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 Ducklings and Drama (Early Italian Operas, Box 13)

April 30th, 2010 · No Comments · Box 13: Early Italian Operas, Claes H Ahnsjo, Costanza, Ducklings, Edita Gruberova, Edith Mathis, Emilio, Fortuna, Il sogno di Scipione, K126, K126 (Part II), Leopold Hager, Licenza, Lucia Popp, Mozart at 15, Mozarteum-Orchester Salzburg, Peter Schreier, Publio, Salzburg Kammerchor, Scipione, Thomas Moser

It’s duckling time in Michigan! Is there anything cuter than ducklings skimming across the surface of a lake, chasing bugs, their mom floating watchfully nearby, no doubt wondering how to keep a half dozen swiftly moving balls of fuzz in line? Every year, my wife and I look forward to the birth of a new [...]

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Of Malaise and Dreams (Early Italian Operas, Box 13)

April 29th, 2010 · No Comments · Angel, Box 13: Early Italian Operas, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Chorus: Heroes, Claes H Ahnsjo, Costanza, Edita Gruberova, Edith Mathis, Emilio, Firefly, Fortuna, Il sogno di Scipione, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, K126, La Licenza, Leopold Hager, Lucia Popp, Mozart at 15, Mozarteum-Orchester Salzburg, Peter Schreier, Publio, Salzburg Kammerchor, Scipione, Thomas Moser

I always enjoy something different – whether it be a different key within a composition, an unexpected high note from a soprano, or particularly interesting passage of music. That works for just about anything, really. Some of my favorite movies were ones I didn’t regard very highly (or about which I had no expectation at [...]

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Of Days New and Sagas Old (Early Italian Operas, Box 13)

April 28th, 2010 · No Comments · Ascanio in Alba (Part II), Box 13: Early Italian Operas, K111, K111 (Part III), Mozart at 15

Today is part three of three in the saga of Ascanio in Alba, K111. It is virtually indistinguishable from the previous two parts. Which means I don’t like it any more now than I did the first couple of times I heard it. The opera was first performed at the Teatro Regio Ducal in Milan, [...]

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Of Winds Gone and Mythologies Here (Early Italian Operas, Box 13)

April 27th, 2010 · No Comments · Aceste, Agnes Baltsa, Arleen Auger, Ascanio, Ascanio in Alba, Box 13: Early Italian Operas, Clark Gable, Edith Mathis, Fauno, Genii, Gone With the Wind, K111, K111 (Part II), Leopold Hager, Lilian Sukis, Milan (October - November 1771), Mozart at 15, Mozarteum-Orchester Salzburg, Olivia de Havilland, Peter Schreier, Salzburg Kammerchor, Silvia, Venere, Vivien Leigh

Tonight, my wife and I get to experience something we never have before: Gone With the Wind on the big screen. Yes, that Gone With the Wind. Rhett Butler, Scarlett O’Hara, Ashley, Prissy, and the rest – all set against sweeping backdrop of the Civil War. The Hollywood movie to end all Hollywood movies is [...]

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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 Gray Tuesdays and Great Tenors (Litanies; Vespers; Oratorios, Box 11)

April 6th, 2010 · No Comments · Box 11: Mozart: Litanies; Vespers; Oratorios; Cantatas; Masonic Music, Gabriele Fuchs, Hanna Schwarz, Ileana Cotrubas, K118 Part II, La Betulia liberata, Margarita Zimmermann, Mozart at 15, Mozarteum-Orchester Salzburg, Panera Bread, Peter Schreier, Salzburg (Summer 1771), Salzburger Kammerchor, Walter Berry

I love listening to a great tenor. Today’s CD is Part II of the La Betulia liberata, K118, I heard yesterday. It’s a full-blown Italian opera, complete with characters and drama and lots of rolling Rs, written by Mozart when he was 15. Once again, I was impressed with tenor Peter Schreier. His voice is [...]

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Of Misty Mondays and Meh Music (Litanies; Vespers; Oratorios, Box 11)

April 5th, 2010 · No Comments · Box 11: Mozart: Litanies; Vespers; Oratorios; Cantatas; Masonic Music, Gabriele Fuchs, Hanna Schwarz, Ileana Cotrubas, K118 Part I, La Betulia liberata, Leopold Hager, Margarita Zimmermann, Mozart at 15, Mozarteum-Orchester Salzburg, Peter Schreier, Salzburg (Summer 1771), Salzburger Kammerchor, Walter Berry

This is a full-blown Italian opera, complete with characters and drama and lots of rolling Rs, written by Mozart when he was 15. What made it for me is tenor Peter Schreier. His voice is fantastic. Incredible power and range. I was mesmerized by track 3: Parte Prima – No.1 Aria “D’ogni colpa la colpa [...]

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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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“I Don’t Care For This” (Litanies; Vespers; Oratorios, Box 11)

March 29th, 2010 · No Comments · Box 11: Mozart: Litanies; Vespers; Oratorios; Cantatas; Masonic Music, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Herbert Kegel, K109, K243, K321, Litaniae de BMV (Lauretanae), Litaniae de venerabili altaris sacramento, Mitsuko Shirai, Mozart at 15, Mozart at 20, Mozart at 23, Progressive Rock, Renate Frank-Reinecke, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, Rundfunkchor Lepizig, Vesperae solennes de Dominica

My dad used to say a certain phrase whenever he encountered something he didn’t like, be it food or music or movies or weather or whatever: “I don’t care for this.” Or, “I don’t care for that.” It got to be a family joke to say, “I don’t care for it.” That’s how I feel [...]

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Feelin’ Kinda Cotillion (Divertimenti for Strings & Winds, Box 3)

January 5th, 2010 · No Comments · Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Ensemble, Box 3: Divertimenti for Strings & Wind, Divertimenti, Divertimento, Divertimento (definition), K113, K137, K251, Mozart at 15, Mozart at 16, Mozart at 20, Sir Neville Marriner

This, the first CD from Box 3 (Divertimenti for String & Wind), reminds me of cotillions and masquerade balls. It’s the kind of music played as background in book stores and coffee shops – “busy” enough to keep one’s mind from wandering, yet not so energetic that it’s a distraction. In other words, this is [...]

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