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: The Impresario, K. 486 / Previn, English Chamber Orchestra
Release Date: 10/06/2017   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 88985470422   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Die Zauberflote / Levine, Cotrubas, Van Dam, Vienna Philharmonic
Release Date: 10/04/2011   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 88697527702   Number of Discs: 3
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Mozart: Complete Violin Concertos / Barati, Hungarian Chamber Orchestra
Release Date: 06/24/2016   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 95368   Number of Discs: 2
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Mozart: Die Zauberflöte - A Film By Ingmar Bergman
Release Date: 05/16/2000   Label: Criterion (Dvd)  
Catalog: 100  
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Choral Classics - Mozart
Release Date: 11/15/2011   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 94264   Number of Discs: 11
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Work: Concerto for Piano no 23 in A major, K 488

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    BBC Legends, Vol. 2
    Label: Ica Classics   Catalog: ICAB5141 Release Date: 10/20/2017   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Eugčne Ysa˙e,  Niccolň Paganini,  Manuel de Falla  ... 
    Performer:  David Oistrakh,  Igor Oistrakh,  Nathan Milstein,  Ernest Lush  ... 
    Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky,  Sir Malcolm Sargent,  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Rudolf Schwarz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Mozart, Ravel & Tchaikovsky: Orchestral Works / Karajan
    Label: Ica Classics   Catalog: ICAC5142 Release Date: 10/20/2017   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Maurice Ravel,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Clara Haskil
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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    The Paul Badura-Skoda Edition
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4798065 Release Date: 10/20/2017   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Paul Badura-Skoda,  Antonio Janigro,  Jean Fournier,  Otto Ruhm  ... 
    Conductor:  Hermann Scherchen,  Sir Adrian Boult,  Felix Prohaska,  Milan Horvat  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra,  London Promenade Orchestra,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Rudolf Serkin: The Complete Columbia Album Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88985404062 Release Date: 08/25/2017   Number of Discs: 75
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Robert Schumann,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Rudolf Serkin,  Adolf Busch,  Hermann Busch,  Pablo Casals  ... 
    Conductor:  Fritz Reiner,  Bruno Walter,  Eugene Ormandy,  Pablo Casals  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic,  Busch String Quartet  ... 
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    Ashkenazy: Complete Concerto Recordings / Various
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4831752 Release Date: 08/04/2017   Number of Discs: 48
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Keith Puddy,  Fou Ts'ong,  Daniel Barenboim  ... 
    Conductor:  Anatole Fistoulari,  Lorin Maazel,  Kiril Kondrashin,  David Zinman  ... 
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    Lili Kraus Plays Mozart Piano Concertos
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88985302582 Release Date: 06/16/2017   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Lili Kraus
    Conductor:  Stephen Simon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Festival Orchestra
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    Arthur Rubinstein Plays Great Piano Concertos
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88883737172 Release Date: 05/12/2017   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin,  Manuel de Falla  ... 
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim,  Erich Leinsdorf,  Eugene Ormandy,  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra  ... 
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    The Murray Perahia Awards Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88985413952 Release Date: 05/12/2017   Number of Discs: 15
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Murray Perahia
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    Mozart in Havana / Dinnerstein, Havana Lyceum Orchestra
    Label: Sony Music Entertainment   Catalog: 538244 Release Date: 04/21/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Simone Dinnerstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Havana Lyceum Orchestra
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    Mozart & Rachmaninov: Concertos - A Conversation That Never Was / Sokolov
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002635200 Release Date: 03/10/2017   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Grigory Sokolov
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock,  Yan Pascal Tortelier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mahler Chamber Orchestra,  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Mozart: Complete Piano Concertos / Barenboim, English Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 556725 Release Date: 08/26/2016   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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    Mozart: Piano Concerto, K. 488 & Violin Concerto, K. 219 / Minkowski
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 736708 Release Date: 07/29/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Francesco Corti,  Thibault Noally
    Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Musiciens du Louvre
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    Mozart: Piano Concerto, K. 488 & Violin Concerto, K. 219 / Minkowski [Blu-ray]
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 736804 Release Date: 07/29/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Francesco Corti,  Thibault Noally
    Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Musiciens du Louvre
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    Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 23 & 26
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 554165 Release Date: 06/24/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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    Mozart & Bartok: Piano Concertos / Fischer
    Label: Praga   Catalog: 250326 Release Date: 03/18/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Béla Bartók
    Performer:  Annie Fischer
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Sir Adrian Boult,  Ferenc Fricsay
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Philips Classics: The Stereo Years
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002445602 Release Date: 02/19/2016   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Salvatore Accardo,  Elly Ameling,  Dalton Baldwin,  Jörg Demus  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis,  Bernard Haitink,  Raymond Leppard,  Eduard van Beinum  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    Alfred Brendel: Complete Philips Recordings
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002434302 Release Date: 01/29/2016   Number of Discs: 114
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Alfred Brendel,  Imogen Cooper,  Sylvia McNair,  Eduard Brunner  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Bernard Haitink,  Simon Rattle  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Scottish Chamber Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 18.
    New Year's Eve Concert 2014 / Berlin Philharmonic | Menahem Pressler Documentary
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 26113 Release Date: 12/18/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  Aram Khachaturian,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  Menahem Pressler
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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    New Year's Eve Concert 2014 / Berlin Philharmonic | Menahem Pressler Documentary [blu-ray]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 26113 Release Date: 12/18/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  Aram Khachaturian,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  Menahem Pressler
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Mozart: Complete Piano Concertos / Zacharias, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog: 3401900 Release Date: 12/04/2015   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Christian Zacharias
    Conductor:  Christian Zacharias
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra
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  • 21.
    Mozart: Schatten Und Licht; Klavierkonzerte Nr. 18 & Nr. 23
    Label: Br Klassik   Catalog: 900906 Release Date: 10/09/2015   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Jorg Handstein,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Daniel Barenboim
    Conductor:  Eugen Jochum,  Rafael Kubelik
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    Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos 21 & 23; Rondos K. 382 & 386 / Perahia, English Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88697757852 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Murray Perahia
    Conductor:  Murray Perahia
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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    Mozart: Piano Concertos No. 20 In D Minor K.466, No. 23 In A Major K.488
    Label: Hi. Q   Catalog: 44 Release Date: 09/18/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Daniel Barenboim
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
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    Stephen Kovacevich: The Complete Philips Recordings
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002369302 Release Date: 09/11/2015   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Béla Bartók,  Igor Stravinsky,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich,  Jack Brymer,  Patrick Ireland,  Martha Argerich  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis,  Sir Alexander Gibson,  John Lanchbery
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Octet members  ... 
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    The Complete Warner Recordings / Michelangeli
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 550576 Release Date: 07/10/2015   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Baldassare Galuppi,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli
    Conductor:  Franco Caracciolo,  Ettore Gracis,  Edmond de Stoutz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alessandro Scarlatti Orchestra,  Pomeriggi Musicali Chamber Orchestra,  Naples Scarlatti Orchestra  ... 
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