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
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Robert Casadesus Plays Mozart
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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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  • 51.
    Peter Schreier - Arias
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 91392 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Richard Strauss,  Gioachino Rossini,  Albert Lortzing  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Schreier,  Claude Dormoy,  Karl-Ernst Mercker
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  • 52.
    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,  Placido [Tenor Vocals] Domingo,  Ruza Baldani  ... 
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  • 53.
    Fritz Wunderlich - Recital
    Label: Eurodisc   Catalog: 69018 Release Date: 02/06/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Augustin Lara,  Eduardo Di Capua,  Ernesto De Curtis,  Marc Roland  ... 
    Performer:  Fritz Wunderlich
    Conductor:  Gerhard Becker,  Alois Melichar,  Werner Schmidt-Bölke,  Arthur Rother
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  • 54.
    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
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  • 55.
    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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  • 56.
    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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  • 57.
    Mozart: Die Entführung Aus Dem Serail, Etc / Beecham, Jouve
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 93261 Release Date: 09/25/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Léopold Simoneau,  Hilde Volk,  Fritz Hopper,  Manfred Schmidt  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham,  André Jouve
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Beecham Choral Society,  Champs-Élysées Theater Orchestra
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  • 58.
    10 Great Tenors
    Label: Membran International Gmbh   Catalog: 1203165 Release Date: 08/14/2007   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Giacomo Meyerbeer,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Friedrich von Flotow,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Ferruccio Tagliavini,  Mario Lanza,  Enrico Caruso,  Mario Del Monaco  ... 
    Conductor:  Antal Doráti,  Constantin Callinicos,  Tomaso Benintende-Neglia,  Tullio Serafin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Orchestra,  MGM Studio Orchestra,  Milan Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 59.
    Encore - Mozart: Opera Arias / Domingo, Vaness, Kohn, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 88672 Release Date: 06/05/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Carol Vaness,  Placido Domingo
    Conductor:  Eugene Kohn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 60.
    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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  • 61.
    Mozart: (Die) Zauberflöte (Highlights)
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4776319 Release Date: 04/02/2007  
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mahler Chamber Orchestra
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  • 62.
    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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  • 63.
    Carl Schuricht Collection - Historical Recordings 1950-1966
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 93140 Release Date: 03/13/2007   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Richard Wagner,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Barry McDaniel,  Clara Haskil,  Fritz Wunderlich,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf  ... 
    Conductor:  Carl Schuricht
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Stuttgart Southwest German Radio Vocal Ensemble,  Hessian Radio Chorus Frankfurt  ... 
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  • 64.
    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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  • 65.
    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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  • 66.
    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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  • 67.
    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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  • 68.
    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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  • 69.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Bjorn Talen
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89654 Release Date: 09/05/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Georges Bizet,  Giacomo Puccini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo  ... 
    Performer:  Lola Artôt de Padilla,  Björn Talén,  Karin Branzell,  Iwan Iwanzoff  ... 
    Conductor:  Frieder Weissmann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
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  • 70.
    Best Mozart 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 70893 Release Date: 08/29/2006   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Lamar Crowson,  Neill [French Horn] Sanders,  Peter Graeme,  William Waterhouse  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeffrey Tate,  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Peter Neumann  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Melos Ensemble London,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus  ... 
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  • 71.
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 6848432 Release Date: 07/07/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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  • 72.
    Weekend Classics - A Tenor Weekend
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 0006650302 Release Date: 06/13/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Amilcare Ponchielli,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gaetano Donizetti  ... 
    Performer:  Giuseppe Di Stefano,  Fritz Wunderlich,  Carlo Bergonzi,  Placido Domingo  ... 
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  • 73.
    Label: Zyx Records   Catalog: 1061 Release Date: 04/25/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ilse Hollweg,  Hubert Giesen,  Marian Pivka,  Svetlana Stanceva  ... 
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  • 74.
    Mozart Singers Of The Past
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90690 Release Date: 04/25/2006   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ludwig Weber,  Emmy Loose,  Wilhelm Tisch,  Wilma Lipp  ... 
    Conductor:  Felix Prohaska,  Josef Krips,  Alexander Krannhals,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Orchestra,  Berlin State Opera Orchestra  ... 
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  • 75.
    Mozart: Great Opera Moments 1 / Bartoli, Domingo, Etc
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000573302 Release Date: 01/10/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  David Aronson,  Anna Netrebko,  Placido Domingo  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis,  Gianandrea Noseda,  James Levine,  John Pritchard  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra  ... 
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