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, Cosě 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
Schubert: String Quintet in C Major; Mozart: Divertimento, K. 136
Release Date: 07/24/2015   Label: Musical Concepts  
Catalog: 1278   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Piano Concertos 20, 21 & 27 / Buchbinder, Staatskapelle Dresden
Release Date: 01/29/2016   Label: C Major  
Catalog: 733908   Number of Discs: 1
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Christian Gerhaher: Mozart Arias
Release Date: 01/08/2016   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 88875087162   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Clarinet Concerto, Flute & Harp Concerto / Campbell, Master, Davies, Hickox
Release Date: 05/18/2010   Label: Musical Concepts  
Catalog: 1071   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Cosi fan Tutte / Bohm, Schwarzkopf, Ludwig, Kraus, Philharmonia Orchestra
Release Date: 01/29/2016   Label: Warner Classics  
Catalog: 554003   Number of Discs: 3
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Work: Symphony no 40 in G minor, K 550

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    Mozart Recordings / Bruggen, Orchestra of the 18th Century
    Label: Glossa   Catalog: 921121 Release Date: 10/30/2015   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Thomas Zehetmair,  Ruth Killius,  Cyndia Sieden,  Teunis Van der Zwart  ... 
    Conductor:  Frans Brüggen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the 18th Century,  Netherlands Chamber Choir
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    The Florilegium Series - Classical & Early Romantic
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 002386502 Release Date: 10/15/2015   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johann Wenzel Stamitz,  Luigi Boccherini,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Domenico Cimarosa  ... 
    Performer:  Alan Hacker,  Anthony Rolfe Johnson,  Emma Kirkby,  Michael George  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood,  Simon Preston,  Alan Hacker,  Arnold Östman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  The Music Party,  Oxford New College Choir  ... 
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    Karl Bohm - Late Recordings - Vienna, London, Dresden
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002327602 Release Date: 06/23/2015   Number of Discs: 23
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Anton Bruckner,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Brigitte Fassbaender,  Jessye Norman,  Placido Domingo,  Walter Berry  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Dresden Staatskapelle  ... 
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    George Enescu Conducts Nypso: Mozart, Schumann, Beethoven
    Label: Opus Kura   Catalog: 2112 Release Date: 05/05/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Spoken Word,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ion Nonna Otescu,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Rudolf Serkin
    Conductor:  George Enescu
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    Mozart: The Symphonies / Levine, Vienna PO
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002244502 Release Date: 01/27/2015   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Decca - Vienna Philharmonic - The Orchestral Edition
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002227902 Release Date: 12/09/2014   Number of Discs: 65
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Tom Krause,  Werner Krenn,  Elly Ameling,  Werner Tripp  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Monteux,  Herbert von Karajan,  Karl Münchinger,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Singverein  ... 
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    Mozart: Sinfonien 39, 40, 41  / Haenchen, Kammerorchester Carl Philipp Bach
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300587 Release Date: 10/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Hartmut Haenchen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  C.P.E. Bach Chamber Orchestra
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    The Originals - Legendary Recordings from DG
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002171502 Release Date: 10/27/2014   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  David Oistrakh,  Igor Oistrakh,  Pierre Fournier,  Walter Berry  ... 
    Conductor:  David Oistrakh,  Sir Eugene Goossens,  Franz Konwitschny,  Carlos Kleiber  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Dresden Staatskapelle  ... 
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    Ferenc Fricsay: Complete Recordings On Deutsche Grammophon, Vol. 1 - Orchestral Works
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002132602 Release Date: 09/02/2014   Number of Discs: 45
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  César Franck  ... 
    Performer:  Géza Anda,  Tibor Varga,  Helmut Krebs,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau  ... 
    Conductor:  Ferenc Fricsay
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin RIAS Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 10.
    Mozart: Complete Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 1116167 Release Date: 09/02/2014   Number of Discs: 170
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Christian Bach
    Performer:  Margaret Urquhart,  Pieter-Jan Belder,  Marten Boeken,  Remy Baudet  ... 
    Conductor:  Jaap ter Linden,  Paul Freeman,  János Ferencsik,  Kurt Masur  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Mozart Academy,  Musica Amphion,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    Mozart: Symphonies Nos 39, 40 & 41 / Harnoncourt, Vienna Concentus Musicus
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 302635 Release Date: 09/02/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus
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    Mozart / Abbado, Orchestra Mozart [8-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002065202 Release Date: 07/08/2014   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Giuliano Carmignola,  Danusha Waskiewicz,  Jacques Zoon,  Alessandro Carbonare  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra Mozart
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    Mozart: The Last Symphonies
    Label: Rewind   Catalog: 520 Release Date: 06/24/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Jos van Immerseel
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    100 Great Symphonies
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002054602 Release Date: 06/03/2014   Number of Discs: 56
    Composer:  Giovanni Battista Sammartini,  Johann Wenzel Stamitz,  Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf,  Johann Christian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Gwyneth Jones,  Hanna Schwarz,  René Kollo,  Kurt Moll  ... 
    Conductor:  Kevin Mallon,  Christopher Hogwood,  Thomas Füri,  Sir Neville Marriner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aradia Ensemble,  Academy of Ancient Music,  Camerata Bern  ... 
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    Mozart: The Last Three Symphonies / Bruggen, Orchestra of the 18th Century
    Label: Glossa   Catalog: 921119 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Frans Brüggen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the 18th Century
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    Strauss Conducts Strauss, Mozart, Beethoven [7-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002037802 Release Date: 05/19/2014   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Karl Reitz,  Enrico Mainardi,  Philipp Haass,  Oswald Uhl  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Strauss
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Bavarian State Orchestra
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    Gunter Wand Edition
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 12044 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  HansJörg Schellenberger,  Gerhard Oppitz
    Conductor:  Günter Wand
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Hermann Abendroth A Varsovie
    Label: Tahra   Catalog: 7630 Release Date: 04/08/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Hermann Abendroth
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  • 19.
    Bruno Walter conducts Mozart
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 7906832 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Zino Francescatti,  Irmgard Seefried,  Léopold Simoneau,  Jennie Tourel  ... 
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic,  Westminster Choir
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  • 20.
    Rafael Kubelik Conducts Great Symphonies
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 7884112 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Robert Schumann,  Anton Bruckner,  Richard Wagner
    Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 21.
    Mozart: Symphony No. 41
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7093 Release Date: 03/11/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Roy Goodman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hanover Band
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  • 22.
    Mozart: Symphonies 38-40 (Arr. by Hummel for Flute, Violin, Cello & Piano)
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572841 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Friedemann Eichhorn,  Uwe Grodd,  Martin Rummel,  Roland Kruger
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  • 23.
    The Westminster Legacy
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001999302 Release Date: 02/18/2014   Number of Discs: 40
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Gustav Mahler  ... 
    Performer:  Sena Jurinac,  Lucretia West,  Hans Loeffler,  Frederick Guthrie  ... 
    Conductor:  Hermann Scherchen,  Pierre Monteux,  René Leibowitz,  Erich Leinsdorf  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Orchestra,  Vienna Academy Chamber Chorus  ... 
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  • 24.
    Mozart: Symphony No. 40; Mahler: Kindertotenlieder; R. Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1489 Release Date: 02/11/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Recorded Sound,  Gustav Mahler,  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
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    Mozart: 45 Symphonies / Adam Fischer, Danish National Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Dacapo   Catalog: 8201201 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Adám Fischer
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