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 Beginnings and Boy Choirs (German Operas, Box 16)

May 24th, 2010 · No Comments · Bastien, Bastienne, Box 16: German Operas, Colas, David Busch, Dominik Orieschnig, Ernst Wurdinger, Georg Nigl, K50, LOST, Mozart at 12, Mozart at 23, Mozart at 24, Uwe Christian Harrer, Vienna (Summer 1768), Wiener Symphoniker

I really needed this opera today. List night’s series finale of LOST left at least four dozen unanswered questions hanging in the air. And I’m not succumbing to hyperbole here. I just listed in an e-mail to a friend about four dozen questions that received no answer last night – despite the fact that the [...]

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Of Post Op and Pleasant Opera (Early Italian Operas, Box 13)

April 22nd, 2010 · No Comments · Andreas Schmidt, Ann Murray, Barbara Hendricks, Box 13: Early Italian Operas, Christine Schornsheim, Clive Griffin, Don Cassandro, Don Polidoro, Douglas Johnson, Eva Lind, Fracasso, Giacinta, Hans Peter Blochwitz, K51 (Acts II & III), Kammerorchester "Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach", La finta semplice, Mozart at 12, Ninetta, Opera (Collins Discover Book), Opera buffa (defined), Peter Schreier, Phil G. Goulding, Rosina, Siegfried Lorenz, Simone, The Pretended Simpleton, Ticket to the Opera, Vienna (July 1786)

No Panera Bread for me this morning. Probably not for 3-4 days. I’m supposed to lie low, visit the bathroom frequently, and refrain from driving while I’m taking the pain medication. So this morning I’m sitting on the couch in my jammies, bathrobe, and slippers. Listening to La finta emplice, K51, the first of Mozart’s [...]

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Of Ops and Opera (Early Italian Operas, Box 13)

April 21st, 2010 · No Comments · Andreas Schmidt, Ann Murray, Barbara Hendricks, Box 13: Early Italian Operas, Christine Schornsheim, Don Cassandro, Don Polidoro, Douglas Johnson, Eva Lind, Fracasso, Giacinta, Hans Peter Blochwitz, K51 (Acts I & II), Kammerorchester "Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach", Kidney stones, La finta semplice, Lithotripsy, Mozart at 12, Ninetta, Operation, Peter Schreier, Red, Rosina, Siegfried Lorenz, Simone, Skillet, The Letter Black, The Pretended Simpleton, Vienna (July 1786)

Today’s the day. The operation. The official term for it is lithotripsy. It’s scheduled to happen in about four hours. Apparently, the only way to rid myself of the kidney stone is to bust it up with sound waves, or extract it. Either way, I’ll be unconscious. Good thing, too. It’s not like I fancy [...]

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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 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 Blah Days and Unheard Music (Missae, Requiem, Organ Sonatas, Box 10)

March 21st, 2010 · No Comments · Annelies Burmeister, Box 10: Missae Requiem Organ Sonatas & Solos, Celestina Casapietra, Herbert Kegel, Hermann Christian Polster, K139, K259, Missa brevis in C, Missa brevis in F, Missa solemnis in C minor, Mozart at 12, Mozart at 19, Mozart at 20, Orgelsolo-Messe, Peter Schreier, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, Rundfunkchor Lepizig, Salzburg (December 1775 or 1776), Vienna (Autumn 1768), Waisenhaus-Messe

I can’t tell you how disinterested I am in today’s music. I don’t know what it is. I feel blah. Worse, I feel queasy. And the time it takes me to write each blog doesn’t make me feel any better. There are new names associated with today’s music, too: Celestina Casapietra, soprano, Annelies Burmeister, contralto, [...]

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The Twilight Zone (Missae, Requiem, Organ Sonatas, Box 10)

March 18th, 2010 · No Comments · Box 10: Missae Requiem Organ Sonatas & Solos, Dominicus, Dominicus (defined), Edith Mathis, Herbert Kegel, Jan-Hendrik Rootering, K49, K66, Missa (definition), Missa brevis (defined), Missa brevis in G, Missa in C, Mozart at 12, Mozart at 13, Organ, Rod Serling, Rosemarie Lang, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, Rundfunkchor Lepizig, Salzburg (October 1769), Twilight Zone, Uwe Heilmann, Vienna (1768)

No. Friggin. Way. How did a boy of 12 or 13 compose these masses? I’m past symphonies, piano sonatas, strings, and wind instruments. Today starts a new chapter in my listening: Box 10: Missae * Requiem * Organ Sonata & Solos. I should probably tell you that – Wait a minute. Is that Rod Serling’s [...]

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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 English Muffin Toast and Gaze Time (Symphonies, Box 1)

December 12th, 2009 · No Comments · Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Blueberry Cream-Cheese Doughnuts, Box 1: Symphonies, deest, deest (definition), K deest, K45a, K45b, K48, K61g, K73, K74, Leopold Mozart, Michigan (USA), Milan (1770), Minuet in A, Mozart at 10, Mozart at 12, Mozart at 14, Salzburg (Early 1770), Salzburg or Italy (1769-70), Sir Neville Marriner, Symphony in G, Symphony No. 10, Symphony No. 55, Symphony No. 7a, Symphony No. 8, Symphony No. 9, The Compactothèque, The Hague (1766), Vienna (Dec. 13 1768), Vienna (Early 1768)

This morning, Elisabeth and I broke tradition and had breakfast at Red Hot Inn. Every Saturday morning, we drive to Starbucks to buy a venti Americano with room (to which we add a splash of half and half) and then to a local grocery store to buy doughnuts (blueberry cream cheese and an apple fritter). [...]

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Feeling Kind of E Flat (Symphonies, Box 1)

December 11th, 2009 · No Comments · Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Box 1: Symphonies, K16, K19, K22, K43, K45, KApp. 223/19a, London (1764-5), Mozart at 11, Mozart at 12, Mozart at 9, Sir Neville Marriner, Symphony in F, Symphony No. 1, Symphony No. 4, Symphony No. 5, Symphony No. 6, Symphony No. 7, The Compactothèque, The Hague (Dec. 1765), Vienna (1767), Vienna (Jan. 16 1768)

It’s 7:30 Friday morning, December 11, 2009. I’m in a restaurant called Panera Bread, sitting in a booth with an outlet in the wall under the table, which makes my MacBook Pro very happy. It can feed while I do. To my right, four guys sit at a table discussing biblical issues. It must be [...]

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