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
The Mozart Album / Lang Lang
Release Date: 09/30/2014   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 308253   Number of Discs: 2
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The Berliner Philharmoniker Play Mozart
Release Date: 03/25/2014   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 7761522   Number of Discs: 7
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Robert Casadesus Plays Mozart
Release Date: 03/25/2014   Label: Sony (Nax615)  
Catalog: 7808372   Number of Discs: 5
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Mozart: The Piano Quartets / Ax, Stern, Ma, Laredo
Release Date: 10/14/2014   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 56121   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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    The Civil War / Douglas Jimerson
    Label: Amerimusic   Catalog: 21005 Release Date: 04/18/2000   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Sidney M. Grannis,  W. S. Mygrant,  Daniel Butterfield,  David T. Shaw  ... 
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  • 102.
    Great Tenors Of The Century - Cura, Seiffert, Alagna, Et Al
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 429403 Release Date: 03/07/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Placido Domingo,  Enrico Caruso,  Joseph Schmidt,  Helge Rosvaenge  ... 
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  • 103.
    Favorite Mozart Arias / Mackerras, Scottish Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80529 Release Date: 11/23/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Thomas Allen,  Barbara Hendricks,  June Anderson,  Jerry Hadley  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
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  • 104.
    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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  • 105.
    Lincoln's Favorite Music / Douglas Jimerson
    Label: Amerimusic   Catalog: 21002 Release Date: 06/08/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sidney M. Grannis,  Daniel Butterfield,  David T. Shaw,  Stephen Foster  ... 
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  • 106.
    Romantic Nights / Bocelli, Pavarotti, Domingo, Lanza, Et Al
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63473 Release Date: 04/13/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Testa,,  Schoener,,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Richard Tucker,  Jussi Björling,  Placido Domingo,  Andrea Bocelli  ... 
    Conductor:  Arturo Basile,  Jonel Perlea,  Fernando Previtali,  Ennio Morricone  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Chorus,  Rome Opera House Orchestra,  Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 107.
    The Tenors Of The Century
    Label: Dg Double   Catalog: 459362 Release Date: 01/12/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  José Ximénez,  Gaetano Donizetti  ... 
    Performer:  Luigi Alva,  Renato Cesari,  José Carreras,  Francisco Araiza  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Giuseppe Sinopoli,  Daniel Garcia Blanco,  James Levine  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Ambrosian Opera Chorus,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 108.
    A Portrait Of Mozart
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 1756 Release Date: 10/20/1998   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Martyn Hill,  Julia Bernheimer,  Gundula Janowitz,  David Thomas  ... 
    Conductor:  Roy Goodman,  Barry Wordsworth,  Yan Pascal Tortelier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hanover Band Chorus,  Hanover Band,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra  ... 
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  • 109.
    Siegfried Jerusalem - Great Tenor Arias
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 60526 Release Date: 09/22/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Jaromir Weinberger,  Erich Wolfgang Korngold,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Siegfried Jerusalem,  Lucia Popp,  Hermann Prey
    Conductor:  Gabriel Chmura,  Josef Schmidhuber,  Marek Janowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus
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  • 110.
    Magic Flutes / Jean-pierre Rampal, Claudi Arimany
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3226 Release Date: 08/25/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  François Devienne,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Michel Blavet,  Wilhelm Friedemann Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Jean-Pierre Rampal,  Claudi Arimany
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  • 111.
    Von Der Königlichen Hofoper Zur Staatsoper Unter Den Linden
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89403 Release Date: 07/21/1998   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Richard Wagner,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Tiana Lemnitz,  Josef Mann,  Ludwig Suthaus,  Paula Buchner  ... 
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  • 112.
    Mozart: Die Zauberflote Highlights / Solti, Burrows, Deutekom
    Label: London/Decca Opera Gala Series   Catalog: 458213 Release Date: 06/09/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Stuart Burrows,  Pilar Lorengar,  Hans Sotin,  René Kollo  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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  • 113.
    The Only Opera Cd You'll Ever Need
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 68823 Release Date: 10/14/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Gioachino Rossini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Anna Moffo,  Helen Donath,  Roberta Peters,  Robert Merrill  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Eichhorn,  Erich Leinsdorf,  Lorin Maazel,  Eugene Ormandy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  Orchestra  ... 
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  • 114.
    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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  • 115.
    Four Scandinavian Tenors Of The Past
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89986 Release Date: 08/19/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Eugène d' Albert,  Giacomo Puccini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Wilhelm Kienzl  ... 
    Performer:  Torsten Ralf,  Josef Herrmann,  Gunnar Graarud,  Björn Talén  ... 
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  • 116.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Richard Tauber
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89144 Release Date: 05/20/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Richard Strauss,  Wilhelm Kienzl,  Eugène d' Albert  ... 
    Performer:  Richard Tauber,  Percy Kahn
    Conductor:  Frieder Weissmann,  Ernst Hauke,  Henry Ernest Geehl,  Walter Goehr  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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  • 117.
    Fritz Wunderlich - Opernarien - Mozart, Rossini, Et Al
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 445961 Release Date: 02/18/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Fritz Wunderlich
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 118.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Herbert Ernst Groh
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89140 Release Date: 02/18/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Cornelius,  Gioachino Rossini,  Wilhelm Kienzl,  Jacques Offenbach  ... 
    Performer:  Herbert Ernst Groh,  Emmy Bettendorf,  Gitta Alpar
    Conductor:  Frieder Weissmann,  Otto Dobrindt,  Robert Heger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra,  Odeon-Künstler Orchestra  ... 
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  • 119.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Leo Slezak Vol 2
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89136 Release Date: 10/15/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  François Boieldieu,  Giacomo Meyerbeer,  Jacques Halévy  ... 
    Performer:  Leo Slezak,  Friedrich Weidemann
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  • 120.
    Mozart: Die Zauberflöte - Highlights / Harnoncourt, Et Al
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 13810 Release Date: 09/03/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Antti Suhonen,  Thomas Moser,  Hans-Peter Blochwitz,  Barbara Bonney  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Opera Chorus,  Zurich Opera Orchestra
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  • 121.
    Der Junge Richard Tauber - Arien Und Duette 1919-1926
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89219 Release Date: 05/21/1996   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Erich Wolfgang Korngold,  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Richard Tauber,  Benno Ziegler,  Lotte Lehmann,  Emmy Bettendorf  ... 
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  • 122.
    Mozart: Magic Flute (Highlights)
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4501822 Release Date: 12/18/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Walter Berry,  Emmy Loose,  Hilde Gueden,  Léopold Simoneau  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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  • 123.
    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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  • 124.
    Grosse Mozartsänger Vol 2 - Opernarien 1949-1960
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 394201 Release Date: 09/19/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Walter Berry,  Eberhard Wächter,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,  Léopold Simoneau  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  George Szell,  Karl Böhm,  Sir Georg Solti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 125.
    Mozart: Opera Gala (Highlights From Figaro,Don Giovanni)
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4610162 Release Date: 09/04/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Franz Crass,  Roberta Peters,  Fritz Wunderlich,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Dresden Staatskapelle  ... 
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