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
The Mozart Album / Lang Lang
Release Date: 09/30/2014   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 308253   Number of Discs: 2
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Mozart: Piano Quartets / Solti, Melos Quartet
Release Date: 10/29/2008   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 417190   Number of Discs: 1
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The Berliner Philharmoniker Play Mozart
Release Date: 03/25/2014   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 7761522   Number of Discs: 7
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Robert Casadesus Plays Mozart
Release Date: 03/25/2014   Label: Sony (Nax615)  
Catalog: 7808372   Number of Discs: 5
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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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Work: Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Overture

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  • 201.
    Waltzes And Marches / Shipway, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Label: Platinum Disc   Catalog: 625 Release Date: 02/23/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz von Suppé,  Josef Strauss,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Conductor:  Frank Shipway
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 202.
    Tune Your Brain With Mozart - Energize
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 459571 Release Date: 10/20/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Géza Anda,  Piero Farulli,  Carol Wincenc,  William Purvis
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm,  Géza Anda,  James Levine,  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Salzburg Mozarteum Camerata Academica,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 203.
    Good Morning Mozart
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 462541 Release Date: 05/05/1998   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida,  Hermann Baumann,  Alfred Brendel,  Imogen Cooper  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Jeffrey Tate,  Pinchas Zukerman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  English Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 204.
    Mozart: Le Nozze Di Figaro Highlights / Zubin Mehta
    Label: Sony Classical Essential Classics   Catalog: 60289 Release Date: 03/17/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Angelo Nosotti,  Nicoletta Curiel,  Karita Mattila,  Lucio Gallo  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Chorus,  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra
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  • 205.
    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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  • 206.
    Mozart: Le Nozze Di Figaro Highlights / Arnold Östman
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 443191 Release Date: 04/22/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Arleen Augér,  Barbara Bonney,  Della Jones,  Alicia Nafé  ... 
    Conductor:  Arnold Östman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Drottningholm Court Theatre Orchestra,  Drottningholm Court Theatre Chorus
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  • 207.
    Mozart: Overtures, Etc / Schippers, Szell, Entremont, Et Al
    Label: Sony Classical Essential Classics   Catalog: 62830 Release Date: 03/04/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Maurice Sharp,  Marc Lifschey,  George Goslee,  Myron Bloom  ... 
    Conductor:  Philippe Entremont,  George Szell,  Bruno Walter,  Antonia Brico  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Chamber Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra,  Columbia Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 208.
    Bruno Walter Edition - Mozart: Overtures, Etc;  Haydn
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 64486 Release Date: 05/28/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
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  • 209.
    Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro Highlights / Abbado, Gallo, McNair
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 449838 Release Date: 04/01/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Sylvia McNair,  Lucio Gallo,  Ildebrando D'Arcangelo,  Cecilia Bartoli  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung
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  • 210.
    25 Romantic Favorites
    Label: Vox Cameo Classics   Catalog: 8806 Release Date: 01/30/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Philip Sousa,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Jack Wellbaum,  Dubravka Tomsic,  Ernst Mühlbacher,  Frank Morelli  ... 
    Conductor:  Erich Kunzel,  Carl Michalski,  Anton Nanut,  Franz Bauer-Theussl  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops,  Vienna Volksoper Orchestra,  Ljubljana Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 211.
    Mozart, Mendelssohn: Famous Overtures / Wordsworth
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553261 Release Date: 11/28/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Felix Mendelssohn
    Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth,  Anthony Bramall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 212.
    Opera At The Movies
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8551164 Release Date: 09/19/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Richard Wagner,  Umberto Giordano,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Miroslav Dvorsky,  Miriam Gauci,  Luba Orgonasova,  Jonathan Welch  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexander Rahbari,  Uwe Mund,  Oliver Dohnányi,  Will Humburg  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava,  Czecho-Slovak Radio Orchestra,  Slovak State Philharmonic Chorus  ... 
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  • 213.
    Mozart: Opera Gala (Highlights From Figaro,Don Giovanni)
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4610162 Release Date: 09/04/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Franz Crass,  Roberta Peters,  Fritz Wunderlich,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Dresden Staatskapelle  ... 
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  • 214.
    Paper Music / Bobby Mcferrin, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 64600 Release Date: 07/25/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Bobby McFerrin,  Layton James,  Peter Howard
    Conductor:  Bobby McFerrin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
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  • 215.
    The Best Of Opera Vol 2
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553167 Release Date: 06/27/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Amilcare Ponchielli,  Georges Bizet  ... 
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  • 216.
    Art Of Classics - Beruhmte Ouverturen Und Zwischenspiele
    Label: Intercord Klassische Diskothek   Catalog: 25929 Release Date: 05/23/1995   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Bedrich Smetana  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans Zanotelli,  Gunter Neidlinger,  George Randolph Warren,  Carl-August Bünte  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Philharmonic Orchestra,  Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 217.
    Virtuoso Orchestral Music - Mozart, Rossini, Smetana, Et Al
    Label: Intercord Saphir   Catalog: 830899 Release Date: 04/16/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Gioachino Rossini,  Harald Genzmer,  Bedrich Smetana  ... 
    Conductor:  Wojciech Rajski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Chamber Orchestra
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  • 218.
    Cinema Classics 9
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 556629 Release Date: 10/04/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Amilcare Ponchielli,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Stefan Vladar,  Wolfgang Rübsam,  Dong-Suk Kang,  Pascal Devoyon  ... 
    Conductor:  Ondrej Lenárd,  Barry Wordsworth,  Bohdan Warchal,  Oliver Dohnányi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak State Symphony Orchestra,  Capella Istropolitana,  Slovak State Philharmonic Chorus  ... 
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  • 219.
    Mozart: Overtures / Harnoncourt
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 95523 Release Date: 10/04/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Zurich Opera Mozart Orchestra  ... 
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  • 220.
    Mozart - Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony Classical   Catalog: 64053 Release Date: 08/09/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Murray Perahia,  Ferruccio Furlanetto,  Elzbieta Szmytka,  Dale Clevenger  ... 
    Conductor:  Murray Perahia,  Bruno Weil,  Gerhard Schmidt-Gaden,  Erich Leinsdorf  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Tafelmusik,  European Baroque Soloists  ... 
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  • 221.
    An Evening Of Opera / Rene Leibowitz
    Label: Chesky Records   Catalog: 61 Release Date: 06/23/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Jacques Offenbach,  Paul Dukas  ... 
    Conductor:  René Leibowitz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
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  • 222.
    Classical Music For People Who Hate Classical Music
    Label: Classical Heritage   Catalog: 1212 Release Date: 06/09/1994   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Johann Strauss Sr.  ... 
    Performer:  Hans-Christoph Becker-Foss,  Anna Lelkes,  Philippe Entremont,  Joseph Brezina  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Camerata Academica,  London Festival Orchestra,  Vienna Volksoper Orchestra  ... 
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  • 223.
    Mozart: Le Nozze Di Figaro Highlights / Barenboim, Et Al
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 94822 Release Date: 06/07/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Graham Clark,  Günter von Kannen,  Joan Rodgers,  Richard Brünner  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 224.
    Mozart - The Greatest Hits
    Label: Reference Gold   Catalog: 3603 Release Date: 04/13/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Sylvia Cápová,  Joze Ostranc,  Dalibor Brazda,  Svetlana Stanceva  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Chamber Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Mozart Festival Orchestra  ... 
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  • 225.
    Overtures - The Greatest Hits
    Label: Reference Gold   Catalog: 3611 Release Date: 04/13/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Jacques Offenbach,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slavonic Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Festival Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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