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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: Piano Concertos 24-27 / Larrocha, Solti
Release Date: 08/03/2010   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 001453802   Number of Discs: 2
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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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Dvorak: Symphony No 8, Mozart: Bassoon Concerto, Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra / Mehta, LAP
Release Date: 09/30/2008   Label: Euroarts  
Catalog: 2072248   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Fantasias & Rondos / Richard Egarr
Release Date: 08/08/2006   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 907387   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Symphonies 38-40 (Arr. by Hummel for Flute, Violin, Cello & Piano)
Release Date: 02/25/2014   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8572841   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 126.
    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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  • 127.
    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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  • 128.
    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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  • 129.
    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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  • 130.
    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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  • 131.
    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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  • 132.
    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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  • 133.
    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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  • 134.
    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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  • 135.
    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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  • 136.
    The Monet Collection - Romantic Moments
    Label: Lifestyles   Catalog: 315020 Release Date: 11/20/2000   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Mikhail Glinka,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Nikolai Portnov,  Irina Snegova,  Andrey Ryazanov,  Juriy Ivchenko  ... 
    Conductor:  Jansug Kakhidze,  Leonid Malyshev,  Viacheslav Suvorov,  Sergei Evgenin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra,  St. Petersburg Festival Symphony Orchestra,  St. Petersburg Chamber Orchestra "Muse"  ... 
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  • 137.
    Opera - Mozart: Marriage Of Figaro (Highlights) / Muti
    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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  • 138.
    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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  • 139.
    Mozart: Arias / Anna Moffo, Galliera, Philharmonia Orchestra
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1193 Release Date: 07/11/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Anna Moffo
    Conductor:  Alceo Galliera
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 140.
    The Greatest Mozart Show On Earth
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 466494 Release Date: 04/03/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Leontyne Price,  Bryn Terfel,  András Schiff,  Margaret Marshall  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Willi Boskovsky,  Sir Georg Solti,  George Guest  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Mozart Ensemble,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 141.
    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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  • 142.
    Label: Cantolopera   Catalog: 95046 Release Date: 01/01/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Pietro Mascagni,  Francesco Cilèa,  Ambroise Thomas  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonello Gotta
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  • 143.
    Favorite Mozart Arias / Mackerras, Scottish Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80529 Release Date: 11/23/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Thomas Allen,  Barbara Hendricks,  June Anderson,  Jerry Hadley  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
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  • 144.
    Charlotte Church
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 64356 Release Date: 11/16/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Thomas Moore,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  Charlotte Church
    Conductor:  Sian Edwards
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
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  • 145.
    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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  • 146.
    La flûte à l'opéra / La Flûte 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 Flûte Enchantée Quartet
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  • 147.
    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,  Håkan Hagegård  ... 
    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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  • 148.
    Four Famous Italian Mezzos / Minghini-cattaneo, Elmo, Et Al
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89954 Release Date: 04/20/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francesco Cilèa,  Gioachino Rossini,  Jules Massenet,  Umberto Giordano  ... 
    Performer:  Cloe Elmo,  Ebe Stignani,  Gianna Pederzini,  Gina Cigna  ... 
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  • 149.
    Four Famous Mezzos Of The Past - Tourel, Swarthout, Stevens, Thebom
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89958 Release Date: 03/23/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Giacomo Meyerbeer,  Gaetano Donizetti  ... 
    Performer:  Blanche Thebom,  Risë Stevens,  Gladys Swarthout,  Jennie Tourel
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  • 150.
    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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