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: Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail / Matthews, Ticciati
Release Date: 06/24/2016   Label: Opus Arte  
Catalog: 1215   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart & Schnittke: Kammermusik / Cabeza
Release Date: 06/10/2016   Label: Oehms  
Catalog: 766   Number of Discs: 1
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Andras Schiff at Mozartwoche
Release Date: 06/24/2016   Label: C Major  
Catalog: 736508   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Violin Concertos Nos 3, 4 & 5 / Kraggerud, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Release Date: 06/10/2016   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8573513   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Requiem / Prohaska, Mingardo, Schmitt, Pape, Abbado
Release Date: 08/27/2013   Label: Accentus  
Catalog: 20258   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Concerto for Piano no 23 in A major, K 488

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  • 76.
    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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  • 77.
    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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  • 78.
    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:  Kim Kashkashian,  Lars Vogt,  Boris Pergamenschikow,  Christian Tetzlaff  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Harding
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Heimbach Strings 2006
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  • 79.
    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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  • 80.
    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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  • 81.
    Edition Geza Anda Vol 1- Mozart
    Label: Audite   Catalog: 23407 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Géza Anda
    Conductor:  Joseph Keilberth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Salzburg Camerata Academica Orchestra
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  • 82.
    Mozart: The Great Concertos For Piano / Maria Joao Pires
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 4696869 Release Date: 05/26/2008   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires
    Conductor:  Theodor Guschlbauer,  Armin Jordan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lisbon Gulbenkian Foundation Orchestra,  Orchestre De Chambre De Lausanne,  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 83.
    101 Piano Masterpieces - 10 Cd Box Set
    Label: Zyx Records   Catalog: 9528670 Release Date: 02/26/2008   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Magda Bergreich,  Hans-Christoph Becker-Foss,  Robert Titze,  Christa Lehnert  ... 
    Conductor:  Vladimir Petroschoff,  Robert Wagner,  Ernst Delgado,  Henry Adolf  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Symphony Orchestra,  Nurnberger Symphoniker
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  • 84.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos / Kirschnereit, Beermann
    Label: Arte Nova   Catalog: 825760 Release Date: 10/09/2007   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Matthias Kirschnereit
    Conductor:  Frank Beermann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 85.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos 23 & 26 / Zacharias, Zinman
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 63901 Release Date: 09/24/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Christian Zacharias
    Conductor:  David Zinman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Dresden Staatskapelle
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  • 86.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos No 23 & 24, K 365 / Casadesus
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 63037 Release Date: 06/15/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Robert Casadesus,  Gaby Casadesus
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy,  George Szell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra,  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
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  • 87.
    Label: Archipel   Catalog: 358 Release Date: 02/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Robert Casadesus
    Conductor:  Fernando Previtali
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  • 88.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos No 22 - 24 / Buchbinder
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2055898 Release Date: 02/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Rudolf Buchbinder
    Conductor:  Rudolf Buchbinder
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 89.
    Arthur Schnabel Plays Mozart
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1193 Release Date: 02/13/2007   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Artur Schnabel,  Karl Ulrich Schnabel,  Robert Mass,  Germain Prévost  ... 
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter,  Sir Adrian Boult,  Sir John Barbirolli,  Walter Susskind  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Pro Arte String Quartet members  ... 
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  • 90.
    Original Masters - Clifford Curzon - Decca Recordings 1944-1970 Vol 4
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000841202 Release Date: 02/13/2007   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Clifford Curzon,  Irmgard Seefried,  Horst Günther,  Julius Patzak  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch,  George Szell,  Benjamin Britten,  Eduard Van Beinum  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 91.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos No 23 & 9 / Cooper, Et Al
    Label: Avie   Catalog: 2100 Release Date: 12/05/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Imogen Cooper
    Conductor:  Imogen Cooper
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia
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  • 92.
    Collectors Edition - Mozart: Piano Concertos / Rudolf Serkin
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000718702 Release Date: 10/10/2006   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Rudolf Serkin
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 93.
    Brahms, Mozart: Piano Concertos / Rubinstein
    Label: Bbc Legends   Catalog: 4187 Release Date: 09/19/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 94.
    Mozart: Piano Concerto No 21 & 23 / Pommier, Et Al
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 63292 Release Date: 09/12/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Jean-Bernard Pommier
    Conductor:  Jean-Bernard Pommier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia Varsovia
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  • 95.
    Monique Haas - Complete DG Recordings
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 689502 Release Date: 08/08/2006   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Marcel Mihalovici,  Maurice Ravel,  Béla Bartók,  Albert Roussel  ... 
    Performer:  Monique Haas,  Max Rostal,  Heinz Schröter
    Conductor:  Paul Hindemith,  Paul Paray,  Ferenc Fricsay,  Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  French National Orchestra,  Berlin RIAS Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 96.
    Edition Monastery Maulbronn - Mozart: Klavierkonzerte I
    Label: K & K Verlagsanstalt   Catalog: 77 Release Date: 05/30/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Christoph Soldan
    Conductor:  Pawel Przytocki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
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  • 97.
    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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  • 98.
    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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  • 99.
    Mozart: Concertos & Arias / Gulda, Szeryng, Et Al
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 93129 Release Date: 05/09/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda,  Henryk Szeryng,  Dennis Brain,  Suzanne Danco  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans Rosbaud
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 100.
    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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