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
The Mozart Album / Lang Lang
Release Date: 09/30/2014   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 308253   Number of Discs: 2
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Robert Casadesus Plays Mozart
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Bruno Walter Conducts Mozart
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Mozart: The Piano Quartets / Ax, Stern, Ma, Laredo
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Catalog: 56121   Number of Discs: 1
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The Berliner Philharmoniker Play Mozart
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Catalog: 7761522   Number of Discs: 7
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Work: Concerto for Piano no 21 in C major, K 467

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  • 101.
    On The Way To Prague - Mozart, Kozeluch / Blumental, Et Al
    Label: Brana Records   Catalog: 27 Release Date: 07/25/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leopold Anton Kozeluch,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Felicja Blumental
    Conductor:  Leopold Hager,  Alberto Zedda
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra,  Prague New Chamber Orchestra
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  • 102.
    Edition Monastery Maulbronn - Mozart: Klavierkonzerte Vol 2
    Label: K & K Verlagsanstalt   Catalog: 86 Release Date: 06/27/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Christoph Soldan
    Conductor:  Pawel Przytocki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Silesian Chamber Philharmonic
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  • 103.
    Mozart & Beethoven Classics You Love
    Label: Spj Music   Catalog: 95806 Release Date: 06/06/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven
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  • 104.
    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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  • 105.
    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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  • 106.
    Complete Mozart Edition 4 - Piano Concertos
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000568902 Release Date: 01/10/2006   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Alfred Brendel,  Imogen Cooper,  Semyon Bychkov,  Marielle Labèque  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Semyon Bychkov,  Ton Koopman,  Eduard Melkus
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra  ... 
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  • 107.
    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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  • 108.
    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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  • 109.
    The Mozart Collection - Limited Edition Box Set
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000552802 Release Date: 11/08/2005   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Willard White,  Hans-Peter Blochwitz,  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Barbara Bonney  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner,  Myung-Whun Chung,  Sir Georg Solti,  Karl Böhm  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  English Baroque Soloists,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra  ... 
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  • 110.
    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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  • 111.
    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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  • 112.
    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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  • 113.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 21
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 461911 Release Date: 03/21/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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  • 114.
    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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  • 115.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos No 21 And 27 / Lifschitz, Et Al
    Label: Palexa   Catalog: 528 Release Date: 08/03/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Konstantin Lifschitz
    Conductor:  James Bolle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monadnock Festival Orchestra
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  • 116.
    Expanded Edition - Mozart: Piano Concertos / Perahia
    Label: Sony Classical Masterworks   Catalog: 92734 Release Date: 07/27/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Murray Perahia
    Conductor:  Murray Perahia
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 117.
    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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  • 118.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos 21 & 22 / Fischer, Sawallisch
    Label: Emi Great Recordings Of The Century   Catalog: 62767 Release Date: 04/06/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Annie Fischer
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 119.
    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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  • 120.
    Vladimir Ashkenazy - Great Piano Concertos
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 473601 Release Date: 10/14/2003   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin,  Anatole Fistoulari,  Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt,  István Kertész  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 121.
    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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  • 122.
    Tête À Tête - Mozart: Piano Concertos 6, 9, 20 & 21 / Cohen
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 3005 Release Date: 07/15/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Patrick Cohen
    Conductor:  Christophe Coin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Limoges Baroque Ensemble
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  • 123.
    Mozart: Piano Concerto No.21/Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No.1, Capriccio Brillan
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 7499842 Release Date: 04/28/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Helen Huang
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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  • 124.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos.15, 21, 23
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 464719 Release Date: 04/08/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Alfred Brendel
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 125.
    Label: Spj Music   Catalog: 90114 Release Date: 10/02/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Walter Klien
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