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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Mozart: Requiem / Butt, Dunedin Consort
Release Date: 03/25/2014   Label: Linn Records  
Catalog: 449   Number of Discs: 1
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An Amadeus Affair / Anderson & Roe
Release Date: 02/25/2014   Label: Steinway & Sons  
Catalog: 30022   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: 4 Piano Sonatas K 280-283 / Mitsuko Uchida
Release Date: 10/25/1990   Label: Philips  
Catalog: 420186   Number of Discs: 1
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250 Years - Mozart: The Great Symphonies Vol 1 / Ter Linden
Release Date: 02/28/2006   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 92863   Number of Discs: 3
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Work: Concerto for Piano no 23 in A major, K 488

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    Pfitzner, Mozart, Dvorak / Tennstedt, Hierholzer, Berlin Philharmonic
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1446 Release Date: 10/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hans Pfitzner,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Babette Hierholzer
    Conductor:  Klaus Tennstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 52.
    Mozart: The Piano Concertos / Schmidt, Masur
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300035 Release Date: 06/08/2010   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Annerose Schmidt
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 53.
    Mozart: Klavierkonzerte No 22 & 23 / Barenboim, Kubelik, Bavarian Radio Symphony
    Label: Br Klassik   Catalog: 900709 Release Date: 04/27/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Daniel Barenboim
    Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
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  • 54.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos No 9 & 23 / Meyer, Brown, Norwegian
    Label: Vanguard   Catalog: 1003 Release Date: 04/13/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Brigitte Meyer
    Conductor:  Iona Brown
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
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  • 55.
    Mozart: Piano Concerto Kv 271, 415, 459, 466 & 488 / Haskil
    Label: Urania   Catalog: 403 Release Date: 02/23/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Clara Haskil
    Conductor:  Paul Sacher,  Ferenc Fricsay,  Henry Swoboda
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  • 56.
    Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven / Fazil Say
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5210 Release Date: 11/17/2009   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Fazil Say
    Conductor:  Howard Griffiths
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Chamber Orchestra
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  • 57.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos 23 & 27 / Ashkenazy, Philharmonia
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 400087 Release Date: 11/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 58.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos 23 & 24 / Mitsuko Uchida, Cleveland Orchestra
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001327602 Release Date: 09/08/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida
    Conductor:  Mitsuko Uchida
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 59.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos Vol 5 / Christian Zacharias, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm) Gold   Catalog: 9401562 Release Date: 07/14/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Christian Zacharias
    Conductor:  Christian Zacharias
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra
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  • 60.
    Esprit - Zen
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5171 Release Date: 05/26/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Franz Schubert,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Hopkinson Smith,  Sara Mingardo,  Rolf Lislevand,  Philippe Jaroussky  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi,  Rinaldo Alessandrini,  Laurence Equilbey
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano,  Ensemble Kapsberger,  Accentus  ... 
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  • 61.
    Mozart, Beethoven, Ravel: Piano Concertos / Casadesus, Jochum, Dohnanyi, Et Al
    Label: Medici Masters   Catalog: 32-2 Release Date: 04/28/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Robert Casadesus
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi,  Georg Ludwig Jochum,  Hermann Scherchen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne West German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 62.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos No 20 And 23 / Vogt, Bolton, Et Al
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 727 Release Date: 04/28/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Lars Vogt
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
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  • 63.
    Icon - Walter Gieseking - Poet Of The Keyboard
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 65081 Release Date: 04/21/2009   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Claude Debussy,  Edvard Grieg,  César Franck  ... 
    Performer:  Walter Gieseking,  Bernard Walton,  Sidney Sutcliffe,  Cecil James  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Schröder,  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hessian Radio Orchestra Frankfurt,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 64.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos No 12, 7 & 23 / Leon Fleisher, Et Al
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 743505 Release Date: 03/31/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Leon Fleisher,  Katherine Jacobson Fleisher
    Conductor:  Leon Fleisher
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra
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  • 65.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos 22 & 23 / Bilson, Gardiner
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 423595 Release Date: 03/17/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Malcolm Bilson
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists
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    Mozart: Piano Concerto No 10, 14 & 23 / Carlo Grante, Bernhard Sieberer, Et Al
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1222 Release Date: 03/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Carlo Grante,  Barbara Panzarella
    Conductor:  Bernhard Sieberer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
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  • 67.
    Mozart, Beethoven: Piano Concertos / Huang, Masur, New York Philharmonic
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 4693274 Release Date: 01/26/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Helen Huang
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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  • 68.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos 22 & 23 / Schmidt, Masur
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 2282 Release Date: 12/01/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Annerose Schmidt
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 69.
    Clara Haskil - The Legacy Vol 2
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 442631 Release Date: 11/04/2008   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Manuel de Falla,  Robert Schumann,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Clara Haskil
    Conductor:  Igor Markevitch,  Willem van Otterloo,  Paul Sacher,  Bernhard Paumgartner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra,  Hague Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
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  • 70.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos 22 & 23 / András Schiff, Sándor Vegh
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 425855 Release Date: 11/04/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  András Schiff
    Conductor:  Sandor Végh
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Camerata Academica
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  • 71.
    Label: Urania   Catalog: 363 Release Date: 10/28/2008   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Robert Schumann,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Walter Gieseking
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 72.
    Spannungen: Musik Im Kraftwerk Heimbach [limited Edition]
    Label: Cavi Music   Catalog: 8553100 Release Date: 10/14/2008   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Recorded Sound,  Tatiana Komarova,  Igor Stravinsky  ... 
    Performer:  Boris Pergamenschikow,  Antje Weithaas,  Kim Kashkashian,  Christian Tetzlaff  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Harding
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Heimbach Strings 2006
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  • 73.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos No 9 & 23; Rondo In A / Clara Haskil
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 420782 Release Date: 10/02/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Clara Haskil
    Conductor:  Paul Sacher,  Bernhard Paumgartner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
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  • 74.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 1, 19 - 23
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 468540 Release Date: 09/16/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida
    Conductor:  Jeffrey Tate
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 75.
    Icon - Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli - The Master Pianist Plays Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, Etc
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 6005 Release Date: 09/02/2008   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Robert Schumann,  Ferruccio Busoni,  Domenico Scarlatti  ... 
    Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli
    Conductor:  Franco Caracciolo,  Ettore Gracis,  Edmond de Stoutz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alessandro Scarlatti Orchestra,  Pomeriggi Musicali Chamber Orchestra,  Zurich Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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