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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: Complete Piano Concertos / Perahia
Release Date: 08/07/2012   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 1914112   Number of Discs: 12
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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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  • 51.
    Prima Donna - The First Ladies Of Opera
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001396202 Release Date: 02/09/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giacomo Puccini,  George Frideric Handel,  Gaetano Donizetti  ... 
    Performer:  Karita Mattila,  Montserrat Caballé,  Danielle De Niese,  Elina Garanca  ... 
    Conductor:  John Pritchard,  Sir Colin Davis,  William Christie,  Roberto Abbado  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Les Arts Florissants  ... 
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  • 52.
    Mozart Legendary Interpretations - Walter, Pons, Steber, Pinza, London
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 47211 Release Date: 01/28/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  William Warfield,  Jennie Tourel,  Irmgard Seefried,  Léopold Simoneau  ... 
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Westminster Choir,  Columbia Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 53.
    State Of The Art - The Story Of Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001341102 Release Date: 12/15/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin,  Gabriel Fauré,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Rafal Blechacz,  Kathleen Battle,  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Leonard Bernstein,  Pierre Boulez  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort,  Andalucian Dogs
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  • 54.
    111 Years Of Deutsche Grammophon [6 CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001340802 Release Date: 10/20/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Gidon Kremer,  Martha Argerich,  Pierre-Laurent Aimard,  Hans Hotter  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Strauss,  James Levine,  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Andalucian Dogs
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  • 55.
    Icon - Lucia Popp - Queen Of The Night, Maiden Of Light
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 98515 Release Date: 10/20/2009   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gioachino Rossini,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Lucia Popp,  Leslie Pearson,  Katia Labèque,  David Briggs  ... 
    Conductor:  Georg Fischer,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Christfried Bickenbach,  Stephen Cleobury  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 56.
    Cello Duos - Barriere, Mozart, Fouquet / Guy Fouquet, Elizabeth Dolin
    Label: Xxi   Catalog: 1602 Release Date: 07/14/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Guy Fouquet,  Jean Barrière
    Performer:  Guy Fouquet,  Elizabeth Dolin
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  • 57.
    Mozart Gala - Famous Arias
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 458233 Release Date: 06/05/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Martti Talvela,  Teresa Berganza,  Geraint Evans,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti,  John Pritchard,  Bryan Balkwill,  István Kertész  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 58.
    The Very Best Of Glyndebourne On Record - Mozart, Britten, Verdi, Stravinsky, Monteverdi, Rossini, Lehar, Etc
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 64218 Release Date: 04/21/2009   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  John Gay,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Benjamin Britten,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Redgrave,  Constance Willis,  Audrey Mildmay,  Roy Henderson  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Muddie,  Fritz Busch,  Reginald Goodall,  Sir Thomas Beecham  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Glyndebourne Festival Chorus,  Glyndebourne Festival Orchestra,  English Opera Group Orchestra  ... 
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  • 59.
    Staatskapelle Dresden - Legendary Masterworks Recordings
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 184532 Release Date: 02/10/2009   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert,  Carl Maria von Weber  ... 
    Performer:  Walter Berry,  Anneliese Rothenberger,  Hermann Prey,  Hilde Gueden  ... 
    Conductor:  Otmar Suitner,  Herbert Blomstedt,  Jeffrey Tate,  Marek Janowski  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Dresden State Opera Chorus
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  • 60.
    Classical Love Songs / Domingo, Pavarotti, Netrebko, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001247302 Release Date: 01/13/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Georges Bizet,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Placido Domingo,  Marilyn Horne,  Rolando Villazón,  Anna Netrebko  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  James Levine,  Daniele Callegari,  Claudio Abbado  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Metropolitan Orchestra,  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan  ... 
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  • 61.
    Mozart: Le Nozze Di Figaro Highlights / Karajan, Van Dam
    Label: London/Decca Opera Gala Series   Catalog: 421317 Release Date: 11/04/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  José Van Dam,  Jules Bastin,  Frederica Von Stade,  Anna Tomowa-Sintow  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 62.
    Reich Mir Die Hand, Mein Leben - Mozart Opera Selections
    Label: Art   Catalog: 36272 Release Date: 10/29/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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  • 63.
    Mozart: Marriage Of Figaro (Highlights)
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4681082 Release Date: 09/02/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  José Van Dam,  Robert Lloyd,  Agnes Baltsa,  Lucia Popp  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Ambrosian Opera Chorus
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  • 64.
    Mozart: Opera Arrangements For Clarinets & Basset Horn / Leister, Magistrelli, Et Al
    Label: Camerata Records   Catalog: 28094 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Luigi Magistrelli,  Laura Magistrelli,  Karl Leister
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  • 65.
    Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro / Marcolini Quartet
    Label: Cavi Music   Catalog: 8553046 Release Date: 06/10/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Martin Fritz,  Jörg Buschhaus,  Markus Hoffmann,  Stefan Schmidt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Marcolini Quartet
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  • 66.
    40 Most Beautiful Arias - Luciano Pavarotti, Maria Callas, Placido Domingo, Bryn Terfel, Et Al
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 447164 Release Date: 03/25/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Léo Delibes,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Vincenzo Bellini,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Hei-Kyung Hong,  Jennifer Larmore,  Maria Callas,  Hans-Peter Blochwitz  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Scimone,  Maurizio Barbacini,  Marcello Viotti,  Carlo Rizzi  ... 
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  • 67.
    Mozart: Opera Arias / Popp, Slatkin, Et Al
    Label: Emi Great Recordings Of The Century   Catalog: 09679 Release Date: 03/11/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Lucia Popp,  Leslie Pearson
    Conductor:  Georg Fischer,  Leonard Slatkin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers,  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 68.
    In My Element / Anne Sofie Van Otter
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 477707 Release Date: 03/03/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Benny Andersson,  George Frideric Handel,  Claudio Monteverdi,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Fredrik Jonsson,  Magnus Persson,  Jörgen Stenberg,  David Björkman  ... 
    Conductor:  Marc Minkowski,  John Eliot Gardiner,  James Levine,  Giuseppe Sinopoli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Musiciens du Louvre,  English Baroque Soloists,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra  ... 
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  • 69.
    Mozart: Le Nozze Di Figaro (Highlights) / Harnoncourt, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000987602 Release Date: 02/12/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Anna Netrebko,  Ildebrando D'Arcangelo,  Franz-Joseph Selig,  Christine Schäfer  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung
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  • 70.
    Lyne Fortin Sings Mozart / Rescigno, Orchestre Metropolitain
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 23131 Release Date: 09/20/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Lyne Fortin
    Conductor:  Joseph Rescigno
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Orchestre Metropolitan
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  • 71.
    Mozart: Harmoniemusik From His Late Operas
    Label: Coviello Classics   Catalog: 50712 Release Date: 07/24/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Chamber Philharmonic Bremen Wind Soloists
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  • 72.
    Le Nouveau Salon - Intermezzo / I Salonisti
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 69298 Release Date: 07/09/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti,  Franz Lehár,  Erich Wolfgang Korngold,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Salonisti
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  • 73.
    Recital For Violin & Guitar / Shank-hagedorn Duo
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 2838 Release Date: 05/29/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Astor Piazzolla,  Joaquin Turina,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Janika Vandervelde  ... 
    Performer:  Leslie Shank,  Joseph Hagedorn,  Jennifer Baldwin Peden
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Shank-Hagedorn Duo
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  • 74.
    Mozart Vol 2 - Arias / Pierrette Alarie, Léopold Simoneau
    Label: Hafg   Catalog: 10334 Release Date: 05/14/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Léopold Simoneau,  Pierrette Alarie
    Conductor:  André Jouve
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Champs-Élysées Theater Orchestra
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  • 75.
    Mozart/Went: Opera Excerpts For Flute And String Trio Vol 2
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5805 Release Date: 04/10/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Christophe Pantillon,  Peter Sagaischek,  Sebastian Gürtler,  Hansgeorg Schmeiser
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Volksoper Soloists
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