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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
Dvorak: Symphony No 8, Mozart: Bassoon Concerto, Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra / Mehta, LAP
Release Date: 09/30/2008   Label: Euroarts  
Catalog: 2072248   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Fantasias & Rondos / Richard Egarr
Release Date: 08/08/2006   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 907387   Number of Discs: 1
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Christmas With Mozart
Release Date: 11/01/2009   Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal  
Catalog: 60121   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Symphonies 38-40 (Arr. by Hummel for Flute, Violin, Cello & Piano)
Release Date: 02/25/2014   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8572841   Number of Discs: 1
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The Mozart Album / Lang Lang
Release Date: 09/30/2014   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 308253   Number of Discs: 2
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  • 26.
    111 - The Collector's Edition 2 [56-CD Set - Limited Edition]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4779142 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 56
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Maurice Ravel,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Stuart Harling,  Robert Lloyd,  Sherrill Milnes,  Placido Domingo  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  John Nelson,  Leonard Bernstein,  Jerzy Semkow  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers,  George Watson's College Boys' Chorus  ... 
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  • 27.
    Mathieu Ahlersmeyer - Recordings 1938-1943
    Label: Hafg   Catalog: 10002 Release Date: 10/29/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Georges Bizet,  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Kurt Böhme,  Margarete Teschemacher,  Mathieu Ahlersmeyer,  Maria Cebotari  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Elmendorff,  Karl Böhm,  Arthur Rother
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 28.
    Songs Of Love & Desire - New Year's Eve Concert 1998
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 4550 Release Date: 10/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Georges Bizet,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Christine Schäfer,  Simon Keenlyside,  Marcelo Alvarez,  Mirella Freni
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 29.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit: Carlo Morelli
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89738 Release Date: 09/14/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Jules Massenet,  Umberto Giordano,  Ruggero Leoncavallo  ... 
    Performer:  Carlo Morelli,  Luigi Montesanto,  Toti Dal Monte,  Iva Pacetti
    Conductor:  Lorenzo Molajoli,  Alfredo Antonini
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  • 30.
    Famous Voices Of The Past: George London, Vol. 3
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 93463 Release Date: 08/10/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Richard Wagner,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  George London,  Paul Ulanowsky
    Conductor:  Rudolf Moralt,  Jean Paul Morel
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  • 31.
    From Mozart To Wagner
    Label: Cavi Music   Catalog: 8553198 Release Date: 07/13/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Charles Gounod,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Lucio Gallo
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  • 32.
    50 Best Mozart
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 57524 Release Date: 06/29/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Leopold Mozart,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Emile Naoumoff,  Jack Brymer,  Christian Zacharias,  Frank Peter Zimmermann  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Sir Neville Marriner,  David Zinman  ... 
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  • 33.
    50 Best Opera
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 57531 Release Date: 06/29/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Richard Wagner,  Richard Strauss,  Gustave Charpentier  ... 
    Performer:  Cornelius Hauptmann,  Margareta Lilowa,  Carolyn Watkinson,  Ursula Kunz  ... 
    Conductor:  Roger Norrington,  Bernard Haitink,  Rafael Kubelik,  Peter Schneider  ... 
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  • 34.
    Heroes & Villains - Opera's Leading Men
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001433902 Release Date: 06/01/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Amilcare Ponchielli,  Georges Bizet,  Jules Massenet  ... 
    Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi,  Rolando Villazón,  Nicolai Ghiaurov,  Luciano Pavarotti  ... 
    Conductor:  Gianandrea Gavazzeni,  Daniele Callegari,  Robin Stapleton,  Sir Colin Davis  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Santa Cecilia Academy Orchestra,  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan,  National Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 35.
    Dokumente Einer Sangerkarriere: Marcel Cordes
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 93464 Release Date: 04/13/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Jacques Offenbach,  Ruggero Leoncavallo  ... 
    Performer:  Marcel Cordes,  Sieglinde Wagner,  Erika Köth,  Karl Kohn  ... 
    Conductor:  Wilhelm Schüchter,  Kurt Gaebel,  Werner Schmidt-Bolcke
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  • 36.
    Icon - Tito Gobbi - Complete Solo Recordings
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 55378 Release Date: 03/23/2010   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Luigi Denza,  Pietro Mascagni,  Renato Brogi,  Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari  ... 
    Performer:  Tito Gobbi,  Gerald Moore,  Carlo Del Monte,  Victoria de los Angeles  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Gabriele Santini,  Lovro von Matacic,  Alceo Galliera  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra  ... 
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  • 37.
    Best Of Thomas Quasthoff
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 757143 Release Date: 02/02/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Thomas Quasthoff,  Charles Spencer,  Montserrat Caballé
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  • 38.
    Baritone Arias - Verdi, Rossini, Mozart, Donizetti / Lado Ataneli
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572438 Release Date: 12/15/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Jules Massenet,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Lado Ataneli
    Conductor:  Lodovico Zocche
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wurttemberg Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 39.
    Mozart: Operas - Excerpts / John Eliot Gardiner
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 449938 Release Date: 10/13/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Stanford Olsen,  Cornelius Hauptmann,  Bryn Terfel,  Alison Hagley  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
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  • 40.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Mattia Battistini Vol 2
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89725 Release Date: 09/08/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jules Massenet,  Filippo Marchetti,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Mattia Battistini
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  • 41.
    Divos & Divas
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001305902 Release Date: 08/25/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Olga Borodina,  Nicole Cabell,  Anna Netrebko  ... 
    Conductor:  Julius Rudel,  Sir Georg Solti,  Carlo Rizzi,  Sir Andrew Davis  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Utah Symphony Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Welsh National Opera Orchestra  ... 
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  • 42.
    Best Of Omnibus Wind Ensemble
    Label: Opus 3   Catalog: 22082 Release Date: 07/14/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johan Helmich Roman,  William Seymer,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Omnibus Wind Ensemble
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  • 43.
    Label: Dal Segno   Catalog: 27 Release Date: 06/30/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Schubert,  Richard Strauss  ... 
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  • 44.
    Mozart Gala - Famous Arias
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 458233 Release Date: 06/05/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Martti Talvela,  Teresa Berganza,  Geraint Evans,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti,  John Pritchard,  Bryan Balkwill,  István Kertész  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 45.
    Busoni: Piano Transcriptions / Holger Groschopp
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 7015 Release Date: 05/26/2009   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Ferruccio Busoni,  Johannes Brahms,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Holger Groschopp,  Ferruccio Busoni
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  • 46.
    The Very Best Of Glyndebourne On Record - Mozart, Britten, Verdi, Stravinsky, Monteverdi, Rossini, Lehar, Etc
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 64218 Release Date: 04/21/2009   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  John Gay,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Benjamin Britten,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Redgrave,  Constance Willis,  Audrey Mildmay,  Roy Henderson  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Muddie,  Fritz Busch,  Reginald Goodall,  Sir Thomas Beecham  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Glyndebourne Festival Chorus,  Glyndebourne Festival Orchestra,  English Opera Group Orchestra  ... 
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  • 47.
    The Record of Singing Vol 5 - From the LP to the Digital Era
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 28949 Release Date: 03/10/2009   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Jacques Offenbach,  Georges Bizet,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  John Shirley-Quirk,  Luciana Serra,  Neil Shicoff,  Alain Vanzo  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks,  Sylvain Cambreling,  Georges Prêtre,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie Orchestra,  Paris Opera Orchestra  ... 
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  • 48.
    Mozart: Don Giovanni - Highlights / Leinsdorf, Siepi, Nilsson, Price
    Label: London/Decca Opera Gala Series   Catalog: 421875 Release Date: 03/03/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Cesare Valletti,  Eugenia Ratti,  Leontyne Price,  Birgit Nilsson  ... 
    Conductor:  Erich Leinsdorf
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 49.
    Reich Mir Die Hand, Mein Leben - Mozart Opera Selections
    Label: Art   Catalog: 36272 Release Date: 10/29/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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  • 50.
    Berehmte Arien aus Mozart-Opern mit Hermann Prey [LP]
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 33251 Release Date: 10/14/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Hermann Prey
    Conductor:  Otmar Suitner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
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