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

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: Requiem / Butt, Dunedin Consort
Release Date: 03/25/2014   Label: Linn Records  
Catalog: 449   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Clarinet Concerto, Clarinet Quintet / Frost
Release Date: 10/21/2003   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1263   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart – Piano Concertos No 18 & 22 / Brautigam, Willens, Cologne Academy
Release Date: 04/29/2014   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 2044   Number of Discs: 1
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An Amadeus Affair / Anderson & Roe
Release Date: 02/25/2014   Label: Steinway & Sons  
Catalog: 30022   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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  • 101.
    Mozart: Ses 100 Chefs-d'oeuvre
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 346789 Release Date: 12/02/2005   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Emile Naoumoff,  Jack Brymer,  Christian Zacharias,  Frank Peter Zimmermann  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Sir Neville Marriner,  David Zinman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sabine Meyer Wind Ensemble,  Melos Ensemble London,  Nash Ensemble  ... 
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  • 102.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Bidu Sayao
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89624 Release Date: 11/29/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Charles Gounod  ... 
    Performer:  Bidu Sayao
    Conductor:  Fausto Cleva,  Erich Leinsdorf,  Pietro Cimara
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
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  • 103.
    Reopening Of The Vienna State Opera - 1955 / Goltz, Et Al
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90675 Release Date: 11/29/2005   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Richard Wagner,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Emmy Loose,  Hilde Rössl-Majdan,  Karl Kamann,  Rudolf Lustig  ... 
    Conductor:  Otto Ackermann,  Meinhard Von Zallinger,  Herbert Kegel,  Wilhelm Schüchter  ... 
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  • 104.
    The Mozart Collection - Limited Edition Box Set
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000552802 Release Date: 11/08/2005   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Willard White,  Hans-Peter Blochwitz,  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Barbara Bonney  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner,  Myung-Whun Chung,  Sir Georg Solti,  Karl Böhm  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  English Baroque Soloists,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra  ... 
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  • 105.
    Dokumente Einer Sängerkarriere - Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 93444 Release Date: 10/25/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
    Conductor:  John Pritchard,  Josef Krips,  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 106.
    The Very Best Of Mozart
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8552111-12 Release Date: 10/18/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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  • 107.
    Mozart: Die Hochzeit Des Figaro - Highlights / Suitner
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 9079 Release Date: 10/01/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Walter Berry,  Hilde Gueden,  Annelies Burmeister,  Edith Mathis  ... 
    Conductor:  Otmar Suitner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
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  • 108.
    Mozart: Opera Arias / Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Et Al
    Label: Emi Great Recordings Of The Century   Catalog: 76845 Release Date: 09/13/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Fritz Sedlak,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
    Conductor:  Josef Krips,  John Pritchard,  Herbert von Karajan,  Warwick Braithwaite
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 109.
    Frederica Von Stade Sings Mozart & Rossini Arias
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186158 Release Date: 08/16/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Frederica Von Stade
    Conductor:  Edo De Waart
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 110.
    Essential Opera
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000491402 Release Date: 08/09/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Charles Gounod,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli,  Leo Nucci,  Michael Kraus,  Mirella Freni  ... 
    Conductor:  Giuseppe Patané,  Richard Bonynge,  Sir Georg Solti,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra,  Ambrosian Opera Chorus,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 111.
    Mozart Opera Festival
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4767437 Release Date: 06/13/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Tom Krause,  Lucia Popp,  Werner Krenn,  Brigitte Fassbaender  ... 
    Conductor:  István Kertész
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Haydn Orchestra
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  • 112.
    El Efecto Mozart: Música Para Niños Vol 2
    Label: Children's Group   Catalog: 84387 Release Date: 04/19/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Buskers,  Salzburg Chamber Orchestra,  Northern Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 113.
    The Symposium Opera Collection / Adelina Patti
    Label: Symposium   Catalog: 1324 Release Date: 03/29/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Antonio Lotti,  Stephen Foster,  Charles Gounod  ... 
    Performer:  Adelina Patti,  Landon Ronald,  Alfredo Barili,  Marianne Eisler
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  • 114.
    100 Best Opera Classics
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 862112 Release Date: 02/15/2005   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Gioachino Rossini,  Richard Wagner,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Gary Lakes,  Maria Callas,  Tito Gobbi,  Nicolai Gedda  ... 
    Conductor:  James Conlon,  Alceo Galliera,  Lamberto Gardelli,  James Levine  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 115.
    Jane Gilchrist - Vocalise
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 57867 Release Date: 02/08/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Victor Herbert,  Friedrich von Flotow  ... 
    Performer:  Jane Gilchrist
    Conductor:  Kirk Trevor
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 116.
    Mozart: Arias / Andrea Rost
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 62030 Release Date: 01/25/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Andrea Rost
    Conductor:  Tamás Pál
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Franz Liszt Academy Chamber Orchestra
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  • 117.
    The Most Relaxing Opera Music In The Universe
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17331 Release Date: 09/07/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  George Frideric Handel,  Gaetano Donizetti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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  • 118.
    Mozart, Schubert: Opera & Concert Arias /Elly Ameling, Et Al
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186133 Release Date: 08/17/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Elly Ameling,  Dalton Baldwin
    Conductor:  Edo De Waart
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 119.
    Belle Voci - Arias
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 29762 Release Date: 05/18/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  George Frideric Handel,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Suzie LeBlanc,  Lyne Fortin,  Luc Beauséjour,  Marie-Nicole Lemieux  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon,  Joseph Rescigno
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik,  L'Orchestre Metropolitan,  Montreal Opera Orchestra
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  • 120.
    Una Voce Poco Fa - Portrait Of Teresa Berganza
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000233502 Release Date: 05/11/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jesus Guridi,  Gioachino Rossini,  Jesús y Gárate Arámbarri,  Manuel de Falla  ... 
    Performer:  Teresa Berganza,  Felix Lavilla Munarriz,  Roger Hager,  Geoffrey Parsons
    Conductor:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Sir Alexander Gibson,  Gerardo Gombau,  Benito Lauret  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sir Alexander Gibson,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestra  ... 
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  • 121.
    Opera Arias / Evelyn Lear, Et Al
    Label: Vai Audio   Catalog: 1224 Release Date: 03/16/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  George Frideric Handel,  Richard Strauss,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Evelyn Lear
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm,  Lorin Maazel,  Mathias Kunsche,  Carlos Kleiber  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra,  Salzburg Festival Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 122.
    Love Moods - The Most Romantic Classics
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000174302 Release Date: 01/13/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Agustín Barrios Mangoré,  Gioachino Rossini,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Franz Schmidt  ... 
    Performer:  Alexander-Sergei Ramirez,  Teresa Berganza,  Gil Shaham,  Ben Heppner  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Giuseppe Sinopoli,  Neeme Järvi,  Karl-Heinz Loges  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 123.
    The Artistry Of Elly Ameling
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000121702 Release Date: 10/14/2003   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Antonio Carlos Jobim,  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  John Clayton,  Louis van Dijk,  Elly Ameling,  Jörg Demus  ... 
    Conductor:  Raymond Leppard,  Vittorio Negri,  Edo De Waart,  Antal Doráti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Berlin Chamber Orchestra,  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 124.
    Malena Ernman - My Love
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 5020 Release Date: 10/01/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bo Nilsson,  Nils Lindberg,  Edward "Duke" Ellington,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Magnus Lindgren,  Malena Ernman,  Mats Bergström,  Hans Backenroth
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  • 125.
    The World's Very Best Opera For Kids...in English!
    Label: Children's Group   Catalog: 84341 Release Date: 09/23/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  George Frideric Handel,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Erin Thrall,  Daniel Taylor,  Tracy Dahl,  Michael Schade  ... 
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