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
An Amadeus Affair / Anderson & Roe
Release Date: 02/25/2014   Label: Steinway & Sons  
Catalog: 30022   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Piano Concertos No 22 & 23 / Mitsuko Uchida
Release Date: 10/25/1990   Label: Philips  
Catalog: 420187   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Complete Violin Concertos, Sinfonia Concertante / Pine, Marriner, ASMF
Release Date: 01/13/2015   Label: Avie  
Catalog: 2317   Number of Discs: 2
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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: Don Giovanni / Gilfry, Orgonasova, Gardiner
Release Date: 07/18/1995   Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)  
Catalog: 445870   Number of Discs: 3
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Work: Requiem in D minor, K 626

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  • 101.
    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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  • 102.
    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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  • 103.
    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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  • 104.
    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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  • 105.
    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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  • 106.
    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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  • 107.
    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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  • 108.
    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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  • 109.
    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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  • 110.
    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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  • 111.
    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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  • 112.
    Music For You - Mozart: Requiem / Carlo Maria Giulini, Et Al
    Label: Legacy Recordings   Catalog: 89854 Release Date: 05/07/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Lynne Dawson,  Jard Van Nes,  Keith Lewis,  Simon Estes
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Chorus
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  • 113.
    Mozart: Requiem (The Süssmayr Version & Unfinished Version)
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 30307 Release Date: 03/12/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Christoph Spering
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chorus Musicus,  Das Neue Orchester
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  • 114.
    Label: Spj Music   Catalog: 90605 Release Date: 02/26/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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  • 115.
    Mozart: Requiem, Exultate Jubilate / Rilling, Augér, Et Al
    Label: Sony Classical Essential Classics   Catalog: 89849 Release Date: 01/29/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Judith Blegen,  Carolyn Watkinson,  Siegfried Jerusalem,  Siegmund Nimsgern  ... 
    Conductor:  Pinchas Zukerman,  Helmuth Rilling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra,  Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart,  Stuttgart Bach Collegium
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  • 116.
    Legends - Mozart: Requiem / Horenstein, Lipp, Weber, Et Al
    Label: Vox Classics   Catalog: 7811 Release Date: 10/16/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Wilma Lipp,  Elisabeth Höngen,  Murray Dickie,  Ludwig Weber
    Conductor:  Jascha Horenstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Friends of Music Society Chorus
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  • 117.
    Westminster - Mozart: Requiem / Scherchen, Jurinac, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471201 Release Date: 06/12/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Sena Jurinac,  Lucretia West,  Hans Loeffler,  Frederick Guthrie
    Conductor:  Hermann Scherchen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra,  Vienna Academy Chamber Chorus
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  • 118.
    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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  • 119.
    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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  • 120.
    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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  • 121.
    Mozart: Symphonies No 39, 40, Etc / Karajan, Böhm, Et Al
    Label: Dg Panorama   Catalog: 469160 Release Date: 09/26/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Walter Berry,  Wilma Lipp,  Anton Dermota,  Hilde Rössl-Majdan  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 122.
    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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  • 123.
    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
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  • 124.
    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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  • 125.
    Mozart: Requiem, Exsultate Jubilate / Giulini, Et Al
    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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