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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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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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Lili Kraus Plays Mozart Piano Concertos
Release Date: 06/16/2017   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 88985302582   Number of Discs: 12
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Mozart: Sonatas for Flute & Piano / Talmi, Lev
Release Date: 11/17/2017   Label: Centaur Records  
Catalog: 3579   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Symphonies Nos 21-24, 26 / Ward, Northern Co
Release Date: 09/19/1995   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550876   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Requiem in D minor, K 626

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  • 101.
    Mozart: Requiem / Schreier
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 464720 Release Date: 04/17/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Hans-Peter Blochwitz,  Edith Mathis,  Jadwiga Rappé,  Thomas Quasthoff  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Schreier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio Chorus,  Dresden Staatskapelle
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  • 102.
    Eloquence - Mozart: Requiem / Karajan, Berlin Po, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 469621 Release Date: 03/27/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Maria Stader,  Wolfgang Meyer,  Walter Berry,  Anton Dermota  ... 
    Conductor:  Ferenc Fricsay,  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 103.
    Mozart: Requiem / Golovanov, Shpiller, Gagarina, Et Al
    Label: Boheme Music   Catalog: 4 Release Date: 01/30/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Natalya Shpiller,  V. Gagarina,  Sergei Krasovsky
    Conductor:  Nikolai S. Golovanov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  All-Union Radio Chorus,  All-Union Radio/TV Large Symphony Orchestra
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  • 104.
    Mozart: Requiem / Goodman, Janowitz, Hanover Band, Et Al
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5241 Release Date: 06/26/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Martyn Hill,  Julia Bernheimer,  Gundula Janowitz,  David Thomas
    Conductor:  Roy Goodman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hanover Band,  Hanover Band Chorus
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  • 105.
    Mozart: Requiem / Weil, Tafelmusik, Tolzer Boys Choir
    Label: Sony Classical Vivarte Series   Catalog: 60764 Release Date: 03/21/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Marina Ulewicz,  Jörg Hering,  Harry Van der Kamp,  Barbara Hölzl
    Conductor:  Bruno Weil
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tölz Boys Choir,  Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra
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  • 106.
    Mozart: Requiem, Kyrie / Rilling, Stuttgart Bach Collegium
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98146 Release Date: 02/29/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Scot Weir,  Ingeborg Danz,  Andreas Schmidt,  Christiane Oelze
    Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart,  Stuttgart Bach Collegium
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  • 107.
    Mozart: Requiem, Exsultate Jubilate / Giulini, Philharmonia Orchestra
    Label: Emi Seraphim   Catalog: 73702 Release Date: 01/25/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Erika Köth,  Helen Donath,  Robert Tear,  Robert Lloyd  ... 
    Conductor:  Berislav Klobucar,  Carlo Maria Giulini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Chorus
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  • 108.
    Mozart: Requiem / Mattila, Mingardo, Schade, Terfel, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 463181 Release Date: 10/12/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Rachel Harnisch,  Kay Johannsen,  Karita Mattila,  Sara Mingardo  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Radio Chorus,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 109.
    Mozart: Requiem, Ave Verum Corpus / Ton Koopman
    Label: Erato In Excelsis   Catalog: 17909 Release Date: 05/18/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Christoph Prégardien,  Barbara Schlick,  Harry Van der Kamp,  Carolyn Watkinson
    Conductor:  Ton Koopman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Choir,  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra,  Netherlands Bach Society Choir
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  • 110.
    Mozart: Requiem / Kuijken, La Petite Bande
    Label: Accent   Catalog: 68645 Release Date: 01/01/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Catherine Patriasz,  Ingrid Schmithüsen,  Matthias Hölle,  Neil Mackie
    Conductor:  Sigiswald Kuijken
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Chamber Choir,  La Petite Bande
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  • 111.
    A Portrait Of Mozart
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 1756 Release Date: 10/20/1998   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Martyn Hill,  Julia Bernheimer,  Gundula Janowitz,  David Thomas  ... 
    Conductor:  Roy Goodman,  Barry Wordsworth,  Yan Pascal Tortelier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hanover Band Chorus,  Hanover Band,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra  ... 
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  • 112.
    Mozart: Requiem;  Bruckner / Hickox, Rickenbacher, Et Al
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 5615012 Release Date: 10/20/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Jörg Dürmüller,  Christiane Oelze,  Reinhard Hagen,  Yvonne Kenny  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Anton Rickenbacher,  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra,  Bamberg Symphony Chorus,  Northern Sinfonia  ... 
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  • 113.
    Mozart: Requiem / Hopkins, Walters, Howard, Shaw, Et Al
    Label: Aca Digital   Catalog: 20052 Release Date: 07/21/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Bradley Howard,  Kenneth Shaw,  Valerie Walters,  Teresa Hopkin
    Conductor:  William Fred Scott
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Opera Orchestra,  Atlanta Opera Chorus
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  • 114.
    Mozart: Symphonie Kv 183, Requiem Kv 626 / Bruno Walter
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 430961 Release Date: 07/09/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ira Malaniuk,  Anton Dermota,  Cesare Siepi,  Franz Sauer  ... 
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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  • 115.
    Mozart: Requiem / Richter, Stader, Töpper, Van Kesteren
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 97926 Release Date: 02/13/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Maria Stader,  Hertha Töpper,  John Van Kesteren,  Karl [bass baritone] Kohn
    Conductor:  Karl Richter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Bach Orchestra,  Munich Bach Choir
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  • 116.
    Mozart: Requiem, Ave Verum Corpus / Christie, Les Arts Florissants
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 10697 Release Date: 10/03/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Nathalie Stutzmann,  Christoph Prégardien,  Anna Maria Panzarella,  Nathan Berg
    Conductor:  William Christie
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants
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  • 117.
    Mozart: Requiem / Pearlman, Boston Baroque
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80410 Release Date: 08/29/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ruth Ziesak,  Nancy Maultsby,  David Arnold,  Richard Croft
    Conductor:  Martin Pearlman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Baroque
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  • 118.
    Mozart: Grabmusik, Requiem / Joseph Messner
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 396951 Release Date: 06/28/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Jella von Braun-Fernwald,  Hanna Seebach-Ziegler,  Hermann Gallos,  Richard Mayr  ... 
    Conductor:  Joseph Messner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Cathedral Musikverein Orchestra,  Salzburg Cathedral Choir,  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
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  • 119.
    Mozart: Requiem, Mass in C / Cotrubas, Shirley-Quirk, Marriner
    Label: London/Decca Double Decker   Catalog: 443009 Release Date: 03/14/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Robert Tear,  Andrew [ctr tenor] Watts,  Ileana Cotrubas,  John Shirley-Quirk
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 120.
    Mozart: Requiem,K626;ave Verum Corpus Etc
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: C10589 Release Date: 01/01/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Anton Bruckner
    Performer:  Derek Lee Ragin,  Michael Knapp,  Max Emanuel Cencic,  Gotthold Schwarz
    Conductor:  Peter Marschik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Volksoper Orchestra,  Vienna Boys' Choir,  Chorus Viennensis Choir
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  • 121.
    Karajan Gold - Mozart: Requiem / Vienna Philharmonic, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 439023 Release Date: 10/11/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Anna Tomowa-Sintow,  Helga Müller-Molinari,  Vinson Cole,  Paata Burchuladze
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein
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  • 122.
    Mozart: Requiem / Kosler, Hajossyova, Horska, Kundlak
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550235 Release Date: 06/30/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Vladimir Rusó,  Magdaléna Hajóssyová,  Jaroslava Horská,  Jozef Kundlák  ... 
    Conductor:  Zdenek Kosler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak State Philharmonic Chorus,  Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 123.
    Mozart: Requiem / Solti, Augér, Bartoli, Cole, Pape
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 433688 Release Date: 03/10/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Arleen Augér,  Cecilia Bartoli,  Vinson Cole,  René Pape
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Chorus
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  • 124.
    Mozart: Requiem / Marriner, Mcnair, Watkinson, Araiza, Lloyd
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 432087 Release Date: 04/05/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Sylvia McNair,  Carolyn Watkinson,  Francisco Araiza,  Robert Lloyd
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Laszlo Heltay
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus
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  • 125.
    Mozart: Requiem; Charpentier: Te Deum / Jean-claude Malgoire
    Label: Sony Classical Essential Classics   Catalog: 46344 Release Date: 04/05/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marc-Antoine Charpentier,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Jean-Claude Malgoire
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Mary Collegiate Church Choir Warwick,  La Grande Ecurie et la Chambre du Roy
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