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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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  • 176.
    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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  • 177.
    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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  • 178.
    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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  • 179.
    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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  • 180.
    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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  • 181.
    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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  • 182.
    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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  • 183.
    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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  • 184.
    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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  • 185.
    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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  • 186.
    Essential Opera - Bizet, Verdi, Puccini, Mozart, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 433822 Release Date: 02/11/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Georges Bizet,  Giacomo Puccini,  Pietro Mascagni  ... 
    Performer:  Leo Nucci,  Placido Domingo,  Piero de Palma,  Montserrat Caballé  ... 
    Conductor:  Giuseppe Patané,  Sir Georg Solti,  Zubin Mehta,  Gianandrea Gavazzeni  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  John Alldis Choir  ... 
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  • 187.
    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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  • 188.
    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:  Thomas Allen,  Lucia Popp,  Samuel Ramey,  Frederica Von Stade  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 189.
    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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  • 190.
    Label: Pearl   Catalog: 9130 Release Date: 10/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Various,  Ambroise Thomas,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Mary Garden,  Geraldine Farrar,  Adelina Patti,  Nellie Melba  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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