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 April 30th, 2010

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 Feelings and Failures (Early Italian Operas, Box 13)

April 25th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Agnes Baltsa, Alois Aigner, Arbate, Arleen Auger, Aspasia, Box 13: Early Italian Operas, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Christine Weidinger, David Kubler, Edita Gruberova, Farnace, Ileana Cotrubas, Ismene, Joss Whedon, K87, K87 (Act III), Leopold Hager, Marzio, Mitridate, Mitridate re di Ponto, Mozarteum-Orchester Salzburg, Once More With Feeling, Phil Keaggy, Sifare, Werner Hollweg

I just realized something. I don’t like musicals. No, that’s not quite right. I loathe musicals. I’d rather have pointy sticks jabbed into my eyes than watch West Side Story again. And a pack of wild dogs couldn’t chase me into the theatre to watch a musical – unless (ironically enough) it’s a community theatre [...]

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Of Rainy Days and Second Acts (Early Italian Operas, Box 13)

April 24th, 2010 · No Comments · Agnes Baltsa, Alois Aigner, Arbate, Arleen Auger, Aspasia, Box 13: Early Italian Operas, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Christine Weidinger, Edita Gruberova, Farnace, Ileana Cotrubas, Ismene, K87, Leopold Hager, Marzio, Milan (December 1770), Mitridate re di Ponto (Act II), Mozart at 14, Mozarteum-Orchester Salzburg, Sifare, Werner Hollweg

A chilly, overcast, drizzly day. Still lying on the couch, drinking apple juice, watching Buffy. CD 4 is Act II of Mitridate, re di Ponto, K87. Most everything I wrote about it yesterday applies today. So I’ll reprint what I wrote yesterday, starting with what Wikipedia has to say about Mitridate, re di Ponto: Mitridate, [...]

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Of Buffy and Edita (Early Italian Operas, Box 13)

April 23rd, 2010 · No Comments · Agnes Baltsa, Alois Aigner, Arbate, Arleen Auger, Aspasia, Box 13: Early Italian Operas, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Christine Weidinger, Edita Gruberova, Farnace, Ileana Cotrubas, Ismene, K87, Leopold Hager, Live Theatre, Marzio, Maynard Solomon, Milan (December 1770), Mitridate, Mitridate re di Ponto, Mitridate re di Ponto (Act I), Mozart at 14, Mozart: A Life, Mozarteum-Orchester Salzburg, Sifare, Spike, Werner Hollweg

I have Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 5, on in the background. I’m not watching it, though. That would be silly. Okay. You caught me. I’m watching it. Look, I like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, all right? Is that so wrong? To be honest, I think it’s one of the most brilliant TV series ever [...]

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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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