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: Zaide / Page, Classical Opera
Release Date: 09/09/2016   Label: Signum U.k.  
Catalog: 473   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Don Giovanni / Karajan, Ramey, Battle, Et Al
Release Date: 10/25/1990   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 419179   Number of Discs: 3
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Work: Concerto for Piano no 23 in A major, K 488

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  • 101.
    Robert Casadesus Plays Mozart - Piano Concertos
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1179 Release Date: 05/30/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Robert Casadesus
    Conductor:  Lovro von Matacic,  Jean Martinon,  Pierre Monteux,  David Zinman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Orchestra
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  • 102.
    Legendary Treasures - Monique De La Bruchollerie Vol 1
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 7842 Release Date: 05/23/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  César Franck,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Domenico Scarlatti  ... 
    Performer:  Monique de la Bruchollerie
    Conductor:  Jonel Perlea,  János Ferencsik,  Bernhard Paumgartner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Colonne Concerts Orchestra,  Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra,  Salzburg Mozarteum Camerata Academica
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  • 103.
    Mozart: Concertos & Arias / Gulda, Szeryng, Et Al
    Label: Swr Music   Catalog: 93129 Release Date: 05/09/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda,  Henryk Szeryng,  Dennis Brain,  Maria Bergmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans Rosbaud
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 104.
    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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  • 105.
    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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  • 106.
    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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  • 107.
    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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  • 108.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos 20 & 23 / Jacques Loussier Trio
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 83628 Release Date: 10/25/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Jacques Loussier,  André Arpino,  Anne Gravoin,  Jacques Saint-Yves  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Jacques Loussier Trio
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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.
    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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  • 113.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos No 20 & 23 / Pletnev
    Label: Erato   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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  • 114.
    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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  • 115.
    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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  • 116.
    Horowitz - The Complete Recordings On Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000120102 Release Date: 10/14/2003   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
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  • 117.
    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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  • 118.
    James Mathis In Concert
    Label: Pierian   Catalog: 11/12 Release Date: 12/24/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Heitor Villa-Lobos,  Domenico Scarlatti  ... 
    Performer:  James Mathis,  Herbert Harris,  George Pappa-Stavrou
    Conductor:  John Barnett
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Orchestral Association
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  • 119.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos 23 & 26 / Gulda, Harnoncourt
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 89091 Release Date: 09/17/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 120.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos 23 & 24 / Mikhail Pletnev
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 59280 Release Date: 09/10/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev
    Conductor:  Mikhail Pletnev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Chamber Philharmonic Bremen
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  • 121.
    Piano Masters - Denis Matthews
    Label: Pearl   Catalog: 162 Release Date: 07/23/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Field,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Denis Matthews
    Conductor:  George Weldon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 122.
    Mozart: Complete Piano Concertos / Géza Anda, Salzburg Mozarteum
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 469510 Release Date: 05/14/2002   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Géza Anda
    Conductor:  Géza Anda
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Camerata Academica
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  • 123.
    Label: Idi   Catalog: 6369 Release Date: 04/11/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Leon Fleisher
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter
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  • 124.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos No 20, 23, 24, 26 & 27 / Curzon
    Label: London/Decca Legends   Catalog: 468491 Release Date: 02/12/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Clifford Curzon
    Conductor:  István Kertész,  Benjamin Britten
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 125.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos No 19 & 23 / Pollini, Böhm, Vienna Philharmonic
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 413793 Release Date: 12/21/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Maurizio Pollini
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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