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: Piano Concertos 18 & 19 / Uchida, Cleveland
Release Date: 09/02/2014   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 002130402   Number of Discs: 1
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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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Opus Arte Mozart DVD 3-Pack
Release Date: 10/27/2014   Label: Kultur Video  
Catalog: 4990   Number of Discs: 6
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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: Die Zauberflote / Royal, Nagy, Rattle [Blu-ray]
Release Date: 09/30/2014   Label: Berlin Philharmonic  
Catalog: 130012   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Requiem in D minor, K 626

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  • 126.
    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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  • 127.
    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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  • 128.
    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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  • 129.
    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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  • 130.
    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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  • 131.
    Mozart: Requiem / Corboz, Dubosc, Podles, De Mey, Et Al
    Label: Cascavelle   Catalog: 5008 Release Date: 10/12/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Catherine Dubosc,  Ewa Podles,  Guy de Mey,  Michel Brodard  ... 
    Conductor:  Michel Corboz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lausanne Instrumental Ensemble,  Lausanne Vocal Ensemble
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  • 132.
    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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  • 133.
    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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  • 134.
    Mozart: Requiem / Brüggen, Orchestra Of The 18th Century
    Label: Glossa   Catalog: 921111 Release Date: 05/01/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Frans Brüggen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the 18th Century,  Netherlands Chamber Choir
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  • 135.
    Mozart: Requiem, Etc / Norrington, Argenta, Robbin, Et Al
    Label: Virgin Classics Veritas   Catalog: 61520 Release Date: 02/09/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Catherine Robbin,  John Mark Ainsley,  Alastair Miles,  Nancy Argenta
    Conductor:  Roger Norrington
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Classical Players,  Schütz Consort,  London Heinrich Schütz Choir
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  • 136.
    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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  • 137.
    Rituals Of Transformation - Mozart, Tibetan, Gregorian
    Label: Network World Music   Catalog: 41867 Release Date: 12/10/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Bettina Denner,  Scot Weir,  Hermann-Christian Polster,  Audrey Michael
    Conductor:  Jörg-Peter Weigle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tashi Dhargye Monastery Monks,  Schola Gregoriana,  Stuttgart Academy of Music and Fine Arts Choir  ... 
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  • 138.
    Mozart: Requiem / Horenstein, Lipp, Dickie, Höngen, Et Al
    Label: Tuxedo Music   Catalog: 1051 Release Date: 11/01/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Wilma Lipp,  Murray Dickie,  Ludwig Weber,  Elisabeth Höngen
    Conductor:  Jascha Horenstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Academy Chamber Choir
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  • 139.
    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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  • 140.
    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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  • 141.
    Mozart: Requiem / Somary, Haywood, Fortunato, Romano, Cheek
    Label: Vox Classics   Catalog: 7534 Release Date: 11/01/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Lorna Haywood,  D'Anna Fortunato,  Patrick Romano,  John Cheek
    Conductor:  Johannes Somary
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amor Artis Orchestra,  Amor Artis Chorale
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  • 142.
    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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  • 143.
    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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  • 144.
    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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  • 145.
    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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  • 146.
    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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  • 147.
    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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  • 148.
    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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  • 149.
    Mozart: Great Choral Works / Davis, Donath, Knight, Et Al
    Label: Philips Duo   Catalog: 438800 Release Date: 01/18/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Stafford Dean,  Helen Donath,  Gillian Knight,  Janice Knight  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Chorus,  London Symphony Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Chorus  ... 
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  • 150.
    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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