small Thoughts and Whole Lives (Piano Music, Box 9)

March 15th, 2010 · No Comments · Allegro in B flat, Allegro in C, Allegro in F, Allegro in G minor, Andante in C, Box 9: Piano Music, Capriccio in C, Fugue in G minor, Harpsichord, How small a thought it takes to fill a whole life!, K1/1e, K1a, K1b, K1c, K1d, K1f, K2, K3, K312, K33B, K394, K395, K399, K4, K400, K401, K408 No 1, K453a, K460, K5, K5a, K94, Kleiner Trauermarsch in C minor, Ludwig Wittgenstein, March in C, Marcia Davenport, Minuet in C, Minuet in D, Minuet in F, Minuet in G, Movement in F, Mozart at 10, Mozart at 13, Mozart at 14, Mozart at 21, Mozart at 26, Mozart at 27, Mozart at 28, Mozart at 34, Mozart at 35, Mozart at 5, Mozart at 6, Mozart at 8, Prelude & Fugue in C, Rabbit hole, Steve Reich, Strangeness of the Ordinary, Suite in C, Theme & 2 Variations in A, Tini Mathot, Ton Koopman, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus

I’ve always wondered what music composed by a five year old sounds like. Now I know. Mozart was five when he composed some of the music on this CD. In other words, a few of the selections today start at K1. K1! All of the music on this CD was composed for and played by [...]

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Of Cold Hands and Many Minuets (Serenades and Dances, Box 2)

December 30th, 2009 · No Comments · 1769-70, Bologna (Spring 1770), Box 2: Serenades Dances Marches, Contredanses, Ensemble (definition), Minuets, Mozart at 12, Mozart at 13, Mozart at 14, Mozart at 16, Rome (April 14 1770), Salzburg (1769), Salzburg (1772), Salzburg (Autumn 1770), Salzburg (Early 1770), Salzburg (January 26 1769), Vienna State Opera, Wiener Mozart Ensemble, Willi Boskovsky

It’s 6:40 a.m. I’m back at Panera Bread, sitting in my new “usual” spot, a square table pushed up against the wall-to-ceiling windows on the east side of the building. I’m freezing my ass off. Today starts a new chapter in Mozart music – Dances. It also marks the beginning of a few CDs with [...]

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Of Happy Violins and Loony Tunes (Symphonies, Box 1)

December 14th, 2009 · No Comments · Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Box 1: Symphonies, K110, K112, K114, K124, K97, Milan (November 2 1771), Mozart at 14, Mozart at 15, Mozart at 16, Rome 1770, Salzburg (Dec. 30 1771), Salzburg (Feb. 21 1772), Salzburg (July 1771), Sir Neville Marriner, The Compactothèque

I started a new category for my posts. You’ll find it in the Table of Contents section on the left-hand side of each page. The category is called “Mozart at…” and it’ll be a running account of how old Mozart was (approximately) when he composed his music. For example, if you click on “Mozart at [...]

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Of Gingerbread Men and Johnny Mathis (Symphonies, Box 1)

December 13th, 2009 · No Comments · Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Box 1: Symphonies, K75, K76, K81, K84, K95, K96, Milan (October - November 1771), Milan or Bologna (July 1770), Mozart at 11, Mozart at 14, Mozart at 15, Rome (March 1770), Salzburg (Early 1771), Sir Neville Marriner, Symphony No. 11, Symphony No. 42, Symphony No. 43, Symphony No. 44, Symphony No. 45, Symphony No. 46, The Compactothèque, Vienna (Autumn 1767)

Another day of writing copy for a client. Only this time, as I sit in my office behind closed door, I’m treated to the smell of baking gingerbread cookies and the sound, however faint, of Johnny Mathis’ unique voice proclaiming the joy of the Christmas season. Classical music is perfect for any holiday season. But [...]

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