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 3, 4 & 5 / Steinbacher
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Catalog: 186479   Number of Discs: 1
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Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 3; Mozart: Piano Concerto No 24 / Sudbin, Vanska
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Catalog: 1978   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Die Zauberflote / Harnoncourt, Zeppenfeld, Fredrich, Richter, Kleiter, Werba [blu-ray]
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Catalog: 300573   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Piano Concerto No 20, Cadenzas By Beethoven, Brahms, Busoni, Etc / Rische, Griffiths, Et Al
Release Date: 03/31/2009   Label: Profil  
Catalog: 9006   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Requiem / Butt, Dunedin Consort
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Catalog: 449   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Concerto for Piano no 20 in D minor, K 466

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  • 176.
    Beethoven: Symphony No 9, Etc;  Mozart / Sawallisch, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics Double Fforte   Catalog: 73329 Release Date: 08/10/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Youri Egorov,  Margaret Price,  Jan-Hendrik Rootering,  Peter Seiffert  ... 
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Düsseldorf Städtischer Musikvereins Chorus,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 177.
    Merit - Clara Haskil In Performance - Mozart: Concertos
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 4715 Release Date: 07/20/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Clara Haskil
    Conductor:  Charles Munch,  Otto Ackermann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 178.
    Mozart, Beethoven: Piano Concertos, Etc / Kempff, Van Kempen
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 447976 Release Date: 07/07/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Wilhelm Kempff
    Conductor:  Paul Van Kempen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 179.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos 17, 20, 22, & 24, Etc / Fischer
    Label: Pearl   Catalog: 42 Release Date: 06/22/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Edwin Fischer
    Conductor:  Lawrence Collingwood,  Sir John Barbirolli,  Edwin Fischer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  John Barbirolli Chamber Orchestra,  Edwin Fischer Chamber Orchestra
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  • 180.
    A Portrait Of Mozart
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 1756 Release Date: 10/20/1998   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Martyn Hill,  Julia Bernheimer,  Gundula Janowitz,  David Thomas  ... 
    Conductor:  Roy Goodman,  Barry Wordsworth,  Yan Pascal Tortelier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hanover Band Chorus,  Hanover Band,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra  ... 
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  • 181.
    Mozart: Complete Piano Concertos / Barenboim, English Co
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 72930 Release Date: 10/20/1998   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Daniel Barenboim
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 182.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos 20, 21, 23, 24 & 25 / Ashkenazy
    Label: London/Decca Double Decker   Catalog: 452958 Release Date: 08/26/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 183.
    Mozart: Complete Piano Concertos / Ashkenazy, Philharmonia Orch
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 443727 Release Date: 06/24/1997   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Daniel Barenboim,  Fou Ts'ong
    Conductor:  István Kertész,  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 184.
    Mozart: Great Piano Concertos / Gulda, Abbado, Vienna Philharmonic
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 453079 Release Date: 04/01/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 185.
    The Mozart Sessions / Bobby Mcferrin, Chick Corea
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 62601 Release Date: 10/01/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Chick Corea,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Bobby McFerrin,  Chick Corea
    Conductor:  Bobby McFerrin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
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  • 186.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos No 20 & 21; Haydn
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553265 Release Date: 11/28/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó,  Hae-won Chang
    Conductor:  András Ligeti,  Robert Stankovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concentus Hungaricus,  Camerata Cassovia
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  • 187.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos No 20 & 21 / Schmidt, Masur
    Label: Curb Records   Catalog: 78044 Release Date: 10/31/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Annerose Schmidt
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 188.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos No 20 & 16 / Firkusny, Bour
    Label: Intercord Classical Creations   Catalog: 820546 Release Date: 05/23/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Rudolf Firkusny
    Conductor:  Ernest Bour
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 189.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos 20 & 22 / Lefebure, Serkin, Casals
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 66570 Release Date: 02/21/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Rudolf Serkin,  Yvonne Lefébure
    Conductor:  Pablo Casals
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Perpignan Festival Orchestra
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  • 190.
    The Classical Novaes - Beethoven, Mozart
    Label: Vox Box Legends   Catalog: 5512 Release Date: 01/17/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Guiomar Novaës
    Conductor:  Hans Swarowsky,  Jonel Perlea
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 191.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos 20 & 23 / Schonwandt, Westenholz
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 283 Release Date: 09/22/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Elisabeth Westenholz
    Conductor:  Michael Schonwandt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Copenhagen Collegium Musicum
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  • 192.
    Mozart: The Great Piano Concertos Vol 1 / Brendel, Marriner
    Label: Philips Duo   Catalog: 442269 Release Date: 04/12/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Alfred Brendel
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 193.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos No 20 & 21 / Jandó, Ligeti
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550434 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó
    Conductor:  András Ligeti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concentus Hungaricus
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  • 194.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos 20 & 21
    Label: Sony Classical Infinity Digital   Catalog: 57232 Release Date: 02/08/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Sergei Uruvayev,  Pavel Jegorov
    Conductor:  Alexander Titov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmony Orchestra
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  • 195.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos Vol 6 / Francesch, Weise, Nice Po
    Label: Kontrapunkt   Catalog: 32179 Release Date: 02/01/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Homero Francesch
    Conductor:  Klaus Weise
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nice Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 196.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos / Uchida, Tate, English Co
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 438207 Release Date: 01/18/1994   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida
    Conductor:  Jeffrey Tate
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 197.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos No 13 & 20, Sonata K 280 / Clara Haskil
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 437676 Release Date: 09/07/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Clara Haskil
    Conductor:  Ferenc Fricsay,  Rudolf Baumgartner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Lucerne Festival Strings
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  • 198.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos No 20 & 22 / O'conor, Mackerras
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80308 Release Date: 03/23/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  John O'Conor
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
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  • 199.
    Favourite Mozart / Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 436383 Release Date: 01/19/1993   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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    Mozart: Piano Concertos Vol 1 - No 20 & 23 / Howard Shelley
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 8992 Release Date: 10/28/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Howard Shelley
    Conductor:  Howard Shelley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Mozart Players
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