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, Cosě 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: Da Ponte Operas / Harnoncourt, Zurich Opera House
Release Date: 07/29/2016   Label: Arthaus Musik  
Catalog: 109235   Number of Discs: 6
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Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Die Zauberflote / Royal Opera House
Release Date: 10/28/2014   Label: Opus Arte  
Catalog: 7155   Number of Discs: 5
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Mozart: Don Giovanni / Krips, Siepi, Della Casa, Berry, Vienna PO
Release Date: 03/31/2009   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 001268502   Number of Discs: 3
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Mozart: Zaide / Page, Classical Opera
Release Date: 09/09/2016   Label: Signum U.k.  
Catalog: 473   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Don Giovanni / Karajan, Ramey, Battle, Et Al
Release Date: 10/25/1990   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 419179   Number of Discs: 3
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Work: Clarinet Quintet, K 581

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    Emerson String Quartet: Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002514572 Release Date: 07/15/2016   Number of Discs: 52
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Béla Bartók,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Carol Wincenc,  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Thomas Hampson,  Menahem Pressler  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Emerson String Quartet
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    Mozart: String Quintets Nos. 3 & 4, Clarinet Quintet, Horn Quintet & Kegelstatt Trio
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88725463982 Release Date: 07/01/2016   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Vera Beths,  Lucy Van Dael,  Jürgen Kussmaul,  Gijs Beths  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Archibudelli
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    Quartetto Italiano: Complete Decca, Philips & Deutsche Grammophon Recordings
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002410802 Release Date: 12/11/2015   Number of Discs: 37
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Roman Hoffstetter  ... 
    Performer:  Paolo Borciani,  Franco Rossi,  Piero Farulli,  Elisa Pegreffi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quartetto Italiano
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    The Tokyo String Quartet plays Haydn & Mozart
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 88875124582 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Pinchas Zukerman,  James Galway,  Richard Stoltzman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tokyo String Quartet
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    The Florilegium Series - Classical & Early Romantic
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 002386502 Release Date: 10/15/2015   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johann Wenzel Stamitz,  Luigi Boccherini,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Domenico Cimarosa  ... 
    Performer:  Alan Hacker,  Anthony Rolfe Johnson,  Emma Kirkby,  Michael George  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood,  Simon Preston,  Alan Hacker,  Arnold Östman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  The Music Party,  Oxford New College Choir  ... 
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    Mozart: Clarinet Concerto; Clarinet Quintet
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 88691928112 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Richard Stoltzman
    Conductor:  Richard Stoltzman
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    Mozart: Clarinet Quintet; String Quartet No. 15; Haydn: String Quartet Op. 64, No. 5
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1297 Release Date: 07/24/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ivan Mozgovenko
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    Mozart: Clarinet Quintet K 581, Kegelstatt-trio K 498; Weber: Clarinet Quintet Op. 34
    Label: Praga   Catalog: 250307 Release Date: 07/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Carl Maria von Weber
    Performer:  Pascal Moragučs,  Frank Braley,  Vladimir Mendelssohn
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    Mozart: Clarinet Quintet, K. 581;
    Label: Musica Omnia   Catalog: 412 Release Date: 06/09/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Owen Watkins,  Penelope Crawford,  Jaap Schröder
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Skálholt Quartet
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  • 10.
    Mozart: Clarinet Concerto; Clarinet Quintet
    Label: Cavi Music   Catalog: 8553246 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Matthias Schorn
    Conductor:  Nicholas Milton
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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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  • 14.
    My Favorite Mozart
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5392 Release Date: 08/26/2014   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Fazil Say,  Sandrine Piau,  Patrick Cohen,  Wolfgang Meyer
    Conductor:  Howard Griffiths,  Laurence Equilbey,  Emmanuel Krivine,  Rinaldo Alessandrini
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    Marlboro Festival 40th Anniversary - Schubert, Mozart: Quintets
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 46252 Release Date: 08/21/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Rudolf Serkin,  Jaime Laredo,  Philipp Naegele,  Leslie Parnas  ... 
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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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    Mozart, Weber: Clarinet Quintets
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002046102 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Carl Maria von Weber
    Performer:  Eduard Brunner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hagen String Quartet
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  • 19.
    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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  • 20.
    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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  • 21.
    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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  • 22.
    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:  Mosaďques String Quartet
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  • 23.
    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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  • 24.
    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, 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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