Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Biography

Born: Jan 27, 1756; Austria   Died: Dec 5, 1791; Austria   Period: Classical
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was not only one of the greatest composers of the Classical period, but one of the greatest of all time. Surprisingly, he is not identified with radical formal or harmonic innovations, or with the profound kind of symbolism heard in some of Bach's works. Mozart's best music has a natural flow and irresistible charm, and can express humor, joy or sorrow with both conviction and mastery. His operas, especially his later Read more efforts, are brilliant examples of high art, as are many of his piano concertos and later symphonies. Even his lesser compositions and juvenile works feature much attractive and often masterful music.

Mozart was the last of seven children, of whom five did not survive early childhood. By the age of three he was playing the clavichord, and at four he began writing short compositions. Young Wolfgang gave his first public performance at the age of five at Salzburg University, and in January, 1762, he performed on harpsichord for the Elector of Bavaria. There are many astonishing accounts of the young Mozart's precocity and genius. At the age of seven, for instance, he picked up a violin at a musical gathering and sight-read the second part of a work with complete accuracy, despite his never having had a violin lesson.

In the years 1763 - 1766, Mozart, along with his father Leopold, a composer and musician, and sister Nannerl, also a musically talented child, toured London, Paris, and other parts of Europe, giving many successful concerts and performing before royalty. The Mozart family returned to Salzburg in November 1766. The following year young Wolfgang composed his first opera, Apollo et Hyacinthus. Keyboard concertos and other major works were also coming from his pen now.

In 1769, Mozart was appointed Konzertmeister at the Salzburg Court by the Archbishop. Beginning that same year, the Mozarts made three tours of Italy, where the young composer studied Italian opera and produced two successful efforts, Mitridate and Lucio Silla. In 1773, Mozart was back in Austria, where he spent most of the next few years composing. He wrote all his violin concertos between 1774 and 1777, as well as Masses, symphonies, and chamber works.

In 1780, Mozart wrote his opera Idomeneo, which became a sensation in Munich. After a conflict with the Archbishop, Mozart left his Konzertmeister post and settled in Vienna. He received a number of commissions now and took on a well-paying but unimportant Court post. In 1782 Mozart married Constanze Weber and took her to Salzburg the following year to introduce her to his family. 1782 was also the year that saw his opera Die Entführung aus dem Serail staged with great success.

In 1784, Mozart joined the Freemasons, apparently embracing the teachings of that group. He would later write music for certain Masonic lodges. In the early- and mid-1780s, Mozart composed many sonatas and quartets, and often appeared as soloist in the fifteen piano concertos he wrote during this period. Many of his commissions were for operas now, and Mozart met them with a string of masterpieces. Le nozze di Figaro came 1786, Don Giovanni in 1787, Così fan tutte in 1790 and Die Zauberflöte in 1791. Mozart made a number of trips in his last years, and while his health had been fragile in previous times, he displayed no serious condition or illness until he developed a fever of unknown origin near the end of 1791. Read less

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 3; Mozart: Piano Concerto No 24 / Sudbin, Vanska
Release Date: 02/25/2014   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1978   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Requiem / Butt, Dunedin Consort
Release Date: 03/25/2014   Label: Linn Records  
Catalog: 449   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Clarinet Concerto, Clarinet Quintet / Frost
Release Date: 10/21/2003   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1263   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart – Piano Concertos No 18 & 22 / Brautigam, Willens, Cologne Academy
Release Date: 04/29/2014   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 2044   Number of Discs: 1
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An Amadeus Affair / Anderson & Roe
Release Date: 02/25/2014   Label: Steinway & Sons  
Catalog: 30022   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Concerto for Clarinet in A major, K 622

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    Ferenc Fricsay: Complete Recordings On Deutsche Grammophon, Vol. 1 - Orchestral Works
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 1158037 Release Date: 09/02/2014   Number of Discs: 45
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  César Franck  ... 
    Performer:  Géza Anda,  Tibor Varga,  Helmut Krebs,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau  ... 
    Conductor:  Ferenc Fricsay
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin RIAS Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Opheus Chamber Orchestra: 3 Classic Albums [limited Edition]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002093502 Release Date: 07/15/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Susan Palma,  Nancy Allen,  William Purvis,  Frank Morelli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
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    Mozart / Abbado, Orchestra Mozart [8-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002065202 Release Date: 07/08/2014   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Giuliano Carmignola,  Danusha Waskiewicz,  Jacques Zoon,  Alessandro Carbonare  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra Mozart
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    Karajan And His Soloists, Vol. 2 (1969-1984)
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 633624 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Jules Massenet,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Anne-Sophie Mutter,  Alexis Weissenberg,  Sviatoslav Richter,  Mstislav Rostropovich  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Orchestre de Paris
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    Sir Colin Davis - The Complete RCA Legacy
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 300607 Release Date: 04/15/2014   Number of Discs: 51
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Jean Sibelius  ... 
    Performer:  Jan-Hendrik Rootering,  Barbara Fleckenstein,  Ben Heppner,  Heinrich Weber  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus  ... 
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    Karajan And His Soloists, Vol. 1 (1948-1958)
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 633625 Release Date: 04/08/2014   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Dinu Lipatti,  Walter Gieseking,  Dennis Brain,  Bernard Walton  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Lucerne Festival Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Karajan: Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, R. Strauss, Opera Arias - 1946-1949
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 633618 Release Date: 04/08/2014   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Leopold Wlach,  Julius Patzak,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,  Elisabeth Höngen  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Friends of Music Chorus
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    Mozart: Symphony No. 41
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7093 Release Date: 03/11/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Roy Goodman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hanover Band
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    Knappertsbusch Conducts Mozart & Beethoven
    Label: Idi   Catalog: 6684 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Wolfgang Schloder
    Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch
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    Mozart - 1781-91, The Decade of Masterpieces
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908409 Release Date: 01/14/2014   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Bernarda Fink,  Graciela Oddone,  Marcel Boone,  Werner Güra  ... 
    Conductor:  René Jacobs,  Philippe Herreweghe,  Gottfried Von der Goltz,  Andrew Manze
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne,  Cologne Chamber Choir,  La Chapelle Royale Paris  ... 
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    Erato - 50 CD Collection
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 46441 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Tomaso Albinoni,  Giuseppe Tartini,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Giuseppe Torelli  ... 
    Performer:  Maurice André,  Pierre Pierlot,  Paul Hongne,  Jacques Chambon  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Jean-François Paillard,  Frigyes Sándor,  Kent Nagano  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ens.,  Paillard Chamber Orchestra,  Vienna Soloists  ... 
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    Mozart / Martin Frost
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1893 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Martin Fröst,  Leif Ove Andsnes,  Antoine Tamestit,  Janine Jansen  ... 
    Conductor:  Martin Fröst
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen
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    Mozart: Requiem; Clarinet Concerto
    Label: Ambronay   Catalog: 38 Release Date: 08/13/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Benjamin Dieltjens,  Angélique Noldus,  Josef Wagner,  Lucy [Soprano Vocal] Hall  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonardo Garcia Alarcon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Century Baroque
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    Francaix, Mozart: Concertos Pour Clarinette
    Label: Maguelone   Catalog: 111103 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Jean Françaix
    Performer:  Radovan Cavallin
    Conductor:  Ernest Martinez,  Gabriel Chmura
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    Mozart: Clarinet Concerto; Flute Concerto No. 2;  Bassoon Concerto
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001831202 Release Date: 05/14/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Jacques Zoon,  Alessandro Carbonare,  Guilhaume Santana
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra Mozart
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    Label: Glossa   Catalog: 81107 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Eric Hoeprich
    Conductor:  Frans Brüggen
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  • 17.
    Mozart: Concerto Pour Clarinette Et Orchestre
    Label: Radio France   Catalog: 9 Release Date: 03/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Patrick Messina
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
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    Mozart: Clarinet Concerto; Bruckner: Symphony No 8 / Schorn, Milton, Innviertler Symphony
    Label: Cavi Music   Catalog: 8553279 Release Date: 03/05/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Anton Bruckner
    Performer:  Matthias Schorn
    Conductor:  Nicholas Milton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Innviertler Symphony Orchestra
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  • 19.
    Mozart, Copland, Kats-Chernin: Works for Clarinet & Orchestra / Collins
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10756 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Aaron Copland,  Elena Kats-Chernin
    Performer:  Michael Collins
    Conductor:  Michael Collins
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Chamber Orchestra
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  • 20.
    Mozart 111 [55-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001766872 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Géza Anda,  Emil Gilels,  Elena Gilels,  Maurizio Pollini  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock,  James Levine,  Herbert von Karajan,  Marc Minkowski  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Mozart: Violin & Wind Concertos / Szeryng, Nicolet, Holliger [9-CD Collector's Edition]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001735302 Release Date: 10/16/2012   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Henryk Szeryng,  Norman Jones,  Richard Morgan,  Gérard Poulet  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Alexander Gibson,  Iona Brown,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Heinz Holliger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 22.
    Clarinet Concertos / Sabine Meyer
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 73572 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Carl Stamitz,  Johann Wenzel Stamitz,  Franz Krommer  ... 
    Performer:  Sabine Meyer,  Sergio Azzolini,  Bruno Schneider,  Diethelm Jonas  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans Vonk,  Iona Brown,  Jörg Faerber,  Herbert Blomstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn
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  • 23.
    Louis Cahuzac - The Great Clarinettist
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 722 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Nielsen,  Robert Schumann,  Johannes Brahms,  Louis Cahuzac  ... 
    Performer:  Louis Cahuzac,  Folmer Jensen
    Conductor:  John Frandsen,  Mogens Wöldike
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  • 24.
    Mozart Album / Johnson
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 6116 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Emma Johnson
    Conductor:  Emma Johnson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  ConTempo String Quartet
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  • 25.
    Mozart: Clarinet Concerto; Oboe Concerto; Bassoon Concerto
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001702502 Release Date: 07/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Charles Neidich,  Frank Morelli,  Randall Wolfgang
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