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 3, 4 & 5 / Steinbacher
Release Date: 04/29/2014   Label: Pentatone  
Catalog: 186479   Number of Discs: 1
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Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 3; Mozart: Piano Concerto No 24 / Sudbin, Vanska
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Catalog: 1978   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Requiem / Butt, Dunedin Consort
Release Date: 03/25/2014   Label: Linn Records  
Catalog: 449   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Die Zauberflote / Harnoncourt, Zeppenfeld, Fredrich, Richter, Kleiter, Werba [blu-ray]
Release Date: 07/15/2014   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 300573   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Die Zauberflote / Fredrich, Kleiter, Harnoncourt
Release Date: 07/15/2014   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 300572   Number of Discs: 2
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Work: Requiem in D minor, K 626

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  • 76.
    Mozart: Requiem / Davis, Arnet, Stephany, Kennedy, Et Al
    Label: Lso Live   Catalog: 627 Release Date: 02/12/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Marie Arnet,  Anna Stéphany,  Andrew Kennedy,  Darren Jeffrey
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Chorus,  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 77.
    Mozart: Requiem,
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001051002 Release Date: 02/12/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  José Van Dam,  Anna Tomowa-Sintow,  Rudolf Scholz,  Agnes Baltsa  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Singverein,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 78.
    Mozart: Requiem, Masonic Music / Kertesz, Vienna Philharmonic
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4769781 Release Date: 02/11/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Elly Ameling,  Ugo Benelli,  Tugomir Franc,  Marilyn Horne  ... 
    Conductor:  István Kertész
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 79.
    Mozart: Requiem / Die Polnischen Nachtigallen
    Label: Alpha Centauri Ent.   Catalog: 11062 Release Date: 01/13/2008  
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Krizisztof Szaniecki,  Danuta Nowak-Tolezinska,  Jacek Szafarkiewiez,  Wolciech Maciejowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Nightingales Choir
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  • 80.
    Mozart: Requiem / Lipp, Rössl-Majdan, Dermota, Edelman, Walter
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 94 Release Date: 12/26/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Wilma Lipp,  Otto Edelmann,  Hilde Rössl-Majdan,  Anton Dermota
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein
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  • 81.
    Instant Classics - Mozart: Requiem
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5108 Release Date: 11/20/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Kwangchul Youn,  Monica Groop,  Iride Martinez,  Steve Davislim
    Conductor:  Christoph Spering
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  • 82.
    Mozart: Requiem / Nemcová, Et Al
    Label: Silva Classics   Catalog: 6044 Release Date: 11/06/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Miriam Nemcova
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Sinfonietta,  Prague Vox Choir
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  • 83.
    Mozart: The Late Symphonies, Requiem, Etc / Bernstein
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000958402 Release Date: 09/11/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 84.
    Mozart: Requiem K.626
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 463654 Release Date: 07/26/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Hilde Rössel-Majdan,  Wilma Lipp,  Walter Berry,  Anton Dermota
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein
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  • 85.
    Mozart: Requiem / Biller, Böhnert, Krumbiegel, Et Al
    Label: Rondeau Productions   Catalog: 4019 Release Date: 05/29/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Susanne Krumbiegel,  Martin Petzold,  Gotthold Schwarz,  Jutta Böhnert
    Conductor:  Georg Christoph Biller
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  Leipzig St. Thomas Church Choir
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  • 86.
    Mozart: Requiem, Ave Verum Corpus, Masonic Funeral Music
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 54525 Release Date: 05/11/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Alastair Miles,  John Mark Ainsley,  Catherine Robbin,  Nancy Argenta
    Conductor:  Roger Norrington
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Classical Players,  London Heinrich Schütz Choir
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  • 87.
    Mozart: Requiem, Masonic Music / Fruhbeck De Burgos, Klemperer
    Label: Classics For Pleasure   Catalog: 75934 Release Date: 01/23/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Edith Mathis,  Grace Bumbry
    Conductor:  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos,  Otto Klemperer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Chorus,  New Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 88.
    Mozart: Requiem / Bernstein, Mclaughlin, Hadley
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000769109 Release Date: 01/09/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Maria Ewing,  Jerry Hadley,  Marie McLaughlin,  Cornelius Hauptmann
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Chorus,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 89.
    A Solemn Pontifical Requiem Mass In Memory Of John F. Kennedy
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 38391 Release Date: 12/12/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  François Couperin,  Louis Couperin
    Performer:  Nicholas Di Virgilio,  Sara Mae Endich,  Mac Morgan,  Eunice Alberts  ... 
    Conductor:  Erich Leinsdorf
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. John's Seminary Choir,  New England Conservatory Chorus,  Radcliffe Choral Society  ... 
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  • 90.
    Mozart: Requiem / Corboz, Ensemble Vocal De Lausanne
    Label: Cascavelle   Catalog: 3089 Release Date: 11/21/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Catherine Dubosc,  Ewa Podles,  Michel Brodard,  Guy de Mey  ... 
    Conductor:  Michel Corboz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lausanne Instrumental Ensemble,  Lausanne Vocal Ensemble
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  • 91.
    Mozart: Requiem / Thielemann, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4775797 Release Date: 11/21/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Sibylla Rubens,  Friedemann Winklhofer,  Lioba Braun,  Steve Davislim  ... 
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Chorus,  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 92.
    Mozart: Requiem / Grohs, Kopinits, Bessenyei, Horl
    Label: Arte Nova   Catalog: 391070 Release Date: 11/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Stefanie Kopinits,  Gabriella Bessenyei,  Gerhard Hörl,  Janusz Monarcha
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Gröhs
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Transylvania State Philharmonic Chorus,  Europa Symphony
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  • 93.
    Ultimate Mozart - The Essential Masterpieces
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000766002 Release Date: 11/14/2006   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Conductor:  Peter Schreier,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden State Opera Orchestra,  Leipzig Radio Orchestra Soloists,  Leipzig Radio Chorus  ... 
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  • 94.
    Mozart And The Dolomites - A Visual Score Of Mozart's Requiem
    Label: Silva   Catalog: 7008 Release Date: 11/07/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Miriam Nemcova
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vox Pragae Choir,  Prague Sinfonietta
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  • 95.
    Mozart: Requiem / Yakar, Wenkel, Equiluz, Holl, Harnoncourt
    Label: Tdk   Catalog: COMREQ Release Date: 09/26/2006   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
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  • 96.
    Mozart: Requiem / Kempe, Grümmer, Höffgen, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 53217 Release Date: 06/06/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Helmut Krebs,  Marga Höffgen,  Gottlob Frick,  Elisabeth Grümmer
    Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  St. Hedwig's Cathedral Choir
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  • 97.
    250 Years - Mozart: The Great Masses / Matt, Et Al
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 92873 Release Date: 04/25/2006   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Jens Wollenschläger,  Valentina Farcas,  Daniel Sans,  Annemarie Kremer  ... 
    Conductor:  Nicol Matt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Choir of Europe,  Würzburg Camerata,  Kurpfälzisches Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 98.
    Classic Library - Mozart: Requiem / Sir Colin Davis, Et Al
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 76236 Release Date: 03/28/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Uwe Heilmann,  Jan-Hendrik Rootering,  Angela Maria Blasi,  Marjana Lipovsek  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis,  Gerhard Schmidt-Gaden
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Chorus,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Tölz Boys Choir  ... 
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  • 99.
    Mozart: Requiem, Etc / Schuldt-jensen, Leipzig Co, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557728 Release Date: 03/21/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Anne Buter,  Miriam Allan,  Martin Snell,  Marcus Ullmann
    Conductor:  Morten Schuldt-Jensen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Chamber Orchestra,  Gewandhaus Chamber Chorus
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  • 100.
    Complete Mozart Edition 10 - Missae, Organ Sonatas, Etc
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000575702 Release Date: 02/14/2006   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Rosemarie Lang,  Jan-Hendrik Rootering,  Uwe Heilmann,  Edith Mathis  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert Kegel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio Choir,  Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra
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