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
Dorothea Roschmann: Mozart Arias
Release Date: 01/08/2016   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 88875061262   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Violin Sonatas Nos. 5, 9, 15, 18, 21, 27 & 33 / Ibragimova,  Tiberghien
Release Date: 04/29/2016   Label: Hyperion  
Catalog: 68091   Number of Discs: 1
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Hummel: Mozart's Symphonies Nos. 36
Release Date: 10/09/2015   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8572842   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Gran partita / Pinnock, Royal Academy of Music Soloists
Release Date: 04/08/2016   Label: Linn Records  
Catalog: 516   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart / Frost
Release Date: 09/24/2013   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1893   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Concerto for Piano no 21 in C major, K 467

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  • 101.
    Robert Casadesus Plays Mozart - Piano Concertos
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1179 Release Date: 05/30/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Robert Casadesus
    Conductor:  Lovro von Matacic,  Jean Martinon,  Pierre Monteux,  David Zinman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Orchestra
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  • 102.
    Collectors Edition - Mozart: Piano Concertos / Uchida, Tate
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000623602 Release Date: 04/11/2006   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida
    Conductor:  Jeffrey Tate
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 103.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos / Philippe Entremont, Et Al
    Label: Cascavelle   Catalog: 3084 Release Date: 11/29/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Philippe Entremont
    Conductor:  Philippe Entremont
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Symphony Orchestra
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  • 104.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos 14, 17, 21 / Pires, Abbado
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4775747 Release Date: 11/08/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 105.
    The Karajan Collection - Mozart: Piano Concertos 21 & 24 / Lipatti, Gieseking
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 76884 Release Date: 10/25/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Dinu Lipatti,  Walter Gieseking
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lucerne Festival Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 106.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos / Stanienda, Poblocka, Et Al
    Label: Cd Accord   Catalog: 93 Release Date: 06/28/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ewa Poblocka
    Conductor:  Jan Stanienda
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wroclaw Leopoldinum Chamber Orchestra
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  • 107.
    Mostly Mozart
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 72884 Release Date: 04/05/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Robert Casadesus
    Conductor:  Anthony Newman,  George Szell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brandenburg Collegium
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  • 108.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos No 12, 21 & 23 / Fazil Say
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 4992 Release Date: 01/18/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Fazil Say
    Conductor:  Howard Griffiths
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Chamber Orchestra
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  • 109.
    Mozart: Piano Concerto No 21 & 27 / Fou Ts'ong
    Label: Meridian Records   Catalog: 84489 Release Date: 04/06/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Fou Ts'ong
    Conductor:  Fou Ts'ong
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia Varsovia
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  • 110.
    Mozart: Twelve Great Piano Concertos / Klien, Brendel, Et Al
    Label: Vox Box   Catalog: 3609 Release Date: 03/23/2004   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Walter Klien,  Ingrid Haebler,  Alan Weiss,  Rudolf Firkusny  ... 
    Conductor:  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski,  Karl Melles,  Peter Maag,  David Zinman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Volksoper Orchestra  ... 
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  • 111.
    Classics - Mozart: Piano Concertos No 21 & 27 / O'conor, Etc
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80219 Release Date: 09/23/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  John O'Conor
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
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  • 112.
    Mozart: Complete Piano Concertos / Géza Anda, Salzburg Mozarteum
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 469510 Release Date: 05/14/2002   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Géza Anda
    Conductor:  Géza Anda
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Camerata Academica
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  • 113.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos No 21 & 24 / Anderszewski, Et Al
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 45504 Release Date: 04/09/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Piotr Anderszewski
    Conductor:  Piotr Anderszewski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia Varsovia
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  • 114.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos No 20 & 21 / Toyama, Wit, Et Al
    Label: Camerata Records   Catalog: 577 Release Date: 10/30/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Keiko Toyama
    Conductor:  Antoni Wit,  Jörg Ewald Dähler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra members
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  • 115.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos / Bilson, Gardiner, English Baroque
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 463111 Release Date: 03/13/2001   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Malcolm Bilson,  Robert Levin,  Melvyn Tan
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists
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  • 116.
    Rubinstein Collection Vol 61 - Mozart: Piano Concertos
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63061 Release Date: 01/09/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
    Conductor:  Josef Krips,  Alfred Wallenstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
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  • 117.
    Rare Recordings (1936-45) / Wilhelm Kempff
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1071 Release Date: 10/24/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt,  Gabriel Fauré,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Wilhelm Kempff
    Conductor:  Peter Raabe,  Hans Weisbach
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Leipzig Symphony Orchestra
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  • 118.
    Mozart: Piano Concerto No 21 & 24 / Curzon, Kubelik, Et Al
    Label: Audite   Catalog: 95453 Release Date: 07/25/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Clifford Curzon
    Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 119.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos No 21 & 27 / Barenboim, English Co
    Label: Emi Seraphim   Catalog: 73572 Release Date: 10/19/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Daniel Barenboim
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 120.
    Mozart: Symphonies Nos 35 & 41 / Karajan, Anda
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 453199 Release Date: 07/02/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Géza Anda
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 121.
    Earl Wild Goes To The Movies - Liszt, Rózsa, Steiner, Et Al
    Label: Ivory Classics   Catalog: 70801 Release Date: 06/23/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Rodgers,  Max Steiner,  Franz Liszt,  Miklós Rózsa  ... 
    Performer:  Earl Wild
    Conductor:  Harry Rabinowitz,  Eric Hammerstein,  Douglas Gamley,  Charles Gerhardt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Promenade Orchestra,  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra,  Douglas Gamley Orchestra  ... 
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  • 122.
    Mozart Legendary Interpretations - Robert Casadesus
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 46519 Release Date: 02/27/1998   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Robert Casadesus,  Gaby Casadesus
    Conductor:  George Szell,  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra,  Columbia Symphony Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 123.
    Gieseking Plays Mozart - Piano Concertos And Sonatas
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 4008 Release Date: 02/17/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Walter Gieseking
    Conductor:  Igor Markevitch,  Guido Cantelli,  Victor Desarzens,  Volkmar Andreae
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF Philharmonic Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic,  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 124.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos 20, 21, 23, 24 & 25 / Ashkenazy
    Label: London/Decca Double Decker   Catalog: 452958 Release Date: 08/26/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 125.
    Mozart: Complete Piano Concertos / Ashkenazy, Philharmonia Orch
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 443727 Release Date: 06/24/1997   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Daniel Barenboim,  Fou Ts'ong
    Conductor:  István Kertész,  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra
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