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
The Mozart Album / Lang Lang
Release Date: 09/30/2014   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 308253   Number of Discs: 2
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The Berliner Philharmoniker Play Mozart
Release Date: 03/25/2014   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 7761522   Number of Discs: 7
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Robert Casadesus Plays Mozart
Release Date: 03/25/2014   Label: Sony (Nax615)  
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Mozart: The Piano Quartets / Ax, Stern, Ma, Laredo
Release Date: 10/14/2014   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 56121   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Requiem / Butt, Dunedin Consort
Release Date: 03/25/2014   Label: Linn Records  
Catalog: 449   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Requiem in D minor, K 626

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  • 101.
    Mozart: Requiem, Etc / Schuldt-jensen, Leipzig Co, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557728 Release Date: 03/21/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Anne Buter,  Miriam Allan,  Martin Snell,  Marcus Ullmann
    Conductor:  Morten Schuldt-Jensen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Chamber Orchestra,  Gewandhaus Chamber Chorus
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  • 102.
    Complete Mozart Edition 10 - Missae, Organ Sonatas, Etc
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000575702 Release Date: 02/14/2006   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Rosemarie Lang,  Jan-Hendrik Rootering,  Uwe Heilmann,  Edith Mathis  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert Kegel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio Choir,  Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 103.
    Mozart: Sacred Music / Jochum, Markevitch
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 477581 Release Date: 12/08/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Maria Stader,  Josef Greindl,  Helmut Krebs,  Irmgard Seefried  ... 
    Conductor:  Ferenc Fricsay,  Gustav Koenig,  Igor Markevitch,  Eugen Jochum
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 104.
    Mozart: Requiem / Böhm, Seefried, Dermota, Et Al
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 670051 Release Date: 11/29/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Irmgard Seefried,  Anton Dermota,  Hilde Rössl-Majdan,  Gottlob Frick
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
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  • 105.
    The Mozart Collection - Limited Edition Box Set
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000552802 Release Date: 11/08/2005   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Willard White,  Hans-Peter Blochwitz,  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Barbara Bonney  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner,  Myung-Whun Chung,  Sir Georg Solti,  Karl Böhm  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  English Baroque Soloists,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra  ... 
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  • 106.
    The Mozart Collection - Requiem / Gardiner, Et Al
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 00052002 Release Date: 11/08/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Hans-Peter Blochwitz,  Willard White,  Barbara Bonney  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
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  • 107.
    Mozart: Requiem / Vulpius, Koch, Adam, Prenzlow, Apreck
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 3106 Release Date: 10/01/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Jutta Vulpius,  Theo Adam,  Gertraud Prenzlow,  Rolf Apreck
    Conductor:  Helmut Koch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 108.
    Original Masters - Karl Böhm - Mozart And Strauss
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000480402 Release Date: 09/13/2005   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Richard Strauss,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Lisa Della Casa,  Michel Schwalbé,  Kurt Böhme,  Waldemar Kmentt  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra  ... 
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  • 109.
    Mozart: Ave Verum, Et Al / Ensemble Lyrique
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90670 Release Date: 08/30/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Elisabeth von Magnus,  Herbert Lippert,  Lisa Larsson,  Harry Peeters
    Conductor:  Simon Schouten
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Lyrique
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  • 110.
    Mozart: Requiem (Levin Edition) / Runnicles, Et Al
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80636 Release Date: 08/23/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ruxandra Donose,  Christine Brewer,  John Tessier,  Eric Owens
    Conductor:  Donald Runnicles
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Chamber Chorus,  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
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  • 111.
    Mozart: Requiem K.626
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 57847 Release Date: 05/24/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Recorded Sound,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Peter Straka,  Matthias Hölle,  Caroline Maria Petrig
    Conductor:  Sergiu Celibidache
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  • 112.
    Mozart: Requiem / Hickox, Northern Sinfonia
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 62478 Release Date: 03/29/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Yvonne Kenny,  Alfreda Hodgson,  Arthur Davies,  Gwynne Howell
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia,  Northern Sinfonia Chorus
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  • 113.
    Requiem Kv 626
    Label: Phantom   Catalog: 673716 Release Date: 12/14/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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  • 114.
    Mozart: Requiem, Coronation Mass / Harnoncourt
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 4615922 Release Date: 08/23/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Elisabeth von Magnus,  Joan Rodgers,  Josef Protschka,  László Polgár  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arnold Schoenberg Choir,  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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  • 115.
    Mozart: Requiem / Harnoncourt, Schafer, Fink, Et Al
    Label: Dhm Deutsche Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 58705 Release Date: 08/10/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Christine Schäfer,  Bernarda Fink,  Kurt Streit,  Gerald Finley
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Arnold Schoenberg Choir
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  • 116.
    Mozart: Requiem / Guest, Kenny, Walker, Kendall, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10208 Release Date: 06/29/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Yvonne Kenny,  William Kendall,  David Wilson-Johnson,  Philip Kenyon  ... 
    Conductor:  George Guest
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge St. John's College Choir,  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 117.
    Mozart: Requiem / Solti, Bartoli, Auger, Cole, Pape, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000250609 Release Date: 06/15/2004  
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  René Pape,  Cecilia Bartoli,  Arleen Augér,  Vinson Cole
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 118.
    Mozart: Requiem; Faure: Requiem / Corboz, Lausanne Vocal Ensemble
    Label: Virgin Classics Special Import   Catalog: 62325 Release Date: 05/11/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Magali Dami,  Peter Harvey
    Conductor:  Michel Corboz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lausanne Vocal Ensemble
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  • 119.
    Mozart: Choral Masterpieces / Somary, Bogard, Lewis, Et Al
    Label: Vanguard   Catalog: 1508 Release Date: 04/27/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ann Murray,  Richard Lewis,  Carole Bogard,  Michael Rippon
    Conductor:  Johannes Somary
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Amor Artis Chorale
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  • 120.
    Mozart: Requiem / Karajan, Tomowa-sintow, Baltsa, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471639 Release Date: 01/14/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  José Van Dam,  Rudolf Scholz,  Anna Tomowa-Sintow,  Agnes Baltsa  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein
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  • 121.
    Mozart: Requiem / Mackerras, Scottish Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Linn Records   Catalog: 211 Release Date: 01/01/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Susan Gritton,  Catherine Wyn-Rogers,  Timothy Robinson,  Peter [bass voice] Rose
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Chorus,  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
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  • 122.
    Mozart: Requiem / Labadie, Gauvin, Lemieux, Tessier, Et Al
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 90310 Release Date: 09/10/2002   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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  • 123.
    Mozart: Requiem / Welser-Most, Lott, Jones, Lewis
    Label: Emi Classics Encore   Catalog: 74746 Release Date: 08/13/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Willard White,  Michael Hext,  David Bell,  Keith Lewis  ... 
    Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Choir
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  • 124.
    Mozart: Requiem K 626 / Bernius, Jezovsek, Schubert, Et Al
    Label: Carus   Catalog: 83207 Release Date: 07/16/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Vasiljka Jezovsek,  Claudia Schubert,  Marcus Ullmann,  Michael Volle
    Conductor:  Frieder Bernius
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Baroque Ensemble,  Stuttgart Chamber Choir
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  • 125.
    Mozart: Requiem / Corboz, Gulbenkian Foundation Lisbon
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 89421 Release Date: 05/14/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Elly Ameling,  Barbara Scherler,  Louis Devos,  Roger Soyer  ... 
    Conductor:  Michel Corboz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gulbenkian Foundation Symphony Orchestra Lisbon,  Gulbenkian Foundation Chorus Lisbon
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