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: Piano Concertos 18 & 19 / Uchida, Cleveland
Release Date: 09/02/2014   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 002130402   Number of Discs: 1
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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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Opus Arte Mozart DVD 3-Pack
Release Date: 10/27/2014   Label: Kultur Video  
Catalog: 4990   Number of Discs: 6
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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: Die Zauberflote / Royal, Nagy, Rattle [Blu-ray]
Release Date: 09/30/2014   Label: Berlin Philharmonic  
Catalog: 130012   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: 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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  • 77.
    Karajan - Complete Emi Recordings 1946-84 Vol 1 - Orchestral Works
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 12038 Release Date: 04/01/2008   Number of Discs: 88
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Josef Strauss,  E. Nikolaus von Reznicek,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Karl Leister,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,  Ernst Haefliger,  Anne-Sophie Mutter  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
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  • 78.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos 9, 20, 23 & 24
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 757008 Release Date: 03/04/2008  
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Orchestra
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  • 79.
    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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  • 80.
    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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  • 81.
    Maria Joao Pires - With Passion
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000915702 Release Date: 07/10/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Robert Schumann,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Frans Brüggen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
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  • 82.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos No 23 & 24, K 365 / Casadesus
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 63037 Release Date: 06/25/2007   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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  • 83.
    Gemini - Mozart: Piano Concertos / Eschenbach, London Po
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 81793 Release Date: 04/24/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Christoph Eschenbach
    Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 84.
    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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  • 85.
    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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  • 86.
    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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  • 87.
    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,  Kathleen Ferrier,  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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  • 88.
    Original Masters - Clara Haskil - Philips Recordings 1951-1960
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000797802 Release Date: 01/09/2007   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Domenico Scarlatti,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Maurice Ravel,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Clara Haskil
    Conductor:  Paul Sacher,  Igor Markevitch,  Bernhard Paumgartner,  Willem van Otterloo
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra,  Hague Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 89.
    Mozart: Piano Concerto No 23;  Debussy / Thyssens-valentin
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1401 Release Date: 12/12/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Gabriel Fauré,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Jeanne Manchon-Thaďs,  Germaine Thyssens-Valentin
    Conductor:  Jeanne Manchon-Thaďs,  Bernhard Paumgartner
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  • 90.
    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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  • 91.
    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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  • 92.
    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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  • 93.
    Mozart: Piano Concerto No 21 & 23 / Pommier, Et Al
    Label: Virgin Classics   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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  • 94.
    Mozart: Complete Piano Concertos / Perahia, English Co
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 87230 Release Date: 08/22/2006   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Murray Perahia,  Radu Lupu
    Conductor:  Murray Perahia
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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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.
    Mozart: Piano Concerto No 15, 23 & 24 / Solomon, Ackermann
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 53211 Release Date: 06/06/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Solomon
    Conductor:  Otto Ackermann,  Herbert Menges
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 97.
    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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  • 98.
    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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  • 99.
    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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  • 100.
    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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