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 18 & 19 / Uchida, Cleveland
Release Date: 09/02/2014   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 002130402   Number of Discs: 1
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The Mozart Album / Netrebko, Quasthoff, Garanca...
Release Date: 08/08/2006   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 000673002   Number of Discs: 1
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Robert Casadesus Plays Mozart
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Catalog: 7808372   Number of Discs: 5
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Mozart: La Finta Giardiniera / Ainsley, Gens, Bolton
Release Date: 01/09/2007   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 000814709   Number of Discs: 2
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Mozart: Complete Edition
Release Date: 09/02/2014   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 1116167   Number of Discs: 170
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  • 176.
    Stravinsky: Danses Concertantes; Mozart / Norrington
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 567011 Release Date: 10/30/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Roger Norrington
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Camerata Academica
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  • 177.
    Mozart: Symphony No 41, Concertos / Beecham, Brymer, Et Al
    Label: Emi Great Recordings Of The Century   Catalog: 67601 Release Date: 09/11/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Gwydion Brooke,  Jack Brymer
    Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 178.
    Golden - Great Conductors At The Piano / Kempe, Kubelik, Etc
    Label: Melodram   Catalog: 40048 Release Date: 07/31/2001   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Alfredo Casella,  Antonín Dvorák,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Alfred Brendel,  Norbert Brainin,  Peter Schidlof,  Robert Casadesus  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugen Jochum,  Rudolf Kempe,  Rafael Kubelik,  Fritz Rieger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 179.
    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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  • 180.
    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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  • 181.
    Lifestyles For Baby - Unforgettable Moments
    Label: Lifestyles   Catalog: 315011 Release Date: 03/06/2001   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Claude Debussy,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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  • 182.
    A Night At The Symphony
    Label: Lifestyles   Catalog: 215003 Release Date: 01/16/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Frédéric Chopin,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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  • 183.
    Mozart: Symphonies No 28 & 41 / Sieghart, Mozart Academy
    Label: Amadis   Catalog: 7033 Release Date: 10/07/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Martin Sieghart
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mozart Academy of Bratislava
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  • 184.
    Hans Zender Edition Vol 1 - Mozart: Symphonies 32, 36 & 41
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 999473 Release Date: 10/06/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Hans Zender
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 185.
    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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  • 186.
    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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  • 187.
    Classics For The Occasion - Palate Pleasers
    Label: Columbia River Entertainment   Catalog: 1055 Release Date: 01/30/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Hermann Scherchen,  Franz Konwitschny
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
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  • 188.
    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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  • 189.
    Mozart: Symphonies No 39-41 / Böhm, Berlin Philharmonic
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4632322 Release Date: 11/01/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 190.
    Mozart: 46 Symphonies / Arigoni, Italian Philharmonic
    Label: Membran International Gmbh   Catalog: 203300 Release Date: 10/26/1999   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Alessandro Arigoni
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 191.
    Mozart: Symphonies Nos 35 & 41 / Karajan, Anda
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 453199 Release Date: 07/02/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Géza Anda
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 192.
    Bernstein Century - Mozart: Symphonies No 39 & 41, Etc
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 60973 Release Date: 05/18/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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  • 193.
    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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  • 194.
    Mozart: Symphonies 38 & 41 / Végh, Camerata Academica
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 486981 Release Date: 11/01/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Sandor Végh
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Academica
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  • 195.
    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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  • 196.
    Mozart: Symphonies No 32, 35, 36, 39 And 41 / Saraste
    Label: Virgin Classics Veritas   Catalog: 561451 Release Date: 05/05/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Jukka-Pekka Saraste
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
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  • 197.
    Label: Spj Music   Catalog: 90016 Release Date: 04/07/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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  • 198.
    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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  • 199.
    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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  • 200.
    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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