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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
Mozart: Piano Concertos 24-27 / Larrocha, Solti
Release Date: 08/03/2010   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 001453802   Number of Discs: 2
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The Mozart Album / Lang Lang
Release Date: 09/30/2014   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 308253   Number of Discs: 2
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Dvorak: Symphony No 8, Mozart: Bassoon Concerto, Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra / Mehta, LAP
Release Date: 09/30/2008   Label: Euroarts  
Catalog: 2072248   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Fantasias & Rondos / Richard Egarr
Release Date: 08/08/2006   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 907387   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Symphonies 38-40 (Arr. by Hummel for Flute, Violin, Cello & Piano)
Release Date: 02/25/2014   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8572841   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Concerto for Piano no 21 in C major, K 467

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  • 51.
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 93896 Release Date: 02/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Klára Würtz
    Conductor:  Dirk Vermeulen
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  • 52.
    Piano Masterworks - The World's Favourite Piano Classics - Bach, Debussy, Etc / Argerich, Arrau, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: B001206502 Release Date: 12/16/2009   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  András Schiff,  Andrei Gavrilov,  Friedrich Gulda,  Wilhelm Kempff  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink,  Eliahu Inbal,  Horst Stein,  Zubin Mehta  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 53.
    Icon - Artur Schnabel - Scholar Of The Piano
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 65064 Release Date: 04/21/2009   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Artur Schnabel,  Claude Hobday,  Karl Ulrich Schnabel
    Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent,  Sir Adrian Boult
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte String Quartet,  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 54.
    Dresden Philharmonic -  Legendary Masterworks Recordings
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 184522 Release Date: 02/10/2009   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Johannes Brahms,  Aram Khachaturian,  Gerhard Rosenfeld  ... 
    Performer:  Mirka Pokorná,  Gustav Schmahl,  Annerose Schmidt,  Nelson Freire
    Conductor:  Heinz Bongartz,  Horst Förster,  Kurt Masur,  Günther Herbig  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 55.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos No 1, 21 & 25 / Freeman, Han, Philharmonia Orchestra
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 93288 Release Date: 02/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Derek Han
    Conductor:  Paul Freeman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 56.
    Best Of Mozart - Clarinet Concerto, Piano Concerto No 21, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 2872 Release Date: 12/03/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Annerose Schmidt,  Oskar Michallik
    Conductor:  Siegfried Kurz,  Max Pommer,  Kurt Masur
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra,  Dresden Staatskapelle
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  • 57.
    Herbert Von Karajan - Salzburg Festival 1957 - Bruckner, Brahms, Berger, Einem, Honegger, Mozart
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 773084 Release Date: 11/25/2008   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner,  Johannes Brahms,  Theodore Berger,  Gottfried von Einem  ... 
    Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Lisa Della Casa,  Gerty Herzog,  Géza Anda
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 58.
    Suitner Conducts Mozart - Symphonies, Serenades, Concertos
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 183972 Release Date: 10/25/2008   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Domenico Scarlatti,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Otmar Suitner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
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  • 59.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos No 21 & 26 / Pires, Abbado, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471738 Release Date: 09/23/2008   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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  • 60.
    Dinu Lipatti - The Master Pianist
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 07318 Release Date: 09/02/2008   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Schubert,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Dinu Lipatti
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  • 61.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos No 20 & 21 / Bilson, Gardiner
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 419609 Release Date: 08/18/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Malcolm Bilson
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists
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  • 62.
    Greatest Works - Mozart
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 184322 Release Date: 08/12/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Gernot Sussmuth,  Friedemann Weigle,  Achim Beyer,  Ulrike Petersen  ... 
    Conductor:  Max Pommer,  Otmar Suitner,  Kurt Masur,  Johannes Goritzki
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  • 63.
    Mozart, Chopin, Schumann, Grieg: Piano Concertos / Dino Lipatti
    Label: Urania   Catalog: 359 Release Date: 07/29/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Frédéric Chopin,  Robert Schumann,  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Dinu Lipatti
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Alceo Galliera
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lucerne Festival Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 64.
    Edition Geza Anda Vol 1- Mozart
    Label: Audite   Catalog: 23407 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Géza Anda
    Conductor:  Joseph Keilberth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Salzburg Camerata Academica Orchestra
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  • 65.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos 21 & 24 / Lhévinne, Gould
    Label: Cbs Masterworks Portrait   Catalog: 44845 Release Date: 06/10/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Rosina Lhévinne,  Glenn Gould
    Conductor:  Jean Paul Morel,  Walter Susskind
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Orchestra
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  • 66.
    Mozart: The Great Concertos For Piano / Maria Joao Pires
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 4696869 Release Date: 05/26/2008   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires
    Conductor:  Theodor Guschlbauer,  Armin Jordan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lisbon Gulbenkian Foundation Orchestra,  Orchestre De Chambre De Lausanne,  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 67.
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog:  Release Date: 05/13/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Derek Han
    Conductor:  Paul Freeman
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  • 68.
    Karajan - Complete Emi Recordings 1946-84 Vol 1 - Orchestral Works
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 12038 Release Date: 04/01/2008   Number of Discs: 88
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Josef Strauss,  E. Nikolaus von Reznicek,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Karl Leister,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,  Ernst Haefliger,  Anne-Sophie Mutter  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
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  • 69.
    Maria Tipo Plays Mozart & Scarlatti
    Label: Vox Box Legends   Catalog: 25515 Release Date: 04/01/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Maria Tipo
    Conductor:  Jonel Perlea
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
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  • 70.
    Klavier - Greatest Concertos - Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Schumann / Rösel, Schmidt, Et Al
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 1281 Release Date: 03/04/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Peter Rösel,  Annerose Schmidt
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur,  Claus Peter Flor
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Symphony Orchestra
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  • 71.
    101 Piano Masterpieces - 10 Cd Box Set
    Label: Zyx Records   Catalog: 9528670 Release Date: 02/26/2008   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Magda Bergreich,  Hans-Christoph Becker-Foss,  Robert Titze,  Christa Lehnert  ... 
    Conductor:  Vladimir Petroschoff,  Robert Wagner,  Ernst Delgado,  Henry Adolf  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Symphony Orchestra,  Nurnberger Symphoniker
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  • 72.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos, K467
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4759987 Release Date: 02/04/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Radu Lupu,  George Pieterson,  Han de Vries,  Vicente Zarzo  ... 
    Conductor:  Uri Segal
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  • 73.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos 21 & 17 / V Ashkenazy, Philharmonia
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 411947 Release Date: 12/10/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 74.
    Instant Classics - Mozart: Concertos Pour Piano No 9 & 21
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5109 Release Date: 11/20/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Patrick Cohen
    Conductor:  Christophe Coin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Limoges Baroque Ensemble
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  • 75.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos No 21 & 12 / Lupu, Segal, English Co
    Label: London/Decca Jubilee   Catalog: 417773 Release Date: 11/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Radu Lupu
    Conductor:  Uri Segal
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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