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: Violin Concertos 3, 4 & 5 / Steinbacher
Release Date: 04/29/2014   Label: Pentatone  
Catalog: 186479   Number of Discs: 1
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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: Die Zauberflote / Harnoncourt, Zeppenfeld, Fredrich, Richter, Kleiter, Werba [blu-ray]
Release Date: 07/15/2014   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 300573   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: String Quartets K 387 & K 421 / Klenke Quartet
Release Date: 07/19/2005   Label: Profil  
Catalog: 4027   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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Work: Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Voi che sapete che cosa è amor

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  • 151.
    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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  • 152.
    The Perfect Opera
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 67438 Release Date: 09/12/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Giacomo Puccini,  Gustave Charpentier  ... 
    Performer:  Tito Gobbi,  Franco Corelli,  Mirella Freni,  Elena Obraztsova  ... 
    Conductor:  Alceo Galliera,  Lovro von Matacic,  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli,  Franco Ferraris  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Chorus  ... 
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  • 153.
    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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  • 154.
    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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  • 155.
    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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  • 156.
    The Ultimate Mozart Album
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 466849 Release Date: 03/14/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Hermann Prey,  Pilar Lorengar,  Cecilia Bartoli,  Bryn Terfel  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti,  Myung-Whun Chung,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Karl Böhm  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra,  Orchestra of St. Luke's  ... 
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  • 157.
    Charlotte Church
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 64356 Release Date: 02/08/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Danny Beckerman,  Gioachino Rossini,  Jacques Offenbach,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Charlotte Church
    Conductor:  Sian Edwards
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
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  • 158.
    Label: Cantolopera   Catalog: HLCD95046 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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  • 159.
    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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  • 160.
    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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  • 161.
    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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  • 162.
    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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  • 163.
    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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  • 164.
    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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  • 165.
    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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  • 166.
    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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  • 167.
    Cecilia Bartoli - Live In Italy / Thibaudet, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 455981 Release Date: 10/20/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Franz Schubert,  Xavier Montsalvatge,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli,  Jean-Yves Thibaudet
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca
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  • 168.
    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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  • 169.
    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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  • 170.
    Amor - Opera's Great Love Songs
    Label: London/Decca Opera Gala Series   Catalog: 458201 Release Date: 08/11/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Giacomo Puccini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Jules Massenet  ... 
    Performer:  Marilyn Horne,  Luciano Pavarotti,  Mirella Freni,  Frederica Von Stade  ... 
    Conductor:  Henry Lewis,  Zubin Mehta,  Herbert von Karajan,  Sir Georg Solti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Opera Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  John Alldis Choir  ... 
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  • 171.
    Von Der Königlichen Hofoper Zur Staatsoper Unter Den Linden
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89403 Release Date: 07/21/1998   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Richard Wagner,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Tiana Lemnitz,  Josef Mann,  Ludwig Suthaus,  Paula Buchner  ... 
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  • 172.
    Four Austrian Sopranos Of The Past
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89973 Release Date: 07/04/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Richard Strauss,  Richard Wagner,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Hilde Konetzni,  Maria Reining,  Luise Helletsgruber,  Berta Kiurina
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  • 173.
    Operatic Arias (1911-1949)
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7864 Release Date: 05/19/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Traditional,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Titta Ruffo,  Maria Callas,  Kathleen Ferrier,  Lauritz Melchior  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonio Sabino,  Eugene Ormandy,  Gustav Cloëz,  Angelo Albergoni  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
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  • 174.
    Mozart: Le Nozze Di Figaro Highlights / Zubin Mehta
    Label: Sony Classical Essential Classics   Catalog: 60289 Release Date: 03/17/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Angelo Nosotti,  Nicoletta Curiel,  Karita Mattila,  Lucio Gallo  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Chorus,  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra
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  • 175.
    Prima Voce - Nellie Melba
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7890 Release Date: 01/27/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Hermann Bemberg,  Reynaldo Hahn,  Ernest Chausson  ... 
    Performer:  Harold Craxton,  Nellie Melba,  Hermann Bemberg,  Gabriel Lapierre  ... 
    Conductor:  Landon Ronald,  Walter Rogers
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Symphony Orchestra
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