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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: Piano Concertos 24-27 / Larrocha, Solti
Release Date: 08/03/2010   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 001453802   Number of Discs: 2
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The Mozart Album / Lang Lang
Release Date: 09/30/2014   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 308253   Number of Discs: 2
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Dvorak: Symphony No 8, Mozart: Bassoon Concerto, Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra / Mehta, LAP
Release Date: 09/30/2008   Label: Euroarts  
Catalog: 2072248   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Fantasias & Rondos / Richard Egarr
Release Date: 08/08/2006   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 907387   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Symphonies 38-40 (Arr. by Hummel for Flute, Violin, Cello & Piano)
Release Date: 02/25/2014   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8572841   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Symphony no 40 in G minor, K 550

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  • 176.
    Veritas - Mozart: Symphonies 38-41 / Norrington, Et Al
    Label: Virgin Classics Special Import   Catalog: 62010 Release Date: 05/07/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Roger Norrington
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Classical Players,  London Mozart Players
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  • 177.
    Mozart: Symphonies No 35, 40, 41 /Szell, Cleveland Orchestra
    Label: Sony Classical Essential Classics   Catalog: 89834 Release Date: 01/29/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  George Szell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 178.
    Mozart, Brahms: Symphonies / Keilberth, Bavarian Radio So
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 553011 Release Date: 11/27/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Joseph Keilberth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 179.
    Leonard Bernstein - The Unanswered Question
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 1570 Release Date: 11/20/2001   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Maurice Ravel,  Charles Ives,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
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  • 180.
    Edwin Fischer - Concert Performances & Broadcasts 1943-1953
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1080 Release Date: 10/23/2001   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Unico Graf Van Wassenaer,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Edwin Fischer,  Josef Zutter,  Wilhelm Meyer,  Gerhard Burdach  ... 
    Conductor:  Edwin Fischer,  Anatole Fistoulari,  Hans Münch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra,  Strasbourg Municipal Theater Orchestra,  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris  ... 
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  • 181.
    Mozart: Symphonies 39 & 40 / Koopman, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 3892392 Release Date: 06/25/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Ton Koopman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
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  • 182.
    Klemperer In Hamburg - Two Complete Concerts With The Ndr So
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1088 Release Date: 05/22/2001   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Anton Bruckner,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra Hamburg
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  • 183.
    Mahler: Symphony No 4;  Mozart, Brahms, Et Al / Bruno Walter
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1090 Release Date: 05/22/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Richard Strauss,  Gustav Mahler,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 184.
    Eloquence - Mozart: Symphony No 40 & 41, Etc / Böhm, Berlin
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 469620 Release Date: 04/10/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 185.
    Philips 50 - Mozart: Symphony 40 & 41 / Krips, Concertgebouw
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 464721 Release Date: 03/13/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Josef Krips
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 186.
    Mozart: Symphonies No 39, 40, Etc / Karajan, Böhm, Et Al
    Label: Dg Panorama   Catalog: 469160 Release Date: 09/26/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Walter Berry,  Wilma Lipp,  Anton Dermota,  Hilde Rössl-Majdan  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 187.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos, Etc / Jarrett, Davies, Stuttgarter
    Label: Ecm   Catalog: 449670 Release Date: 08/08/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Keith Jarrett
    Conductor:  Dennis Russell Davies
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra
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  • 188.
    Mozart: Symphonies No 40 & 41 / Maag, Philharmonia Hungarica
    Label: Tuxedo Music   Catalog: 1069 Release Date: 04/15/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Peter Maag
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Hungarica
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  • 189.
    Mozart: Symphonies No 40 & 41 / Kubelik, Bavarian Rso
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 498991 Release Date: 01/10/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 190.
    Immortal Toscanini Vol 6 - Great Symphonies / Nbc Symphony
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 59481 Release Date: 08/10/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Robert Schumann,  Luigi Cherubini,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra
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  • 191.
    Mozart: Symphonies No 40 & 41
    Label: Emi Seraphim   Catalog: 73290 Release Date: 04/20/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 192.
    Mozart Was A Kid Like You And Me / Benanti, Jordania, Et Al
    Label: Helicon   Catalog: 1042 Release Date: 04/06/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Laura Benanti
    Conductor:  Vakhtang Jordania
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Federation State Symphony Orchestra
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  • 193.
    A Portrait Of Mozart
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 1756 Release Date: 10/20/1998   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Martyn Hill,  Julia Bernheimer,  Gundula Janowitz,  David Thomas  ... 
    Conductor:  Roy Goodman,  Barry Wordsworth,  Yan Pascal Tortelier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hanover Band Chorus,  Hanover Band,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra  ... 
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  • 194.
    Bach Hits Back, A Cappella Amadeus / Swingle Singers
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 61472 Release Date: 05/05/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Gottfried H. Stölzel,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swingle Singers
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  • 195.
    Label: Spj Music   Catalog: 90016 Release Date: 04/07/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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  • 196.
    Mozart Legendary Interpretations - Bruno Walter
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 46511 Release Date: 02/27/1998   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
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  • 197.
    Mozart Legendary Interpretations - George Szell
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 46515 Release Date: 02/27/1998   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Judith Raskin
    Conductor:  George Szell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 198.
    The Classic Sound - Mozart: Symphonies No 40, 41 / Giulini
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 452889 Release Date: 11/11/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 199.
    Take 2 - Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Symphonies 40 & 41
    Label: Sony Classical Essential Classics   Catalog: 63272 Release Date: 09/02/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Anthony Newman,  Rafael Kubelik,  Jean-Claude Malgoire
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brandenburg Collegium Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  La Grande Ecurie et la Chambre du Roy
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  • 200.
    Mozart: Symphonies Nos 35-41 / Karajan, Berlin Po
    Label: Dg Double   Catalog: 453046 Release Date: 07/15/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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