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: Complete Piano Concertos / Perahia
Release Date: 08/07/2012   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 1914112   Number of Discs: 12
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Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro / Pisaroni, Nezet-Seguin, Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Release Date: 07/08/2016   Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 002511102   Number of Discs: 3
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Mozart: String Quintets Nos. 3 & 4, Clarinet Quintet, Horn Quintet & Kegelstatt Trio
Release Date: 07/01/2016   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 88725463982   Number of Discs: 3
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Andras Schiff at Mozartwoche
Release Date: 06/24/2016   Label: C Major  
Catalog: 736508   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail / Matthews, Ticciati
Release Date: 06/24/2016   Label: Opus Arte  
Catalog: 1215   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Die Zauberflöte, K 620: Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön

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  • 51.
    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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  • 52.
    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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  • 53.
    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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  • 54.
    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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  • 55.
    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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  • 56.
    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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  • 57.
    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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  • 58.
    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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  • 59.
    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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  • 60.
    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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  • 61.
    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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  • 62.
    Anton Dermota - The Early Recordings
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89623 Release Date: 11/29/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jules Massenet,  Giacomo Puccini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Anton Dermota,  Georg Oeggl,  Waltraute Demmer
    Conductor:  Walter Lutze,  Rudolf Moralt,  Erwin Baltzer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 63.
    Peter Anders Vol. III - Mozart, Nicolai, Offenbach, et al
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 2168 Release Date: 10/01/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Jacques Offenbach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Anders,  Maria Cebotari,  Erna Berger,  Kurt Reimann  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Rother,  Robert Heger,  Johannes Schüler,  Arthur Grüber
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Chorus  ... 
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  • 64.
    Original Masters - The Art Of Fritz Wunderlich
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000480702 Release Date: 09/13/2005   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Hübsch,,  Traditional,  Osman Perez Freire  ... 
    Performer:  Fritz Wunderlich,  Hermann Prey,  Hubert Giesen,  Ingeborg Hallstein  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans Carste,  Kurt Eichhorn,  Robert Stolz,  Horst Stein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Graunke Symphony Orchestra,  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Die Spilar-Schrammeln (salon orchestra)  ... 
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  • 65.
    Fritz Wunderlich - Rarities From Opera & Operetta 1956-63
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 93093 Release Date: 08/01/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Emmerich Kálmán,  Luigi Cherubini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Wilhelm Kienzl  ... 
    Performer:  Fritz Wunderlich
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  • 66.
    Mozart: Symphonies No 35, 38 & 40, Etc / Schuricht
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 93152 Release Date: 08/01/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ruth Margaret Pütz,  Fritz Wunderlich,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
    Conductor:  Carl Schuricht
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 67.
    The Essence Of Viennese Music / Guth, Bruckner Linz
    Label: Chesky Records   Catalog: 255 Release Date: 07/27/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Lehár  ... 
    Performer:  Herbert Lippert,  Edith Lienbacher
    Conductor:  Peter Guth
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  • 68.
    Mozart-wendt: The Magic Flute (Excerpts) / Wolfgang Schulz
    Label: Camerata Records   Catalog: 28007 Release Date: 01/27/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Hubert Kroisamer,  Hans Peter Ochsenhofer,  Wolfgang Schulz,  Fritz Dolezal
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna String Quartet members
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  • 69.
    Prima Voce - Leo Slezak
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7909 Release Date: 11/04/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  François Boieldieu,  Giacomo Meyerbeer,  Daniel-François Auber  ... 
    Performer:  Leo Slezak
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  • 70.
    The Very Best Of Fritz Wunderlich
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 75915 Release Date: 04/22/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Cornelius,  Leo Fall,  Emmerich Kálmán,  Franz Lehár  ... 
    Performer:  Fritz Wunderlich,  Pilar Lorengar,  Edith Mathis,  Liselotte Schmidt  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans Müller-Kray,  Hans Moltkau,  Carl Michalski,  Fried Walter  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Orchestra,  Graunke Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 71.
    50 Years Of Mozart Singing On Record
    Label: Emi Studio   Catalog: 63750 Release Date: 09/10/2002   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Mariano Stabile,  Luise Helletsgruber,  Tito Gobbi,  Charles Santley  ... 
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  • 72.
    Heroes - Rudolf Schock - Adam, Giordano, Lehar, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 66811 Release Date: 09/10/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Eduard Künneke,  Richard Wagner,  Umberto Giordano  ... 
    Performer:  Rudolf Schock,  Ferdinand Frantz,  Gustav Neidlinger,  Anton Metternich  ... 
    Conductor:  Joseph Keilberth,  Wilhelm Schüchter,  Rudolf Kempe,  Issay Dobrowen  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra Hamburg,  St. Hedwig's Cathedral Choir  ... 
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  • 73.
    Mozart: Famous Opera Arias / Bartoli, Gruberova, Et Al
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 41376 Release Date: 07/16/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Philip Langridge,  Cecilia Bartoli,  Lucia Popp,  Ann Murray  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Opera Orchestra,  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 74.
    Prinzregenten Theater - Wagner: Werke / Knote, Kappel, Et Al
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89305 Release Date: 04/09/2002   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Pietro Mascagni,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Friedrich Brodersen,  Ludwig Weber,  Hans Hopf,  Lorenz Fehenberger  ... 
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  • 75.
    Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Et Al: Arias /Patzak, Martin, Et Al
    Label: Pearl   Catalog: 156 Release Date: 03/26/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Julius Patzak
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Martin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra
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