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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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Work: Die Zauberflöte, K 620: Overture

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  • 101.
    Opera - Mozart: The Magic Flute (Highlights) /Haitink, Et Al
    Label: Emi Seraphim   Catalog: 74128 Release Date: 10/24/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Roland Bracht,  Brigitte Lindner,  Wolfgang Brendel,  Lucia Popp  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus
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  • 102.
    Stealing The Show / Boston Brass
    Label: Summit Records   Catalog: 272 Release Date: 07/11/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell,  Georges Bizet,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Brass
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  • 103.
    Richard Strauss Conducts - Mozart, Wagner, Strauss, Et Al
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90392 Release Date: 02/22/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Richard Wagner,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Strauss
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
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  • 104.
    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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  • 105.
    Herbert Von Karajan - The Legend
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 445195 Release Date: 07/20/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Antonín Dvorák,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Alexander Malta,  Michel Marinpouille,  Agnes Baltsa,  Jane Berbié  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Opera Chorus,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus  ... 
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  • 106.
    The Greatest Classical Hits Of Mozart
    Label: Platinum Disc   Catalog: 1833 Release Date: 02/23/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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  • 107.
    Herbert Von Karajan - The Artist's Album
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 457689 Release Date: 07/14/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Anton Bruckner  ... 
    Performer:  Anne-Sophie Mutter,  Janet Perry,  Agnes Baltsa,  Josephine Veasey  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 108.
    Bach Hits Back, A Cappella Amadeus / Swingle Singers
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 61472 Release Date: 05/05/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Gottfried H. Stölzel,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swingle Singers
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  • 109.
    Musikkorps Fyn - Brass Epilog
    Label: Danica   Catalog: 8186 Release Date: 10/07/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Nielsen,  Julius Bechgaard,  John T. Williams,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Per Hyttel,  Henrik Hou Jorgensen
    Conductor:  Erik Hammerbak
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Funen Military Band
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  • 110.
    Mozart: The Magic Flute (Highlights) /Halász, Lippert, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553438 Release Date: 09/30/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Herbert Lippert,  Georg Tichy,  Hellen Kwon,  Elisabeth Norberg-Schulz  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Halász
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Failoni Orchestra Budapest,  Hungarian Festival Chorus
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  • 111.
    Mozart: Overtures, Etc / Schippers, Szell, Entremont, Et Al
    Label: Sony Classical Essential Classics   Catalog: 62830 Release Date: 03/04/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Maurice Sharp,  Marc Lifschey,  George Goslee,  Myron Bloom  ... 
    Conductor:  Philippe Entremont,  George Szell,  Bruno Walter,  Antonia Brico  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Chamber Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra,  Columbia Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 112.
    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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  • 113.
    Bruno Walter Edition - Mozart: Overtures, Etc;  Haydn
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 64486 Release Date: 05/28/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
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  • 114.
    Mozart, Mendelssohn: Famous Overtures / Wordsworth
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553261 Release Date: 11/28/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Felix Mendelssohn
    Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth,  Anthony Bramall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 115.
    Mozart: Symphony No 40, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Etc / Davis
    Label: Emi Seraphim   Catalog: 69027 Release Date: 10/17/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis,  William Steinberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
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  • 116.
    Art Of Classics - Beruhmte Ouverturen Und Zwischenspiele
    Label: Intercord Klassische Diskothek   Catalog: 25929 Release Date: 05/23/1995   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Bedrich Smetana  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans Zanotelli,  Gunter Neidlinger,  George Randolph Warren,  Carl-August Bünte  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Philharmonic Orchestra,  Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 117.
    Mozart For Your Mind
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 446377 Release Date: 01/17/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ingrid Haebler,  Ludwig Hoffmann,  Mitsuko Uchida,  Alfred Brendel  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Jeffrey Tate,  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  English Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 118.
    Mozart: Overtures / Harnoncourt
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 95523 Release Date: 10/04/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Zurich Opera Mozart Orchestra  ... 
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  • 119.
    Beethoven, Wagner, Brahms: Overtures / Sawallisch, Bavarian
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 161871 Release Date: 04/20/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Orchestra
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  • 120.
    Mozart - The Greatest Hits
    Label: Reference Gold   Catalog: 3603 Release Date: 04/13/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Sylvia Cápová,  Joze Ostranc,  Dalibor Brazda,  Svetlana Stanceva  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Chamber Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Mozart Festival Orchestra  ... 
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  • 121.
    Mozart: Overtures / Wordsworth, Capella Istropolitana
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550185 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
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  • 122.
    Mozart: Die Zauberflöte - Highlights / Marriner, Et Al
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 438495 Release Date: 11/16/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Iris Vermillion,  Yvonne Kenny,  Cheryl Studer,  Aldo Baldin  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Ambrosian Opera Chorus
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  • 123.
    Fantastic Voyage / North Wind Quintet
    Label: Cambria   Catalog: 1031 Release Date: 08/23/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Brackett,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Donald Ransom,  Jenice Rosen,  Louis MacGillivray,  Michael Kibbe  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  North Wind Quintet
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  • 124.
    Basic 100 Vol 3 - Mozart: Symphony No 40, Overtures
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 61552 Release Date: 06/08/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  James Levine,  Erich Leinsdorf
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra
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  • 125.
    Mozart: Die Zauberflote Highlights / Sir Charles Mackerras
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80345 Release Date: 01/26/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ulrike Steinsky,  Nathan Watts,  Anthony Negus,  Daniel Ison  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra,  Scottish Chamber Chorus
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