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 & Schnittke: Kammermusik / Cabeza
Release Date: 06/10/2016   Label: Oehms  
Catalog: 766   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail / Matthews, Ticciati
Release Date: 06/24/2016   Label: Opus Arte  
Catalog: 1215   Number of Discs: 1
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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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Love, Passion & Deceit - Rossini, Mozart, Strauss / Glyndebourne Festival
Release Date: 06/26/2012   Label: Opus Arte  
Catalog: 1074   Number of Discs: 6
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Mozart: Requiem / Prohaska, Mingardo, Schmitt, Pape, Abbado
Release Date: 08/27/2013   Label: Accentus  
Catalog: 20258   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Don Giovanni, K 527: Deh vieni alla finestra [Serenade]

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    Opera Gold: 100 Great Tracks
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002503602 Release Date: 06/03/2016   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Georges Bizet,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Umberto Giordano  ... 
    Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti,  Marilyn Horne,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Mirella Freni  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Henry Lewis,  Richard Bonynge,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
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  • 2.
    Discover Mozart
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 0300689 Release Date: 05/27/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Hermann Prey,  Evelyn Lear,  Thomas Steward,  Annerose Schmidt  ... 
    Conductor:  Otmar Suitner,  Hartmut Haenchen,  Heinz Fricke,  Kurt Masur  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  C.P.E. Bach Chamber Orchestra,  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Decca Sound: 55 Great Vocal Recitals
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002495002 Release Date: 05/20/2016   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Gustave Charpentier,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Jules Massenet,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Suzanne Danco,  Pierre Mollet,  Guido Agosti,  Gervase de Peyer  ... 
    Conductor:  Alberto Erede,  Ernest Ansermet,  Karl Böhm,  Rudolf Moralt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra  ... 
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    Il mito dell'opera: Sesto Bruscantini
    Label: Bongiovanni   Catalog: 1236 Release Date: 05/13/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Sesto Bruscantini,  Fabio Maestri,  Franco Ricciardi
    Conductor:  Oliviero de Fabritiis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lisbon San Carlos National Theater Chorus,  Lisbon San Carlos National Theater Orchestra
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    111: The Collector's Editions [111 CDs]
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002422702 Release Date: 12/11/2015   Number of Discs: 111
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Maurice Ravel,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  David Oistrakh,  Igor Oistrakh,  Sviatoslav Richter,  Martha Argerich  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Daniel Barenboim,  Lorin Maazel,  Franz Konwitschny  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Amadeus Quartet,  Orchestre de Paris  ... 
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    Thomas Hampson - Autograph
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 2564619045 Release Date: 04/14/2015   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Charles Gounod,  Ambroise Thomas,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Thomas Hampson,  Charlotte Margiono,  Delores Ziegler,  Barbara Bonney  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Michel Plasson,  Antonio de Almeida,  Richard Armstrong  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Netherlands Opera Chorus,  Toulouse Capitole Orchestra  ... 
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    Claudio Abbado New Years Eve Concerts Box [3 Blu-rays]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2013504 Release Date: 01/27/2015   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Pablo de Sarasate,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Bryn Terfel,  Roberto Alagna,  Mikhail Pletnev  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Swedish Radio Chorus
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    The Historical Trombone, 1553-1837: Classical Trombone
    Label: Querstand   Catalog: 1406 Release Date: 07/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Ercole Nisini,  Katarzyna Drogosz
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    Mozart: Arias / Tahu Rhodes, Ola Rudner, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Abc Classics   Catalog: 4728262 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Teddy Tahu Rhodes [Baritone Vocals]
    Conductor:  Ola Rudner
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    The A-z Of Mozart Opera / Ian Page, Classical Opera
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 373 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Martene Grimson,  Allan Clayton,  Rebecca Bottone,  Matthew Rose  ... 
    Conductor:  Ian Page
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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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  • 12.
    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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  • 13.
    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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    Serenade
    Label: Heike Matthiesen   Catalog: 5638122665 Release Date: 05/13/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Kaspar Mertz,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Francisco Tarrega,  Lorenz Schneider  ... 
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  • 17.
    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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  • 18.
    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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  • 19.
    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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  • 20.
    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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  • 21.
    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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  • 22.
    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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  • 23.
    Best Of Mozart
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300338 Release Date: 06/12/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Hermann [Baritone Vocal] Prey,  Annerose Schmidt,  Peter Schreier,  Theo Adam  ... 
    Conductor:  Otmar Suitner,  Kurt Masur,  Siegfried Kurz,  Herbert Kegel  ... 
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  • 24.
    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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  • 25.
    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,  Bo 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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