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 / Netrebko, Quasthoff, Garanca...
Release Date: 08/08/2006   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 000673002   Number of Discs: 1
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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: Complete Edition
Release Date: 09/02/2014   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 1116167   Number of Discs: 170
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Mozart's Garden / Mojca Erdmann
Release Date: 07/08/2014   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: B001621702   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Requiem in D minor, K 626

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  • 151.
    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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  • 152.
    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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  • 153.
    Bruno Walter Edition - Bruckner: Te Deum;  Mozart: Requiem
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 64480 Release Date: 10/31/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Anton Bruckner
    Performer:  Jennie Tourel,  Léopold Simoneau,  William Warfield,  Irmgard Seefried  ... 
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Westminster Choir
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  • 154.
    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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  • 155.
    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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  • 156.
    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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  • 157.
    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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  • 158.
    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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  • 159.
    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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  • 160.
    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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  • 161.
    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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  • 162.
    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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  • 163.
    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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  • 164.
    Mozart: Requiem / Barenboim, Battle, Orchestre De Paris
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 47342 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ann Murray,  David Rendall,  Matti Salminen,  Kathleen Battle
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Symphony Chorus,  Paris Symphony Orchestra
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  • 165.
    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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  • 166.
    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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  • 167.
    Mozart: Requiem / Marriner, Cotrubas, Watts, Tear, Et Al
    Label: London/Decca Jubilee   Catalog: 417746 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Helen Watts,  Robert Tear,  John Shirley-Quirk,  Ileana Cotrubas
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus
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  • 168.
    Mozart: Requiem / Schreier, Price, Schmidt, Araiza, Adam
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 411420 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Margaret Price,  Trudeliese Schmidt,  Theo Adam,  Francisco Araiza
    Conductor:  Peter Schreier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Leipzig Radio Chorus
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  • 169.
    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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  • 170.
    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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  • 171.
    Mozart: Requiem, Ave Verum Corpus / Muti, Pace
    Label: Emi 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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  • 172.
    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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  • 173.
    Verdi, Mozart: Requiem / Barbirolli, Barenboim
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 62892 Release Date: 06/27/1990   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Jon Vickers,  Ruggero Raimondi,  Fiorenza Cossotto,  Montserrat Caballé  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli,  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Chorus,  John Alldis Choir  ... 
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  • 174.
    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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  • 175.
    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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