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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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  • 126.
    History - Mozart: Concertos, Etc / Rosbaud, Brain, Et Al
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 93064 Release Date: 02/25/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Dennis Brain,  Suzanne Danco,  Maria Bergmann,  Arthur Grumiaux  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans Rosbaud,  Ernest Bour
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 127.
    Pollini Edition - Mozart: Piano Concerto No 23;  Beethoven
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471351 Release Date: 02/11/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Maurizio Pollini
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 128.
    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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  • 129.
    Label: Spj Music   Catalog: 90114 Release Date: 10/02/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Walter Klien
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  • 130.
    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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  • 131.
    Mozart: Symphony No 41, Piano Concerto No 23 / Rivest, Et Al
    Label: Cbc Records   Catalog: 5220 Release Date: 09/17/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Alain Lefèvre
    Conductor:  Jean-François Rivest
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Laval Symphony Orchestra
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  • 132.
    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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  • 133.
    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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  • 134.
    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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  • 135.
    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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  • 136.
    Mozart: Piano Concerto No 15, 23 & 24 / Solomon, Ackermann
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1222 Release Date: 11/13/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Solomon
    Conductor:  Herbert Menges,  Otto Ackermann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 137.
    Mozart: Concertos For Piano No 23 And 27 / Curzon, Kubelik
    Label: Audite   Catalog: 95466 Release Date: 09/25/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Clifford Curzon
    Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 138.
    Rubinstein Collection Vol 19 - Mozart, Schumann: Concertos
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63019 Release Date: 05/15/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Robert Schumann,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
    Conductor:  William Steinberg,  Vladimir Golschmann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra,  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
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  • 139.
    The Classics - Mozart: Piano Concerto No 21 & 23 / Pommier
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 61852 Release Date: 05/08/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Jean-Bernard Pommier
    Conductor:  Jean-Bernard Pommier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia Varsovia
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  • 140.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos / Bilson, Gardiner, English Baroque
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 463111 Release Date: 03/13/2001   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Malcolm Bilson,  Robert Levin,  Melvyn Tan
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists
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  • 141.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos No 9, 21, 13, 23 / Nicholson
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 51042 Release Date: 01/09/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Linda Nicholson
    Conductor:  Nicholas Kraemer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Coloniensis
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  • 142.
    Rubinstein Collection Vol 61 - Mozart: Piano Concertos
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63061 Release Date: 01/09/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
    Conductor:  Josef Krips,  Alfred Wallenstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
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  • 143.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos, Etc / Jarrett, Davies, Stuttgarter
    Label: Ecm   Catalog: 449670 Release Date: 08/08/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Keith Jarrett
    Conductor:  Dennis Russell Davies
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra
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  • 144.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos No 23 & 20 / Sugitani, Ukigaya
    Label: Thorofon   Catalog: 2394 Release Date: 01/12/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Shoko Sugitani
    Conductor:  Takao Ukigaya
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra Katowice
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  • 145.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos No 8, 23 & 24 / Wilhelm Kempff, Etc
    Label: Dg The Originals   Catalog: 457759 Release Date: 01/11/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Wilhelm Kempff
    Conductor:  Ferdinand Leitner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 146.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos No 22 & 23 / Levin, Hogwood
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 452052 Release Date: 01/12/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Robert Levin
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
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  • 147.
    Mozart: Complete Piano Concertos / Barenboim, English Co
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 72930 Release Date: 10/20/1998   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Daniel Barenboim
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 148.
    Mozart Legendary Interpretations - Robert Casadesus
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 46519 Release Date: 02/27/1998   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Robert Casadesus,  Gaby Casadesus
    Conductor:  George Szell,  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra,  Columbia Symphony Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 149.
    Gieseking Plays Mozart - Piano Concertos And Sonatas
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 4008 Release Date: 02/17/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Walter Gieseking
    Conductor:  Igor Markevitch,  Guido Cantelli,  Victor Desarzens,  Volkmar Andreae
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF Philharmonic Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic,  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 150.
    The Classic Sound - Mozart: Piano Concertos 23 & 24 / Curzon
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 452888 Release Date: 11/11/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Clifford Curzon
    Conductor:  István Kertész
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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