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: Abduction From The Seralio / Bohm, Auger, Schreier
Release Date: 1988   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 423459   Number of Discs: 2
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Mozart: Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail / Matthews, Ticciati
Release Date: 06/24/2016   Label: Opus Arte  
Catalog: 1215   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Concerto for Piano no 21 in C major, K 467

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  • 76.
    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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  • 77.
    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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  • 78.
    Greatest Works - Mozart
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 184322 Release Date: 08/12/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Achim Beyer,  Friedemann Weigle,  Gernot Sussmuth,  Ulrike Petersen  ... 
    Conductor:  Max Pommer,  Otmar Suitner,  Kurt Masur,  Johannes Goritzki
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  • 79.
    Mozart, Chopin, Schumann, Grieg: Piano Concertos / Dino Lipatti
    Label: Urania Records   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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  • 80.
    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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  • 81.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos 21 & 24 / Lhévinne, Gould
    Label: Cbs Masterworks Portrait   Catalog: 44845 Release Date: 05/30/2008   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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  • 82.
    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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  • 83.
    Karajan - Complete Emi Recordings 1946-84 Vol 1 - Orchestral Works
    Label: Warner 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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  • 84.
    Ultimate Piano Concertos - The Essential Masterpieces
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001079202 Release Date: 03/11/2008   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Edvard Grieg,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Viktoria Postnikova,  Cristina Ortiz,  Jorge Bolet,  Clifford Curzon  ... 
    Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky,  Moshe Atzmón,  Riccardo Chailly,  Hans Knappertsbusch  ... 
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  • 85.
    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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  • 86.
    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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  • 87.
    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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  • 88.
    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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  • 89.
    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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  • 90.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos 20 & 21 / Géza Anda, Vienna So
    Label: Rca Silver Seal   Catalog: 60484 Release Date: 07/02/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Géza Anda
    Conductor:  Géza Anda,  Fritz Reiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • 91.
    Gemini - Mozart: Piano Concertos / Eschenbach, London Po
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 81793 Release Date: 04/24/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Christoph Eschenbach
    Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 92.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos K 453 & K 467 / Maurizio Pollini
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000580502 Release Date: 04/10/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Maurizio Pollini
    Conductor:  Maurizio Pollini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 93.
    Arthur Schnabel Plays Mozart
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1193 Release Date: 02/13/2007   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Artur Schnabel,  Karl Ulrich Schnabel,  Robert Mass,  Germain Prévost  ... 
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter,  Sir Adrian Boult,  Sir John Barbirolli,  Walter Susskind  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Pro Arte String Quartet members  ... 
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  • 94.
    Mozat: Piano Concertos No 20 & 21 / Schmidt, Masur, Et Al
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 8554 Release Date: 12/26/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Annerose Schmidt
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 95.
    Mozart: The Piano Concertos Vol 3 / Kirschnereit, Beermann
    Label: Arte Nova   Catalog: 871470 Release Date: 11/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Matthias Kirschnereit
    Conductor:  Frank Beermann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 96.
    Ultimate Mozart - The Essential Masterpieces
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000766002 Release Date: 11/14/2006   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Karl Leister,  Irena Grafenauer,  Maria Graf  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Peter Schreier  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  ... 
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  • 97.
    Collectors Edition - Mozart: Piano Concertos / Rudolf Serkin
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000718702 Release Date: 10/10/2006   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Rudolf Serkin
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 98.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos No 20 & 21 / Jos Van Immerseel
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 6002 Release Date: 10/10/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Jos van Immerseel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anima Eterna Orchestra
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  • 99.
    Mozart: Piano Concerto No 21 & 23 / Pommier, Et Al
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 63292 Release Date: 09/12/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Jean-Bernard Pommier
    Conductor:  Jean-Bernard Pommier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia Varsovia
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  • 100.
    Mozart Meets Marriner - Piano Concertos 18 & 21, Rondo / Brendel
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000723602 Release Date: 08/08/2006   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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