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: Violin Concertos Nos 3, 4 & 5 / Kraggerud, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Release Date: 06/10/2016   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8573513   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Complete Symphonies / Ward, Wordsworth, Northern Chamber Orchestra, Capella Istropolitana
Release Date: 05/28/2013   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8501109   Number of Discs: 11
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Mozart: The Magic Flute for Children / Barthel
Release Date: 08/26/2016   Label: Arthaus Musik  
Catalog: 109258   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: 3 Salzburg Symphonies / Huss, Haydn Sinfonietta Wien
Release Date: 08/12/2016   Label: Bis  
Catalog: BIS-2218   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Rare Choral Works / Patterson, Gloriae dei Cantores
Release Date: 04/25/2006   Label: Paraclete Recordings  
Catalog: 3363   Number of Discs: 2
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Work: Requiem in D minor, K 626

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    Mozart: Requiem / Harnoncourt, Yakar, Wenkel, Equiluz, Holl
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 107295 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ortrun Wenkel,  Rachel Yakar,  Kurt Equiluz,  Robert Holl
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung
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    Mozart: Requiem / Prohaska, Mingardo, Schmitt, Pape, Abbado
    Label: Accentus   Catalog: 20258 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  René Pape,  Sara Mingardo,  Anna Prohaska,  Maximilian Schmitt
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Chorus,  Swedish Radio Chorus,  Lucerne Festival Orchestra
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  • 28.
    Mozart: Requiem / Prohaska, Mingardo, Schmitt, Pape, Abbado [blu-ray]
    Label: Accentus   Catalog: 10258 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Maximilian Schmitt,  Sara Mingardo,  Anna Prohaska,  René Pape
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Chorus,  Swedish Radio Chorus,  Lucerne Festival Orchestra
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  • 29.
    W. A. Mozart: Requiem
    Label: United Recordings   Catalog: 2013006 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Julia Kleiter,  Klaus Mertens,  Daniel Sans
    Conductor:  Ralf Otto
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    Mozart: Requiem Realisations / Cleobury
    Label: King's College Choir   Catalog: 2 Release Date: 04/09/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Duncan Druce,  Michael Finnissy,  Robert D. Levin  ... 
    Performer:  Christine Rice,  Elin Manahan Thomas,  James Gilchrist,  Christopher Purves
    Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Cambridge King's College Choir
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  • 31.
    EMI Eminence - The Original Jacket Collection [50-CD Set]
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 393872 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Richard Strauss,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  William Byrd  ... 
    Performer:  David Nolan,  Jonathan Small,  George Malcolm,  William Bennett  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Anton Rickenbacher,  Vernon Handley,  George Guest,  George Malcolm  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  Cambridge St. John's College Choir  ... 
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  • 32.
    Mozart: Requiem; Bruckner: Te Deum / Barenboim
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 332932 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Robert Tear,  Don Garrard,  Anne Pashley,  Dame Janet Baker  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
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  • 33.
    Mozart: Requiem
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 352962 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Nancy Argenta,  Alastair [Bass Vocal] Miles,  John Mark Ainsley
    Conductor:  Roger Norrington
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  • 34.
    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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  • 35.
    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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  • 36.
    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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  • 37.
    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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  • 38.
    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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  • 39.
    Mozart: Requiem, Exultate Jubilate / Giulini, Marriner
    Label: Warner 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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  • 40.
    Mozart: Requiem
    Label: Archipel   Catalog: 169 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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  • 41.
    Celibidache  Vol 4 - Sacred Music & Opera / Munich Phiharmonic
    Label: Warner 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.
    Mozart: Requiem / Higginbottom, New College Choir of Oxford
    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: Warner 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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