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
Mozart: Piano Concertos 18 & 19 / Uchida, Cleveland
Release Date: 09/02/2014   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 002130402   Number of Discs: 1
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Opus Arte Mozart DVD 3-Pack
Release Date: 10/27/2014   Label: Kultur Video  
Catalog: 4990   Number of Discs: 6
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The Mozart Album / Lang Lang
Release Date: 09/30/2014   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 308253   Number of Discs: 2
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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: Piano Concertos No 22 & 24 / Angela Hewitt
Release Date: 07/08/2014   Label: Hyperion  
Catalog: 68049   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Voi che sapete che cosa è amor

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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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    Voices of Firestone DVD 4-Pack - Bjorling, Sutherland, Merrill, Stevens
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 4938 Release Date: 04/07/2014   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Richard Rodgers,  Georges Bizet,  Rudolf Friml,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Risë Stevens,  Jussi Björling,  Anne-Lisa Björling,  Dame Joan Sutherland  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Bonynge,  Howard Barlow
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Voice of Firestone Orchestra
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    Opera Recital / Jarmila Novotna
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 4158 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Jacques Offenbach,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Jarmila Novotná
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    Irmgard Seefried - Recordings 1944-67
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 877134 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Carl Maria von Weber  ... 
    Performer:  Irmgard Seefried
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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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    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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    Mozart: Arias
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 44429 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Andrea [Soprano Vocals] Rost
    Conductor:  Tamás Pál
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    La Passion Lemieux
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5340 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jules Massenet,  Hector Berlioz,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Marie-Nicole Lemieux
    Conductor:  Fabien Gabel,  Bernard Labadie,  Alan Curtis,  Jean-Christophe Spinosi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Orchestra,  Les Violons du Roy,  Il Complesso Barocco  ... 
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    ReJoyce - The Best of Joyce DiDonato
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 341212 Release Date: 09/03/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Giovanni Porta,  Geminiano Giacomelli,  Giuseppe Maria Orlandini  ... 
    Performer:  Joyce DiDonato,  Patrizia Ciofi,  Anna Netrebko,  Nabil Suliman
    Conductor:  Christophe Rousset,  Alan Curtis,  Kazushi Ono,  Edoardo Müller  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques,  Il Complesso Barocco,  Lyon National Opera Orchestra  ... 
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    L'Excellence Se Fete - A Celebration of Excellence
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 297257 Release Date: 04/09/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  André Mathieu,  Antonín Dvorák,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Alain Lefčvre,  Marie-Nicole Lemieux,  Louise-Andrée Baril,  Valerie Milot  ... 
    Conductor:  Yoav Talmi,  Bruno Weil,  Jeanne Lamon,  Jean-Philippe Tremblay  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alcan String Quartet,  Tafelmusik,  La Pieta  ... 
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    Top 50 Favourite Classical Chillout Tunes
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94659 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Antonín Dvorák,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Klára Würtz,  Sara Crombach,  Wladislav Warenberg,  Alexander Goldenweiser  ... 
    Conductor:  Dirk Vermeulen,  Paavo Järvi,  Roy Goodman,  Gil Sharon  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prima La Musica,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Hanover Band  ... 
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    Label: Universal   Catalog: 33782 Release Date: 01/01/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Giordani,  Giacomo Puccini,  Enya,  James Horner  ... 
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    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:  Andrea Flammineis,  Julian Milford,  Emily Pailthorpe,  Elizabeth Martyn  ... 
    Conductor:  Mark Gould
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    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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    Opera Arias / Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Bernard Labadie, Les Violons Du Roy
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5264 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Carl Heinrich Graun,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Marie-Nicole Lemieux
    Conductor:  Bernard Labadie
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Violons du Roy
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    Mozart Album / Johnson
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 6116 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Emma Johnson
    Conductor:  Emma Johnson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  ConTempo String Quartet
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    Le Belle Immagini
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001697202 Release Date: 07/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Josef Myslivecek
    Performer:  Barbara Maria Willi,  Jindrich Pavlis,  Magdalena Kozená,  Vladislav Borovka
    Conductor:  Michel Swierczewski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Opera 2012
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001675802 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Umberto Giordano,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Andrea Bocelli,  Anna Netrebko,  Jonas Kaufmann,  Cecilia Bartoli  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Fabio Luisi,  Antonio Pappano,  Giovanni Antonini  ... 
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    Angelic Voices: The Sound Of The Boy Treble
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1379 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gaelic Traditional,  Charles Gounod,  Gabriel Fauré,  Ralph Vaughan Williams  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Davey
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    In 'n' Out: Every Moment Has Its Music
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 96102 Release Date: 01/31/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Niccolň Paganini,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Ernesto Lecuona,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Angčle Dubeau,  Alvaro Pierri,  Bernadene Blaha,  Elizabeth Dolin  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorraine Desmarais,  Kent Nagano,  Joseph Rescigno
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gryphon Trio,  Montreal Jazz Club,  Duo Gaulin-Riverin  ... 
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    Popular Opera Arias
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300250 Release Date: 09/13/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Hermann Prey,  Ruth-Margaret Pütz,  Franz Crass,  Annelies Burmeister  ... 
    Conductor:  Otmar Suitner,  Siegfried Kurz,  Giuseppe Patané,  Horst Stein  ... 
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    The Mozart Effect: Music For Children
    Label: Children's Group   Catalog: 85005 Release Date: 08/30/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Dag Ingram,  Michael Copley,  Takako Nishizaki,  Hana Mullerova  ... 
    Conductor:  Johannes Wildner,  Richard Edlinger,  Nicholas Ward,  Stephen Gunzenhauser  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Buskers,  Capella Istropolitana,  German Wind Soloists
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    Amadeus: Best Of Mozart
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 82164 Release Date: 07/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leopold Mozart,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Emile Naoumoff,  Stephen Hough,  Andrei Gavrilov,  Sabine Meyer  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Bryden Thomson,  Hans Vonk,  Jeffrey Tate  ... 
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    Elisabeth Schwarzkopf Sings Strauss & Mozart
    Label: Alto Records   Catalog: 4001080 Release Date: 06/21/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
    Conductor:  Mario Rossi,  John Pritchard,  Herbert von Karajan,  Otto Ackermann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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    Clarinart Ensemble
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 1323 Release Date: 06/14/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Johann Wenth,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  ClarinArt Ensemble
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