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
The Mozart Album / Netrebko, Quasthoff, Garanca...
Release Date: 08/08/2006   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 000673002   Number of Discs: 1
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Robert Casadesus Plays Mozart
Release Date: 03/25/2014   Label: Sony (Nax615)  
Catalog: 7808372   Number of Discs: 5
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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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The Berliner Philharmoniker Play Mozart
Release Date: 03/25/2014   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 7761522   Number of Discs: 7
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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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Work: Requiem in D minor, K 626

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  • 26.
    Mozart: Requiem; Ave Verum Corpus; Masonic Funeral Music
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 352962 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Nancy Argenta,  Alastair Miles,  John Mark Ainsley
    Conductor:  Roger Norrington
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    Label: Farao   Catalog: S108048 Release Date: 01/01/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Jörg Dürmüller,  Jochen Kupfer,  Anna Korondi
    Conductor:  Enoch zu Guttenberg
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  • 28.
    Mozart 111 [55-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001766872 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Géza Anda,  Emil Gilels,  Elena Gilels,  Maurizio Pollini  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock,  James Levine,  Herbert von Karajan,  Marc Minkowski  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 29.
    Mozart Complete Edition [170 CDs + CD-ROM]
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94251 Release Date: 09/04/2012   Number of Discs: 170
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Christian Bach
    Performer:  Angela Bucci,  Baltazar Zuniga,  Elena Biscuola,  Abramo Rosalen  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Favero,  Ton Koopman,  Paul Freeman,  Jaap ter Linden  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oficina Musicum,  Radio Chamber Orchestra,  Musica Amphion  ... 
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  • 30.
    Austria, Belgium - - A Musical Visit To Salzburg And Vienna, Brussels And Tournai
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 2110333 Release Date: 08/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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  • 31.
    Mozart: Requiem
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001707002 Release Date: 07/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Sylvia [Soprano Vocals] McNair,  Francisco Araiza,  Robert Lloyd
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Peter Schreier
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  • 32.
    Mozart: Requiem; Bruckner: Te Deum
    Label: Membran International Gmbh   Catalog: 233447 Release Date: 07/03/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Georg Philipp Telemann
    Performer:  Hilde Rössl-Majdan,  Franz Sauer,  Walter Berry,  Leontyne Price  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Wolfgang Langenbeck
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  • 33.
    Haydn: Insanae Et Vanae Curae; Mozart: Requiem; Ave Verum Corpus
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 660707 Release Date: 06/26/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Frances Bourne,  Carys Lane,  Paul Badley,  Matthew Brook
    Conductor:  Nigel Short
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tenebrae,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 34.
    The Early Years - Bohm Conducts Mozart
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 438956 Release Date: 06/17/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Waldemar Kmentt,  Ira Malaniuk,  Kurt Böhme,  Teresa Stich-Randall
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 35.
    Great Sacred Masterpieces
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501062 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Thomas Tallis,  Gregorio Allegri,  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Anna Gonda,  Julia Faulkner,  Nicholas Gedge,  Lisa Beckley  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeremy Summerly,  Michael Halász,  Johannes Wildner,  László Kovács  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Camerata,  Schola Cantorum Oxford,  Camerata Budapest  ... 
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  • 36.
    Magnificat - 500 Years Of Choral Masterworks [50-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001664502 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Gregorio Allegri,  Antonio Lotti,  Orlando de Lassus,  Josquin Des Préz  ... 
    Performer:  Patrick Russill,  Marinella Pennicchi,  Michael Chance,  Mark Tucker  ... 
    Conductor:  Harry Christophers,  Paul McCreesh,  Stephen Cleobury,  Edward Wickham  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen,  Gabrieli Consort,  Gabrieli Players  ... 
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  • 37.
    Mozart: Requiem, Exultate Jubilate / Giulini, Marriner
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 6787022 Release Date: 03/26/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Unspecified,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Robert Lloyd,  Robert Tear,  Christa [Mezzo-soprano Vocal] Ludwig,  Helen Donath  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Sir Neville Marriner
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  • 38.
    Icon - Bruno Walter: The Early Years
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 6790262 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Bruno Walter,  Lauritz Melchior,  Alfred Jerger,  Emanuel List  ... 
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  British Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris  ... 
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  • 39.
    Mozart: Requiem
    Label: Archipel   Catalog: ARPCD0169 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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  • 40.
    Label: Archipel   Catalog: ARPCD0395 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Teresa Stich-Randall,  Waldemar Kmentt,  Hans Richter-Haaser,  Judith Rössel-Majdan  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
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  • 41.
    Celibidache  Vol 4 - Sacred Music & Opera / Munich Phiharmonic
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 85617 Release Date: 11/29/2011   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johannes Brahms,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Anton Scharinger,  Yaron Windmuller,  Peter Schreier,  Barbara Bonney  ... 
    Conductor:  Sergiu Celibidache
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra,  Munich Philharmonic Choir,  Munich Bach Choir
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  • 42.
    Choral Classics - Mozart
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94264 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Barbara Werner,  Robert Morvai,  Thomas Pfeiffer,  Pamela Heuvelmans  ... 
    Conductor:  Nicol Matt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  South German Chamber Philharmonia,  Chamber Choir of Europe,  Kurpfälzisches Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 43.
    Mozart: Requiem; Daniel Hess: Tageszeitlosen
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 1344/45 Release Date: 11/08/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Daniel Hess,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Cyntia Marton,  Fabrice Umiglia,  Marie Louise Hermann,  Katharina Schulik  ... 
    Conductor:  Albert Benz
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  • 44.
    Mozart: Requiem / Christophers, Watts, Pancella, Kennedy, Owens, Naim
    Label: Coro   Catalog: 16093 Release Date: 09/13/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Eric Owens,  Andrew Kennedy,  Phyllis Pancella,  Elizabeth Watts  ... 
    Conductor:  Harry Christophers
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Handel and Haydn Society
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  • 45.
    Label: Novum   Catalog: 1383 Release Date: 08/30/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Edward Higginbottom
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  • 46.
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 434 Release Date: 08/09/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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  • 47.
    Mozart: Requiem - Josef Krips Edition Volume 3
    Label: Cascavelle   Catalog: 3156 Release Date: 08/09/2011  
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Boris Carmeli,  Marga Hoeffgen,  Agnes Giebel,  Hans Ulrich Mielsch
    Conductor:  Josef Krips
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra,  ORTF Chorus
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  • 48.
    Mozart: Requiem; Ave Verum Corpus
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 97977 Release Date: 08/09/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Patrizia Pace,  Gustaf Sjökvist
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
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  • 49.
    Eternal Light
    Label: Sacramento Choral Society & Orchest   Catalog: 5637787953 Release Date: 06/14/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Morten Lauridsen,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Oksana Sitnitska,  Sandra Rubalcava,  Elias Mokole,  Robert MacNeil
    Conductor:  Donald Kendrick
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    Mozart: Requiem / Currentzis, Musicaeterna, New Siberian Singers
    Label: Alpha Productions   Catalog: 178 Release Date: 05/10/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Markus Brutscher,  Stephanie Houtzeel,  Arnaud Richard,  Simone Kermes
    Conductor:  Teodor Currentzis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  MusicAeterna,  New Siberian Singers
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