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
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Catalog: 1978   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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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: Die Zauberflote / Fredrich, Kleiter, Harnoncourt
Release Date: 07/15/2014   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 300572   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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  • 176.
    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  ... 
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  • 177.
    Bidu Sayao - La Damoiselle Elue, Opera Arias
    Label: Sony Classical Masterworks   Catalog: 63221 Release Date: 12/09/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Giacomo Puccini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Vincenzo Bellini  ... 
    Performer:  Bidu Sayao,  Rosalind Nadell
    Conductor:  Pietro Cimara,  Erich Leinsdorf,  Fausto Cleva,  Paul Breisach  ... 
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  • 178.
    The Mozart Effect - Children Vol 2 - Relax, Daydream & Draw
    Label: Children's Group   Catalog: 84292 Release Date: 09/16/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Stepan Turnovsky,  Michael Copley,  Dag Ingram
    Conductor:  Harald Nerat,  Johannes Wildner,  Martin Turnovsky,  Nicholas Ward
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  Vienna Mozart Academy,  German Wind Soloists  ... 
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  • 179.
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4581182 Release Date: 08/11/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Umberto Giordano  ... 
    Performer:  Andrea Bocelli,  Placido Domingo,  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Roberto Alagna  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti,  Richard Bonynge,  Herbert von Karajan,  Alberto Erede  ... 
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  • 180.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Gianna Pederzini
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89146 Release Date: 05/20/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Geni Sadero,  Mario Pieraccini,  Manuel de Falla  ... 
    Performer:  Gianna Pederzini,  Giorgio Favaretto,  Renato Zanelli
    Conductor:  Ugo Tansini,  Adriano Lualdi,  Dino Olivieri,  Carlo Sabajno  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
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  • 181.
    Mozart, Haydn, Gluck: Opera Arias / Von Otter, Pinnock
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 449206 Release Date: 05/02/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Christoph W. Gluck
    Performer:  Colin Lawson,  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Trevor Pinnock,  Anthony Halstead  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
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  • 182.
    Mozart: Le Nozze Di Figaro Highlights / Arnold Östman
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 443191 Release Date: 04/22/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Arleen Augér,  Barbara Bonney,  Della Jones,  Alicia Nafé  ... 
    Conductor:  Arnold Östman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Drottningholm Court Theatre Orchestra,  Drottningholm Court Theatre Chorus
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  • 183.
    Symphonic Opera / Tabakov, Sofia Philharmonic
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 10770 Release Date: 04/08/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giacomo Puccini
    Conductor:  Emil Tabakov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 184.
    The Best Of Italian Opera
    Label: Emi Seraphim   Catalog: 69723 Release Date: 01/21/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Amilcare Ponchielli,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Anna Moffo,  Franco Corelli,  Victoria de los Angeles,  Nicolai Gedda  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis,  Franco Ferraris,  Gabriele Santini,  Giuseppe Patané  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Chorus  ... 
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  • 185.
    Vesselina Kasarova - A Portrait / Haider, Munich Radio So
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 668522 Release Date: 11/12/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Vesselina Kasarova,  Tim Hennis,  Dankwart Siegele,  Barbara Müller  ... 
    Conductor:  Friedrich Haider
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Chorus,  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 186.
    More Mozart - Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 62682 Release Date: 10/29/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Stefan Vladar,  Isaac Stern,  Anner Bylsma,  Ab Koster  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Rafael Kubelik,  Jean-Pierre Rampal,  Hartmut Haenchen  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Franz Liszt Academy Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 187.
    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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  • 188.
    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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  • 189.
    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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  • 190.
    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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  • 191.
    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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  • 192.
    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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  • 193.
    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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  • 194.
    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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  • 195.
    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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  • 196.
    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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  • 197.
    Hilde Güden - Wie Die Welt Sie Kannte
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90227 Release Date: 10/25/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Lehár,  Giacomo Puccini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Hilde Gueden,  Willi Boskovsky,  Walter Barylli
    Conductor:  Wilhelm Loibner,  Alberto Erede,  Clemens Krauss
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 198.
    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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  • 199.
    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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  • 200.
    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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