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: String Quintets Nos. 3 & 4, Clarinet Quintet, Horn Quintet & Kegelstatt Trio
Release Date: 07/01/2016   Label: Sony  
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Andras Schiff at Mozartwoche
Release Date: 06/24/2016   Label: C Major  
Catalog: 736508   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro / Pisaroni, Nezet-Seguin, Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Release Date: 07/08/2016   Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 002511102   Number of Discs: 3
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Mozart: Complete Music For Wind Ensemble / Klocker, Consortium Classicum
Release Date: 05/22/2012   Label: Warner Classics  
Catalog: 56815   Number of Discs: 7
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Mozart: Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail / Matthews, Ticciati
Release Date: 06/24/2016   Label: Opus Arte  
Catalog: 1215   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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  • 151.
    Mozart: Arias / Cecilia Bartoli
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 14074 Release Date: 09/03/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli,  Ferruccio Furlanetto,  Lella Cuberli,  John Tomlinson  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim,  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Concentus Musicus
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  • 152.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Gitta Alpar
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89128 Release Date: 08/20/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Giacomo Puccini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Léo Delibes  ... 
    Performer:  Gitta Alpar,  Hans Heinz Bollman
    Conductor:  Fritz Zweig,  Felix Günther,  Frieder Weissmann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
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  • 153.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Elisabeth Schumann II
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89122 Release Date: 04/23/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Richard Strauss,  Hugo Wolf,  Ambroise Thomas  ... 
    Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann
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  • 154.
    Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro Highlights / Abbado, Gallo, McNair
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 449838 Release Date: 04/01/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Sylvia McNair,  Lucio Gallo,  Ildebrando D'Arcangelo,  Cecilia Bartoli  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung
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  • 155.
    Salzburg Festival Highlights 1955-1974 / Christa Ludwig
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 365941 Release Date: 11/17/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Walter Berry,  Christa Ludwig,  Tatiana Troyanos,  Edith Mathis  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 156.
    Cecilia Bartoli - A Portrait
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 448300 Release Date: 09/19/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Gioachino Rossini,  Giulio Caccini,  Tommaso Giordani  ... 
    Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli,  András Schiff,  Charles Spencer,  György Fischer  ... 
    Conductor:  Ion Marin,  Riccardo Chailly,  György Fischer,  Christopher Hogwood
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venice Teatro la Fenice Orchestra,  Bologna Teatro Comunale Chorus,  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra  ... 
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  • 157.
    Grosse Mozartsänger Vol 1 - Opernarien 1922-1942
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 394101 Release Date: 09/19/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Res Fischer,  Hans Hotter,  Helena Braun,  Irma Beilke  ... 
    Conductor:  Clemens Krauss,  Josef Krips,  Bruno Walter,  Arturo Toscanini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 158.
    Grosse Mozartsänger Vol 3 - Opernarien 1961-1982
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 394301 Release Date: 09/19/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  James Morris,  Francisco Araiza,  Margaret Marshall,  Kathleen Battle  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti,  James Levine,  Karl Böhm,  Seiji Ozawa  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 159.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Conchita Supervia
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89023 Release Date: 02/07/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Gioachino Rossini,  Richard Strauss,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Conchita Supervia,  Ines Maria Ferraris,  Giovanni Manurita,  Anita Apolloni  ... 
    Conductor:  Angelo Albergoni
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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  • 160.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Elisabeth Schumann
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89031 Release Date: 02/07/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Gustav Mahler,  Bernhard Flies,  Joseph Marx  ... 
    Performer:  George Reeves,  Elisabeth Schumann
    Conductor:  Lawrence Collingwood,  Karl Alwin,  George Byng
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Orchestra
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  • 161.
    Hilde Güden - Wie Die Welt Sie Kannte
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90227 Release Date: 10/25/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Franz Lehár
    Performer:  Walter Barylli,  Hilde Gueden,  Willi Boskovsky
    Conductor:  Alberto Erede,  Clemens Krauss,  Wilhelm Loibner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Orchestra
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  • 162.
    Prima Voce - Opera Arias / Adelina Patti
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7840 Release Date: 09/02/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  James Hook,  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  Henry Bishop,  John Liptrott Hatton  ... 
    Performer:  Adelina Patti,  Alfredo Barili,  Lucien Fugère,  Landon Ronald  ... 
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  • 163.
    The Most Famous Opera Arias
    Label: Emi Classics Encore   Catalog: 68306 Release Date: 07/19/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giacomo Puccini,  Alfredo Catalani  ... 
    Performer:  Anna Moffo,  Edita Gruberova,  Nicolai Gedda,  Ghena Dimitrova  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis,  Bernard Haitink,  Thomas Schippers,  Lamberto Gardelli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Orchestra  ... 
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  • 164.
    Mozart: Le Nozze Di Figaro Highlights / Barenboim, Et Al
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 94822 Release Date: 06/07/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Graham Clark,  Günter von Kannen,  Joan Rodgers,  Richard Brünner  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 165.
    Prima Voce - Farrar In Italian Opera
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7857 Release Date: 05/02/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Geraldine Farrar,  Antonio Scotti,  Enrico Caruso,  Josephine Jacoby  ... 
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  • 166.
    Prima Voce - Great Singers In Mozart
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7822 Release Date: 12/02/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Gerhard Hüsch,  Lotte Schöne,  Richard Tauber,  Julius Patzak  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Leo Blech,  Karl Alwin,  Henri Défosse  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin State Opera Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Orchestra  ... 
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  • 167.
    Mozart: Arias / Cecilia Bartoli
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 430513 Release Date: 01/16/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli,  András Schiff,  Peter Schmidl
    Conductor:  György Fischer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Chamber Orchestra
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  • 168.
    Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro Highlights / Solti, Te Kanawa
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 417395 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Samuel Ramey,  Kurt Moll,  Frederica Von Stade,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 169.
    Mozart: Marriage Of Figaro - Highlights / Marriner, Asmf
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 416870 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Cathryn Pope,  Aldo Baldin,  Neil Jenkins,  Donald Maxwell  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ambrosian Opera Chorus,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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