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
Mozart: Piano Concertos 18 & 19 / Uchida, Cleveland
Release Date: 09/02/2014   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 002130402   Number of Discs: 1
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Opus Arte Mozart DVD 3-Pack
Release Date: 10/27/2014   Label: Kultur Video  
Catalog: 4990   Number of Discs: 6
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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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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: Piano Concertos No 22 & 24 / Angela Hewitt
Release Date: 07/08/2014   Label: Hyperion  
Catalog: 68049   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Don Giovanni, K 527: Deh vieni alla finestra [Serenade]

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  • 51.
    Jorma Hynninen- Opera Arias
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: ODE731 Release Date: 09/30/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Ruggero Leoncavallo
    Performer:  Jorma Hynninen
    Conductor:  Eri Klas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian State Symphony Orchestra
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  • 52.
    Erwin Schrott - Arias
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001183802 Release Date: 09/23/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Meyerbeer,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Charles Gounod,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Erwin Schrott,  Boris Tonkov,  Rafat Jezierski
    Conductor:  Riccardo Frizza
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana
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  • 53.
    The Music Teacher / Jose Van Dam, Ronald Zollman, Andre Vandernoot, Et Al
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 22001 Release Date: 09/16/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  José Van Dam,  Jérôme Pruett,  Janet Bakker,  Dinah Bryant  ... 
    Conductor:  Ronald Zollman,  André Vandernoot
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  RTBF Symphony Orchestra,  String Quartet
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  • 54.
    Basics - Mozart: Opera Arias / Schreier, Prey, Suitner, Et Al
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 149342 Release Date: 09/09/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Hermann Prey,  Peter Schreier,  Walter Olbertz
    Conductor:  Otmar Suitner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
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  • 55.
    Mozart: Arias / Hermann Prey
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 1318 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Hermann Prey
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  • 56.
    Sir Thomas Allen - Vol 2 / Parry, Philharmonia
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 3155 Release Date: 04/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Kurt Weill,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Thomas Allen,  Claire Rutter,  Gwynn Hughes Jones,  Philip Tebb  ... 
    Conductor:  David Parry
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Geoffrey Mitchell Choir
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  • 57.
    Prima Voce - Tito Gobbi
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7946 Release Date: 03/11/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Tito Gobbi,  Nicola Monti
    Conductor:  Umberto Berrettoni,  James Robertson,  Gabriele Santini,  Alberto Erede  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Orchestra  ... 
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  • 58.
    Be My Valentine - Music For Two
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000815402 Release Date: 01/08/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Igor Stravinsky  ... 
    Performer:  Sylvia McNair,  Dana Hanchard,  Pierre Fournier,  Ernest Lush  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner,  Thomas Schippers,  James Levine,  Giuseppe Sinopoli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Cambridge Buskers,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 59.
    Prima Voce - Cesare Siepi
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7942 Release Date: 11/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini,  Gioachino Rossini,  Amilcare Ponchielli,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Cesare Siepi
    Conductor:  Alfredo Simonetto,  Arturo Basile
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 60.
    Tales Of Opera - Mozart, Verdi, Etc / Keenlyside, Schirmer
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 713067 Release Date: 09/25/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Simon Keenlyside
    Conductor:  Ulf Schirmer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 61.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Giuseppe Valdengo Vol 2
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89689 Release Date: 09/18/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Giuseppe Valdengo,  Leslie Chabay,  Virginio Assandri,  Ramon Vinay  ... 
    Conductor:  Angelo Questa,  Max Rudolf,  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli,  Arturo Basile  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Naples Teatro San Carlo Orchestra,  NBC Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 62.
    Mozart: Harmoniemusik From His Late Operas
    Label: Coviello Classics   Catalog: 50712 Release Date: 07/24/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Chamber Philharmonic Bremen Wind Soloists
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  • 63.
    Georg Ots Vol 1 - Recordings 1958-1968
    Label: Hafg   Catalog: 10352 Release Date: 06/12/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Ruggero Leoncavallo
    Performer:  Georg Ots,  Margarita Voltes,  Teo Meiste,  Anu Kaal
    Conductor:  Jarvi,  Kirill Raudsepp
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Estonian State Symphony Orchestra
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  • 64.
    Eterna Collection - Grosse Sänger / Karl Schmidt-walter
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 3309 Release Date: 02/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Albert Lortzing  ... 
    Performer:  Karl Schmitt-Walter,  Hilde Scheppan,  Wilhelm Lang
    Conductor:  Arthur Rother,  Horst Stein,  Hanns Steinkopf,  Otto Dobrindt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus
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  • 65.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Ezio Pinza Vol 4
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89660 Release Date: 01/02/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Charles Gounod  ... 
    Performer:  Ezio Pinza,  Risë Stevens,  Gibner King
    Conductor:  Alfred Wallenstein,  Erich Leinsdorf,  Fausto Cleva
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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  • 66.
    Tutto Mozart / Bryn Terfel
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000719402 Release Date: 11/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Bryn Terfel,  David Watkin,  Christine Rice,  Miah Persson  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
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  • 67.
    Heinrich Schlusnus - Baritone
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 3306 Release Date: 10/24/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Jacques Offenbach,  Richard Wagner,  Heinrich Marschner  ... 
    Performer:  Heinrich Schlusnus,  Helge Rosvaenge
    Conductor:  Arthur Rother,  Johannes Schüler,  Leo Blech,  Hanns Steinkopf  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra,  Berlin Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 68.
    Mozart: Arias / Theo Adam
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 1376 Release Date: 10/24/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Walter Olbertz,  Theo Adam
    Conductor:  Otmar Suitner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
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  • 69.
    A Mozart Celebration / The Swingle Singers
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 64798 Release Date: 09/12/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Heather Cairnscross,  Jonathan Rathbone,  Andrew Busher,  Ben Parry  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swingle Singers
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  • 70.
    Everybody's Opera
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000707102 Release Date: 09/12/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Richard Wagner,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Leo Nucci,  Teresa Berganza,  Joan Edwards,  Margreta Elkins  ... 
    Conductor:  Giuseppe Patané,  Edward Downes,  Richard Bonynge,  Sir Georg Solti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  National Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 71.
    Mozart: Don Giovanni (Highlights) / Harding, Et Al
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 63304 Release Date: 09/12/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Gilles Cachemaille,  Lisa Larsson,  Peter Mattei,  Carmela Remigio  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Harding
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mahler Chamber Orchestra
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  • 72.
    Best Mozart 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 70893 Release Date: 08/29/2006   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Lamar Crowson,  Neill [French Horn] Sanders,  Peter Graeme,  William Waterhouse  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeffrey Tate,  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Peter Neumann  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Melos Ensemble London,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus  ... 
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  • 73.
    Best Opera Classics 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 70879 Release Date: 08/29/2006   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Gioachino Rossini,  Richard Wagner,  Modest Mussorgsky  ... 
    Performer:  Gary Lakes,  Maria Callas,  Tito Gobbi,  Nicolai Gedda  ... 
    Conductor:  James Conlon,  Alceo Galliera,  Lamberto Gardelli,  James Levine  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 74.
    Mozart Jubileum / Isokoski, Garanca, Et Al
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 1078 Release Date: 06/27/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Elina Garanca,  Jorma Hynninen,  Kari Kriikku,  Soile Isokoski  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexander Vilumanis,  Eri Klas,  John Storgårds,  Peter Schreier  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Latvian National Symphony Orchestra,  Estonian State Symphony Orchestra,  Tapiola Sinfonietta  ... 
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  • 75.
    Roberto Alagna - Serenades
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000680902 Release Date: 06/13/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Arturo Buzzi-Peccia,  Salvatore Cardillo,  Ernesto De Curtis  ... 
    Performer:  Roberto Alagna,  David Alagna,  Frédérico Alagna,  Angela Gheorghiu
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