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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, 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
Mozart: Piano Concertos 18 & 19 / Uchida, Cleveland
Release Date: 09/02/2014   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 002130402   Number of Discs: 1
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Opus Arte Mozart DVD 3-Pack
Release Date: 10/27/2014   Label: Kultur Video  
Catalog: 4990   Number of Discs: 6
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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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Mozart: La Finta Giardiniera / Ainsley, Gens, Bolton
Release Date: 01/09/2007   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 000814709   Number of Discs: 2
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Mozart: Piano Concertos No 22 & 24 / Angela Hewitt
Release Date: 07/08/2014   Label: Hyperion  
Catalog: 68049   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Concerto for Piano no 23 in A major, K 488

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  • 101.
    Mozart: The Piano Concertos Vol 9 / Kirschnereit, Beermann
    Label: Arte Nova   Catalog: 640140 Release Date: 05/09/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Matthias Kirschnereit
    Conductor:  Frank Beermann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 102.
    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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  • 103.
    Mozart: Piano Ctos 14, 23, 25 / Osorio, Prieto
    Label: Artek   Catalog: 24 Release Date: 01/17/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Jorge Federico Osorio
    Conductor:  Carlos Miguel Prieto
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mozart-Haydn Festival Orchestra
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  • 104.
    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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  • 105.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos No 14, 23, 25 / Moravec, Vlach
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 3809 Release Date: 11/29/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ivan Moravec
    Conductor:  Josef Vlach
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Chamber Orchestra,  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 106.
    Beethoven, Mozart, Brahms: Piano Concertos / Pollini, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000508009 Release Date: 11/15/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Maurizio Pollini
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm,  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 107.
    Mozart Collection - Piano Concertos 20, 23, Etc / Brendel
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000552102 Release Date: 11/08/2005   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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  • 108.
    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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  • 109.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos Vol 1 / Menuhin, English So
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5749 Release Date: 10/11/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Jeremy Menuhin
    Conductor:  Jeremy Menuhin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Symphony Orchestra
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  • 110.
    Brahms: Variations, Op. 56; Mozart, Wolf-ferrari / Leitner, Haas
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 4063 Release Date: 09/20/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari
    Performer:  Monique Haas
    Conductor:  Ferdinand Leitner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Württemberg State Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 111.
    Mozart: Great Piano Concertos Vol 2 / Previn, Kocsis, Holtmann
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2010228 Release Date: 09/20/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis,  Heidrun Holtmann,  André Previn
    Conductor:  Jiri Belohlávek,  Marc Andreae,  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi di Praga,  Italian Switzerland Radio/TV Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 112.
    Original Masters - Clifford Curzon Vol 3
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000490902 Release Date: 08/09/2005   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johannes Brahms,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Clifford Curzon,  Martin Lovett,  Peter Schidlof,  Norbert Brainin
    Conductor:  Sir Henry Wood,  Boyd Neel,  Enrique Jorda,  Sir Georg Solti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Queen's Hall Orchestra,  Amadeus String Quartet members,  National Symphony, Washington, D. C.  ... 
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  • 113.
    Ancerl Gold Edition 38 - Mozart: Concertos / Steurer, Et Al
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 3698 Release Date: 03/29/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Hugo Steurer,  Miroslav Stefek,  Halina Czerny-Stefanska
    Conductor:  Karel Ancerl
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 114.
    Mozart: Piano Concerto No 20 & 23 / Pletnev, Et Al
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 62493 Release Date: 03/29/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Chamber Philharmonic Bremen
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  • 115.
    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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  • 116.
    Label: Urania   Catalog: 4225 Release Date: 09/28/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Clara Haskil
    Conductor:  Paul Sacher,  Ferenc Fricsay,  Henry Swoboda
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  • 117.
    Mozart: Four Piano Concertos / Tan, Norrington, Et Al
    Label: Virgin Classics Special Import   Catalog: 62343 Release Date: 05/11/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Melvyn Tan
    Conductor:  Roger Norrington
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Classical Players
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  • 118.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos No 23 & 25 / Badura-skoda, Et Al
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 4713 Release Date: 03/25/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Paul Badura-Skoda
    Conductor:  Paul Badura-Skoda
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Chamber Orchestra
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  • 119.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos No 13 & 23, Haydn:  Piano Concerto No 11 / Michelangeli
    Label: Emi Great Artists Of The Century   Catalog: 62824 Release Date: 03/23/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli
    Conductor:  Edmond de Stoutz,  Franco Caracciolo
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Chamber Orchestra,  Alessandro Scarlatti Orchestra
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  • 120.
    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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  • 121.
    Original Masters - Clifford Curzon Vol 2
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000150702 Release Date: 11/25/2003   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  César Franck,  Antonín Dvorák,  Franz Schubert,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Emanuel Brabec,  Rudolf Streng,  Otto Strasser,  Willi Boskovsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Anatole Fistoulari,  Eduard Van Beinum,  Josef Krips
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic String Quartet,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 122.
    Horowitz - The Complete Recordings On Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000120102 Release Date: 10/14/2003   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Domenico Scarlatti,  Robert Schumann,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
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  • 123.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos 13, 14, 23 / Pires, Guschlbauer
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 4604482 Release Date: 08/25/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires
    Conductor:  Theodor Guschlbauer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gulbenkian Foundation Chamber Orchestra Lisbon
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  • 124.
    Original Masters - Clifford Curzon
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 473116 Release Date: 05/13/2003   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Alan Rawsthorne,  Manuel de Falla,  Henry Charles Litolff  ... 
    Performer:  Clifford Curzon
    Conductor:  George Szell,  Sir Malcolm Sargent,  Enrique Jorda,  Sir Adrian Boult
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  New Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 125.
    Label: Gega New   Catalog: 233 Release Date: 02/25/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Maria Prinz
    Conductor:  Vassil Kazandjiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sofia Symphony Orchestra
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