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: Gran Partita / Pinnock, Royal Academy of Music Soloists
Release Date: 04/08/2016   Label: Linn Records  
Catalog: 516   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Piano Concerto Nos 20, 21 & 27 / Buchbinder
Release Date: 01/29/2016   Label: C Major  
Catalog: 733908   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Requiem / Butt, Dunedin Consort
Release Date: 03/25/2014   Label: Linn Records  
Catalog: 449   Number of Discs: 1
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Gal & Mozart: Piano Concertos / Briggs, Woods, Royal Northern Sinfonia
Release Date: 05/06/2016   Label: Avie  
Catalog: 2358   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Symphonies No 38 - 41 / Mackerras, Scottish Co
Release Date: 02/01/2008   Label: Linn Records  
Catalog: 308   Number of Discs: 2
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Work: Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Overture

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    Discover Mozart
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 0300689 Release Date: 05/27/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Hermann Prey,  Evelyn Lear,  Thomas Steward,  Annerose Schmidt  ... 
    Conductor:  Otmar Suitner,  Hartmut Haenchen,  Heinz Fricke,  Kurt Masur  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  C.P.E. Bach Chamber Orchestra,  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Discover Opera
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 0300715 Release Date: 05/27/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Martin Ritzmann,  Theo Adam,  Sylvia Geszty,  Ingeborg Springer  ... 
    Conductor:  Manfred Honeck,  Heinz Rögner,  Otmar Suitner,  Kurt Masur  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra,  Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Leipzig Radio Chorus  ... 
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    Piano Duos & Concert / Argerich, Barenboim, West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 27281 Release Date: 04/08/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Robert Schumann,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Daniel Barenboim,  Linor Katz,  Kian Soltani  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
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    Mozart for Kids
    Label: Zyx Records   Catalog: 11009 Release Date: 02/05/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ilse Hollweg,  Marian Pivka,  Svetlana Stanceva
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Mozart Chamber Orchestra,  Stuttgarter Liederkranz  ... 
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    New Year's Concert - The Complete Works
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 503203 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 23
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Josef Strauss,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Carlos Kleiber,  Riccardo Muti,  Seiji Ozawa  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    The History of Classical Music in 24 Hours
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002403602 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 24
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Pérotin,  Guillaume de Machaut,  John Dunstable  ... 
    Performer:  Konrad Ragossnig,  Charles [Tenor Vocals] Daniels,  Susan Gritton,  Trevor Pinnock  ... 
    Conductor:  Pater Godehard Joppich,  David Munrow,  Josef Ulsamer,  Bruno Turner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London,  Ulsamer-Collegium,  Pro Cantione Antiqua  ... 
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    Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra - The Complete Sony Recordings
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88875030622 Release Date: 06/16/2015   Number of Discs: 47
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wilhelm Friedemann Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Heinrich Ignaz Biber  ... 
    Performer:  Jeanne Lamon,  Stephen Marvin,  Christina Mahler,  Ivars Taurins  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon,  Bruno Weil,  Frieder Bernius
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik,  Stuttgart Chamber Choir,  Tölz Boys Choir  ... 
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    Mozart: Opera Arias & Overtures / Watts, Baldini, Scottish CO
    Label: Linn Records   Catalog: 460 Release Date: 06/09/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Elizabeth Watts
    Conductor:  Christian Baldini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
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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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    Claudio Abbado New Years Eve Concerts Box [3 Blu-rays]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2013504 Release Date: 01/27/2015   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Pablo de Sarasate,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Bryn Terfel,  Roberto Alagna,  Mikhail Pletnev  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Swedish Radio Chorus
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    I Magnifici Della Musica Classica: Mozart
    Label: Saifam (Usa)   Catalog: 1018 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ronan O'Hara,  Jeffrey Bryant,  Jonathan Carney
    Conductor:  Jane Glover,  Jonathan Carney,  James Lockhart,  Yuri Simonov  ... 
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    My Favorite Mozart
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5392 Release Date: 08/26/2014   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Fazil Say,  Sandrine Piau,  Patrick Cohen,  Wolfgang Meyer
    Conductor:  Howard Griffiths,  Laurence Equilbey,  Emmanuel Krivine,  Rinaldo Alessandrini
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    Mozart: Piano Concertos, Kv 238 & 415
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 1806 Release Date: 08/12/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Andreas Frölich
    Conductor:  Eduard Topchjan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Schloss Schonbrunn Konzerte
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 91234 Release Date: 08/12/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Johann Strauss Sr.
    Performer:  Peter Thunhart,  Marjucka Kolehmainen,  Felicitas Morawitz
    Conductor:  Ralf Kircher
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    Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 20 & 24; The Marriage Of Figaro Overture; Sleigh Ride; Turkish March
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 2405 Release Date: 05/20/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Maria Isabella De Carli,  Ezra Rachlin
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
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    Mozart En Harmonie
    Label: Arcana   Catalog: 374 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Alfredo Bernardini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zefiro
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  • 17.
    Sir Colin Davis - The Complete RCA Legacy
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 300607 Release Date: 04/15/2014   Number of Discs: 51
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Jean Sibelius  ... 
    Performer:  Jan-Hendrik Rootering,  Barbara Fleckenstein,  Ben Heppner,  Heinrich Weber  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus  ... 
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    Karajan: Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, R. Strauss, Opera Arias - 1946-1949
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 633618 Release Date: 04/08/2014   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Leopold Wlach,  Julius Patzak,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,  Elisabeth Höngen  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Friends of Music Chorus
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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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    The Berliner Philharmoniker Play Mozart
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 7761522 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Alois Brandhofer,  Norbert Hauptmann,  Daniele Damiano,  HansJörg Schellenberger  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 21.
    Mozart: Le Nozze Di Figaro [highlights]
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002009102 Release Date: 03/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Dawn Upshaw,  Ferruccio Furlanetto,  Tatiana Troyanos,  Paul Plishka  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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    Best Of Classic
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 7016 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Bedrich Smetana,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Jacques Offenbach,  Jules Massenet  ... 
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein,  Patrice Fontanarosa,  Günther Körner,  Thierry Amadi  ... 
    Conductor:  Denise Cloutier,  Frank Shipway,  Libor Pesek,  Arturo Leonard  ... 
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  • 23.
    100 Best Mozart
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 303812 Release Date: 01/14/2014   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Leopold Mozart,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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    Bruno Walter: Overtures And Waltzes (1929-1938)
    Label: Opus Kura   Catalog: 2106 Release Date: 12/10/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Bedrich Smetana,  Carl Maria von Weber  ... 
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter
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    Claire Brua, Nicolas Cavallier, Mariette Kemmer, Gilles Ragon: Arias
    Label: Maguelone   Catalog: 350509 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Hector Berlioz,  Christoph W. Gluck  ... 
    Performer:  Nicolas Cavallier,  Claire Brua,  Gilles Ragon,  Mariette Kemmer
    Conductor:  Fernand Quattrocchi
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