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 / Netrebko, Quasthoff, Garanca...
Release Date: 08/08/2006   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 000673002   Number of Discs: 1
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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: Complete Edition
Release Date: 09/02/2014   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 1116167   Number of Discs: 170
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Mozart's Garden / Mojca Erdmann
Release Date: 07/08/2014   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: B001621702   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Concerto for Piano no 20 in D minor, K 466

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    Mozart: Piano Concertos No 27 & 20 / Pires, Abbado, Orchestra Mozart
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001726002 Release Date: 09/18/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra Mozart
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    Clifford Curzon Edition - Complete Recordings [23 CDs + DVD]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001728400 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 24
    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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    Mozart: Piano Concertos 20 And 23 / Annie Fischer, Adrian Boult, 	Philharmonia Orchestra
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 636561 Release Date: 08/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Annie Fischer
    Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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    Mozart: Complete Piano Concertos / Perahia
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 1914112 Release Date: 08/07/2012   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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    Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 20 & 22 / Tirimo, Prague Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1172 Release Date: 07/17/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Martino Tirimo
    Conductor:  Martino Tirimo
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Chamber Orchestra
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    Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 23 & 20
    Label: Cascavelle   Catalog: 3161 Release Date: 06/12/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Philippe Entremont
    Conductor:  Jean Entremont
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    Mozart's Last 8 Piano Concertos / Barenboim, Berliner Philharmoniker
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2066098 Release Date: 05/29/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Daniel Barenboim
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Mozart's Last 8 Piano Concertos / Barenboim, Berliner Philharmoniker [Blu-ray]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2066094 Release Date: 05/29/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Daniel Barenboim
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 34.
    Great Piano Concertos
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501056 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó,  Stefan Vladar,  Idil Biret,  Eldar Nebolsin  ... 
    Conductor:  András Ligeti,  Mátyás Antal,  Barry Wordsworth,  Antoni Wit  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concentus Hungaricus,  Capella Istropolitana,  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Mozart: Popular Piano Concertos / Daniel Barenboim
    Label: Emi 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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    Icon - Bruno Walter: The Early Years
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 6790262 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Bruno Walter,  Lauritz Melchior,  Alfred Jerger,  Emanuel List  ... 
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  British Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris  ... 
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    Mozart: Piano Concertos No 20 & 21 / Arthur Schoonderwoerd, Cristofori
    Label: Accent   Catalog: 24265 Release Date: 02/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Arthur Schoonderwoerd
    Conductor:  Arthur Schoonderwoerd
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cristofori
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  • 38.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos No. 9, No. 20, No. 25; Horn Concerto; Piano Sonata
    Label: Archipel   Catalog: ARPCD0202 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven
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  • 39.
    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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    The Decca Sound [50-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001619902 Release Date: 11/15/2011   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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  • 41.
    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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  • 42.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos 13 & 20, German Dances K 509 / Katchen, Maag
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4803609 Release Date: 11/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Julius Katchen
    Conductor:  Peter Maag
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Symphony Orchestra of London,  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 43.
    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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    Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 10, 19 & 20
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 674296 Release Date: 08/30/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Alexandre Rabinovitch
    Conductor:  Alexandre Rabinovitch,  Jörg Faerber
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    Mozart: Piano Concertos 20 & 27 / Monetti, Bolton, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks   Catalog: 28660 Release Date: 06/14/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Mariaclara Monetti
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
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    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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    Mozart: Piano Concertos No 20 & 27 / Mitsuko Uchida, Cleveland Orchestra
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001549802 Release Date: 05/03/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 48.
    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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  • 49.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos, Vol. 2  / Primakov
    Label: Bridge   Catalog: 9339 Release Date: 04/12/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Vassily Primakov
    Conductor:  Simon Gaudenz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Odense Symphony Orchestra
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    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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