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 Saturdays and Un-Cared-For Music (Early Italian Operas, Box 13)

May 1st, 2010 · No Comments · Arleen Auger, Aufidio, Box 13: Early Italian Operas, Cecilio, Celia, Edith Mathis, Giunia, Helen Donath, Julia Varady, K135, K135 (Part I), Leopold Hager, Lucio Cinna, Lucio Silla, Lucius Sulla, Mozart at 16, Mozarteum-Orchester Salzburg, Peter Schreier, Salburger Rundfunk-und Mozarteumchor, Salzburg or Milan (Autumn 1772), Werner Krenn

As usual, I liked the Overture best of all. And this Overture was the best to date. It was very lively, very Mozart. It was delightful. Then the singing started. And it all went downhill. But not so far downhill that I can’t appreciate the talent involved with this piece of music. I can appreciate [...]

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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 Stones Lost and Musics Masonic (Litanies; Vespers; Oratorios, Box 11)

April 8th, 2010 · No Comments · Alexander Commercials, Andreas Schmidt, Box 11: Mozart: Litanies; Vespers; Oratorios; Cantatas; Masonic Music, Embrace Life TV Ad, Hans Peter Blochwitz, K148, K429, K468, K471, K477, K483, K484, K546, K619, K623, K623a, Lapis, Mannerchor des Rundfunkchores Leipzig, Mindfulness, Mozart at 16, Mozart at 17, Mozart at 18, Mozart at 19, Mozart at 20, Mozart at 28, Mozart at 29, Mozart at 32, Mozart at 33, Mozart at 34, Mozart at 35, Peter Schreier, Salzburg (1772-6 or Vienna 1784), Staatskapelle Dresden, Vienna (1785-91), Vienna (April 20 1785), Vienna (date and year unknown), Vienna (December 1785-January 1786), Vienna (July 1791), Vienna (July-November 1785), Vienna (June 26 1788), Vienna (March 26 1785), Vienna (November 1791 origin doubtful), Writing Music

I lost my little blue stone yesterday. For the past year, I carried a small lapis in my pocket. It wasn’t particularly valuable. Lapis is a semi-precious stone. I think it cost me $5 at a local New Age-type store. But I considered it priceless. (Or I thought I did.) I bought it because I [...]

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Of Resurrections and Recitativos (Litanies; Vespers; Oratorios, Box 11)

April 4th, 2010 · No Comments · Aldo Baldin, Ann Murray, Box 11: Mozart: Litanies; Vespers; Oratorios; Cantatas; Masonic Music, Easter, Grabmusik, Hans Peter Blochwitz, Inga Nielsen, K146, K35, K42, Mozart at 11, Mozart at 16, Mozart at 23, Passion Song, Passionslied, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, Recitativo, Resurrection, Salzburg (1767 - Final Chorus 1772), Salzburg (early 1765), Salzburg (March-April 1779), Sir Neville Marriner, Stephen Varcoe, Sudfunk-Chor

In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, [...]

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Of Shuffles and Sopranos (Litanies; Vespers; Oratorios, Box 11)

April 2nd, 2010 · No Comments · Annelies Burmeister, Aspera, Bohemian Rhapsody, Box 11: Mozart: Litanies; Vespers; Oratorios; Cantatas; Masonic Music, Brett Rosenberg, Dagmar Schellenberger-Ernst, Dave Brubeck, Dream Theater, Eberhard Buchner, Glenn Miller, Grateful Dead, Half Light, Herbert Kegel, Hermann Christian Polster, Illusion Suite, Isabella Nawe, K127, K141, K143, K198, K222, K260, K273, K276, K277, K322, K323, Manheim (January-February 1778), Moonsorrow, Mozart at 13, Mozart at 16, Mozart at 17, Mozart at 18, Mozart at 19, Mozart at 20, Mozart at 21, Mozart at 22, Mozart at 23, Mozart at 31, Mozart at 32, Mozart at 33, Munich (Early 1775), Queen, Rosemarie Lang, Rundfunk - Sinfonia - Orchestra Leipzig, Rundfunkchor Lepizig, Salzburg (1774), Salzburg (1776), Salzburg (1777), Salzburg (1779), Salzburg (late 1769), Salzburg (late 1773), Salzburg (May 1772), Salzburg (September 9 1777), Ursula Reinhardt-Kiss, Ute Selbig, Vienna (1787-9)

I don’t know what’s different about today’s music. But it grabbed me by the lapels, shook me out of my slumber, and made me want to know who’s singing. Regina coeli in B flat, K.127, especially Movements 2-4, amazed me. The soprano was doing a lot of vocal gymnastics, which I don’t normally like in [...]

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Of Crooners and Kyries (Litanies; Vespers; Oratorios, Box 11)

March 30th, 2010 · No Comments · Annelies Burmeister, Bing Crosby, Box 11: Mozart: Litanies; Vespers; Oratorios; Cantatas; Masonic Music, Crooners, Dean Martin, Dixit et Magnificat, Eberhard Buchner, Frank Sinatra, Herbert Kegel, Hermann Christian Polster, Johnny Mathis, Jon Anderson, K125, K193, K195, Litaniae de venerabili altaris sacramento, Litaniae Lauretanae BMV, Mitsuko Shirai, Mozart at 16, Mozart at 18, Renate Frank-Reinecke, Roundabout, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, Rundfunkchor Lepizig, Salzburg (July 1774), Salzburg (March 1772), Salzburg (May 1774), Yes

The music is great. But when the vocals begin I am immediately taken away from the music. I can’t seem to hear both together. I hear one, or the other. Mostly the other. I don’t have trouble with vocals in prog-rock music, or metal, or rock, or even pop. Heck, for that matter, I dig [...]

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Of Steaks and Sonatas (Missae, Requiem, Organ Sonatas, Box 10)

March 27th, 2010 · No Comments · Box 10: Missae Requiem Organ Sonatas & Solos, Church Sonatas 1-12, Daniel Chorzempa, Deutsche Bachsolisten, Going For the One, Helmut Winschermann, K144, K145, K212, K224, K225, K241, K244, K245, K263, K67, K68, K69, Mozart at 16, Mozart at 18, Mozart at 19, Mozart at 20, Mozart at 24, Organ Sonatas 1-12, Panera Bread, Salzburg (1772), Salzburg (1774), Salzburg (April 1776), Salzburg (December 1776), Salzburg (early 1780), Salzburg (January 1776), Salzburg (July 1775), Yes

This is going to be a great day. A couple of days ago, Elisabeth and I bought two three-pound, two-and-a-half-inch-thick Porterhouse steaks from a local meat market. I kid you not. Six pounds of beef. The biggest, best-looking steaks I’ve ever laid eyes on. I took pictures of them, holding one up to Bradbury, our [...]

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Of Rare March Mornings and Reconstructed Mozart Music (Piano Music, Box 9)

March 16th, 2010 · No Comments · Box 9: Piano Music, deest, deest (definition), Fugue in C minor for 2 Pianos, Ingrid Haebler, Jörg Demus, K deest, K19d, K358, K381, K426, K448, Larghetto & Allegro in E flat for 2 Pianos, Ludwig Hoffmann, Mozart at 16, Mozart at 17, Mozart at 18, Mozart at 25, Mozart at 26, Mozart at 27, Panera Bread, Paul Badura-Skoda, Sonata in B flat for Piano Duet, Sonata in C for Piano Duet, Sonata in D for 2 Pianos, Sonata in D for Piano Duet

It’s hard to believe this weather. Once again, we have sunshine and temperatures near 60 degrees Fahrenheit (15.6 Celsius) predicted for today. That’s just about as rare as it gets for Michigan at this time of year. So here I am once more (the famous first line of a classic prog-rock album), sitting at Panera [...]

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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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Of Squires and Phobias (Piano Concertos, Box 4)

January 17th, 2010 · No Comments · Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker, Box 4: Piano Concertos, Concerto No. 7 in F, Countess Maria Antonia Lodron, Fear of Trumpets, Harpsichord, Harpsichord Concerto in D, Harpsichord Concerto in E flat, Harpsichord Concerto in G, K107 No. 1, K107 No. 2, K107 No. 3, K242 "Lodron", Katia and Marielle Labèque, King Crimson, London (1772), Maynard Solomon, Mellotron, Mozart at 16, Mozart at 20, Mozart: A Life, Salzburg (February 1776), Semyon Bychlov, Squire of Gothos, Star Trek, Ton Koopman

Ahh, the Harpsichord. I can’t think of another keyboard instrument more immediately recognizable, save for the Mellotron. For the record, here are the Wikipedia entries for both keyboard instruments. Harpsichord: A harpsichord is a musical instrument played by means of a keyboard. It produces sound by plucking a string when a key is pressed. In [...]

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