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: 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: The Magic Flute for Children / Barthel
Release Date: 08/26/2016   Label: Arthaus Musik  
Catalog: 109258   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: 3 Salzburg Symphonies / Huss, Haydn Sinfonietta Wien
Release Date: 08/12/2016   Label: Bis  
Catalog: BIS-2218   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Rare Choral Works / Patterson, Gloriae dei Cantores
Release Date: 04/25/2006   Label: Paraclete Recordings  
Catalog: 3363   Number of Discs: 2
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Work: Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Voi che sapete che cosa è amor

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  • 101.
    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  ... 
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  • 102.
    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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  • 103.
    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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  • 104.
    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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  • 105.
    The #1 Mozart Album
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000063902 Release Date: 07/01/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Hans-Peter Blochwitz,  Willard White,  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Barbara Bonney  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine,  John Eliot Gardiner,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Karl Böhm  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Monteverdi Choir,  English Baroque Soloists  ... 
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  • 106.
    Essential Mozart Opera
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 473824 Release Date: 03/11/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Pilar Lorengar,  Teresa Berganza,  Gabriel Bacquier,  Ryland Davies  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti,  István Kertész,  Sir Colin Davis,  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Orchestra  ... 
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  • 107.
    The Voice Of Romance / Bartoli, Bergonzi, Carreras, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 472630 Release Date: 01/28/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Eldo Di Lazzaro,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti,  Carlo Bergonzi,  Susanne Marsee,  Beverly Sills  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Herbert von Karajan,  Henry Mancini,  Leone Magiera  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Mancini Orchestra  ... 
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  • 108.
    Great Hungarian Voices - Erzsébet Házy
    Label: Hungaroton   Catalog: 31996 Release Date: 01/07/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Kurt Weill,  Zoltán Kodály,  Giacomo Puccini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo  ... 
    Performer:  Erzsebet Hazy
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  • 109.
    50 Years Of Mozart Singing On Record
    Label: Emi Studio   Catalog: 63750 Release Date: 09/10/2002   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Mariano Stabile,  Luise Helletsgruber,  Tito Gobbi,  Charles Santley  ... 
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  • 110.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Risë Stevens
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89556 Release Date: 07/30/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Georges Bizet,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Ambroise Thomas  ... 
    Performer:  Erna Berger,  Risë Stevens,  Raoul Jobin
    Conductor:  Fritz Reiner,  Georges Sebastian,  Erich Leinsdorf,  Frieder Weissmann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  Orchestra
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  • 111.
    Mozart - The Greatest Hits
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 472409 Release Date: 07/16/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux,  Elena Gilels,  Emil Gilels,  Margaret Marshall  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis,  Karl Böhm,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Sir Georg Solti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 112.
    Mozart: Famous Opera Arias / Bartoli, Gruberova, Et Al
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 41376 Release Date: 07/16/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Philip Langridge,  Cecilia Bartoli,  Lucia Popp,  Ann Murray  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Opera Orchestra,  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 113.
    Great Voices Of The Past - The Age Of Bel Canto
    Label: Opera D'oro   Catalog: 8006 Release Date: 05/07/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Gioachino Rossini,  Vincenzo Bellini  ... 
    Performer:  Marcella Sembrich,  Helen Traubel,  Amelita Galli-Curci,  Conchita Supervia  ... 
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  • 114.
    Arie Favorite / Elina Garanca
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 969 Release Date: 04/23/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Jules Massenet,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Vincenzo Bellini  ... 
    Performer:  Elina Garanca
    Conductor:  Alexander Vilumanis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Latvian National Symphony Orchestra
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  • 115.
    Music For Two Cellos
    Label: Cello Classics   Catalog: 11004 Release Date: 03/01/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacobbe Basevi Cervetto,  Julius Klengel,  Reinhold Gliere,  Paul Hindemith  ... 
    Performer:  Sarah Butcher,  Helena Binney
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  • 116.
    Le Belle Immagini - Mozart, Gluck, Myslivecek / Magdalena Kozena
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471334 Release Date: 01/15/2002   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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  • 117.
    Mozart: Piano Concerto No 9, Fantasia K475, Etc / Anda, Et Al
    Label: Dg Panorama   Catalog: 469166 Release Date: 01/15/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Walter Kreppel,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Karl [bass baritone] Kohn,  Sena Jurinac  ... 
    Conductor:  Ferenc Fricsay,  Karl Böhm,  Géza Anda
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra  ... 
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  • 118.
    Essential Mozart - 32 Of His Greatest Masterpieces
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 468517 Release Date: 03/13/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Emma Kirkby,  Margaret Price,  Bryn Terfel,  András Schiff  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood,  Sir Georg Solti,  Willi Boskovsky,  George Guest  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winchester College Chapel Choir,  Winchester Cathedral Choir,  Academy of Ancient Music  ... 
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  • 119.
    The #1 Opera Album Vol 1
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 467632 Release Date: 02/27/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Leo Nucci,  Andrea Bocelli,  Luciano Pavarotti,  Michele Pertusi  ... 
    Conductor:  Giuseppe Patané,  Leone Magiera,  Sir Georg Solti,  Zubin Mehta  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra,  National Philharmonic Orchestra,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe  ... 
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  • 120.
    Il Tenero Momento - Mozart & Gluck Arias / Susan Graham
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 85768 Release Date: 02/06/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Christoph W. Gluck
    Performer:  Susan Graham
    Conductor:  Harry Bicket
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
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  • 121.
    Ira Malaniuk - Arien Und Lieder
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90428 Release Date: 12/19/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Taras Shevchenko,  M. Voloshyn,  Mykola Lysenko  ... 
    Performer:  Ira Malaniuk,  N. Kupdehraben
    Conductor:  Andriy Hnatyszyn,  Hans Swarowsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Saint Barbara Church Choir of Vienna,  Vienna Volksoper Orchestra
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  • 122.
    Prima Voce Vol 2 - Treasury Of Opera - Historic Recordings
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 1738 Release Date: 11/28/2000   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Félicien César David,  Jacques Offenbach,  Ruggero Leoncavallo  ... 
    Performer:  Nina Koshetz,  Feodor Chaliapin,  Clement Barone,  Amelita Galli-Curci  ... 
    Conductor:  Josef Pasternack,  Franco Ghione,  Rosario Bourdon,  Hans Lange  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 123.
    Mozart: Marriage of Figaro (Highlights) / Muti, Hynninen, Price, Battle, Vienna Philharmonic
    Label: Emi Seraphim   Catalog: 74129 Release Date: 10/24/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Alejandro Ramirez,  Thomas Allen,  Ann Murray,  Margaret Price  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 124.
    Mozart: Le Nozze Di Figaro Highlights / Varady, Titus, Davis
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63707 Release Date: 09/12/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  David Syrus,  Alan Titus,  Siegmund Nimsgern,  Marilyn Schmiege  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 125.
    The Marriage Of Figaro (Highlights) / Pace, Ionata, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8554172 Release Date: 03/14/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Roberto Frontiali,  Ingrid Kertesi,  Judit Németh,  Csilla Ötvös  ... 
    Conductor:  Piergiorgio Morandi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hungarian State Opera Orchestra,  Hungarian Philharmonic Orchestra
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