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: Violin Concertos Nos 3, 4 & 5 / Kraggerud, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Release Date: 06/10/2016   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8573513   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Complete Symphonies / Ward, Wordsworth, Northern Chamber Orchestra, Capella Istropolitana
Release Date: 05/28/2013   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8501109   Number of Discs: 11
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Mozart & Mendelssohn: Piano Concertos / Dorken, Vogt, Royal Northern Sinfonia
Release Date: 07/29/2016   Label: Ars Produktion  
Catalog: ARS38210   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart & Contemporaries / Stadler Trio
Release Date: 07/29/2016   Label: Glossa  
Catalog: GCDC80603   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart / Galliano
Release Date: 07/15/2016   Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: B002522202   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Non più andrai farfallone amoroso

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    Opera Gold: 100 Great Tracks
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002503602 Release Date: 06/03/2016   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Georges Bizet,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Umberto Giordano  ... 
    Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti,  Marilyn Horne,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Mirella Freni  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Henry Lewis,  Richard Bonynge,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Alldis Choir,  Wandsworth School Boys' Choir,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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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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    Decca Sound: 55 Great Vocal Recitals
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002495002 Release Date: 05/20/2016   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Gustave Charpentier,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Jules Massenet,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Suzanne Danco,  Pierre Mollet,  Guido Agosti,  Gervase de Peyer  ... 
    Conductor:  Alberto Erede,  Ernest Ansermet,  Karl Böhm,  Rudolf Moralt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra  ... 
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    Stokowski - Gala Night at the Opera - 1962
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 2410 Release Date: 01/05/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Spoken Word,  Richard Wagner,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Alexander Borodin  ... 
    Performer:  George London,  Birgit Nilsson
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
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    111: The Collector's Editions [111 CDs]
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002422702 Release Date: 12/11/2015   Number of Discs: 111
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Maurice Ravel,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  David Oistrakh,  Igor Oistrakh,  Sviatoslav Richter,  Martha Argerich  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Daniel Barenboim,  Lorin Maazel,  Franz Konwitschny  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Amadeus Quartet,  Orchestre de Paris  ... 
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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,  Hamburger Bläserkreis für Alte Musik  ... 
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    Operatic Recital
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002109302 Release Date: 08/05/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Richard Wagner,  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Paul [Baritone Vocal] Schoeffler,  Maria Reining,  Hilde Gueden,  Günther Treptow  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm,  Rudolf Moralt,  Hans Knappertsbusch,  Heinrich Hollreiser
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    Best Of Teddy Tahu Rhodes
    Label: Abc Classics   Catalog: 4764619 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Teddy Tahu Rhodes [Baritone Vocals],  Kristian Chong,  David Hobson,  Sharolyn Kimmorley  ... 
    Conductor:  Antony Walker,  Ola Rudner,  Sebastian Lang-Lessing,  Thomas Woods  ... 
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    Most Wanted Recitals -  Fernando Corena Sings Il Maestro Di Capella  And Mozart Concert Arias
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002065902 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Domenico Cimarosa
    Performer:  Fernando Corena
    Conductor:  Alberto Erede,  Peter Maag,  Argeo Quadri,  Bruno Amaducci
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    Mozart: Arias / Tahu Rhodes, Ola Rudner, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Abc Classics   Catalog: 4728262 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Teddy Tahu Rhodes [Baritone Vocals]
    Conductor:  Ola Rudner
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    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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    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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  • 14.
    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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    Erato - 50 CD Collection
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 46441 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Tomaso Albinoni,  Giuseppe Tartini,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Giuseppe Torelli  ... 
    Performer:  Maurice André,  Pierre Pierlot,  Paul Hongne,  Jacques Chambon  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Jean-François Paillard,  Frigyes Sándor,  Kent Nagano  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ens.,  Paillard Chamber Orchestra,  Vienna Soloists  ... 
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    Insects, Bugs And Other Species
    Label: Orlando   Catalog: 4 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dora Cojocaru,  Jorg-Martin Willnauer,  Rene Starr,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Clarinettissimo
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    Teldec - 50-CD Collection
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 643851 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Antonín Dvorák,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  András Schiff,  Josef Protschka,  Barbara Bonney,  Edita Gruberova  ... 
    Conductor:  Iván Fischer,  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Carlo Rizzi,  Reinbert De Leeuw  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Festival Orchestra,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra  ... 
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    Terzetti
    Label: Passacaille   Catalog: 959 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christoph Graupner,  Georg Druschetzky,  Franz Xaver Süssmayr,  Giuseppe De Blumenthal  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Andrássy Trio
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  • 19.
    Baritone Masterclass - Cilea, Puccini, Verdi, Mozart, Rossini, Etc / Tito Gobbi
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1183 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Francesco Cilèa,  Giacomo Puccini,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Tito Gobbi
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  • 20.
    Singers Of The Century - 40 Greats Of  The 20th Century
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 2078 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Pietro Mascagni,  Umberto Giordano  ... 
    Performer:  Ettore Bastianini,  Giuseppe Taddei,  Richard Tucker,  Mario Del Monaco  ... 
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  • 21.
    Oboe Divas! Operatic Duos And Ensembles From Handel To Wagner
    Label: Oboe Classics   Catalog: 2018 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti,  George Frideric Handel,  Richard Blackford,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Julian Milford,  Emily Pailthorpe,  Andrea Flammineis,  Elaine Douvas  ... 
    Conductor:  Mark Gould
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  • 22.
    Mozart Treasures
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 2586 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Leopold Mozart,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Emile Naoumoff,  Michel Portal,  Jean-Bernard Pommier,  Paul Meyer  ... 
    Conductor:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Christopher Warren-Green,  John Nelson,  Mikhail Pletnev  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Orchestral de Paris
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  • 23.
    Mozart: Opera Arias / Ferruccio Furlanetto
    Label: Newton Classics   Catalog: 8802179 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ferruccio Furlanetto
    Conductor:  Ion Marin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
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    Mozart: Die Zauberflote; Divertimento, Kv 439b; Le Nozze Di Figaro; Adagio, Kv 410
    Label: Gramola   Catalog: 98941 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Reinhold Brunner,  Petra Stump,  Heinz Peter Linshalm,  Milan Turkovic
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  • 25.
    Best Of Mozart
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300338 Release Date: 06/12/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Hermann [Baritone Vocal] Prey,  Annerose Schmidt,  Peter Schreier,  Theo Adam  ... 
    Conductor:  Otmar Suitner,  Kurt Masur,  Siegfried Kurz,  Herbert Kegel  ... 
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