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
Release Date: 02/25/2014   Label: Bis  
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: Requiem / Butt, Dunedin Consort
Release Date: 03/25/2014   Label: Linn Records  
Catalog: 449   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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    Teldec - 50-CD Collection
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 643851 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Antonín Dvorák,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  András Schiff,  Josef Protschka,  Barbara Bonney,  Edita Gruberova  ... 
    Conductor:  Iván Fischer,  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Carlo Rizzi,  Reinbert De Leeuw  ... 
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    Label: Gala   Catalog: 100501 Release Date: 11/01/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Anton Dermota,  Herbert [Bass Vocals] Alsen,  Emmy Loose,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf  ... 
    Conductor:  Rudolf Moralt,  Karl Böhm
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    Berlin Philharmonic - Centenary Edition
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001923302 Release Date: 10/22/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Hector Berlioz,  Richard Wagner,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Géza Anda,  Walter Berry,  Gundula Janowitz,  Hilde Rössl-Majdan  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Nikisch,  Alfred Hertz,  Richard Strauss,  Bruno Walter  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein,  Swedish Radio Chorus  ... 
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    The Best of Jonas Kaufmann
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001894302 Release Date: 09/03/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Georges Bizet,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Charles Gounod  ... 
    Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann,  Jana Sibera,  Renée Fleming,  Barbara Vignudelli  ... 
    Conductor:  Marco Armiliato,  Antonio Pappano,  Claudio Abbado,  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Philharmonic Orchestra,  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan,  Verdi Chorus Milan  ... 
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    The Young Alfredo Kraus
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 93482 Release Date: 04/09/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Giacomo Meyerbeer  ... 
    Performer:  Alfredo Kraus
    Conductor:  José Luis Lloret,  Mario Cordone,  Enrique Estela
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    Operetta / Opera Arias
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1314 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nico Dostal,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Carl Zeller
    Performer:  Friederike Sailer,  Fritz Wunderlich
    Conductor:  Fritz Mareczek,  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra,  Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Singers Of The Century - 40 Greats Of  The 20th Century
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 2078 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Pietro Mascagni,  Umberto Giordano  ... 
    Performer:  Ettore Bastianini,  Giuseppe Taddei,  Richard Tucker,  Mario Del Monaco  ... 
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    Label: Somerset Entertainment   Catalog: 56003 Release Date: 01/01/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
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    Die Stimme Mit Herz
    Label: Acanta/Pilz   Catalog: 233354 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Werner Bochmann,  Robert Stolz,  Karl Blume,  Eduard Künneke  ... 
    Performer:  Heinz [Tenor Vocal] Hoppe,  Ingeborg [Soprano Vocals] Hallstein,  Anny Schlemm,  Rita Bartos  ... 
    Conductor:  Erich Becht,  Robert Stolz,  Franz Marszalek,  Wilhelm Stephan  ... 
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    Voices Of German Opera
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 40497 Release Date: 07/31/2012   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Heinrich Marschner  ... 
    Performer:  Natalie Dessay,  Edda Moser,  Kurt Moll,  Walter Berry  ... 
    Conductor:  Louis Langrée,  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Berislav Klobucar,  Rudolf Moralt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment,  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra,  Berlin Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Great Voices Of The Century / Bartoli, Prey, Schock, Domingo, Wunderlich, Callas
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 9056 Release Date: 05/29/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Lucia Aliberti,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Piero Cappuccilli,  Rudolf Schock  ... 
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    Great Opera
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501054 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Adrianne Pieczonka,  Boje Skovhus,  Renato Girolami,  Janusz Monarcha  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Halász,  Will Humburg,  Alexander Rahbari,  Rico Saccani
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia,  Hungarian Radio Chorus,  Failoni Orchestra Budapest  ... 
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    Helden / Klaus Florian Vogt
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 98864 Release Date: 01/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Richard Wagner,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Albert Lortzing  ... 
    Performer:  Klaus Florian Vogt,  Manuela Uhl
    Conductor:  Peter Schneider
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
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    Label: Bayer Records   Catalog: BR100003 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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    Mozart: The Magic Flute For Kids
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 82165 Release Date: 07/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Brigitte Fassbaender,  Leonore Kirschstein,  Ilse Gramatzki,  Peter Schreier  ... 
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
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    Mozart: The Magic Flute (Highlights) /Haitink, Popp, Gruberova, Jerusalem
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 94887 Release Date: 06/21/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Wolfgang Brendel,  Siegfried Jerusalem,  Edita Gruberova,  Lucia Popp  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus
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    Peter Schreier: Songs And Arias
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300222 Release Date: 06/14/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Cornelius,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Albert Lortzing,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Karl-Dietfried Adam,  Peter Schreier,  Walter Olbertz,  Konrad Ragossnig  ... 
    Conductor:  Helmut Koch,  Siegfried Kurz,  Robert Hanell,  Kurt Sanderling  ... 
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    A Night At The Opera / Sabine Meyer
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 82364 Release Date: 06/13/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Kurt Herrlinger,  Franz Danzi,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Sabine Meyer
    Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Opera Orchestra
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  • 19.
    Mozart Highlights
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300203 Release Date: 04/12/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Oskar Michallik,  Annerose Schmidt,  Erich Kruger,  Thorsten Rosenbusch  ... 
    Conductor:  Otmar Suitner,  Siegfried Kurz,  Kurt Masur,  Hartmut Haenchen  ... 
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    Mozart: Father & Son
    Label: Ligia   Catalog: 105057 Release Date: 04/12/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leopold Mozart,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Guy Touvron
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  • 21.
    Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Pfitzner, Strauss / Anton Dermota
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 683102 Release Date: 03/29/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Hans Pfitzner,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Performer:  Anton Dermota,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,  Erich Kunz,  Lisa Della Casa  ... 
    Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler,  Karl Böhm,  Hans Knappertsbusch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 22.
    The Mozart Opera Experience
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 81682 Release Date: 02/22/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ann Murray,  Peter Schreier,  Michael Kuhn,  Yvonne Kenny  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
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    The Very Best Of Placido Domingo
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 48676 Release Date: 02/08/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  George Frideric Handel,  Giacomo Meyerbeer,  Charles Gounod  ... 
    Performer:  Placido Domingo,  Montserrat Caballé,  Renato Capecchi,  Peter Horton
    Conductor:  Eugene Kohn,  Asher Fisch,  John Barker,  Georges Prêtre  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  National Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Viva Domingo!
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 48757 Release Date: 02/08/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Placido Domingo,  Keith Erwen,  David Cangelosi,  Renata Scotto  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti,  John Barker,  Eugene Kohn,  Asher Fisch  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Ambrosian Opera Chorus  ... 
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    100 Best Placido Domingo
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 47472 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Arrigo Boito,  Pietro Mascagni  ... 
    Performer:  Fiorenza Cossotto,  Placido Domingo,  Montserrat Caballé,  Reri Grist  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti,  Carlo Maria Giulini,  John Barker,  Bruno Bartoletti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra  ... 
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