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, Così 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: Requiem / Butt, Dunedin Consort
Release Date: 03/25/2014   Label: Linn Records  
Catalog: 449   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart – Piano Concertos No 18 & 22 / Brautigam, Willens, Cologne Academy
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Catalog: 2044   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Don Giovanni, K 527: Deh vieni alla finestra [Serenade]

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  • 126.
    Berlin Gala / Abbado, Alvarez, Freni, Keenlyside, Schäfer
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 459555 Release Date: 04/13/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Georges Bizet,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Simon Keenlyside,  Marcelo Alvarez,  Christine Schäfer,  Mirella Freni
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 127.
    Four Italian Baritones Of The Past - Molinari, Et Al
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89962 Release Date: 03/02/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Meyerbeer,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gioachino Rossini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Enrico Molinari,  Carlo Galeffi
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  • 128.
    Opera For Pleasure - Mozart: Don Giovanni Highlights
    Label: Classics For Pleasure   Catalog: 72511 Release Date: 11/17/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Heather Harper,  Luigi Alva,  Antigone Sgourda,  Helen Donath  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Scottish Opera Chorus
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  • 129.
    Label: Caprice Records   Catalog: 21586 Release Date: 11/17/1998   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Charles Gounod,  Ivar Widéen,  Erik Gustaf Geijer  ... 
    Performer:  Wilhelm Stenhammar,  John Forsell,  Martha Ohlson,  Armas Järnefelt  ... 
    Conductor:  Hjalmar Meissner,  Bruno Seidler-Winkler
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  • 130.
    Mozart For A Merry Christmas - Holiday Greeting From Mozart
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 456454 Release Date: 10/20/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Sylvia McNair,  Heinz Holliger,  Ursula Holliger
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Willi Boskovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Holliger Wind Ensemble members,  English Baroque Soloists,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  ... 
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  • 131.
    Famous German Baritones Of The Past
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89967 Release Date: 07/04/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Conradin Kreutzer,  Heinrich Marschner  ... 
    Performer:  Erich Kunz,  Hans Hotter,  Hans Wocke,  Josef Herrmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Rudolf Moralt,  Heinrich Hollreiser,  Otto Dobrindt,  Bruno Seidler-Winkler  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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  • 132.
    Bach Hits Back, A Cappella Amadeus / Swingle Singers
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 61472 Release Date: 05/05/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Gottfried H. Stölzel,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swingle Singers
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  • 133.
    Piano Reflections - Encore Favorites / Margery Mcduffie
    Label: Aca Digital   Catalog: 20056 Release Date: 02/24/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Isidore Philipp,  Gabriel Fauré,  Moritz Moszkowski  ... 
    Performer:  Margery McDuffie
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  • 134.
    The Only Opera Cd You'll Ever Need
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 68823 Release Date: 10/14/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Gioachino Rossini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Anna Moffo,  Helen Donath,  Roberta Peters,  Robert Merrill  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Eichhorn,  Erich Leinsdorf,  Lorin Maazel,  Eugene Ormandy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  Orchestra  ... 
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  • 135.
    Mozart: Arias / Quasthoff, Faerber, Wurttemberg Co
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 61428 Release Date: 09/30/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Thomas Quasthoff,  Robert Sistek,  Mark De Simone,  Vladislav Riabokon
    Conductor:  Jörg Faerber
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn
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  • 136.
    Four Famous Italian Baritones
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89988 Release Date: 08/19/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Giacomo Puccini,  Francesco Cilèa  ... 
    Performer:  Mario Basiola,  Tito Gobbi,  Carlo Tagliabue,  Gino Bechi
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  • 137.
    Mattia Battistini - Il Re Dei Baritoni
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89304 Release Date: 03/18/1997   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Luigi Denza,  Francesco Paolo Tosti,  Augusto Rotoli  ... 
    Performer:  Mattia Battistini,  Carlo Sabajno,  Elvira Barbieri,  Vincenzo Bettoni  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Sabajno
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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  • 138.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Giuseppe De Luca Vol 3
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89135 Release Date: 02/18/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Gioachino Rossini,  Hector Berlioz,  Francesco Morlacchi  ... 
    Performer:  Giuseppe de Luca,  Ferruccio Corradetti
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  • 139.
    The Art Of Willi Domgraf-fassbaender
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89228 Release Date: 02/18/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender,  Walter Grossmann,  Erna Berger,  Walther Beck  ... 
    Conductor:  Manfred Gurlitt,  Clemens Schmalstich,  Fritz Zweig,  Erich Orthmann  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra,  Berlin City Opera Orchestra
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  • 140.
    Mozart: Don Giovanni (Highlights) / Maazel, Raimondi, Et Al
    Label: Sony Classical Essential Classics   Catalog: 62663 Release Date: 09/10/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Kenneth Riegel,  Malcolm King,  Teresa Berganza  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Opera Orchestra,  Paris Opera Chorus
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  • 141.
    Mozart: Don Giovanni - Highlights / Harnoncourt, Hampson
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 13809 Release Date: 09/03/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Hans-Peter Blochwitz,  Roberta Alexander,  Edita Gruberova,  Thomas Hampson  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Netherlands Opera Chorus
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  • 142.
    Jean Noté - Opera Arias, Songs
    Label: Cypres   Catalog: 3603 Release Date: 06/18/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Robert Planquette,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Gustave Goublier  ... 
    Performer:  Charles Fontaine,  Jean Noté,  Yvonne Gall
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  • 143.
    The Harold Wayne Collection Vol 27 - Giuseppe De Luca Part 1
    Label: Symposium   Catalog: 1197 Release Date: 06/18/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Ambroise Thomas,  Hector Berlioz  ... 
    Performer:  Giuseppe de Luca,  Ferruccio Corradetti,  Aida Gonzaga
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  • 144.
    I Bis Di Ricciuti - Bach, Azzi, Franchi, Schubert, Et Al
    Label: Bongiovanni   Catalog: 5053 Release Date: 04/16/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  André Modeste Grétry,  Giovanni Bottesini,  Carmine Franchi  ... 
    Performer:  Mario Ricciuti,  Domenico Clapasson
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  • 145.
    Bryn Terfel - Opera Arias / Levine, Metropolitan Opera
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 445866 Release Date: 04/09/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Alexander Borodin  ... 
    Performer:  Bryn Terfel
    Conductor:  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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  • 146.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Hans Reinmar
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89112 Release Date: 02/20/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Franz Wilhelm Abt,  Viktor Nessler,  Heinrich Marschner  ... 
    Performer:  Hans Reinmar
    Conductor:  Wilhelm Franz Reuss,  Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt,  Hermann Weigert,  Frieder Weissmann  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin State Opera Orchestra,  Berlin City Opera Orchestra
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  • 147.
    Prima Voce - Ezio Pinza
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7875 Release Date: 02/02/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Charles Gounod,  Vincenzo Bellini  ... 
    Performer:  Beniamino Gigli,  Elisabeth Rethberg,  Ezio Pinza,  Grace Anthony  ... 
    Conductor:  Rosario Bourdon,  Giulio Setti,  Gualandi,,  Carlo Sabajno
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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  • 148.
    Earl Wild - The Romantic Master
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 62036 Release Date: 11/14/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Fritz Kreisler,  Carl Tausig,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Earl Wild  ... 
    Performer:  Earl Wild
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  • 149.
    Grosse Mozartsänger Vol 1 - Opernarien 1922-1942
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 394101 Release Date: 09/19/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Res Fischer,  Hans Hotter,  Helena Braun,  Irma Beilke  ... 
    Conductor:  Clemens Krauss,  Josef Krips,  Bruno Walter,  Arturo Toscanini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 150.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Heinrich Schlusnus Vol 2
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89110 Release Date: 08/22/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Gioachino Rossini,  Giacomo Puccini,  Jacques Offenbach  ... 
    Performer:  Heinrich Schlusnus,  Robert Hutt,  Selma Kurz
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