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

Mahler: Symphony No 4; Mozart / Tennstedt, Boston
Release Date: 05/29/2012   Label: Ica Classics  
Catalog: 5072   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: Violin Concertos 3, 4 & 5 / Steinbacher
Release Date: 04/29/2014   Label: Pentatone  
Catalog: 186479   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart – Piano Concertos No 18 & 22 / Brautigam, Willens, Cologne Academy
Release Date: 04/29/2014   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 2044   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Requiem / Butt, Dunedin Consort
Release Date: 03/25/2014   Label: Linn Records  
Catalog: 449   Number of Discs: 1
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    Arabesque / Olga Peretyatko
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 373859 Release Date: 02/18/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gioachino Rossini,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Olga Peretyatko
    Conductor:  Enrique Mazzola
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    100 Best Mozart
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 303812 Release Date: 01/14/2014   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Leopold Mozart,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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    Hommage A Trois
    Label: Linn Records   Catalog: 428 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Domenico Cimarosa,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  William Berger,  Carolyn Sampson
    Conductor:  Nicholas McGegan
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    Teldec - 50-CD Collection
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 643851 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Antonín Dvorák,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  András Schiff,  Josef Protschka,  Barbara Bonney,  Edita Gruberova  ... 
    Conductor:  Iván Fischer,  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Carlo Rizzi,  Reinbert De Leeuw  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Festival Orchestra,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra  ... 
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    Serata D'amore / Gino Quilico
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 28766 Release Date: 11/05/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lucio Dalla,  Francesco Paolo Tosti,  Gioachino Rossini,  Nino Rota  ... 
    Performer:  Gino Quilico,  Glenn | Lévesque,  Alexander Sevastian
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Triosphčre
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    Baritone Masterclass - Cilea, Puccini, Verdi, Mozart, Rossini, Etc / Tito Gobbi
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1183 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Francesco Cilča,  Giacomo Puccini,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Tito Gobbi
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    Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau - Voice Of The Century [23 CDs & 2 DVDs]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001792900 Release Date: 01/15/2013   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Daniel Barenboim,  Jörg Demus,  Gerald Moore  ... 
    Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik,  Karl Böhm,  Lorin Maazel,  Karl Richter  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    30 Years At La Monnaie/De Munt
    Label: Cypress (Canada)   Catalog: 8603 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Richard Strauss,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  José Van Dam,  Catherine Malfitano,  Scot Weir,  Bart Ravache  ... 
    Conductor:  Sylvain Cambreling,  John Pritchard,  Antonio Pappano,  Michael Schoenwandt  ... 
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    My Heart Is So Full Of You [deluxe] [cd/Dvd]
    Label: Narratus   Catalog: 5637960877 Release Date: 09/26/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Rodgers,  Gene DePaul,  Frederick Loewe,  Rodney Gilfrey  ... 
    Performer:  Rodney Gilfrey
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    Mozart: Opera Arias / Ferruccio Furlanetto
    Label: Newton Classics   Catalog: 8802179 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ferruccio Furlanetto
    Conductor:  Ion Marin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
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    Wilhelm Backhaus - The Virtuoso
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 12052 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Richard Strauss,  Riccardo Pick-Mangiagalli,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Wilhelm Backhaus
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    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4805770 Release Date: 09/04/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Richard Wagner,  Robert Schumann,  Erich Wolfgang Korngold  ... 
    Performer:  Matthias Goerne,  Dorothea Röschmann
    Conductor:  Manfred Honeck
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Swedish Radio Chorus members,  Adolf Frederik Childrens Choir
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    Mozart: Arias & Orchestral Music
    Label: Abc Classics   Catalog: 4765098 Release Date: 08/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Teddy Tahu Rhodes [Baritone Vocals]
    Conductor:  Ola Rudner
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    Best Of Mozart
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300338 Release Date: 06/12/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Hermann Prey,  Annerose Schmidt,  Peter Schreier,  Theo Adam  ... 
    Conductor:  Otmar Suitner,  Kurt Masur,  Siegfried Kurz,  Herbert Kegel  ... 
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    Sigiswald Kuijken Edition
    Label: Dhm Deutsche Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 1953082 Release Date: 05/15/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Francesco Geminiani,  Georg Muffat  ... 
    Performer:  Jan Van der Crabben,  Magdalena Kozená,  Midori Suzuki,  Knut Schoch  ... 
    Conductor:  Sigiswald Kuijken
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Petite Bande,  Namur Chamber Choir,  Netherlands Chamber Choir  ... 
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    Opera 2012
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001675802 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Umberto Giordano,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Andrea Bocelli,  Anna Netrebko,  Jonas Kaufmann,  Cecilia Bartoli  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Fabio Luisi,  Antonio Pappano,  Giovanni Antonini  ... 
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    Great Opera
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501054 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Adrianne Pieczonka,  Boje Skovhus,  Renato Girolami,  Janusz Monarcha  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Halász,  Will Humburg,  Alexander Rahbari,  Rico Saccani
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia,  Hungarian Radio Chorus,  Failoni Orchestra Budapest  ... 
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  • 18.
    Emilio De Gogorza, Baritone - Selected Recordings
    Label: Marston   Catalog: 52068 Release Date: 10/15/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Emilio de Gogorza,  Emma Eames,  Marcella Sembrich,  Louise Homer  ... 
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  • 19.
    Mozart / Ildebrando D'Arcangelo
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001574102 Release Date: 09/13/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ildebrando D'Arcangelo
    Conductor:  Gianandrea Noseda
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turin Teatro Regio Orchestra
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  • 20.
    The Mozart Effect: Music For Little Ones
    Label: Children's Group   Catalog: 85007 Release Date: 08/30/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Leopold Mozart
    Performer:  Karl Heinz Schickhause,  János Sebestyén,  Jénö Jandó,  József Balogh
    Conductor:  Peter Maag,  Hans Stadlmair,  Wolfgang Sobotka,  Harald Nerat  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Volksoper Chamber Orchestra,  German Wind Soloists,  Ensemble Villa Musica  ... 
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  • 21.
    Mozart: Don Giovanni Highlights / Marriner, Allen
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 438494 Release Date: 07/27/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Thomas Allen,  Robert Lloyd,  Simone Alaimo,  Karita Mattila  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 22.
    Hermann Prey - Arias And Songs
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300223 Release Date: 06/14/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Franz Schubert,  Gustav Mahler,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Hermann Prey
    Conductor:  Otmar Suitner,  Kurt Sanderling,  Kurt Thomas
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    Great Baritone Arias / Peter Mattei
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1749 Release Date: 04/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Richard Wagner,  Charles Gounod  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Mattei
    Conductor:  Lawrence Renes
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 24.
    Mozart Highlights
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300203 Release Date: 04/12/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Oskar Michallik,  Annerose Schmidt,  Erich Kruger,  Thorsten Rosenbusch  ... 
    Conductor:  Otmar Suitner,  Siegfried Kurz,  Kurt Masur,  Hartmut Haenchen  ... 
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    Dmitri Hvorostovsky: Verdi Opera Scenes / Orbelian, Hvorostovsky, Radvanovsky
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3403 Release Date: 02/22/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Antonín Dvorák,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky,  Sondra Radvanovsky
    Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia of Russia
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