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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: 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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  • 76.
    Paolo Silveri, Caterina Mancini - Recordings 1946-1951
    Label: Hafg   Catalog: 10156 Release Date: 04/27/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Paolo Silveri,  Caterina Mancini,  Giulietta Simionato
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  • 77.
    Mozart Singers Of The Past
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90690 Release Date: 04/25/2006   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ludwig Weber,  Emmy Loose,  Wilhelm Tisch,  Wilma Lipp  ... 
    Conductor:  Felix Prohaska,  Josef Krips,  Alexander Krannhals,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Orchestra,  Berlin State Opera Orchestra  ... 
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  • 78.
    Mozart: Don Giovanni (Highlights) / Halász, Skovhus, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557893 Release Date: 04/18/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Adrianne Pieczonka,  Renato Girolami,  Janusz Monarcha,  Boje Skovhus  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Halász
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia,  Hungarian Radio Chorus
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  • 79.
    Karaoke Opera 1 - Nessun Dorma
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 111 Release Date: 04/11/2006  
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Ruggero Leoncavallo  ... 
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  • 80.
    Mozart 250 - A Celebration
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 75944 Release Date: 02/07/2006   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Lin Cho-Liang,  Jaime Laredo,  Alicia De Larrocha,  James Galway  ... 
    Conductor:  Raymond Leppard,  Sir Colin Davis,  Eduardo Mata,  Erich Leinsdorf  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 81.
    Mozart: Opera Arias / Prey, Suitner, Dresden Staatskapelle
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 3261 Release Date: 10/01/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Hermann Prey
    Conductor:  Otmar Suitner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
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  • 82.
    Art Of Gerard Souzay
    Label: Video Artists International   Catalog: 4312 Release Date: 08/09/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck,  Gabriel Fauré,  Henri Duparc,  Charles Gounod  ... 
    Performer:  Gérard Souzay
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  • 83.
    Classic Recitals - Tom Krause - The Heroic Baritone / Quadri
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4756814 Release Date: 08/09/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Richard Wagner,  Alexander Borodin,  Umberto Giordano  ... 
    Performer:  Tom Krause
    Conductor:  Argeo Quadri
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Opera Orchestra
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  • 84.
    Prima Voce - Emilio De Gogorza
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7922 Release Date: 06/14/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Charles Gounod,  Ambroise Thomas,  Jules Massenet,  Emile Paladilhe  ... 
    Performer:  Emilio de Gogorza,  Marcella Sembrich,  Emma Eames
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  • 85.
    Jane Curtis Plays Zither Music From Vienna
    Label: Jane Curtis   Catalog: 5637335333 Release Date: 05/31/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Folk,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Fritz Kreisler,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Jane Curtis
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  • 86.
    Alagna - Roberto Alagna Live In Paris
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000440809 Release Date: 04/12/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Roberto Alagna
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  • 87.
    A Survey Of European Zonophone Recordings 1901-1903
    Label: Symposium   Catalog: 1281 Release Date: 02/22/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean-Baptiste Fauré,  Richard Wagner,  Giacomo Meyerbeer,  Jules Massenet  ... 
    Performer:  Pol Plançon,  Giulio Rossi,  Leon Laffitte,  Rose Caron  ... 
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  • 88.
    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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  • 89.
    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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  • 90.
    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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  • 91.
    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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  • 92.
    Andrea Immer Presents - Merlot, Filet Mignon & Mozart
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 50751 Release Date: 07/22/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Denis Vaughan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Naples Chamber Music
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  • 93.
    Essential Mozart Opera
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 473824 Release Date: 03/11/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Pilar Lorengar,  Teresa Berganza,  Gabriel Bacquier,  Ryland Davies  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti,  István Kertész,  Sir Colin Davis,  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Orchestra  ... 
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  • 94.
    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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  • 95.
    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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  • 96.
    Largo Al Factotum - Famous Baritone Arias
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8555922 Release Date: 05/21/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Giacomo Puccini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Roberto Servile,  Silvano Carroli,  Eduard Tumagian,  Domenico Trimarchi  ... 
    Conductor:  Will Humburg,  Alexander Rahbari,  Johannes Wildner,  Piergiorgio Morandi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Failoni Chamber Orchestra,  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony,  Hungarian State Opera Orchestra  ... 
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  • 97.
    Italian Opera Arias / Domingo, Scotto, Te Kanawa, Wixell
    Label: Sony Classical Essential Classics   Catalog: 89843 Release Date: 01/29/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giacomo Puccini,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Ingvar Wixell,  Placido Domingo,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Ileana Cotrubas  ... 
    Conductor:  John Pritchard,  Lorin Maazel,  Gianandrea Gavazzeni,  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  National Theater Opera Orchestra of Paris,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 98.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Heinrich Rehkemper Vol 3
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89538 Release Date: 09/25/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Gustav Mahler,  Richard Strauss,  Hugo Wolf  ... 
    Performer:  Heinrich Rehkemper
    Conductor:  Jascha Horenstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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  • 99.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Georges Baklanoff
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89522 Release Date: 03/27/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Anton Rubinstein,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Modest Mussorgsky  ... 
    Performer:  George Baklanoff,  Lydia Jakovlevna Lipkowska
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  • 100.
    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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