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: Requiem / Butt, Dunedin Consort
Release Date: 03/25/2014   Label: Linn Records  
Catalog: 449   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: Die Zauberflote / Fredrich, Kleiter, Harnoncourt
Release Date: 07/15/2014   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 300572   Number of Discs: 2
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Work: Die Zauberflöte, K 620: Der Hölle Rache (Queen of the Night)

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  • 151.
    Mozart - The Supreme Operatic Recordings
    Label: Pearl   Catalog: 73 Release Date: 11/16/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Elisabeth Reichelt,  Walther Ludwig,  Aksel Schiotz,  Lotte Schöne  ... 
    Conductor:  Bruno Seidler-Winkler,  Mogens Wöldike,  Fritz Zweig,  Clemens Schmalstich  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Berlin State Opera Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Orchestra
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  • 152.
    Fawkes, Richard: The History Of Classical Music / Robert Powell
    Label: Naxos Audio Books   Catalog: 4140 Release Date: 08/31/1999   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Hildegard of Bingen,  Alfonso X (El Sabio),  Guillaume de Machaut  ... 
    Performer:  Jennifer Purvis,  Kasia Elsner,  Simon Weir,  Richard Fawkes  ... 
    Conductor:  Nicholas Kraemer,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Hanspeter Gmür,  Barry Wordsworth  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nova Schola Gregoriana,  In Dulci Jubilo Children's Choir,  Oxford Camerata  ... 
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  • 153.
    Four Famous French Sopranos
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89951 Release Date: 08/24/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Julius Benedict,  Henry Février,  Franco Rossi Gallini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Mado Robin,  Janine Micheau,  Lily Pons,  Ninon Vallin
    Conductor:  Eugène Bigot,  François Ruhlmann,  Gustav Cloëz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Opera Orchestra,  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra,  Paris Opéra Comique Orchestra
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  • 154.
    Herbert Von Karajan - The Legend
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 445195 Release Date: 07/20/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Antonín Dvorák,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Alexander Malta,  Michel Marinpouille,  Agnes Baltsa,  Jane Berbié  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Opera Chorus,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus  ... 
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  • 155.
    Four Famous Sopranos Of The Past
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89966 Release Date: 12/15/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Irene Eisinger,  Fritzi Jokl,  Lotte Schöne,  Luise Szabó
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  • 156.
    The Ultimate Divas Album
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 460596 Release Date: 09/15/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Richard Wagner,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Marilyn Horne,  Cecilia Bartoli,  Birgit Nilsson,  Kirsten Flagstad  ... 
    Conductor:  Henry Lewis,  Riccardo Chailly,  Hans Knappertsbusch,  Sir Georg Solti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Bologna Teatro Comunale Chorus,  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra  ... 
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  • 157.
    Magic Flutes / Jean-pierre Rampal, Claudi Arimany
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3226 Release Date: 08/25/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  François Devienne,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Michel Blavet,  Wilhelm Friedemann Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Jean-Pierre Rampal,  Claudi Arimany
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  • 158.
    Von Der Königlichen Hofoper Zur Staatsoper Unter Den Linden
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89403 Release Date: 07/21/1998   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Richard Wagner,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Tiana Lemnitz,  Josef Mann,  Ludwig Suthaus,  Paula Buchner  ... 
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  • 159.
    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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  • 160.
    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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  • 161.
    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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  • 162.
    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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  • 163.
    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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  • 164.
    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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  • 165.
    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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  • 166.
    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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  • 167.
    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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  • 168.
    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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  • 169.
    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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  • 170.
    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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  • 171.
    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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  • 172.
    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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  • 173.
    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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  • 174.
    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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  • 175.
    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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