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
The Mozart Album / Lang Lang
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Robert Casadesus Plays Mozart
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Bruno Walter Conducts Mozart
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Mozart: The Piano Quartets / Ax, Stern, Ma, Laredo
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The Berliner Philharmoniker Play Mozart
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  • 151.
    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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  • 152.
    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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  • 153.
    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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  • 154.
    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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  • 155.
    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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  • 156.
    Piano Masters - Clifford Curzon Vol 1 - Mozart, Liszt, Et Al
    Label: Pearl   Catalog: 27 Release Date: 10/20/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Franz Schubert,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Clifford Curzon
    Conductor:  Sir Henry Wood,  Boyd Neel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Queen's Hall Orchestra,  National Symphony, Washington, D. C.
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  • 157.
    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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  • 158.
    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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  • 159.
    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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  • 160.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos 20, 21, 23, 24 & 25 / Ashkenazy
    Label: London/Decca Double Decker   Catalog: 452958 Release Date: 08/26/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 161.
    Mozart: Complete Piano Concertos / Ashkenazy, Philharmonia Orch
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 443727 Release Date: 06/24/1997   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Daniel Barenboim,  Fou Ts'ong
    Conductor:  István Kertész,  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 162.
    The Mozart Sessions / Bobby Mcferrin, Chick Corea
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 62601 Release Date: 10/01/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Chick Corea,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Bobby McFerrin,  Chick Corea
    Conductor:  Bobby McFerrin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
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  • 163.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos Vol 8 / Francesch, Weise, Nice Po
    Label: Kontrapunkt   Catalog: 32199 Release Date: 12/12/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Homero Francesch
    Conductor:  Klaus Weise
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nice Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 164.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos / Schiff, Vegh, Camerata Academica Salzburg
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 448140 Release Date: 09/06/1995   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  András Schiff
    Conductor:  Sandor Végh
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Camerata Academica
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    Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos 20 & 23 / Schonwandt, Westenholz
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 283 Release Date: 09/22/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Elisabeth Westenholz
    Conductor:  Michael Schonwandt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Copenhagen Collegium Musicum
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  • 166.
    Mozart: The Great Piano Concertos Vol 1 / Brendel, Marriner
    Label: Philips Duo   Catalog: 442269 Release Date: 04/12/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Alfred Brendel
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 167.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos Vol. 4
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550204 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó
    Conductor:  András Ligeti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concentus Hungaricus
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  • 168.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos 23 & 27
    Label: Sony Classical Infinity Digital   Catalog: 57259 Release Date: 02/08/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Veronika Reznikovskaya
    Conductor:  Alexander Titov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Classic Music Studio Orchestra
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  • 169.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos / Uchida, Tate, English Co
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 438207 Release Date: 01/18/1994   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida
    Conductor:  Jeffrey Tate
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 170.
    Favourite Mozart / Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 436383 Release Date: 01/19/1993   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 171.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos Vol 1 - No 20 & 23 / Howard Shelley
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 8992 Release Date: 10/28/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Howard Shelley
    Conductor:  Howard Shelley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Mozart Players
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  • 172.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos No 19 & 23 / O'conor, Mackerras
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80285 Release Date: 03/12/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  John O'Conor
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
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  • 173.
    Complete Mozart Edition Vol 7 - Piano Concertos / Brendel
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 422507 Release Date: 01/18/1991   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ton Koopman,  Alfred Brendel,  Imogen Cooper,  Ingrid Haebler
    Conductor:  Ton Koopman,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Eduard Melkus
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Salzburg Mozarteum Camerata Academica
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  • 174.
    Horowitz Plays Mozart / Giulini, La Scala Orchestra
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 423287 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
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  • 175.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos 21 & 23 / Serkin, Abbado, LSO
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 410068 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Rudolf Serkin
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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