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: Gran Partita / Pinnock, Royal Academy of Music Soloists
Release Date: 04/08/2016   Label: Linn Records  
Catalog: 516   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Piano Concerto Nos 20, 21 & 27 / Buchbinder
Release Date: 01/29/2016   Label: C Major  
Catalog: 733908   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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Gal & Mozart: Piano Concertos / Briggs, Woods, Royal Northern Sinfonia
Release Date: 05/06/2016   Label: Avie  
Catalog: 2358   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Symphonies No 38 - 41 / Mackerras, Scottish Co
Release Date: 02/01/2008   Label: Linn Records  
Catalog: 308   Number of Discs: 2
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  • 26.
    Icon - Fritz Wunderlich
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 29525 Release Date: 09/14/2010   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Heinrich Finck,  Heinrich Isaac,  Adam Krieger,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Herbert Naumann,  Fritz Wunderlich,  Otto Steinkopf,  Gerhard Kastner  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Forster,  Hans Müller-Kray,  Berislav Klobucar,  Robert Heger  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin St. Hedwig Cathedral Choir,  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra  ... 
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  • 27.
    Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven, Wagner / Jonas Kaufmann, Claudio Abbado
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001413202 Release Date: 04/06/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Schubert,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann,  Michael Volle,  Margarete Joswig
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mahler Chamber Orchestra,  Parma Teatro Regio Chorus
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  • 28.
    Icon - Nicolai Gedda - Lyric Poet Of The Tenor Voice
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 56095 Release Date: 03/23/2010   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Joaquin Turina,  Ottorino Respighi,  Francesco Maria Veracini,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Nicolai Gedda,  Gerald Moore,  Jan Eyron,  Aldo Ciccolini  ... 
    Conductor:  Lonya Kolbouss,  Robert Stolz,  Willy Mattes,  Willi Boskovsky  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Men's Chorus,  Balalaika Orchestra,  Graunke Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 29.
    Passione - Opera For Lovers
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 149522 Release Date: 01/12/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Charles Gounod,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Otto Nicolai,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Sylvia Geszty,  Evelyn Lear,  Thomas Stewart,  Hanne-Lore Kuhse  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur,  Heinz Fricke,  Otmar Suitner,  Siegfried Kurz  ... 
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  • 30.
    Icon - Richard Tauber - The Gentleman Tenor
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 98542 Release Date: 10/20/2009   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Etienne-Nicolas Méhul,  Jacques Offenbach,  Ambroise Thomas  ... 
    Performer:  Richard Tauber
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  • 31.
    Mozart: Die Zauberflote Highlights / Roger Norrington
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 54492 Release Date: 09/14/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Catherine Denley,  Nancy Argenta,  Eirian James,  Guy de Mey  ... 
    Conductor:  Roger Norrington
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Heinrich Schütz Choir,  London Classical Players
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  • 32.
    Mozart: Flute Quartets, Etc / Nancy Hadden, Et Al
    Label: Crd Records   Catalog: 3468 Release Date: 05/01/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Nancy Hadden,  Catherine Mackintosh,  Jan Schlapp,  Sebastian Comberti
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  • 33.
    Opera's Greatest Moments - Favourite Arias And Choruses
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557926-27 Release Date: 02/24/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Marina Mescheriakova,  John Dickie,  Thomas Harper,  Patrizia Pace  ... 
    Conductor:  Johannes Wildner,  Michael Halász,  Piergiorgio Morandi,  Alexander Rahbari  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Chorus,  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Capella Istropolitana  ... 
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  • 34.
    Staatskapelle Dresden - Legendary Masterworks Recordings
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 184532 Release Date: 02/10/2009   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert,  Carl Maria von Weber  ... 
    Performer:  Walter Berry,  Anneliese Rothenberger,  Hermann Prey,  Hilde Gueden  ... 
    Conductor:  Otmar Suitner,  Herbert Blomstedt,  Jeffrey Tate,  Marek Janowski  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Dresden State Opera Chorus
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  • 35.
    A New Beginning
    Label: Cd Baby   Catalog: 5637226564 Release Date: 12/09/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Franz Schubert,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Jules Massenet  ... 
    Performer:  Blaine Lee,  Freya Wardlaw-Bailey,  Joel Stamoolis,  Naomi Stamoolis
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  • 36.
    Basics - Mozart: Opera Arias / Schreier, Prey, Suitner, Et Al
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 149342 Release Date: 09/09/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Hermann Prey,  Peter Schreier,  Walter Olbertz
    Conductor:  Otmar Suitner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
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  • 37.
    Legenden Des Gesanges, Vol. 5: Peter Anders
    Label: Ars Produktion   Catalog: 38705 Release Date: 09/01/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Charles Gounod,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Carl Maria von Weber  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Anders
    Conductor:  Wilhelm Franz Reuss,  Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt,  Johannes Schüler,  Walter Lutze  ... 
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  • 38.
    101 Opera Masterpieces, Vol. 1 [box Set]
    Label: Zyx Records   Catalog: 9528671 Release Date: 02/26/2008   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Richard Wagner,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti,  Biserka Cvejik,  Ruza Baldani,  Placido Domingo  ... 
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  • 39.
    Aksel Schiotz - Danish Tenor 1933-1946, Vol 1-10
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 451/60 Release Date: 01/22/2008   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Birger Sjöberg,  Franz Xaver Gruber,  Niels Gade,  Christoph Ernst F. Weyse  ... 
    Performer:  Jytte Gorki Schmidt,  Aksel Schiotz,  Mogens Wöldike,  Herman D. Koppel  ... 
    Conductor:  Aage Juhl Thomsen,  Johan Hye-Knudsen,  Mogens Wöldike,  Egisto Tango
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Copenhagen Boys' Choir,  Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Orchestra Copenhagen  ... 
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  • 40.
    Jacques Urlus Vol 3 - Recordings 1907-1923
    Label: Hafg   Catalog: 10261 Release Date: 10/22/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Jacques Urlus
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  • 41.
    Koloman Von Pataky - Recordings 1927-1936
    Label: Hafg   Catalog: 10177 Release Date: 10/22/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Adolphe Adam,  Charles Gounod,  Giacomo Meyerbeer  ... 
    Performer:  Koloman von Pataky,  Heinrich Schlusnus
    Conductor:  Manfred Gurlitt,  Johannes Heidenreich,  Julius Prüwer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
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  • 42.
    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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  • 43.
    The Emi Centenary Gala At Glyndebourne
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 56465 Release Date: 05/07/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  Franz Lehár,  André Messager,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Nicolai Gedda,  Felicity Lott,  Ian Bostridge,  Ann Murray  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis,  Franz Welser-Möst
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 44.
    Mozart: Opera Arias / Schreier, Dresden State Orch
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 426274 Release Date: 03/30/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Peter Schreier,  Peter Mirring
    Conductor:  Peter Schreier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
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  • 45.
    Eterna Collection - Grosse Sänger Der Vergangenheit / Ludwig
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 3310 Release Date: 03/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bedrich Smetana,  Friedrich von Flotow,  Georges Bizet,  Otto Nicolai  ... 
    Performer:  Walther Ludwig,  Josef Greindl,  Karl Schmitt-Walter
    Conductor:  Fritz Lehmann,  Hanns Steinkopf,  Ferdinand Leitner,  Horst Stein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Stuttgart State Orchestra
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  • 46.
    Mozart: Zaide, Etc / Schuricht, Rischner, Wunderlich, Stader
    Label: Opera D'oro   Catalog: 1469 Release Date: 02/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Maria Stader,  Fritz Wunderlich,  Petre Munteanu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Chorus,  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 47.
    Leo Slezak Vol 3 - Mozart, Weber, Flotow, Goldmark, Meyerbeer
    Label: Hafg   Catalog: 10295 Release Date: 01/31/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Meyerbeer,  Karl Goldmark,  Friedrich von Flotow,  Carl Maria von Weber  ... 
    Performer:  Elsa Bland,  Leo Slezak
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  • 48.
    Celebrated Opera Arias, Vol. 1
    Label: Lyra Classics   Catalog: 5637217677 Release Date: 01/16/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Gioachino Rossini,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Bashkim Paçuku
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  • 49.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Koloman Von Pataky
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89111 Release Date: 10/24/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Koloman von Pataky,  Heinrich Schlusnus
    Conductor:  Manfred Gurlitt,  Johannes Heidenreich,  Julius Prüwer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
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  • 50.
    Prima Voce - Herbert Ernst Groh In Opera
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7934 Release Date: 10/10/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gioachino Rossini,  Adolphe Adam,  Ambroise Thomas  ... 
    Performer:  Herbert Ernst Groh,  Emmy Bettendorf,  Gitta Alpar,  Gerhard Hüsch  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Heger,  Otto Dobrindt,  Frieder Weissmann
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