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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
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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Work: Requiem in D minor, K 626

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    Mozart: Requiem / Jacobs, Freiburger Barockorchester
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 902291 Release Date: 11/03/2017  
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Marie-Claude Chappuis,  Sophie Karthäuser,  Maximilian Schmitt,  Johannes Weisser
    Conductor:  René Jacobs
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Freiburg Baroque Orchestra,  RIAS Chamber Choir
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    Mozart: Requiem / Currentzis, MusicAeterna, New Siberian Singers
    Label: Alpha Productions   Catalog: 377 Release Date: 08/25/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Stephanie Houtzeel,  Arnaud Richard,  Simone Kermes,  Markus Brutscher
    Conductor:  Teodor Currentzis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  MusicAeterna,  New Siberian Singers
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    Mozart: Requiem / Minkowski, Salzburg Bach Choir, Les Musiciens du Louvre
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 741808 Release Date: 08/25/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Elisabeth Kulman,  Charles Dekeyser,  Genia Kühmeier,  Julien Behr
    Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Musiciens du Louvre,  Salzburg Bach Choir
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    Mozart: Requiem / Minkowski, Salzburg Bach Choir, Les Musiciens du Louvre [Blu-ray]
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 741904 Release Date: 08/25/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Charles Dekeyser,  Elisabeth Kulman,  Genia Kühmeier,  Julien Behr
    Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Musiciens du Louvre,  Salzburg Bach Choir
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    Insolita / Tebaldi, Various
    Label: Hardy Classics   Catalog: 6021 Release Date: 07/28/2017   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Richard Wagner,  Gioachino Rossini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Rolando Panerai,  Carlo Bergonzi,  Renata Tebaldi,  Giulio Scarenci  ... 
    Conductor:  Alfredo Simonetto,  Karl Böhm,  Antonino Votto,  Guido Cantelli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan RAI Orchestra,  Milan RAI Chorus,  Naples Teatro San Carlo Orchestra  ... 
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  • 6.
    Mozart: Requiem & Ave Verum - Bruckner: Motets / Marschik, Vienna Folk Opera Symphony
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 8018 Release Date: 05/05/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Anton Bruckner
    Performer:  Derek Lee Ragin,  Gotthold Schwarz,  Michael Knapp,  Max Emanuel Cencic
    Conductor:  Peter Marschik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chorus Viennensis,  Vienna Volksoper Orchestra,  Vienna Boys' Choir
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    Wiener Philharmoniker: 175th Anniversary Edition
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4797090 Release Date: 03/31/2017   Number of Discs: 45
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Anton Bruckner,  Emmanuel Chabrier  ... 
    Performer:  Anton Dermota,  Irmgard Seefried,  Rosette Anday,  Paul Schöffler  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Rafael Kubelik,  Wilhelm Furtwängler,  James Levine  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Arnold Schoenberg Choir,  Kuchl String Quartet  ... 
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    Karajan Sacred & Choral Recordings
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4797060 Release Date: 03/10/2017   Number of Discs: 29
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Walter Berry,  Anton Dermota,  Hilde Rössl-Majdan,  Wolfgang Meyer  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Domenico Bartolucci
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Mozart: Last Masonic Works
    Label: Praga   Catalog: 350131 Release Date: 02/24/2017  
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Kurt Equiluz,  Irmgard Seefried,  Jennie Tourel,  Léopold Simoneau  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Maag,  Bruno Walter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Volksoper Orchestra,  Vienna Volksoper Chorus,  New York Philharmonic  ... 
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  • 10.
    Mozart: Requiem / Bruggen, Orchestra of the 18th Century
    Label: Glossa   Catalog: 81111 Release Date: 07/29/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Mona Julsrud,  Wilke te Brummelstroete,  Zeger Vandersteene,  Jelle Draijer
    Conductor:  Frans Brüggen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the 18th Century,  Netherlands Chamber Choir
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    The Leonard Bernstein Collection, Vol. 2
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002462302 Release Date: 04/08/2016   Number of Discs: 64
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Joseph Alessi,  Philip Smith,  Glenn Dicterow,  Jaap van Zweden  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Bach Festival Percussion Ensemble
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    Mozart: Requiem in D Minor, K. 626 / Mathis, Davis [Blu-ray]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 109180 Release Date: 02/26/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Peter Schreier,  Trudeliese Schmidt,  Gwynne Howell,  Edith Mathis
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus
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  • 13.
    Mozart: Requiem; Coronation Mass
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 553996 Release Date: 01/29/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Rachel Yakar,  Ortrun Wenkel,  Kurt Equiluz,  Robert Holl  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Arnold Schoenberg Choir
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    111: 6 Classic Recordings [6 LP]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: B002438901 Release Date: 01/15/2016   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Robert Schumann,  Antonín Dvorák,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Karl Ridderbusch,  Hans Haselbock,  Julia Hamari  ... 
    Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler,  Herbert von Karajan,  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Concert Choir  ... 
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    111: The Collector's Editions [111 CDs]
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002422702 Release Date: 12/11/2015   Number of Discs: 111
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Maurice Ravel,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  David Oistrakh,  Igor Oistrakh,  Sviatoslav Richter,  Martha Argerich  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Daniel Barenboim,  Lorin Maazel,  Franz Konwitschny  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Amadeus Quartet,  Paris Orchestra  ... 
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  • 16.
    Mozart Recordings / Bruggen, Orchestra of the 18th Century
    Label: Glossa   Catalog: 921121 Release Date: 10/30/2015   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Thomas Zehetmair,  Ruth Killius,  Cyndia Sieden,  Teunis Van der Zwart  ... 
    Conductor:  Frans Brüggen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the 18th Century,  Netherlands Chamber Choir
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  • 17.
    Mozart: Requiem, Etc / Giulini, Philharmonia Chorus & Orchestra
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88697721022 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Simon Estes,  Keith Lewis,  Jard Van Nes,  Lynne Dawson  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Robert Sadin,  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Chorus,  Orchestra of St. Luke's
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  • 18.
    Karl Bohm - Late Recordings - Vienna, London, Dresden
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002327602 Release Date: 06/23/2015   Number of Discs: 23
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Anton Bruckner,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Brigitte Fassbaender,  Jessye Norman,  Placido Domingo,  Walter Berry  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Dresden Staatskapelle  ... 
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  • 19.
    Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra - The Complete Sony Recordings
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88875030622 Release Date: 06/16/2015   Number of Discs: 47
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wilhelm Friedemann Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Heinrich Ignaz Biber  ... 
    Performer:  Jeanne Lamon,  Stephen Marvin,  Christina Mahler,  Ivars Taurins  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon,  Bruno Weil,  Frieder Bernius
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra,  Stuttgart Chamber Choir,  Tölz Boys Choir  ... 
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  • 20.
    Mozart: Requiem / Richter,  Munich Bach Choir & Orchestra
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 15006 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Maria Stader,  Hertha Töpper,  John Van Kesteren,  Karl Kohn
    Conductor:  Karl Richter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Bach Orchestra,  Munich Bach Choir
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  • 21.
    Mozart: Requiem / Labadie, Gauvin, Lemieux, Tessier
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 2722 Release Date: 04/14/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Nathan Berg,  Karina Gauvin,  Marie-Nicole Lemieux,  John Tessier
    Conductor:  Bernard Labadie
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Violons du Roy,  La Chapelle de Quebec
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    Mozart: Requiem / Suzuki, Sampson, Kielland, Sakurada, Immler
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 2091 Release Date: 01/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Marianne Beate Kielland,  Carolyn Sampson,  Makoto Sakurada,  Christian Immler
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
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  • 23.
    Mozart: Requiem; Brahms: Ein Deutsche Requiem; Bruckner: Te Deum / Walter
    Label: Urania Records   Catalog: 121232 Release Date: 12/09/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Anton Bruckner,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Léopold [Tenor Vocal] Simoneau,  Irmgard Seefried,  William [Baritone Vocals] Warfield,  Mack Harrell  ... 
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter
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  • 24.
    Mozart: Requiem; Ave Verum Corpus
    Label: Osj Alive   Catalog: 2 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Hannah Davey
    Conductor:  John Lubbock
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. John's Smith Square,  Orchestra of St. John's Smith Square Choir
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    Mozart: Requiem / Piau, Gura, Equilbey, Accentus
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5370 Release Date: 09/30/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Werner Güra,  Sandrine Piau,  Sara Mingardo,  Christopher Purves
    Conductor:  Laurence Equilbey
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Insula Orchestra,  Accentus
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