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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, 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 / Juan Diego Florez
Release Date: 10/06/2017   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 543086   Number of Discs: 1
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Lili Kraus Plays Mozart Piano Concertos
Release Date: 06/16/2017   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 88985302582   Number of Discs: 12
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Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro / Haitink, Fleming, Glyndebourne Festival
Release Date: 04/30/2013   Label: Kultur Video  
Catalog: 2039   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart in Havana / Dinnerstein, Havana Lyceum Orchestra
Release Date: 04/21/2017   Label: Sony Music Entertainment  
Catalog: 538244   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Complete Piano Concertos Vol 2 / Jandó, Ligeti
Release Date: 06/30/1992   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550202   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 76.
    100 Best Opera Classics
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 862112 Release Date: 02/15/2005   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Gioachino Rossini,  Richard Wagner,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    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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  • 77.
    Prima Voce - Gerhard Husch
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7919 Release Date: 02/01/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Albert Lortzing,  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Richard Wagner,  Siegfried Ochs  ... 
    Performer:  Gerhard Hüsch,  Wilhelm Strienz,  Helge Rosvaenge,  Tiana Lemnitz  ... 
    Conductor:  Frieder Weissmann,  Hans Udo Muller,  Otto Dobrindt,  Bruno Seidler-Winkler
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  • 78.
    Mozart: Clarinet Chamber Music / Karl Leister
    Label: Camerata Records   Catalog: 28022 Release Date: 09/28/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Karl Leister,  Luigi Magistrelli,  Laura Magistrelli,  Carlo Dell'acqua  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Andriani String Quartet members,  Andriani String Quartet
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  • 79.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Voices Of The Salzburg Festival
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89407 Release Date: 02/24/2004   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Lotte Lehmann,  Selma Kurz,  Elisabeth Schumann,  Alfred Jerger  ... 
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  • 80.
    The Voice Of Romance / Bartoli, Bergonzi, Carreras, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 472630 Release Date: 01/28/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Eldo Di Lazzaro,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti,  Carlo Bergonzi,  Susanne Marsee,  Beverly Sills  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Herbert von Karajan,  Henry Mancini,  Leone Magiera  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Mancini Orchestra  ... 
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  • 81.
    50 Years Of Mozart Singing On Record
    Label: Emi Studio   Catalog: 63750 Release Date: 09/10/2002   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Mariano Stabile,  Luise Helletsgruber,  Tito Gobbi,  Charles Santley  ... 
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  • 82.
    Roberto Alagna - Serenades / David Alagna, Frederico Alagna
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 56426 Release Date: 09/10/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Arturo Buzzi-Peccia,  Salvatore Cardillo,  Ernesto De Curtis  ... 
    Performer:  Frédérico Alagna,  David Alagna,  Roberto Alagna,  Angela Gheorghiu
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  • 83.
    Mozart: Famous Opera Arias / Bartoli, Gruberova, Et Al
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 41376 Release Date: 07/16/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Philip Langridge,  Cecilia Bartoli,  Lucia Popp,  Ann Murray  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Opera Orchestra,  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 84.
    Essential Mozart - 32 Of His Greatest Masterpieces
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 468517 Release Date: 03/13/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Emma Kirkby,  Margaret Price,  Bryn Terfel,  András Schiff  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood,  Sir Georg Solti,  Willi Boskovsky,  George Guest  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winchester College Chapel Choir,  Winchester Cathedral Choir,  Academy of Ancient Music  ... 
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  • 85.
    Prima Voce - Heinrich Schlusnus In Opera & Song
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7907 Release Date: 02/06/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aimé Maillart,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Richard Strauss,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Heinrich Schlusnus,  Richard Strauss,  Frida Leider
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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  • 86.
    Arias - Matthias Goerne / Manfred Honeck, Swedish Radio So
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 467263 Release Date: 12/12/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Alban Berg,  Richard Strauss,  Erich Wolfgang Korngold  ... 
    Performer:  Matthias Goerne,  Dorothea Röschmann
    Conductor:  Manfred Honeck
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Adolf Frederik Childrens Choir,  Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Swedish Radio Chorus members
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  • 87.
    The Mozart Effect - Music For Little Ones
    Label: Children's Group   Catalog: 84347 Release Date: 10/03/2000   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Leopold Mozart
    Performer:  Karl-Heinz Schickhaus,  Jószef Balogh,  Jénö Jandó,  János Sebestyén  ... 
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Sobotka,  Hans Stadlmair,  Harald Nerat,  Nicholas Ward  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  Munich Chamber Orchestra,  Danubius String Quartet  ... 
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  • 88.
    The Mozart Effect: Music For Babies Vol. 2, Nighty Night
    Label: Children's Group   Catalog: 84331 Release Date: 09/05/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó
    Conductor:  Harald Nerat,  Nicholas Ward
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danubius String Quartet,  Capella Istropolitana,  Éder String Quartet  ... 
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  • 89.
    Romantic Master - Virtuoso Piano Transcriptions / Earl Wild
    Label: Ivory Classics   Catalog: 70907 Release Date: 07/18/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Fritz Kreisler,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Frank Churchill  ... 
    Performer:  Earl Wild
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  • 90.
    The Prima Voce Treasury Of Opera Vol 1
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 1742 Release Date: 02/15/2000   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Jules Massenet,  Giacomo Puccini,  Franz Lehár  ... 
    Performer:  Eidé Noréna,  Conchita Supervia,  Tito Schipa,  Riccardo Stracciari  ... 
    Conductor:  Henri Défosse,  Angelo Albergoni,  Giorgio Polacco,  Nils Grevillius  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Odeon-Künstler Orchestra,  Rome Opera Teatro Reale Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 91.
    Recitals - An Evening With Tito Gobbi
    Label: Opera D'oro   Catalog: 2003 Release Date: 04/20/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Tito Gobbi,  Mario Del Monaco,  Irmgard Seefried
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  • 92.
    Berlin Gala / Abbado, Alvarez, Freni, Keenlyside, Schäfer
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 459555 Release Date: 04/13/1999   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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  • 93.
    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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  • 94.
    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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  • 95.
    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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  • 96.
    The 1903 Grand Opera Series
    Label: Sony Classical Masterworks   Catalog: 62334 Release Date: 10/01/1996   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jean-Baptiste Fauré,  Gioachino Rossini,  Ronald, Landon, Sir,  Leo Stern  ... 
    Performer:  Charles Adams Prince,  Charles Gilibert,  Giuseppe Campanari,  Suzanne Adams  ... 
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  • 97.
    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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  • 98.
    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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  • 99.
    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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  • 100.
    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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