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: String Quintets Nos. 3 & 4, Clarinet Quintet, Horn Quintet & Kegelstatt Trio
Release Date: 07/01/2016   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 88725463982   Number of Discs: 3
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Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro / Pisaroni, Nezet-Seguin, Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Release Date: 07/08/2016   Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 002511102   Number of Discs: 3
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Mozart: Complete Music For Wind Ensemble / Klocker, Consortium Classicum
Release Date: 05/22/2012   Label: Warner Classics  
Catalog: 56815   Number of Discs: 7
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Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 12 & 17 / Brendel, Marriner, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Release Date: 07/08/2016   Label: Pentatone  
Catalog: 5186236   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Liszt, Brahms: Concertos / Klemperer
Release Date: 01/22/2013   Label: Warner Classics  
Catalog: 43482   Number of Discs: 6
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Work: Concerto for Piano no 23 in A major, K 488

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    Mozart: Popular Piano Concertos / Daniel Barenboim
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 6787122 Release Date: 03/26/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Daniel Barenboim
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
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  • 52.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos; Brahms: Variations / Michelangeli
    Label: Andromeda   Catalog: 5019 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli
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  • 53.
    Ultimate Piano Concerto Collection (W/Cdrom) (Box)
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 9098 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 30
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Frédéric Chopin,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Derek Han,  Evgeni Kissin,  Karin Lechner,  Klára Würtz  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Freeman,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Dmitri Kitayenko,  Eduardo Marturet  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Israel Chamber Orchestra,  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 54.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos / Helene Grimaud
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001620402 Release Date: 11/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Hélčne Grimaud,  Mojca Erdmann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Chamber Orchestra
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  • 55.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos 19 & 23 / Helene Grimaud [CD & DVD]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001620500 Release Date: 11/08/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Hélčne Grimaud,  Mojca Erdmann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Chamber Orchestra
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  • 56.
    Beethoven: Symphony No 4; Mozart: Piano Concerto No 23; Strauss / Gulda, Konwitschny
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 839112 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda
    Conductor:  Franz Konwitschny
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  • 57.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 20, 23, 24 & 25
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 94603 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ivan Moravec
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
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  • 58.
    Great Pianists, Vol. 2: Brailowsky, Cherkassky, Serkin
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 2367 Release Date: 07/12/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Liszt,  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky,  Shura Cherkassky,  Rudolf Serkin
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  • 59.
    Piano Concertos - Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Liszt
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94095 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Alfred Brendel,  Karin Lechner,  Paolo Giacometti,  Nelson Freire  ... 
    Conductor:  Willfried Boettcher,  Heinz Wallberg,  Eduardo Marturet,  Arie Van Beek  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Volksoper Orchestra,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 60.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos 20, 23, 24, 25 / Moravec, Marriner
    Label: Piano Classics   Catalog: 8 Release Date: 06/14/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ivan Moravec
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
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  • 61.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos / Brendel, Marriner, ASMF [12-CD Collector's Edition]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001545902 Release Date: 04/19/2011   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ingrid Haebler,  Alfred Brendel,  Imogen Cooper,  Ton Koopman
    Conductor:  Eduard Melkus,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Ton Koopman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Camerata Academica,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
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    Mozart: Piano Concertos 21 & 23 / O'Hora, Carney
    Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks   Catalog: 28430 Release Date: 02/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ronan O'Hora
    Conductor:  Jonathan Carney
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  • 63.
    Clara Haskil Edition [17 CDs]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001492402 Release Date: 11/30/2010   Number of Discs: 17
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Manuel de Falla,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Clara Haskil,  Arthur Grumiaux
    Conductor:  Paul Sacher,  Bernhard Paumgartner,  Igor Markevitch,  Ferenc Fricsay  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 64.
    Horowitz - The Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001491202 Release Date: 11/16/2010   Number of Discs: 7
    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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  • 65.
    Mozart Edition - Complete Works
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94051 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 170
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Christian Bach
    Performer:  Angela Bucci,  Baltazar Zuniga,  Elena Biscuola,  Abramo Rosalen  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Favero,  Ton Koopman,  Paul Freeman,  Jaap ter Linden  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oficina Musicum,  Radio Chamber Orchestra,  Musica Amphion  ... 
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  • 66.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 13, 19, 23 / Mikhail Voskresensky
    Label: Classical Records   Catalog: 100 Release Date: 09/14/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Mikhail Voskresensky
    Conductor:  Leonid Nikolaev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slobodkin Center Moscow Chamber Orchestra
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  • 67.
    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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  • 68.
    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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  • 69.
    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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    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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  • 71.
    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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  • 72.
    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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  • 73.
    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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    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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  • 75.
    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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