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

Mahler: Symphony No 4; Mozart / Tennstedt, Boston
Release Date: 05/29/2012   Label: Ica Classics  
Catalog: 5072   Number of Discs: 1
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Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 3; Mozart: Piano Concerto No 24 / Sudbin, Vanska
Release Date: 02/25/2014   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1978   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Violin Concertos 3, 4 & 5 / Steinbacher
Release Date: 04/29/2014   Label: Pentatone  
Catalog: 186479   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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Mozart – Piano Concertos No 18 & 22 / Brautigam, Willens, Cologne Academy
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Catalog: 2044   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Overture

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  • 26.
    50 Best Overtures & Preludes
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 27368 Release Date: 05/22/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Vincenzo Bellini  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Gianluigi Gelmetti,  Lamberto Gardelli,  Sir Colin Davis  ... 
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  • 27.
    Best Overtures 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 27333 Release Date: 05/22/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Vincenzo Bellini  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Gianluigi Gelmetti,  Lamberto Gardelli,  Sir Colin Davis  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 28.
    Great Czech Conductors - Karel Sejna
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 4081 Release Date: 05/15/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert,  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Maria Tauberova
    Conductor:  Karel Sejna
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 29.
    Israel Philharmonic Orchestra  75th Anniversay - Great Moments
    Label: Helicon   Catalog: 29649 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Franz Schubert,  Johannes Brahms,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman,  Pinchas Zukerman,  Rudolf Buchbinder,  Alicia De Larrocha  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Herbert Blomstedt,  Gary Bertini,  Kurt Masur  ... 
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    Icon - Bruno Walter: The Early Years
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 6790262 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Bruno Walter,  Lauritz Melchior,  Alfred Jerger,  Emanuel List  ... 
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  British Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris  ... 
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  • 31.
    Mozart: Symphonies After Serenades, Overtures, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 796342 Release Date: 02/28/2012   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ignace Joseph Pleyel
    Performer:  Charles Neidich,  William Purvis,  Stewart Rose,  Dennis Godburn  ... 
    Conductor:  Bruno Weil
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik,  Mozzafiato
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  • 32.
    New Year's Concert 2006 / Kurt Masur, Teatro La Fenice
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 107283 Release Date: 01/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gaetano Donizetti
    Performer:  Joseph Calleja,  Fiorenza Cedolins,  Roberto Scandiuzzi
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venice Teatro la Fenice Orchestra,  Venice Teatro la Fenice Chorus
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  • 33.
    Classical Hits Of The Cinema
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 30756 Release Date: 01/24/2012   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Alfred Newman,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Gustav Mahler,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Frank Peter Zimmermann,  Piotr Anderszewski,  Christian Zacharias
    Conductor:  Paul Bateman,  Lorin Maazel,  Andrew Litton,  Piotr Anderszewski  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 34.
    Best Of Mozart [tgg Direct]
    Label: Tgg Direct   Catalog: 60259 Release Date: 11/22/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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  • 35.
    My First Mozart Album
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578204 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Hana Mullerova,  Jirí Válek,  Jénö Jandó,  Takako Nishizaki  ... 
    Conductor:  Pier G. Morandi,  Barry Wordsworth,  Petter Sundkvist,  Richard Edlinger  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concentus Hungaricus,  German Wind Soloists
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  • 36.
    The 50 Most Essential Mozart Masterpieces
    Label: X5 Music Group   Catalog: 112 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Finghin Collins,  Elisabeth Ganter,  Maszella Holzapfel,  Julie Palloc  ... 
    Conductor:  Heribert Beissel,  David Parry,  Francesco Macci,  Zdenek Kosler  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Soloists,  St. Petersburg Soloists,  New York Philomusica
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  • 37.
    Encore! / 	United States Army Brass Quintet
    Label: Altissimo   Catalog: 62272 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Chuck Seipp,  George Frideric Handel,  Claude Debussy,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ... 
    Performer:  Steve Fidyk,  Harry Watters,  Jon Voth,  Joseph Lovinsky  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  United States Army Brass Quintet
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  • 38.
    Famous Overtures
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300249 Release Date: 09/13/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Daniel-François Auber,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Georges Bizet,  Luigi Cherubini  ... 
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  • 39.
    The Britannic Organ, Vol. 1
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 840 Release Date: 08/30/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Hector Berlioz,  Richard Wagner,  Felix Alexandre Guilmant  ... 
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  • 40.
    Favorite Film Music
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 82154 Release Date: 07/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francisco Tarrega,  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi,  Franz Schubert,  Sir Edward Elgar  ... 
    Performer:  Christopher Parkening,  Robin Blaze,  Lesley Garrett,  Laszlo Varga  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Daniel,  Norman Del Mar,  Sir Adrian Boult,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
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  • 41.
    Pure... Classical
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 7915022 Release Date: 07/05/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  George Frideric Handel,  Arcangelo Corelli  ... 
    Performer:  Glenn Gould,  Alicia De Larrocha,  André Watts,  Anthony Newman  ... 
    Conductor:  Vladimir Spivakov,  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Robert Salter,  Eugene Ormandy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra,  Tafelmusik,  Brandenburg Collegium
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  • 42.
    Label: Millennium Brass   Catalog: 5637764040 Release Date: 05/31/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Anthony di Lorenzo,  Giacomo Puccini,  Elam Sprenkle  ... 
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  • 43.
    Mozart: Overtures / Marcon, La Cetra Baroque Orchestra Basel
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001550902 Release Date: 05/17/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Andrea Marcon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Cetra Baroque Orchestra Basel
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  • 44.
    The Mozart Experience
    Label: Wcj   Catalog: 81002 Release Date: 02/22/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Karl Engel,  Joan Rodgers,  Sharon Kam,  Charlotte Margiono  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Ton Koopman,  Leopold Hager,  Raymond Leppard  ... 
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  • 45.
    The Mozart Opera Experience
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 81682 Release Date: 02/22/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ann Murray,  Peter Schreier,  Michael Kuhn,  Yvonne Kenny  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
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  • 46.
    Mozart: Arias & Overtures / Mertens, Hagel, Capella Weilburgensis
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 10036 Release Date: 01/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Klaus Mertens
    Conductor:  Doris Hagel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Weilburgensis
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  • 47.
    The Ultimate Mozart Opera Album
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578064-65 Release Date: 12/14/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Michelle Breedt,  Rohangiz Yachmi,  Peter Mikulas,  Joanna Borowska  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Halász,  Johannes Wildner,  Barry Wordsworth
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  • 48.
    The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra 70th Anniversary - Essential Recordings [12-CD Set]
    Label: Helicon   Catalog: 9614 Release Date: 12/07/2010   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Schubert,  Jules Massenet  ... 
    Performer:  Shlomo Mintz,  Julius Katchen,  Artur Rubinstein,  Daniel Barenboim  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Kletzki,  Josef Krips,  Sir Georg Solti,  Jean Martinon  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  Ankor Children's Chorus,  Israel Philharmonia Singers
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  • 49.
    Zubin Mehta & The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra - Live Recordings 1963-2006 [12-CD Set]
    Label: Helicon   Catalog: 9625 Release Date: 12/07/2010   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Radu Lupu,  Arie Vardi,  Yefim Bronfman,  Alicia De Larrocha  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  Prague Philharmonic Choir,  Scottish National Chorus  ... 
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  • 50.
    Best Of Classics - Bach, Beethoven, Strauss, Vivaldi, Dvorak, Chopin, Mozart
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 4013 Release Date: 10/26/2010   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Antonín Dvorák,  Leos Janácek  ... 
    Performer:  Jiri Reinberger,  Jan Kalfus,  Miroslav Kejmar,  Zuzana Ruzicková  ... 
    Conductor:  Bohumil Kulínsky,  Jaroslav Krcek,  Milan Munclinger,  Josef Vlach  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Children's Chorus,  Musica Bohemica,  Ars Rediviva  ... 
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