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

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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Martha Argerich Vol 1 - Mozart: Piano Concerto No 21, Sonatas
Release Date: 05/13/2014   Label: Doremi Records  
Catalog: 80248   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Clarinet Concerto, Clarinet Quintet / Frost
Release Date: 10/21/2003   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1263   Number of Discs: 1
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An Amadeus Affair / Anderson & Roe
Release Date: 02/25/2014   Label: Steinway & Sons  
Catalog: 30022   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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  • 76.
    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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  • 77.
    Mozart: Harmoniemusick /Bremen Chamber Philharmonic Soloists
    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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  • 78.
    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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  • 79.
    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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  • 80.
    Label: Abc Classics   Catalog: 4765963 Release Date: 05/14/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Gioachino Rossini,  Charles Gounod,  Christoph W. Gluck  ... 
    Performer:  Sally-Anne Russell
    Conductor:  Nicholas Milton
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  • 81.
    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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  • 82.
    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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  • 83.
    Label: Tonal Reality   Catalog: 5637406660 Release Date: 12/05/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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  • 84.
    Mozart: Arias / Kozena, Rattle
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 000709902 Release Date: 11/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Magdalena Kozená,  Jos van Immerseel
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
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  • 85.
    Le Nozze Di Figaro - Romance On The Piano / Babette Dorn
    Label: Genuin Musikproduction   Catalog: 86067 Release Date: 11/12/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Frederic Kalkbrenner,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johann Nepomuk Hummel  ... 
    Performer:  Babette Dorn
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  • 86.
    Everybody's Opera
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000707102 Release Date: 09/12/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Richard Wagner,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Leo Nucci,  Teresa Berganza,  Joan Edwards,  Margreta Elkins  ... 
    Conductor:  Giuseppe Patané,  Edward Downes,  Richard Bonynge,  Sir Georg Solti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  National Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 87.
    Best Mozart 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 70893 Release Date: 08/29/2006   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Lamar Crowson,  Neill [French Horn] Sanders,  Peter Graeme,  William Waterhouse  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeffrey Tate,  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Peter Neumann  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Melos Ensemble London,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus  ... 
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  • 88.
    Mozart Jubileum / Isokoski, Garanca, Et Al
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 1078 Release Date: 06/27/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Elina Garanca,  Jorma Hynninen,  Kari Kriikku,  Soile Isokoski  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexander Vilumanis,  Eri Klas,  John Storgårds,  Peter Schreier  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Latvian National Symphony Orchestra,  Estonian State Symphony Orchestra,  Tapiola Sinfonietta  ... 
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  • 89.
    Mozart In Love / Paula Robison
    Label: Pergola   Catalog: 1033 Release Date: 06/06/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Paula Robison,  Mark Gainer
    Conductor:  Bundit Ungrangsee
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Charleston Symphony Orchestra
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  • 90.
    Sigrid Arnoldson Opera Collection Vol 17
    Label: Symposium   Catalog: 1342 Release Date: 06/06/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Gioachino Rossini,  Charles Gounod,  Jules Massenet  ... 
    Performer:  Sigrid Arnoldson
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  • 91.
    Enchantment / Magdalena Kozená
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000657612 Release Date: 05/09/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  Johann Christoph Bach,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Josef Myslivecek  ... 
    Performer:  Magdalena Kozená,  Barbara Maria Willi,  Claire Delgado-Boge,  Edwige Parat  ... 
    Conductor:  Marc Minkowski,  Reinhard Goebel,  Paul McCreesh,  Michel Swierczewski  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Musiciens du Louvre,  Musica Antiqua Cologne,  Gabrieli Players  ... 
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  • 92.
    Mozart For My Baby
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 51793 Release Date: 05/02/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Bernhard Flies
    Performer:  Dagmar Schellenberger,  Semeon Skigin,  Andreas Schmidt,  Catherine Pierard  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Franz Welser-Möst,  Roger Norrington,  Jean-Bernard Pommier  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Stockholm Chamber Orchestra,  London Classical Players  ... 
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  • 93.
    Mozart Singers Of The Past
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90690 Release Date: 04/25/2006   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ludwig Weber,  Emmy Loose,  Wilhelm Tisch,  Wilma Lipp  ... 
    Conductor:  Felix Prohaska,  Josef Krips,  Alexander Krannhals,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Orchestra,  Berlin State Opera Orchestra  ... 
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  • 94.
    Evelyn Lear - An 80th Birthday Tribute
    Label: Vai Audio   Catalog: 1245 Release Date: 03/28/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Gabriel Fauré,  Reynaldo Hahn  ... 
    Performer:  Evelyn Lear,  Rudolf Jansen,  Martin Katz,  Thomas Stewart  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Kraus,  Dean Dixon,  Winfried Zillig,  Carlos Kleiber  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Hessian Radio Orchestra Frankfurt,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra  ... 
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  • 95.
    Risë Stevens In Opera & Song
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 4052 Release Date: 03/28/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arthur Schwartz,  Georges Bizet,  Irving Berlin,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Risë Stevens
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  • 96.
    Alain Marion - A Life In Music
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 298502 Release Date: 03/21/2006   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Louis Noël Belaubre,  Alain Marion,  Jean Barthe,  Angèle Dubeau  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Ristenpart,  Raymond Guiot
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sarre Chamber Orchestra,  Orchestre Symphonique
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  • 97.
    The Very Best Of Mozart
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 338182 Release Date: 03/03/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Leopold Mozart,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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  • 98.
    Mozart 250 - A Celebration
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 75944 Release Date: 02/07/2006   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Lin Cho-Liang,  Jaime Laredo,  Alicia De Larrocha,  James Galway  ... 
    Conductor:  Raymond Leppard,  Sir Colin Davis,  Eduardo Mata,  Erich Leinsdorf  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 99.
    Mozart - The Supreme Decorator / Mackerras, Hanover Band
    Label: Opera Rara   Catalog: 232 Release Date: 01/10/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Christian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Elizabeth Futral,  Majella Cullagh,  Diana Montague,  Rachel Brown  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hanover Band
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  • 100.
    Mozart: Great Opera Moments 2 / Bartoli, Fleming, Etc
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000573402 Release Date: 01/10/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Natalie Dessay,  Juan Diego Flórez,  Bryn Terfel,  Anne Sofie von Otter  ... 
    Conductor:  Christophe Rousset,  James Levine,  Karl Böhm,  Myung-Whun Chung  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  Berlin State Opera Orchestra  ... 
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