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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

Work: Concerto for Piano no 21 in C major, K 467

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  • 126.
    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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  • 127.
    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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  • 128.
    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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  • 129.
    Mozart: Complete Piano Concertos / Barenboim, English Co
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 72930 Release Date: 10/20/1998   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Daniel Barenboim
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 130.
    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:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Frédéric Chopin,  Miklós Rózsa,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Earl Wild
    Conductor:  Anthony Randall,  Russell Stanger,  Charles Gerhardt,  Douglas Gamley  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Promenade Orchestra,  Douglas Gamley Orchestra  ... 
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  • 131.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos No 17, 19, 21 And 25, Etc / Ambache
    Label: Virgin Classics Veritas   Catalog: 61445 Release Date: 05/05/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Diana Ambache
    Conductor:  Diana Ambache
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ambache Chamber Orchestra
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  • 132.
    Favorite Piano Concertos Vol 1 - Mozart, Chopin, Liszt, Beethoven...
    Label: Philips Duo   Catalog: 462176 Release Date: 03/17/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Henry Charles Litolff,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Franz Liszt,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Misha Dichter,  Byron Janis,  Sviatoslav Richter,  Alfred Brendel  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Antal Doráti,  Kiril Kondrashin,  Bernard Haitink  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 133.
    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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  • 134.
    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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  • 135.
    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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  • 136.
    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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  • 137.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos No 17 & 21 / Pires, Abbado
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 439941 Release Date: 06/11/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 138.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos 6, 17 & 21 / Géza Anda
    Label: Dg The Originals   Catalog: 447436 Release Date: 05/14/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Géza Anda
    Conductor:  Géza Anda
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Camerata Academica
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  • 139.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos 21 & 24 / Istomin, Schwarz, Seattle
    Label: Reference Recordings   Catalog: 68 Release Date: 03/12/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Eugene Istomin
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
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  • 140.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos No 20 & 21; Haydn
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553265 Release Date: 11/28/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó,  Hae-won Chang
    Conductor:  András Ligeti,  Robert Stankovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concentus Hungaricus,  Camerata Cassovia
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  • 141.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos Vol 6 - Nos 21 & 22 / Howard Shelley
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9404 Release Date: 11/14/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Howard Shelley
    Conductor:  Howard Shelley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Mozart Players
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  • 142.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos No 20 & 21 / Schmidt, Masur
    Label: Curb Records   Catalog: 78044 Release Date: 10/31/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Annerose Schmidt
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 143.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos No 21, 26 / Casadesus, Szell
    Label: Sony Classical Essential Classics   Catalog: 67178 Release Date: 06/27/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  André Previn,  Robert Casadesus
    Conductor:  George Szell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 144.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos 21 & 27 / Serkin, Abbado, London So
    Label: Dg Masters   Catalog: 445516 Release Date: 04/11/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Rudolf Serkin
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 145.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos Vol 7 / Francesch, Weise Po
    Label: Kontrapunkt   Catalog: 32189 Release Date: 09/13/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Homero Francesch
    Conductor:  Klaus Weise
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nice Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 146.
    Mozart: The Great Piano Concertos Vol 1 / Brendel, Marriner
    Label: Philips Duo   Catalog: 442269 Release Date: 04/12/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Alfred Brendel
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 147.
    Mozart: Piano Concerto No 21, Etc / Scheja, Wedin, Stockholm
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 205 Release Date: 03/25/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Bernt Lysell,  Nils-Erik Sparf,  Staffan Scheja
    Conductor:  Jan Olav Wedin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Sinfonietta
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  • 148.
    Mozart: Piano Concerto No 21, Violin Concerto No 5
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 550293 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Takako Nishizaki,  Peter Lang
    Conductor:  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Christoph Eberle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
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  • 149.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos No 20 & 21 / Jandó, Ligeti
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550434 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó
    Conductor:  András Ligeti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concentus Hungaricus
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  • 150.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos 20 & 21
    Label: Sony Classical Infinity Digital   Catalog: 57232 Release Date: 02/08/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Sergei Uruvayev,  Pavel Jegorov
    Conductor:  Alexander Titov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmony Orchestra
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