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: The Impresario, K. 486 / Previn, English Chamber Orchestra
Release Date: 10/06/2017   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 88985470422   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Complete Violin Concertos / Barati, Hungarian Chamber Orchestra
Release Date: 06/24/2016   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 95368   Number of Discs: 2
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Mozart: Great Mass in C Minor & Exsultate jubilate / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan
Release Date: 12/09/2016   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 2171   Number of Discs: 2
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Mozart: Die Zauberflote / Levine, Cotrubas, Van Dam, Vienna Philharmonic
Release Date: 10/04/2011   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 88697527702   Number of Discs: 3
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Mozart: Die Zauberflöte / Karajan, Mathis, Ott, Perry, Et Al
Release Date: 10/25/1990   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 410967   Number of Discs: 3
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Work: Requiem in D minor, K 626

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    Mozart: Requiem / Böhm, Mathis, Hamari, Ochmann, Ridderbusch
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 413553 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Julia Hamari,  Edith Mathis,  Wieslaw Ochman,  Karl Ridderbusch
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Concert Choir
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  • 127.
    Mozart: Requiem / Hogwood, Kirkby, Watkinson, Rolfe-johnson
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 411712 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Emma Kirkby,  Anthony Rolfe Johnson,  David Thomas,  Carolyn Watkinson
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Westminster Cathedral Boys Choir,  Academy of Ancient Music Chorus
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  • 128.
    Mozart: Requiem / Shaw, Atlanta So & Chorus
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80128 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Tom Krause,  Delores Ziegler,  Jerry Hadley,  Arleen Augér
    Conductor:  Robert Shaw
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra,  Atlanta Symphony Chorus
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  • 129.
    Mozart: Requiem In D / Harnoncourt, Yakar, Wenkel, Holl
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 242911 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Rachel Yakar,  Ortrun Wenkel,  Kurt Equiluz,  Robert Holl
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Concentus Musicus
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  • 130.
    Mozart: Requiem, Ave Verum Corpus / Muti, Pace
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 49640 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Patrizia Pace,  Frank Lopardo,  Waltraud Meier,  James Morris
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Chamber Choir,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Swedish Radio Chorus
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  • 131.
    Mozart: Requiem, Kyrie / Gardiner, Bonney, Von Otter
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 420197 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Hans-Peter Blochwitz,  Barbara Bonney
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
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  • 132.
    Verdi, Mozart: Requiem / Barbirolli, Barenboim
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 62892 Release Date: 06/27/1990   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Montserrat Caballé,  Jon Vickers,  Ruggero Raimondi,  Fiorenza Cossotto  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli,  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Chorus,  English Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 133.
    Mozart: Requiem / Karajan, Lipp, Rössl-majdan, Dermota Et Al
    Label: Dg Musikfest   Catalog: 429160 Release Date: 05/01/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Wilma Lipp,  Anton Dermota,  Walter Berry,  Hilde Rössl-Majdan
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Singverein,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 134.
    Mozart: Requiem / Bernstein, McLaughlin, Ewing, Hadley
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 427353 Release Date: 07/20/1989   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Maria Ewing,  Jerry Hadley,  Cornelius Hauptmann,  Marie McLaughlin
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus
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  • 135.
    Mozart: Requiem / Karajan, Tomowa-sintow, Baltsa, Et Al
    Label: Dg Galleria   Catalog: 419867 Release Date: 05/09/1989   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Anna Tomowa-Sintow,  Agnes Baltsa,  José van Dam,  Werner Krenn
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein
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