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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Mozart / Martin Frost
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Catalog: 1893   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
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Catalog: 1263   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Die Zauberflöte, K 620: Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön

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  • 126.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Franz Völker Vol 2
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89070 Release Date: 02/07/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Richard Wagner,  Bedrich Smetana,  Ruggero Leoncavallo  ... 
    Performer:  Franz Völker,  Irmgard Langhammer
    Conductor:  Gerhard Steeger,  Johannes Schüler,  Alois Melichar,  Franz Alfred Schmidt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra,  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
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  • 127.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Helge Rosvaenge Vol 3
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89211 Release Date: 02/07/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Jules Massenet,  Ruggero Leoncavallo  ... 
    Performer:  Helge Rosvaenge,  Gerhard Hüsch,  Wilhelm Strienz,  Margarete Teschemacher  ... 
    Conductor:  Bruno Seidler-Winkler,  Rudolf Moralt,  Erwin Baltzer,  Hanns Steinkopf  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra,  Berlin Volksoper Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 128.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Julius Patzak
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89075 Release Date: 02/07/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Ambroise Thomas  ... 
    Performer:  Julius Patzak,  Hedwig Von Debicka
    Conductor:  Leo Blech,  Manfred Gurlitt,  Alois Melichar,  Wolfgang Martin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
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  • 129.
    Unvergessene Stimmen Der Wiener Staatsoper
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89401 Release Date: 02/07/1995   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Richard Strauss,  Richard Wagner,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Hilde Konetzni,  Elisabeth Höngen,  Esther Réthy,  Set Svanholm  ... 
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  • 130.
    Mozart: Die Zauberflöte - Highlights
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 445464 Release Date: 06/01/1994  
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 131.
    The Story Of Mozart
    Label: Vox Music Masters   Catalog: 8501 Release Date: 02/28/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Günter Kehr
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mainz Chamber Orchestra
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  • 132.
    Mozart: Tenor Arias / John Dickie, Johannes Wildner, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 550383 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  John Dickie
    Conductor:  Johannes Wildner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
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  • 133.
    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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  • 134.
    Opera's Greatest Love Songs - Pavarotti, Domingo, Et Al
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 61886 Release Date: 10/26/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Georges Bizet,  Richard Wagner,  Charles Gounod  ... 
    Performer:  Julia Varády,  Franco Corelli,  Leontyne Price,  Placido Domingo  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis,  Herbert von Karajan,  Henry Lewis,  Nello Santi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 135.
    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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  • 136.
    Mozart: Arias For Tenor / Raul Gimenez, Barry Wordsworth
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5300 Release Date: 12/02/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Raúl Giménez
    Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
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  • 137.
    Prima Voce - Great Singers (1909-1938)
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7801 Release Date: 12/02/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Licinio Refice  ... 
    Performer:  Riccardo Stracciari,  Enrico Caruso,  Richard Tauber,  Claudia Muzio  ... 
    Conductor:  Giorgio Polacco,  Licinio Refice,  Giuseppe Antonicelli,  Lawrence Collingwood  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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  • 138.
    Prima Voce - Great Singers In Mozart
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7822 Release Date: 12/02/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Gerhard Hüsch,  Lotte Schöne,  Richard Tauber,  Julius Patzak  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Leo Blech,  Karl Alwin,  Henri Défosse  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin State Opera Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Orchestra  ... 
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  • 139.
    Prima Voce - Tauber In Opera
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7830 Release Date: 12/02/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Erich Wolfgang Korngold,  Jacques Offenbach,  Albert Lortzing,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Richard Tauber,  Lotte Lehmann,  Emmy Bettendorf
    Conductor:  George Szell,  Ernst Hauke,  Hermann Weigert,  Carl Besl
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra,  Berlin Playhouse Orchestra,  Berlin State Opera Orchestra  ... 
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  • 140.
    Fritz Wunderlich
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 435145 Release Date: 04/14/1992   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Robert Stolz,  Ludwig Schmidseder,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
    Performer:  Hermann Prey,  Fritz Wunderlich,  Hubert Giesen,  Erika Köth  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Eichhorn,  Robert Stolz,  Franz Josef Breuer,  Horst Stein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Volksoper Orchestra  ... 
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  • 141.
    Mozart: Die Zauberflöte - Highlights / Karajan, Mathis Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 415287 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  José Van Dam,  Janet Perry,  Gottfried Hornik,  Edith Mathis  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus,  Tölz Boys Choir Members
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  • 142.
    Fritz Wunderlich - Recital
    Label: Eurodisc   Catalog: 269018 Release Date: 11/13/1989   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Eduardo Di Capua,  Emmerich Kálmán,  Franz Lehár,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Fritz Wunderlich
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  • 143.
    Label: Pearl   Catalog: 9337 Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gioachino Rossini,  Ambroise Thomas,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Hermann Jadlowker,  Richard Tauber,  Felix Senius,  Jacques Urlus  ... 
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  • 144.
    Label: Pearl   Catalog: 9327 Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Francesco Paolo Tosti,  Edvard Grieg,  Eugène d' Albert  ... 
    Performer:  Benno Ziegler,  Richard Tauber,  Vera Schwarz
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