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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Entries from February 28th, 2010

Of Frozen Lakes and Crystalline Pianos (Violin Sonatas, String Duos & Trios, Box 8)

February 28th, 2010 · No Comments · Arthur Grumiaux, Box 8: Violin Sonatas String Duos & Trios, K296, K301, K302, K303, K304, Mannheim (early 1778), Mannheim (March 11 1778), Mannheim or Paris (1778), Mozart at 22, Sonata in C, Sonata in E flat, Sonata in E minor, Sonata in G, Walter Klien

Perhaps I was distracted by my writing projects today. But nothing jumped out at me from today’s music. …Until I heard the last track of the CD, Movement 2 (Tempo di minuetto) from Sonata in E minor, K304. Its beauty immediately stopped me in my tracks. It wasn’t a typical Classical composition. It was an [...]

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Of Tight Colons and Chirping Instruments (Violin Sonatas, String Duos & Trios, Box 8)

February 27th, 2010 · No Comments · Beatles, Blandine Verlet, Box 8: Violin Sonatas String Duos & Trios, Gerard Poulet, Harpsichord, K13, K14, K15, K26, K27, K28, K29, K30, K31, London (1764), Mozart at 10, Mozart at 7, Mozart at 8, Sonata in B flat, Sonata in C, Sonata in D, Sonata in E flat, Sonata in F, Sonata in G, The Hague (Febraury 1766)

Even though I like harpsichord and violin, today’s music irritated me from the opening notes. I had just sat down at Schuler Books, inserted my ear buds and clicked the play button in iTunes. Sonata for Piano and Violin in C, K.14, Movement 1 (Allegro) began. Very sprightly harpsichord. I’m diggin’ it. However, at the [...]

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Of Child Prodigies and Bear Harpsichords (Violin Sonatas, String Duos & Trios, Box 8)

February 26th, 2010 · No Comments · Blandine Verlet, Box 8: Violin Sonatas String Duos & Trios, Emily Bear, Gerard Poulet, Harpsichord, K10, K11, K12, K6, K7, K8, K9, Mozart at 7, Mozart at 8, Sonata in A, Sonata in B flat, Sonata in C, Sonata in D, Sonata in G

Today’s music was composed by a boy of seven or eight. Remarkably, it’s quite good. Probably due as much to the harpsichord playing of the legendary Blandine Verlet and the violin skills of the talented Gerard Poulet as to Mozart’s abilities as a composer. It’s not often one gets to hear music composed by kids [...]

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Of Missed Loved Ones and Plaintive Melodies (Violin Sonatas, String Duos & Trios, Box 8)

February 25th, 2010 · No Comments · 12 Variations in G, Adagio in C minor, Allegro in B flat, Andante & Allegretto in C, Andante in A & Fugue in A minor, Box 8: Violin Sonatas String Duos & Trios, Harpsichord, Isabelle van Keulen, K359, K372, K396, K402, K403, K404, K46d, K46e, K547, Mozart at 11, Mozart at 25, Mozart at 26, Mozart at 28, Mozart at 29, Mozart at 30, Mozart at 31, Mozart at 32, Mozart at 33, Mozart at 34, Olivier Messiaen, Quartet for the End of Time, Ronald Brautigam, Sonata in C, Sonata in F, Sonata in F "for beginners"

It’s impossible to dislike this music. This sounds exactly how Classical music is portrayed in movies. I’ve seen/heard it so often in period films that every time I think of Classical music, this is what I hear in my head. I envision men and women wearing powdered wigs and dancing in a precise, formal, almost [...]

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Of Snowy Mornings and Slow Movements (String Quartets, String Quintets, Box 7)

February 24th, 2010 · No Comments · Arpad Gerecz, Arthur Grumiaux, Box 7: String Quartets String Quintets, Eva Czako, Georges Janzer, K593, K614, Max Lesueur, Mozart at 34, Mozart at 35, String Quintet No 5 in D, String Quintet No 6 in E flat, Vienna (April 12 1791), Vienna (January 1790)

Here it is – CD 11 of 11. Today ends my sashay through Mozart’s quartets and quintets. I must say, today’s compositions are among my least favorite. They’re abominably slow. And rather uneventful. I’m not detecting anything that raises my Music Radar, causes me to sit up and say, “Hey! That was clever!” or chuckle [...]

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Of Gilligan’s Island and Mozart’s Vienna (String Quartets, String Quintets, Box 7)

February 23rd, 2010 · No Comments · Arthur Grumiaux, Box 7: String Quartets String Quintets, Gilligan's Island, K515, K516, Marcia Davenport, Mary Ann and Ginger, Mozart at 31, String Quintet No 2 in C, String Quintet No 3 in G minor, Vienna (April 19 1787), Vienna (May 16 1787)

This CD is a lot of fun. It hooked me from the first few bars of the opening movement (Allegro) of String Quintet No. 2 in C, K515 (one of the finest pieces of music I’ve yet heard), to the final, glorious notes of String Quintet No. 3 in G minor, K516 – especially the [...]

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Of Winters of Discontent and Quintets of Spring (String Quartets, String Quintets, Box 7)

February 22nd, 2010 · No Comments · Arpad Gerecz, Arthur Grumiaux, Box 7: String Quartets String Quintets, Eva Czako, Georges Janzer, K174, K406, Max Lesueur, String Quartet No 1 in B flat, String Quintet No 4 in C minor

Today’s music is of the quintet kind, rather than the quartet kind. So it’s back to Arthur Grumiaux (violin) and his Ensemble consisting of Arpad Gerecz (violin), Georges Janzer (viola), Max Lesueur (viola), and Eva Czako (cello). Of the late Mr. Grumiaux, Wikipedia says this: Arthur Grumiaux (March 21, 1921–October 16, 1986) was a Belgian [...]

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Of Oz Wizards and Prussia Kings (String Quartets, String Quintets, Box 7)

February 21st, 2010 · No Comments · Box 7: String Quartets String Quintets, K589 "Prussian No 2", K590 "Prussian No 3", King of Prussia, Mozart at 33, Mozart at 34, Mozart's Letters Mozart's Life, Prussian Quartets, Quartetto Italiano, Robert Spaethling, String Quartet No 22 in B flat "Prussia No 2", String Quartet No 23 in F "Prussia No 3", Vienna (January 1790), Vienna (June 1790)

My wife and I watched the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz today. She hates the film and thinks it’s creepy. My opinion isn’t that far behind hers. But I wanted to see what it looked like on Blu-ray on our 50,000:1 dynamic contrast TV. It looked amazing. And creepy. Today’s Mozart music was anything [...]

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Of Tax Days and Hoffmeisters (String Quartets, String Quintets, Box 7)

February 20th, 2010 · No Comments · Box 7: String Quartets String Quintets, Hoffmeister (Franz Anton), International Music Score Library Project, K499, K575 "Prussian No 1", King of Prussia, Lerner-Loewe, Mozart at 30, Mozart at 33, Mozart's Letters Mozart's Life, My Fair Lady, Quartetto Italiano, Robert Spaethling, String Quartet No 20 in D "Hoffmeister", String Quartet No 21 in D, Vienna (June 1789), Vienna (Mid 1786)

Here in the States we have a yearly tradition known as Tax Day, April 15th. American citizens are required to file their income tax forms and pay their taxes by that date so our government can very quickly spend our money – and then some! – for various and sundry questionable projects. Granted, it’s not [...]

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Of Magic Time and Moderate Dissonance (String Quartets, String Quintets, Box 7)

February 19th, 2010 · No Comments · Box 7: String Quartets String Quintets, Haydn (Franz Joseph), Haydn No 5, Haydn No 6, Haydn Quartets, Jack Lemmon, K464, K465 "Dissonance", Magic Time, Mozart at 29, Quartetto Italiano, String Quartet No 18 in A, String Quartet No 19 in C, Vienna (January 10 1785), Vienna (January 14 1785)

Here they are, the last two of the six Quartets Mozart wrote for his friend Joseph Haydn. I’m dismayed there are only six of these, and there’s no more for me to listen to after today. Famed Hollywood actor Jack Lemmon had a phrase he used to say before stepping onto the set of each [...]

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