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Entries from January 31st, 2010

Of Delightful Sundays and Dangerous Sinfonias (Violin & Wind Concertos, Box 5)

January 31st, 2010 · No Comments · Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Box 5: Violin & Wind Concertos, Howard Shelley, Iona Brown, K363/320d, KApp. 104/320e, KApp. 56/K315f, Maynard Solomon, Mozart: A Life, Nobuko Imai, Philip WIlby, Piano & Orchestra in D, Sinfonia (definition), Sinfonia Concertante (definition), Sinfonia Concertante in A, Sinfonia Concertante in E flat, Stephen Orton

Today’s selections are terrific. I especially like Concerto for Violin, Piano and Orchestra in D, K.App.56, Movement 1 – Allegro. I love hearing all of those instruments (violin, piano, and horns) in one piece, given nearly equal space and weight. The exchanges between the violin and the piano are breathtaking. The music on today’s CD [...]

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Of Glenn Miller and Spurious Mozart (Violin & Wind Concertos, Box 5)

January 30th, 2010 · No Comments · Beatles, Box 5: Violin & Wind Concertos, Concertone for 2 Violins & Orchestra in C, Divertimento in E flat, Doubtful Authenticity, Fear of Trumpets, Gerard Poulet, Glenn Miller, Henryk Szeryng, Hermann Abert, K190/186E, K271a/271i (doubtful origin), Magical Mystery Tour, Mozart at 17, Mozart Forum, Music Web International, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Norman Jones, Richard Morgan, Salzburg (May 31 1773), Sir Alexander Gibson, Violin Concerto in D (doubtful origin), W. A. Mozart (book)

As my wife and I drove to breakfast this morning, we listened to the CD Glenn Miller Greatest Hits. The songs are amazing, deservedly iconic. Greatest hits, indeed! “In the Mood” gives way to “Moonlight Serenade” which changes to “Tuxedo Junction” which eases into “Chattanooga Choo-Choo” and, well, the list goes on. The thought occurred [...]

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Of Waited Tables and Boy Geniuses (Violin & Wind Concertos, Box 5)

January 29th, 2010 · No Comments · Box 5: Violin & Wind Concertos, Henryk Szeryng, K218, K219, K269/261a, K373, Mozart at 19, Mozart at 20, Mozart at 21, Mozart at 25, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Rondo for Violin & Orchestra in B flat, Rondo for Violin & Orchestra in C, Salsburg (December 20 1775), Salzburg (1775-77), Salzburg (October 1775), Sir Alexander Gibson, Thesis: Why That Region Of the World?, Vienna (April 2 1781), Violin Concerto in A, Violin Concerto in D

When my wife and I arrived at Panera Bread this morning, three men were seated at “my” table. Granted, I was an hour later than usual. But, gee whiz. This is my table! I think I’ve seen these guys before. I think they’re one of the Bible study groups that sits nearby while I listen [...]

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Of Car Accidents and Concerto Arrangements (Violin & Wind Concertos, Box 5)

January 28th, 2010 · No Comments · Adagio for Violin and Orchestra in E, Box 5: Violin & Wind Concertos, Car Accident, Henryk Szeryng, Mozart at 17, Mozart at 19, Mozart at 20, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Salzburg (1776), Salzburg (April 1773), Salzburg (June 14 1775), Salzburg (September 12 1775), Sir Alexander Gibson, Violin Concerto No. 1 in B flat, Violin Concerto No. 2 in D, Violin Concerto No. 3 in G

My wife called as I was listening to this CD to tell me she had been in a serious car accident. I can’t believe how quickly I packed everything up and dashed out the door of Panera Bread, where I had been ensconced with a Light Roast coffee and stacks of Mozart biographies. It was [...]

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Happy Birthday, Wolfgang! (Piano Concertos, Box 4)

January 27th, 2010 · No Comments · Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Alfred Brendel, K537, K595, Maynard Solomon, Mozart at 32, Mozart at 35, Mozart's Birthday, Mozart: A Life, Piano Concert No 26 in D "Coronation", Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat, Sir Neville Marriner, Vienna (February 24 1788), Vienna (January 5 1791)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on 27 January 1756, which means today is his 254th birthday. Happy birthday, Wolfgang! Today’s CD – the last of the 12 in the Piano Concertos box – is fantastic. Written when Mozart was 32 and 35, respectively, today’s compositions (Piano Concerto No. 26 in D and Piano Concerto No. [...]

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Of Attentitive Food Sellers and Pristine Live Recordings (Piano Concertos, Box 4)

January 26th, 2010 · No Comments · Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Alfred Brendel, Arthur Rubinstein, Box 4: Piano Concertos, Chopin, Conrad Wilson, K491, K503, Live Recording, Marcia Davenport, Maynard Solomon, Mozart at 30, Mozart: A Life, Notes on Mozart, Panera Bread, Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, Piano Concerto No. 25 in C, Saddest Key of All, Sir Neville Marriner, Vienna (December 4 1786), Vienna (March 24 1786)

Even though the first of today’s musical selections (Piano Concerto No. 24 in C) is in a minor key – thankfully not D minor, the saddest key of all – it is not ponderous or heavy. It does not drag on my mind, even though it does have a full, meaty sound – like Chopin [...]

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Of January Caterpillars and Nimble Fingers (Piano Concertos, Box 4)

January 25th, 2010 · No Comments · A Very Long Engagement, Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Alfred Brendel, Audrey Tautou, Big Lebowski, Caterpillars, Coen Brothers, K482, K488, Mozart at 29, Mozart at 30, Piano Concert No. 22 in E flat, Piano Concert No. 23 in A, Sir Neville Marriner, Vienna (December 16 1785), Vienna (March 3 1786)

Out for a walk yesterday, my wife and I saw two caterpillars making their way across the paved trail ahead of us. Keep in mind, this is January. In Michigan. We are in the throes of Winter. So caterpillars are the last things we expected to see. But there they, undeniably, were. When the temperature [...]

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Of Showboats and Sad Keys (Piano Concertos, Box 4)

January 24th, 2010 · No Comments · Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Alfred Brendel, K466, K467, Mozart at 29, Nigel Tufnel, Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, Piano Concerto No. 21 in C, Saddest Key of All, Sir Neville Marriner, Spinal Tap, Trill (defined), Vienna (February 10 1785), Vienna (March 9 1785)

It’s a bad sign when the Mozart playing over a restaurant’s sound system allegedly as background music overshadows the music I’m listening to with my ear buds via iTunes on my laptop. That tells me two things are possible: (1) The restaurant’s music is too loud, or (2) The Mozart on CD 9 is the [...]

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Of Light Movies and Lively Music (Piano Concertos, Box 4)

January 23rd, 2010 · No Comments · Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Alfred Brendel, Box 4: Piano Concertos, Jimmy Page, K456, K459, Marcia Davenport, Mozart at 28, Piano Concert No. 19 in F, Piano Concerto No. 18 in B flat, Sir Neville Marriner, Sostenuto (defined), Vienna (December 11 1784), Vienna (September 30 1784), Vivace (defined), Yngwie Malmsteen

Ahh, now this is more like it. These compositions grabbed me right from the start, from the first three minutes. If Piano Concerto No. 18 in B flat were a heavy-metal song, Alfred Brendel’s piano work would have to be performed by a guitarist insanely fleet-fingered and flamboyant like Yngwie Malmsteen. Or perhaps Led Zeppelin’s [...]

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Of Flat Concertos and Flatulence (Piano Concertos, Box 4)

January 22nd, 2010 · No Comments · Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Alfred Brendel, Farting, K449, K450, K451, Mozart at 28, Piano Concerto No. 14 in E flat, Piano Concerto No. 15 in B flat, Piano Concerto No. 16 in D, Sir Neville Marriner, Vienna (February 9 1784), Vienna (March 15 1784), Vienna (March 23 (1784)

Quite honestly, I don’t have much to say about today’s compositions. Not one of the three Piano Concertos jumped out at me. The Allegros were not Allegro enough. The Andantes were too Andante. The closest I came to getting excited was when I listened to Piano Concerto No. 16 in D (K451), 3. Rondeau (Allegro [...]

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