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, Cosě 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: Gran Partita / Pinnock, Royal Academy of Music Soloists
Release Date: 04/08/2016   Label: Linn Records  
Catalog: 516   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: Symphonies No 38 - 41 / Mackerras, Scottish Co
Release Date: 02/01/2008   Label: Linn Records  
Catalog: 308   Number of Discs: 2
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Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 - Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 24 / Sudbin, Vanska
Release Date: 02/25/2014   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1978   Number of Discs: 1
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Gal & Mozart: Piano Concertos / Briggs, Woods, Royal Northern Sinfonia
Release Date: 05/06/2016   Label: Avie  
Catalog: 2358   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Die Zauberflöte, K 620: Der Hölle Rache (Queen of the Night)

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  • 26.
    Label: X5 Music Group   Catalog: 106 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  George Frideric Handel,  Georges Bizet,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  José Carreras,  Yoshikazu Mera,  Victoria Anderson,  Charles K.L. Davis  ... 
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  • 27.
    Alois Unerhort - The Boy And His Voice
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 91185 Release Date: 08/09/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Alfredo Catalani,  Giacomo Puccini,  Johann Strauss Jr.
    Performer:  Alois Unerhört
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  • 28.
    The Opera Album 2011
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001566102 Release Date: 06/14/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Giacomo Puccini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Alfredo Catalani  ... 
    Performer:  Bryn Terfel,  Anna Netrebko,  Andrea Bocelli,  Jonas Kaufmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth,  Gianandrea Noseda,  Zubin Mehta,  Antonio Pappano  ... 
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  • 29.
    Label: Abc Classics   Catalog: 764056 Release Date: 12/21/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Franz Xaver Gruber  ... 
    Performer:  Yvonne Kenny,  Andreas Scholl,  Sara [Soprano Vocals] Macliver,  Belinda Montgomery  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Dyer
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  • 30.
    The Ultimate Mozart Opera Album
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578064-65 Release Date: 12/14/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Michelle Breedt,  Peter Mikulas,  Joanna Borowska,  Rohangiz Yachmi  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Halász,  Johannes Wildner,  Barry Wordsworth
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  • 31.
    Forever Mozart [tin]
    Label: Sonoma   Catalog: 124 Release Date: 09/28/2010   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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  • 32.
    Live From The Heart Of Europe / Guido's Orchestra
    Label: eOne   Catalog: 4799 Release Date: 08/24/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Guido Dieteren,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Unspecified,  Billy May  ... 
    Performer:  Guido Dieteren,  Wendy Kokkelkoren,  Tommy Fleming
    Conductor:  Guido Dieteren
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Guido's Orchestra
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  • 33.
    50 Best Opera
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 57531 Release Date: 06/29/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Richard Wagner,  Richard Strauss,  Gustave Charpentier  ... 
    Performer:  Cornelius Hauptmann,  Margareta Lilowa,  Carolyn Watkinson,  Ursula Kunz  ... 
    Conductor:  Roger Norrington,  Bernard Haitink,  Rafael Kubelik,  Peter Schneider  ... 
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  • 34.
    Cascade Of Roses - A Piano Bouquet / Janice Weber
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 92102 Release Date: 01/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Reynaldo Hahn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Janice Weber
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  • 35.
    Maurice Andre Plays Opera Arias
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 49219 Release Date: 12/01/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Giacomo Puccini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Vincenzo Bellini  ... 
    Performer:  Maurice André
    Conductor:  Michel Plasson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Capitole Orchestra
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  • 36.
    Mozart: Operas - Excerpts / John Eliot Gardiner
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 449938 Release Date: 10/13/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Stanford Olsen,  Cornelius Hauptmann,  Bryn Terfel,  Alison Hagley  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
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  • 37.
    Mozart: Die Zauberflote Highlights / Roger Norrington
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 54492 Release Date: 09/14/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Catherine Denley,  Nancy Argenta,  Eirian James,  Guy de Mey  ... 
    Conductor:  Roger Norrington
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Heinrich Schütz Choir,  London Classical Players
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  • 38.
    Festival Of The Primadonnas
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 8025 Release Date: 06/30/2009   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Arrigo Boito,  Giacomo Puccini,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Renata Tebaldi,  Ljuba Welitsch,  Maria Callas,  Astrid Varnay  ... 
    Conductor:  Tullio Serafin,  Max Rudolf,  Hermann Weigert,  Wilhelm Schüchter  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 39.
    Mozart Gala - Famous Arias
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 458233 Release Date: 06/05/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Martti Talvela,  Teresa Berganza,  Geraint Evans,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti,  John Pritchard,  Bryan Balkwill,  István Kertész  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 40.
    Ryan Anthony With Gary Beard
    Label: Opening Day   Catalog: 9374 Release Date: 05/22/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Newton,  John Stanley,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Ryan Anthony,  Gary Beard
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  • 41.
    Ryan Anthony With Gary Beard
    Label: Opening Day   Catalog: 9373 Release Date: 05/04/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gottfried Reiche,  Jeremiah Clarke,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Ryan Anthony,  Gary Beard
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  • 42.
    Opera's Greatest Moments - Favourite Arias And Choruses
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557926-27 Release Date: 02/24/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Marina Mescheriakova,  John Dickie,  Thomas Harper,  Patrizia Pace  ... 
    Conductor:  Johannes Wildner,  Michael Halász,  Piergiorgio Morandi,  Alexander Rahbari  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Chorus,  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Capella Istropolitana  ... 
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  • 43.
    By Request - A Collection Of Our Favorites / Mainstreet Brass
    Label: Msr   Catalog: 1290 Release Date: 01/13/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Traditional,  Jean Jacques Perrey,  Edward "Duke" Ellington  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mainstreet Brass Quintet
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  • 44.
    Best Karajan 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 15206 Release Date: 10/28/2008   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Nepomuk Hummel,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Bernard Walton,  Dennis Brain,  Lothar Koch,  Maurice André  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 45.
    Mozart: Opera Arrangements For Clarinets & Basset Horn / Leister, Magistrelli, Et Al
    Label: Camerata Records   Catalog: 28094 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Luigi Magistrelli,  Laura Magistrelli,  Karl Leister
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  • 46.
    A Soprano Portrait - Mozart / Elena Mosuc, Camil Marinescu, Iasi Moldova Po
    Label: Arte Nova   Catalog: 811910 Release Date: 05/13/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Elena Mosuc
    Conductor:  Camil Marinescu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Iasi Moldava Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 47.
    Legends / Canadian Brass
    Label: Opening Day   Catalog: 7347 Release Date: 05/13/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aaron Copland,  George Frideric Handel,  Claudio Monteverdi,  Samuel Scheidt  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Moody
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
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  • 48.
    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,  Ruza Baldani,  Placido Domingo  ... 
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  • 49.
    Luisa Tetrazzini- The London Recordings
    Label: Emi Great Recordings Of The Century   Catalog: 63802 Release Date: 02/06/2008   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Gaetano Lama,  J. Eugčne Gaston Lemaire,  Ernesto De Curtis,  Karl Hoschna  ... 
    Performer:  Attilio Baggiore,  Toto Amici,  Luisa Tetrazzini,  Percy Pitt  ... 
    Conductor:  Percy Pitt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Chorus
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  • 50.
    Arie Di Bravura - Diana Damrau
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 95250 Release Date: 11/06/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Salieri,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Vincenzo Righini
    Performer:  Diana Damrau,  Patrick Beaugiraud
    Conductor:  Jérémie Rhorer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Cercle de l'Harmonie
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