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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Robert Casadesus Plays Mozart
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Bruno Walter Conducts Mozart
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Mozart: The Piano Quartets / Ax, Stern, Ma, Laredo
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Catalog: 56121   Number of Discs: 1
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The Berliner Philharmoniker Play Mozart
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Catalog: 7761522   Number of Discs: 7
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Work: Die Zauberflöte, K 620: Der Hölle Rache (Queen of the Night)

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  • 151.
    Mozart: Die Zauberflote Highlights / Solti, Burrows, Deutekom
    Label: London/Decca Opera Gala Series   Catalog: 458213 Release Date: 06/09/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Stuart Burrows,  Pilar Lorengar,  Hans Sotin,  René Kollo  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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  • 152.
    The Art Of Sumi Jo / Solti, Vienna Philharmonic, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 458927 Release Date: 05/01/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Félicien César David,  Victor Massé,  Daniel-François Auber,  Adolphe Adam  ... 
    Performer:  Sumi Jo,  William Bennett,  John Aler,  Michel Trempont  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Bonynge,  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Welsh National Opera Orchestra,  London Voices  ... 
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  • 153.
    The Only Opera Cd You'll Ever Need
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 68823 Release Date: 10/14/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Gioachino Rossini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Anna Moffo,  Helen Donath,  Roberta Peters,  Robert Merrill  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Eichhorn,  Erich Leinsdorf,  Lorin Maazel,  Eugene Ormandy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  Orchestra  ... 
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  • 154.
    Mozart: The Magic Flute (Highlights) /Halász, Lippert, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553438 Release Date: 09/30/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Herbert Lippert,  Georg Tichy,  Hellen Kwon,  Elisabeth Norberg-Schulz  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Halász
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Failoni Orchestra Budapest,  Hungarian Festival Chorus
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  • 155.
    Mozart: Die Zauberflöte - Highlights / Harnoncourt, Et Al
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 13810 Release Date: 09/03/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Antti Suhonen,  Thomas Moser,  Hans-Peter Blochwitz,  Barbara Bonney  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Opera Chorus,  Zurich Opera Orchestra
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  • 156.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Gitta Alpar
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89128 Release Date: 08/20/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Giacomo Puccini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Léo Delibes  ... 
    Performer:  Gitta Alpar,  Hans Heinz Bollman
    Conductor:  Fritz Zweig,  Felix Günther,  Frieder Weissmann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
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  • 157.
    Mozart: Magic Flute (Highlights)
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4501822 Release Date: 12/18/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Walter Berry,  Emmy Loose,  Hilde Gueden,  Léopold Simoneau  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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  • 158.
    Queens Of The Night - Bassoon Classics
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 658 Release Date: 12/12/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Harry Warren,  Mike Stoller,  Roy Turk,  Kal Mann  ... 
    Performer:  Raoul Esmerode,  Antoinette Baehler,  Kim Walker,  Lorelei Dowling  ... 
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  • 159.
    Grosse Mozartsänger Vol 2 - Opernarien 1949-1960
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 394201 Release Date: 09/19/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Walter Berry,  Eberhard Wächter,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,  Léopold Simoneau  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  George Szell,  Karl Böhm,  Sir Georg Solti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 160.
    Mozart: Opera Gala (Highlights From Figaro,Don Giovanni)
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4610162 Release Date: 09/04/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Franz Crass,  Roberta Peters,  Fritz Wunderlich,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Dresden Staatskapelle  ... 
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  • 161.
    The Best Of Opera Vol 1
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553166 Release Date: 06/27/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Giacomo Puccini,  Georges Bizet,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Nicola Martinucci,  Luba Orgonasova,  Alan Titus,  Jozef Spacek  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexander Rahbari,  Will Humburg,  Oliver Dohnányi,  Michael Halász  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava,  Czecho-Slovak Radio Orchestra,  Bratislava Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 162.
    Classical Kids - Mozart's Magic Fantasy
    Label: Children's Group   Catalog: 84237 Release Date: 04/11/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Gordon McLeod,  Marjorie Sparks,  Russell Braun,  Nils Brown  ... 
    Conductor:  Walter Babiak
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto St. Simon's Chorus,  Studio Arts Orchestra
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  • 163.
    Prima Voce - Great Singers At The Mariinsky Theatre
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7865 Release Date: 03/21/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Arrigo Boito,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Léo Delibes  ... 
    Performer:  Mikhail Karakash,  Dmitri Smirnov,  Lev Sibiriakov,  Antonina Nezhdanova  ... 
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  • 164.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Erna Berger Vol 2
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89092 Release Date: 02/07/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Robert Oboussier,  Richard Strauss,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Hans Altmann,  Erna Berger,  Eta Harich-Schneider,  Hans-Walter Schleif  ... 
    Conductor:  Clemens Krauss,  Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt,  Wolfgang Martin,  Fritz Zweig  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin City Opera Orchestra,  Berlin State Opera Orchestra  ... 
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  • 165.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Miliza Korjus
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89054 Release Date: 02/07/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Heinrich Proch,  Léo Delibes,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Adolphe Adam  ... 
    Performer:  Miliza Korjus
    Conductor:  Johannes Müller,  Bruno Seidler-Winkler,  Franz Schönbaumsfeld,  Edmund Josef Nick
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
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  • 166.
    Virtuoso Arias / Sumi Jo
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 97239 Release Date: 02/07/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Richard Strauss,  Young-Ha Yoon,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Sumi Jo,  Anne Maugue
    Conductor:  Paolo Olmi,  Armin Jordan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra,  Orchestre de Paris Ensemble
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  • 167.
    Queen Of Coloratura / Edita Gruberova
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 93691 Release Date: 07/05/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Edita Gruberova
    Conductor:  Carlo Rizzi,  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Richard Bonynge
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra  ... 
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  • 168.
    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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  • 169.
    A Mozart Concert In Vienna / Leitner, Vienna Mozart Orch
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550867 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Donna Robin,  Andrea Martin,  Gerald Grünbacher,  Konrad Leitner
    Conductor:  Konrad Leitner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Mozart Orchestra
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  • 170.
    Mozart: Arias & Duets / Wildner, Leitner, Martin, Robin
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550435 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Andrea Martin,  Donna Robin,  Joanna Borowska,  Rohangiz Yachmi  ... 
    Conductor:  Konrad Leitner,  Johannes Wildner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Mozart Ensemble,  Capella Istropolitana
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  • 171.
    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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  • 172.
    Mad About Sopranos
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 439153 Release Date: 07/13/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Richard Strauss,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Hildegard Behrens,  Agnes Baltsa,  Janet Perry,  Anna Tomowa-Sintow  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine,  Herbert von Karajan,  Giuseppe Sinopoli,  Claudio Abbado  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 173.
    Solid Brass At The Opera
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 90108 Release Date: 01/27/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Robert Ayres,  Adrienne Wilcox,  Kyle Turner,  Jeffrey Caswell  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Solid Brass
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  • 174.
    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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  • 175.
    Prima Voce - Divas Vol 1 (1906-1935)
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7802 Release Date: 12/02/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Stefano Donaudy,  Arrigo Boito  ... 
    Performer:  Nina Koshetz,  Claudia Muzio,  Maria Németh,  Eidé Noréna  ... 
    Conductor:  Stanford Robinson
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