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
Mozart: Piano Concertos 18 & 19 / Uchida, Cleveland
Release Date: 09/02/2014   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 002130402   Number of Discs: 1
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The Mozart Album / Netrebko, Quasthoff, Garanca...
Release Date: 08/08/2006   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 000673002   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: La Finta Giardiniera / Ainsley, Gens, Bolton
Release Date: 01/09/2007   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 000814709   Number of Discs: 2
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Mozart: Complete Edition
Release Date: 09/02/2014   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 1116167   Number of Discs: 170
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Mozart's Garden / Mojca Erdmann
Release Date: 07/08/2014   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: B001621702   Number of Discs: 1
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    Mozart: Quintets / Hough, Frost, Vlatkovic, Imai, Villa Musica Ensemble, Orlando Quartet
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 9046 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Martin Fröst,  Enrique Santiago,  Hariolf Schlichtig,  Martin Ostertag  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vertavo String Quartet,  Villa Musica Ensemble,  Berlin Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet  ... 
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    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Chamber Music With Winds /  Swiss Chamber Soloists
    Label: Genuin Musikproduction   Catalog: 14319 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  François Benda,  Heinz Holliger,  Felix Renggli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swiss Chamber Soloists
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    Mozart: Complete Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 1116167 Release Date: 09/02/2014   Number of Discs: 170
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Christian Bach
    Performer:  Margaret Urquhart,  Pieter-Jan Belder,  Marten Boeken,  Remy Baudet  ... 
    Conductor:  Jaap ter Linden,  Paul Freeman,  János Ferencsik,  Kurt Masur  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Mozart Academy,  Musica Amphion,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    The Rias Amadeus Quartet Recordings, Vol. 3: Mozart
    Label: Audite   Catalog: 21427 Release Date: 08/12/2014   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Heinrich Geuser,  Cecil Aronowitz
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    Mozart, Brahms: Clarinet Quintets / Anthony McGill, Pacifica Quartet
    Label: Cedille Records   Catalog: 147 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Anthony McGill
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pacifica String Quartet
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    Label: Abc Classics   Catalog: 1158681 Release Date: 03/18/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Julie Adam,  Daniel Herscovitch,  Dene Olding,  Dimity Hall  ... 
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    Brahms, Mozart: Quintets
    Label: Champs Hill Records   Catalog: 76 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Maximiliano Martin
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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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    Mozart & Brahms: Clarinet Quintets / Sabine & Wolfgang Meyer, Carmina Quartet
    Label: Imports   Catalog: 1119210 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Sabine Meyer,  Wolfgang Meyer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Carmina String Quartet
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    Mozart: Clarinet Quintet / Jorg Widmann , Arcanto Quartet
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 902168 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Jörg Widmann
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    Mozart: Clarinet Quintet,
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 40023 Release Date: 08/06/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Andrea Bischof,  Wolfgang Meyer,  Anita Mitterer,  Erich Höbarth  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mosaïques String Quartet
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    Mozart, Brahms, Sulzer: Clarinet Quintets
    Label: Cavi Music   Catalog: 8553283 Release Date: 06/11/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Balduin Sulzer,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Matthias Schorn
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    Great Chamber Music
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501064 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Franz Schubert,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Tamás Szabo,  Gábor Fias,  Attila Falvay,  György Éder  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kodály String Quartet,  Auer String Quartet,  Villa Musica Ensemble  ... 
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    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, Brahms: Clarinet Quintets / Pedersen, Oslo Philharmonic
    Label: Lawo Classics   Catalog: 1015 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Leif Arne Pedersen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Philharmonic Chamber Group
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    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: Clarinet Quintet / Michael Harris,  Revolutionary Drawing Room
    Label: Clarinet Classics   Catalog: 10068 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Colin Lawson,  Adrian Butterfield,  Ruth Alford,  Michael Harris  ... 
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    Mozart: Oboe Quartet, Clarinet Quintet / Teatro La Fenice Di Venezia
    Label: Dynamic   Catalog: 725 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Vincenzo Paci,  Marco Gironi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venice Teatro la Fenice String Quartet
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    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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  • 20.
    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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    Label: Paladino Music   Catalog: 5 Release Date: 01/31/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Johannes Brahms,  Alexander von Zemlinsky,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Dimitri Ashkenazy,  Ursula Langmayr,  Roland Krüger,  Martin Rummel  ... 
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  • 22.
    Brahms, Mozart: Clarinet Quintets / Campbell, Bingham Quartet
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1161 Release Date: 01/17/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  David Campbell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bingham String Quartet
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    Luigi Magistrelli Plays Mozart & Suessmayr
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 1353 Release Date: 01/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Xaver Süssmayr,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Luigi Magistrelli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Classical Consort
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    Label: Bayer Records   Catalog: BR100337 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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    Mozart: Clarinet Quintet; Kegelstatt-trio; Adagio & Fugue
    Label: Ysaÿe   Catalog: 504 Release Date: 12/13/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Michel Portal
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ysaÿe String Quartet
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