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: Violin Concertos 3, 4 & 5 / Steinbacher
Release Date: 04/29/2014   Label: Pentatone  
Catalog: 186479   Number of Discs: 1
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Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 3; Mozart: Piano Concerto No 24 / Sudbin, Vanska
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Catalog: 1978   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Die Zauberflote / Harnoncourt, Zeppenfeld, Fredrich, Richter, Kleiter, Werba [blu-ray]
Release Date: 07/15/2014   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 300573   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: String Quartets K 387 & K 421 / Klenke Quartet
Release Date: 07/19/2005   Label: Profil  
Catalog: 4027   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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Work: Die Zauberflöte, K 620: Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön

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  • 76.
    Mozart: Arias
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 4757168 Release Date: 01/02/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Stuart Burrows
    Conductor:  John Pritchard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 77.
    Peter Schreier - Legendary Recordings
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 2852 Release Date: 12/27/2005   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Heinrich Schütz,  Peter Cornelius,  Rudolf Mauersberger  ... 
    Performer:  Hans Otto,  Peter Schreier,  Anton Spieler,  Karl-Dietfried Adam  ... 
    Conductor:  Rudolf Mauersberger,  Otmar Suitner,  Bernhard Klee,  Siegfried Kurz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra members,  Dresden Kreuz Choir,  Dresden Staatskapelle  ... 
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  • 78.
    Mozart: Ses 100 Chefs-d'oeuvre
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 346789 Release Date: 12/02/2005   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Emile Naoumoff,  Jack Brymer,  Christian Zacharias,  Frank Peter Zimmermann  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Sir Neville Marriner,  David Zinman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sabine Meyer Wind Ensemble,  Melos Ensemble London,  Nash Ensemble  ... 
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  • 79.
    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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  • 80.
    The Mozart Collection - Limited Edition Box Set
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000552802 Release Date: 11/08/2005   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Willard White,  Hans-Peter Blochwitz,  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Barbara Bonney  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner,  Myung-Whun Chung,  Sir Georg Solti,  Karl Böhm  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  English Baroque Soloists,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra  ... 
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  • 81.
    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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  • 82.
    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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  • 83.
    Mozart Opera Festival
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4767437 Release Date: 06/13/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Tom Krause,  Lucia Popp,  Werner Krenn,  Brigitte Fassbaender  ... 
    Conductor:  István Kertész
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Haydn Orchestra
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  • 84.
    Mozart: Magic Flute (Highlights)
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 467408 Release Date: 10/01/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Walter Berry,  Léopold Simoneau,  Wilma Lipp,  Hilde Gueden  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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  • 85.
    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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  • 86.
    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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  • 87.
    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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  • 88.
    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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  • 89.
    The Very Best Of Nicolai Gedda
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 85090 Release Date: 09/02/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Franz Lehár,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Nicolai Gedda,  Gerald Moore,  Jan Eyron,  Eugenia Zareska  ... 
    Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli,  Willy Mattes,  Willi Boskovsky,  Franz Allers  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ambrosian Opera Chorus,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Graunke Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 90.
    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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  • 91.
    The Very Best Of Placido Domingo
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 75906 Release Date: 04/22/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Francisco Alonso,  Traditional,  Jacob Gade,  Joaquin Rodrigo  ... 
    Performer:  Placido Domingo,  Peter Horton,  Renato Capecchi,  Montserrat Caballé
    Conductor:  Manuel Moreno-Buendia,  Eugene Kohn,  Julius Rudel,  Placido Domingo  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Madrid Teatro de la Zarzuela Chorus,  Madrid Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestra  ... 
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  • 92.
    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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  • 93.
    Mozart: Die Zauberflöte - Highlights
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 65568 Release Date: 09/10/2002  
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Christa Ludwig,  Walter Berry,  Marga Höffgen,  Gottlob Frick  ... 
    Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Chorus
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  • 94.
    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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  • 95.
    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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  • 96.
    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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  • 97.
    The #1 Tenor Album / Alagna, Bergonzi, Björling, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 470021 Release Date: 07/10/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Francesco Cilèa,  Gioachino Rossini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  José Carreras,  Luciano Pavarotti,  Mario Del Monaco,  Jussi Björling  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Piero Gamba,  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli,  Maurizio Benini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera Teatro Reale Orchestra,  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra,  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra  ... 
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  • 98.
    Opera - Mozart: The Magic Flute (Highlights) /Haitink, Et Al
    Label: Emi Seraphim   Catalog: 74128 Release Date: 10/24/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Roland Bracht,  Brigitte Lindner,  Wolfgang Brendel,  Lucia Popp  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus
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  • 99.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Modest Menzinsky
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89199 Release Date: 09/26/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Jan Karol Gall,  Mykola Lysenko,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Modest Menzinsky
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  • 100.
    The Best Of Opera Vol 4
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8554682 Release Date: 06/13/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Pietro Mascagni,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Ewa Podles,  Thomas Harper,  Teresa Ringholz,  Katarina Dalayman  ... 
    Conductor:  Piergiorgio Morandi,  Alexander Rahbari,  Michael Halász,  Arnold Östman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hungarian State Opera Orchestra,  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Slovak State Opera Chorus  ... 
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