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: Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail / Matthews, Ticciati
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Catalog: 1215   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart & Schnittke: Kammermusik / Cabeza
Release Date: 06/10/2016   Label: Oehms  
Catalog: 766   Number of Discs: 1
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Andras Schiff at Mozartwoche
Release Date: 06/24/2016   Label: C Major  
Catalog: 736508   Number of Discs: 1
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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: Requiem / Prohaska, Mingardo, Schmitt, Pape, Abbado
Release Date: 08/27/2013   Label: Accentus  
Catalog: 20258   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Requiem in D minor, K 626

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  • 76.
    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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  • 77.
    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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  • 78.
    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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  • 79.
    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,  Karl Leister,  Irena Grafenauer,  Maria Graf  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Peter Schreier  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  ... 
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  • 80.
    Mozart And The Dolomites - A Visual Score Of Mozart's Requiem
    Label: Silva Screen   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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  • 81.
    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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  • 82.
    Label: Farao   Catalog: 108048 Release Date: 07/25/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Jörg Dürmüller,  Jochen Kupfer,  Anna Korondi
    Conductor:  Enoch zu Guttenberg
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  • 83.
    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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  • 84.
    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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  • 85.
    Mozart: Requiem / Böhm, Seefried, Dermota, Et Al
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 670051 Release Date: 11/29/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Irmgard Seefried,  Anton Dermota,  Hilde Rössl-Majdan,  Gottlob Frick
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
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  • 86.
    Mozart: Requiem / Vulpius, Koch, Adam, Prenzlow, Apreck
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 3106 Release Date: 10/01/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Jutta Vulpius,  Theo Adam,  Gertraud Prenzlow,  Rolf Apreck
    Conductor:  Helmut Koch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 87.
    Mozart: Ave Verum, Et Al / Ensemble Lyrique
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90670 Release Date: 08/30/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Elisabeth von Magnus,  Herbert Lippert,  Lisa Larsson,  Harry Peeters
    Conductor:  Simon Schouten
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Lyrique
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  • 88.
    Mozart: Requiem (Levin Edition) / Runnicles, Et Al
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80636 Release Date: 08/23/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ruxandra Donose,  Christine Brewer,  John Tessier,  Eric Owens
    Conductor:  Donald Runnicles
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Chamber Chorus,  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
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  • 89.
    Mozart: Requiem / Harnoncourt, Schafer, Fink, Et Al
    Label: Dhm Deutsche Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 58705 Release Date: 08/10/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Christine Schäfer,  Bernarda Fink,  Kurt Streit,  Gerald Finley
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Arnold Schoenberg Choir
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  • 90.
    Mozart: Requiem / Guest, Kenny, Walker, Kendall, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10208 Release Date: 06/29/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Yvonne Kenny,  William Kendall,  David Wilson-Johnson,  Philip Kenyon  ... 
    Conductor:  George Guest
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge St. John's College Choir,  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 91.
    Mozart: Requiem / Solti, Bartoli, Auger, Cole, Pape, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000250609 Release Date: 06/15/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  René Pape,  Cecilia Bartoli,  Arleen Augér,  Vinson Cole
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 92.
    Mozart: Choral Masterpieces / Somary, Bogard, Lewis, Et Al
    Label: Vanguard   Catalog: 1508 Release Date: 04/27/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ann Murray,  Richard Lewis,  Carole Bogard,  Michael Rippon
    Conductor:  Johannes Somary
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Amor Artis Chorale
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  • 93.
    Mozart: Requiem / Karajan, Tomowa-sintow, Baltsa, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471639 Release Date: 01/14/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  José Van Dam,  Rudolf Scholz,  Anna Tomowa-Sintow,  Agnes Baltsa  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein
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  • 94.
    Mozart: Requiem / Welser-Most, Lott, Jones, Lewis
    Label: Emi Classics Encore   Catalog: 74746 Release Date: 08/13/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Willard White,  Michael Hext,  David Bell,  Keith Lewis  ... 
    Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Choir
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  • 95.
    Mozart: Requiem K 626 / Bernius, Jezovsek, Schubert, Et Al
    Label: Carus   Catalog: 83207 Release Date: 07/16/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Vasiljka Jezovsek,  Claudia Schubert,  Marcus Ullmann,  Michael Volle
    Conductor:  Frieder Bernius
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Baroque Ensemble,  Stuttgart Chamber Choir
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  • 96.
    Mozart: Requiem / Corboz, Gulbenkian Foundation Lisbon
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 89421 Release Date: 05/14/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Elly Ameling,  Barbara Scherler,  Louis Devos,  Roger Soyer  ... 
    Conductor:  Michel Corboz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gulbenkian Foundation Symphony Orchestra Lisbon,  Gulbenkian Foundation Chorus Lisbon
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  • 97.
    Legends - Mozart: Requiem / Horenstein, Lipp, Weber, Et Al
    Label: Vox Classics   Catalog: 7811 Release Date: 10/16/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Wilma Lipp,  Elisabeth Höngen,  Murray Dickie,  Ludwig Weber
    Conductor:  Jascha Horenstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Friends of Music Society Chorus
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  • 98.
    Westminster - Mozart: Requiem / Scherchen, Jurinac, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471201 Release Date: 06/12/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Sena Jurinac,  Lucretia West,  Hans Loeffler,  Frederick Guthrie
    Conductor:  Hermann Scherchen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra,  Vienna Academy Chamber Chorus
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  • 99.
    Mozart: Requiem / Schreier
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 464720 Release Date: 04/17/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Hans-Peter Blochwitz,  Edith Mathis,  Jadwiga Rappé,  Thomas Quasthoff  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Schreier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio Chorus,  Dresden Staatskapelle
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  • 100.
    Eloquence - Mozart: Requiem / Karajan, Berlin Po, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 469621 Release Date: 03/27/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Maria Stader,  Wolfgang Meyer,  Walter Berry,  Anton Dermota  ... 
    Conductor:  Ferenc Fricsay,  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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