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
Mozart: Piano Concertos 18 & 19 / Uchida, Cleveland
Release Date: 09/02/2014   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 002130402   Number of Discs: 1
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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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Opus Arte Mozart DVD 3-Pack
Release Date: 10/27/2014   Label: Kultur Video  
Catalog: 4990   Number of Discs: 6
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Mozart: Die Zauberflote / Royal, Nagy, Rattle [Blu-ray]
Release Date: 09/30/2014   Label: Berlin Philharmonic  
Catalog: 130012   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Piano Concertos No 22 & 24 / Angela Hewitt
Release Date: 07/08/2014   Label: Hyperion  
Catalog: 68049   Number of Discs: 1
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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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    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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    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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    Johann Michael Haydn: Menuette; Joseph Haydn: Sinfonia Concertante; Mozart: Sinfonie In C Major
    Label: Gramola   Catalog: 99017 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Haydn,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Paul Angerer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consortium Musicum
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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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  • 11.
    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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    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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    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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    Scottish Chamber Orchestra 40th Special Anniversary Edition
    Label: Linn Records   Catalog: 540 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Jean Sibelius,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Robin Ticciati,  Joseph Swensen,  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
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    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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    Mozart - 1781-91, The Decade of Masterpieces
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908409 Release Date: 01/14/2014   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Bernarda Fink,  Graciela Oddone,  Marcel Boone,  Werner Güra  ... 
    Conductor:  René Jacobs,  Philippe Herreweghe,  Gottfried Von der Goltz,  Andrew Manze
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne,  Cologne Chamber Choir,  La Chapelle Royale Paris  ... 
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    Mozart: Complete Symphonies / Jeffrey Tate,  English Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 8463824 Release Date: 01/14/2014   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Jeffrey Tate
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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    Mozart: Symphony No. 39 - 41 / Walter, Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Staatskapelle, Bbc Symphony
    Label: Opus Kura   Catalog: 2107 Release Date: 01/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Orchestra
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  • 19.
    Mozart: Symphonies, Vol. 12
    Label: Dacapo   Catalog: 6220639 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Adám Fischer
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  • 20.
    Berlin Philharmonic - Centenary Edition
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001923302 Release Date: 10/22/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Hector Berlioz,  Richard Wagner,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Géza Anda,  Walter Berry,  Gundula Janowitz,  Hilde Rössl-Majdan  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Nikisch,  Alfred Hertz,  Richard Strauss,  Bruno Walter  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein,  Swedish Radio Chorus  ... 
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  • 21.
    Britten The Performer - Complete Decca Recordings
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001922102 Release Date: 10/22/2013   Number of Discs: 27
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Henry Purcell,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Adrian Thompson,  John Tobin,  Jenny Hill,  Robert Tear  ... 
    Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Wandsworth School Boys' Choir,  Wandsworth School Choir  ... 
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  • 22.
    Wolfgang Sawallisch In Prague [5-CD Set]
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 4140 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Antonín Dvorák,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Bohuslav Martinu  ... 
    Performer:  Josef Suk
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra,  Prague Philharmonic Chorus
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  • 23.
    Karajan - 1970s
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001873702 Release Date: 09/03/2013   Number of Discs: 82
    Composer:  Arcangelo Corelli,  Francesco Manfredini,  Pietro Antonio Locatelli,  Giuseppe Torelli  ... 
    Performer:  Thomas Brandis,  Michel Schwalbé,  Karlheinz Zöller,  Edith Mathis  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Hans Priem Bergrath
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus  ... 
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  • 24.
    Mozart: The Complete Symphonies / Hogwood, AAM
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 4802577 Release Date: 09/03/2013   Number of Discs: 19
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
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    Mozart: The Last Symphonies / Herreweghe, Champs Elysees Orchestra
    Label: Phi   Catalog: 011 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Champs-Élysées Orchestra
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