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
Lili Kraus Plays Mozart Piano Concertos
Release Date: 06/16/2017   Label: Sony  
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Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro / Barenboim, Berlin Philharmonic
Release Date: 05/12/2017   Label: Rhino Warner Classic  
Catalog: 560938   Number of Discs: 3
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Mozart: Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail / Harnoncourt, Zurich, Kenny, Schreier, Operahouse Mozart Orchestra
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Mozart: Die Zauberflote / Christie, Dessay, Blochwitz, Les Arts Florissants
Release Date: 05/12/2017   Label: Wb / Parlophone  
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Mozart: Don Giovanni / Hampson, Harnoncourt, Royal Concertgebouw
Release Date: 09/09/2016   Label: Warner Classics  
Catalog: 557376   Number of Discs: 3
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    Die wahre Geschichte der Mozartkugeln
    Label: Ars Produktion   Catalog: 38912 Release Date: 06/16/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leopold Mozart,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Mihaela Ionescu
    Conductor:  Hendrik Vestmann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munster State Symphony Orchestra
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    Karl Bohm: The Early Years
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 561986 Release Date: 06/02/2017   Number of Discs: 19
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Jan Dahmen,  Max Zimolong,  Elisabeth Höngen,  Josef Herrmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Staatskapelle Dresden,  Dresden State Opera Chorus,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Leonard Bernstein & The Vienna Philharmonic
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4797221 Release Date: 04/28/2017   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Anton Bruckner,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Gustav Mahler  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Gwyneth Jones,  Hanna Schwarz,  René Kollo,  Kurt Moll  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung
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    New York Philharmonic: 175th Anniversary Edition
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 533636 Release Date: 04/07/2017   Number of Discs: 65
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Richard Strauss,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Ambroise Thomas  ... 
    Performer:  Oscar Levant,  Robert Casadesus,  Isaac Stern,  Yo-Yo Ma
    Conductor:  Willem Mengelberg,  Josef Stransky,  Arturo Toscanini,  Sir John Barbirolli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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    Wiener Philharmoniker: 175th Anniversary Edition
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4797090 Release Date: 03/31/2017   Number of Discs: 45
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Anton Bruckner,  Emmanuel Chabrier  ... 
    Performer:  Anton Dermota,  Irmgard Seefried,  Rosette Anday,  Paul Schöffler  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Rafael Kubelik,  Wilhelm Furtwängler,  James Levine  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Arnold Schoenberg Choir,  Kuchl String Quartet  ... 
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    Toscanini: The Essential Recordings
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 537604 Release Date: 03/10/2017   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Edna Phillips,  Jon Garrison,  Gladys Swarthout,  Nicola Moscona  ... 
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic,  Philadelphia Orchestra
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    Eugen Jochum: Complete Recordings on DG, Vol. 1 - Orchestral Works
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002565702 Release Date: 10/14/2016   Number of Discs: 42
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Anton Bruckner,  Sir Edward Elgar  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
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    Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 38-41 / Harnoncourt, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 554937 Release Date: 04/15/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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    The Leonard Bernstein Collection, Vol. 2
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002462302 Release Date: 04/08/2016   Number of Discs: 64
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Joseph Alessi,  Philip Smith,  Glenn Dicterow,  Jaap van Zweden  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Bach Festival Percussion Ensemble
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    Mozart; Symphonies Nos. 40 & 41
    Label: Edition Taschenphilharmonie   Catalog: 5 Release Date: 03/11/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Peter Stangel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taschenphilharmonie
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  • 11.
    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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    Hummel: Mozart's Symphonies Nos. 36
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572842 Release Date: 10/09/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Uwe Grodd,  Friedemann Eichhorn,  Roland Krüger,  Martin Rummel
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    Mozart: Symphonies 40 & 41 / Giulini, Berlin Philharmonic
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88765478092 Release Date: 10/09/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Itzhak Perlman: The Complete Warner Recordings
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 552439 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 77
    Composer:  Niccolò Paganini,  Pablo de Sarasate,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman,  Pinchas Zukerman,  Ray Still,  Samuel Sanders  ... 
    Conductor:  Lawrence Foster,  Daniel Barenboim,  Itzhak Perlman,  Bernard Haitink  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra,  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 15.
    Mozart: Symphony No. 41; Dvorak: Symphony No. 8; Schubert: Symphony No. 9; Schumann: Symphony No. 4
    Label: Idi   Catalog: 6705 Release Date: 09/11/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Antonín Dvorák,  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter
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  • 16.
    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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  • 17.
    Mozart: Jupiter Symphony; Beethoven: Symphony No. 2
    Label: Dux Records   Catalog: 1196 Release Date: 06/09/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
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  • 18.
    Lorin Maazel - The Complete Early Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002251502 Release Date: 02/17/2015   Number of Discs: 18
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Igor Stravinsky,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Jeanine Collard,  Jane Berbié,  Sylvaine Gilma,  Colette Herzog  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Radio Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 19.
    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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  • 20.
    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:  Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Chamber Orchestra
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  • 21.
    Ferenc Fricsay: Complete DG Recordings, 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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  • 22.
    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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  • 23.
    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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  • 24.
    Mozart / Abbado, Orchestra Mozart
    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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  • 25.
    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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