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: Don Giovanni / Currentzis, Musicaeterna
Release Date: 11/04/2016   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 531603   Number of Discs: 3
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Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro / Haitink, Fleming, Glyndebourne Festival
Release Date: 04/30/2013   Label: Kultur Video  
Catalog: 2039   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro / Haitink, Fleming, Glyndebourne Festival
Release Date: 09/16/2003   Label: Kultur Video  
Catalog: 2039   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: The Christmas Album
Release Date: 11/18/2016   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 002587002   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Flute Concertos, Concerto for Flute & Harp / Gallois, Andreasson, Swedish CO
Release Date: 10/28/2003   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8557011   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 101.
    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  ... 
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  • 102.
    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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  • 103.
    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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  • 104.
    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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  • 105.
    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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  • 106.
    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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  • 107.
    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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  • 108.
    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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  • 109.
    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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  • 110.
    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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  • 111.
    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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  • 112.
    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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  • 113.
    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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  • 114.
    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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  • 115.
    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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  • 116.
    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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  • 117.
    Label: Cantolopera   Catalog: 95046 Release Date: 01/01/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Pietro Mascagni,  Francesco Cilča,  Ambroise Thomas  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonello Gotta
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  • 118.
    Mozart - The Supreme Operatic Recordings
    Label: Pearl   Catalog: 73 Release Date: 11/16/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Elisabeth Reichelt,  Walther Ludwig,  Aksel Schiotz,  Lotte Schöne  ... 
    Conductor:  Bruno Seidler-Winkler,  Mogens Wöldike,  Fritz Zweig,  Clemens Schmalstich  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Berlin State Opera Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Orchestra
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  • 119.
    La flűte ŕ l'opéra / La Flűte Enchantée Quartet
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 2186 Release Date: 10/01/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Amilcare Ponchielli,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Flűte Enchantée Quartet
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  • 120.
    The Best Opera Album In The World...ever!
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 42203 Release Date: 07/27/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Jules Massenet  ... 
    Performer:  José Carreras,  Maria Callas,  Montserrat Caballé,  Roberto Alagna  ... 
    Conductor:  Alain Lombard,  Georges Prętre,  Riccardo Muti,  Sir Charles Mackerras  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rhine Opera Chorus,  Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra,  ORTF National Orchestra  ... 
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  • 121.
    Simply The Best Night At The Opera / Algana, Bartoli, Et Al
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 26499 Release Date: 07/06/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Richard Wagner,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Samuel Ramey,  Annick Massis,  Marilyn Horne,  Hĺkan Hagegĺrd  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Scimone,  Marc Minkowski,  Lawrence Foster,  Marek Janowski  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti,  Le Concert des Tuileries,  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 122.
    Sir Georg Solti - A Celebration
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 466000 Release Date: 01/12/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Giacomo Puccini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu,  Maxim Vengerov,  Anne Sofie von Otter
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Mstislav Rostropovich
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 123.
    Cecilia Bartoli - Live In Italy / Thibaudet, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 455981 Release Date: 10/20/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giulio Caccini,  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli,  Jean-Yves Thibaudet
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca
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  • 124.
    Amore - Opera's Greatest Romances / Price, Domingo, Et Al
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63299 Release Date: 09/15/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gaetano Donizetti
    Performer:  Cesare Valletti,  Anna Moffo,  Rosalind Elias,  Alan Titus  ... 
    Conductor:  Erich Leinsdorf,  Rafael Kubelik,  Sir Colin Davis,  Jonel Perlea  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Chorus  ... 
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  • 125.
    The Ultimate Divas Album
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 460596 Release Date: 09/15/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Richard Wagner,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Marilyn Horne,  Cecilia Bartoli,  Birgit Nilsson,  Kirsten Flagstad  ... 
    Conductor:  Henry Lewis,  Riccardo Chailly,  Hans Knappertsbusch,  Sir Georg Solti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Bologna Teatro Comunale Chorus,  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra  ... 
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