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: 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: Complete Symphonies / Ward, Wordsworth, Northern Chamber Orchestra, Capella Istropolitana
Release Date: 05/28/2013   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8501109   Number of Discs: 11
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Mozart: The Magic Flute for Children / Barthel
Release Date: 08/26/2016   Label: Arthaus Musik  
Catalog: 109258   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: 3 Salzburg Symphonies / Huss, Haydn Sinfonietta Wien
Release Date: 08/12/2016   Label: Bis  
Catalog: BIS-2218   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Rare Choral Works / Patterson, Gloriae dei Cantores
Release Date: 04/25/2006   Label: Paraclete Recordings  
Catalog: 3363   Number of Discs: 2
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Work: Concerto for Piano no 20 in D minor, K 466

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    Julius Katchen: The Complete Decca Recordings
    Label: Decca   Catalog: B002543002 Release Date: 09/02/2016   Number of Discs: 36
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Julius Katchen,  Thea King
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    Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 20 & 21 / Zhang, Fey, Heidelberger Sinfoniker
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 16037 Release Date: 07/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Haiou Zhang
    Conductor:  Thomas Fey
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Heidelberg Symphony
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    Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 17 & 20 / Ashkenazy
    Label: Exton   Catalog: 69 Release Date: 06/17/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto
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    Mozart: Piano Concertos, K. 466 & 491 / Brendel, Marriner [Vinyl]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: B002500101 Release Date: 06/03/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Alfred Brendel
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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    Europakonzert: 25 DVD Anniversary Box (1991-2015) / Berliner Philharmoniker
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 26098 Release Date: 04/29/2016  
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Hector Berlioz  ... 
    Performer:  Leonidas Kavakos,  Mikhail Pletnev,  Violeta Urmana,  Elke Wilm Schulte  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle,  Pierre Boulez,  Gustavo Dudamel,  Claudio Abbado  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Swedish Radio Choir,  Eric Ericson Chamber Choir
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    Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 17, 20 & 1 / Jacoby, Marriner
    Label: Ica Classics   Catalog: 5137 Release Date: 03/25/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ingrid Jacoby
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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    Alfred Brendel: Complete Philips Recordings
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002434302 Release Date: 01/29/2016   Number of Discs: 114
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Alfred Brendel,  Imogen Cooper,  Sylvia McNair,  Eduard Brunner  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Bernard Haitink,  Simon Rattle  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Scottish Chamber Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Mozart: Piano Concerto Nos 20, 21 & 27 / Buchbinder
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 733908 Release Date: 01/29/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Rudolf Buchbinder
    Conductor:  Rudolf Buchbinder
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
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    Mozart: Piano Concertos 20, 21 & 27 / Buchbinder, Staatskapelle Dresden [blu-ray]
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 734004 Release Date: 01/29/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Rudolf Buchbinder
    Conductor:  Rudolf Buchbinder
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
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    The Decca Sound [Repackaged Edition]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002434502 Release Date: 01/29/2016   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla,  Claude Debussy,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Enrique Granados  ... 
    Performer:  Teresa Berganza,  Alfredo Campoli,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Cecilia Bartoli  ... 
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet,  Ataulfo Argenta,  Anatole Fistoulari,  Vladimir Ashkenazy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    Mozart: Complete Piano Concertos / Zacharias, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog: 3401900 Release Date: 12/04/2015   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Christian Zacharias
    Conductor:  Christian Zacharias
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra
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    Piano Legends / Michelangeli, Argerich, Brendel
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: OA 1153BD Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Schubert,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Alfred Brendel,  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli,  Martha Argerich,  Paul Gulda  ... 
    Conductor:  Christian Arming
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra
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    The Florilegium Series - Classical & Early Romantic
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 002386502 Release Date: 10/15/2015   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johann Wenzel Stamitz,  Luigi Boccherini,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Domenico Cimarosa  ... 
    Performer:  Alan Hacker,  Anthony Rolfe Johnson,  Emma Kirkby,  Michael George  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood,  Simon Preston,  Alan Hacker,  Arnold Östman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  The Music Party,  Oxford New College Choir  ... 
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    Martha Argerich: The Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002364402 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 48
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Johannes Brahms,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Guy Touvron,  Gidon Kremer,  Alexandre Gurning  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Charles Dutoit,  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Jörg Faerber  ... 
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    Mozart: Piano Concertos No. 20 In D Minor K.466, No. 23 In A Major K.488
    Label: Hi. Q   Catalog: 44 Release Date: 09/18/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Daniel Barenboim
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
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    Stephen Kovacevich: The Complete Philips Recordings
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002369302 Release Date: 09/11/2015   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Béla Bartók,  Igor Stravinsky,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich,  Jack Brymer,  Patrick Ireland,  Martha Argerich  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis,  Sir Alexander Gibson,  John Lanchbery
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Octet members  ... 
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    Mozart After Mozart
    Label: Dynamic   Catalog: 7723 Release Date: 07/31/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Bruno Hurtado Gosalvez,  Leonardo Miucci,  Johannes Gebauer,  Martin Skamletz
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    Martha Argerich & Friends: Live from Lugano 2014
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 550557 Release Date: 07/10/2015   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Alexander Borodin,  Frank Bridge  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Mischa Maisky,  Andrey Baranov,  Jing Zhao  ... 
    Conductor:  Jacek Kaspszyk
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    Mozart: Concertos & Sonatas / Friedrich Gulda
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002344102 Release Date: 07/10/2015   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Anthony Collins,  Paul Angerer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  New Symphony Orchestra of London,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 20 And 21
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573398 Release Date: 07/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Rachel Calin,  Alon Goldstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fine Arts Quartet
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    The Video Tapes /  Friedrich Gulda [7-DVD Set]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 109068 Release Date: 05/26/2015   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Friedrich Gulda,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda,  Herbie Hancock,  Chick Corea,  Nicolas Economou  ... 
    Conductor:  Friedrich Gulda
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 22.
    Maria Joao Pires - Complete Concerto Recordings On Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002281502 Release Date: 04/14/2015   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires,  Christine Schäfer
    Conductor:  Emmanuel Krivine,  André Previn,  Claudio Abbado,  Frans Brüggen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Europakonzert 2003 / Boulez, Berlin Philharmonic
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2053074 Release Date: 02/24/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Maurice Ravel,  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Argerich & Abbado - Complete Concerto Recordings
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002250602 Release Date: 01/20/2015   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Maurice Ravel,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Mahler Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    Sviatoslav Richter - Complete Decca, Philips & DG Recordings
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002236002 Release Date: 01/06/2015   Number of Discs: 51
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter,  Mikhail Kopelman,  Valentin Berlinsky,  Mstislav Rostropovich  ... 
    Conductor:  Stanislaw Wislocki,  Kurt Sanderling,  Witold Rowicki,  János Ferencsik  ... 
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