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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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1756-01-27
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Biography

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in Salzburg in 1756, the son of a violinist at the court of the local Prince-Archbishop. His father, recognising early the boy’s extraordinary musical talents, proceeded to take him on performing tours throughout Europe so ...

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in Salzburg in 1756, the son of a violinist at the court of the local Prince-Archbishop. His father, recognising early the boy’s extraordinary musical talents, proceeded to take him on performing tours throughout Europe so that he could be exposed to as wide a range of musical styles and cultural milieux as possible. By the age of 16 Mozart had visited England, Italy, France and Germany, had met many important musical and political figures, and had had three operas performed in Milan.

It was the sort of education he could never have gained in Salzburg; and, while the constant travelling may have contributed to his lifelong poor health, it was doubtless also a major factor in the formation of his cosmopolitan musical style.

Throughout the 1770s, however, Mozart was a member of the Salzburg orchestra. Growing frustration with his position led him to try his luck in Mannheim and Paris in 1777–8, but the trip brought only disappointment and within a few months he was back in Salzburg. A breakthrough of sorts came when a commission from Munich led to his first great opera, Idomeneo (1781), a work into which he poured all of the musical experience he had so far gained.

The year 1781 finally saw him break with Salzburg and move to the musically more sophisticated Vienna, where he embarked on the life of a freelance composer, pianist and teacher. At first he enjoyed considerable success, particularly as a pianist in his own concertos and with his lively comic opera Die Entführung aus dem Serail (1782). There followed three of his greatest operatic masterpieces – The Marriage of Figaro (1786), Don Giovanni (1787) and Così fan tutte (1790) – but by the time of the last his popularity had waned and he found himself seriously in debt. He died in December 1791, not long after the successful premiere of his final opera, The Magic Flute.

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Antoine Tamestit, Leif Ove Andsnes & Martin Fröst
Trio in E flat major K.498 (Kegelstatt) for clarinet, viola and piano: 1st mvt
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Trio in E flat major K.498 (Kegelstatt) for clarinet, viola and piano: 1st mvt Trio in E flat major K.498 (Kegelstatt) for clarinet, viola and piano: 1st mvt Trio in E flat major K.498 (Kegelstatt) for clarinet, viola and piano: 1st mvt Trio in E flat major K.498 (Kegelstatt) for clarinet, viola and piano: 1st mvt
Vladimir Mendelssohn, Pascal Moraguès, Frank Braley & Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Trio for clarinet, viola and piano, K.498 ‘Kegelstatt Trio’
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Trio for clarinet, viola and piano, K.498 ‘Kegelstatt Trio’ Trio for clarinet, viola and piano, K.498 ‘Kegelstatt Trio’ Trio for clarinet, viola and piano, K.498 ‘Kegelstatt Trio’ Trio for clarinet, viola and piano, K.498 ‘Kegelstatt Trio’
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Simon Crawford-Phillips
12 Variations for piano (K.500)in B flat major
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12 Variations for piano (K.500)in B flat major 12 Variations for piano (K.500)in B flat major 12 Variations for piano (K.500)in B flat major 12 Variations for piano (K.500)in B flat major
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Viktoria Mullova & Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Violin Concerto No.1 in B flat – 1st mvt: Allegro moderato
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Violin Concerto No.1 in B flat – 1st mvt: Allegro moderato Violin Concerto No.1 in B flat – 1st mvt: Allegro moderato Violin Concerto No.1 in B flat – 1st mvt: Allegro moderato Violin Concerto No.1 in B flat – 1st mvt: Allegro moderato
Premysl Vojta, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Narodowa Orkiestra Symfoniczna Polskiego Radia w Katowicach & Łukasz Borowicz
Concerto no. 1 in D major K.412 for horn and orchestra
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Concerto no. 1 in D major K.412 for horn and orchestra Concerto no. 1 in D major K.412 for horn and orchestra Concerto no. 1 in D major K.412 for horn and orchestra Concerto no. 1 in D major K.412 for horn and orchestra
Wojciech Mrozek, The Amadeus Polish Radio Chamber Orchestra in Poznan, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Agnieszka Duczmal & Agnieszka Duczmal
Clarinet Quintet in A major (K.581) arranged for clarinet and string orchestra
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Clarinet Quintet in A major (K.581) arranged for clarinet and string orchestra Clarinet Quintet in A major (K.581) arranged for clarinet and string orchestra Clarinet Quintet in A major (K.581) arranged for clarinet and string orchestra Clarinet Quintet in A major (K.581) arranged for clarinet and string orchestra

Clarinet Quintet in A major (K.581) arranged for clarinet and string orchestra

Performer
Wojciech Mrozek
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Orchestra
The Amadeus Polish Radio Chamber Orchestra in Poznan
Vilma Rindzeviciute, Irina Venckus & Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Sonata for piano 4 hands in D major (K.381)
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Sonata for piano 4 hands in D major (K.381) Sonata for piano 4 hands in D major (K.381) Sonata for piano 4 hands in D major (K.381) Sonata for piano 4 hands in D major (K.381)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, DR UnderholdningsOrkestret & Adam Fischer
Symphony No.22 in C K.162
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Symphony No.22 in C K.162 Symphony No.22 in C K.162 Symphony No.22 in C K.162 Symphony No.22 in C K.162
Christian Ihle Hadland, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Oslo-Filharmonien & Arvid Engegård
Andante from Piano concerto no.21 in C major, K.467
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Andante from Piano concerto no.21 in C major, K.467 Andante from Piano concerto no.21 in C major, K.467 Andante from Piano concerto no.21 in C major, K.467 Andante from Piano concerto no.21 in C major, K.467
Robert Aitken, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, National Arts Centre Orchestra & Franco Mannino
Concerto for flute and orchestra in D major (K.314)
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Concerto for flute and orchestra in D major (K.314) Concerto for flute and orchestra in D major (K.314) Concerto for flute and orchestra in D major (K.314) Concerto for flute and orchestra in D major (K.314)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Neal Davies, Carolyn Sampson, Donald Runnicles, Jeremy Ovenden, National Youth Choir of Scotland, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra & Christine Rice
Requiem in D minor K.626, compl. Robert Levin
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Requiem in D minor K.626, compl. Robert Levin Requiem in D minor K.626, compl. Robert Levin Requiem in D minor K.626, compl. Robert Levin Requiem in D minor K.626, compl. Robert Levin
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Rudolf Kempe & Alan Civil (horn) and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Horn Concerto No.1 in D K.412, ‘1st mvt, ‘Allegro’
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Horn Concerto No.1 in D K.412, ‘1st mvt, ‘Allegro’ Horn Concerto No.1 in D K.412, ‘1st mvt, ‘Allegro’ Horn Concerto No.1 in D K.412, ‘1st mvt, ‘Allegro’ Horn Concerto No.1 in D K.412, ‘1st mvt, ‘Allegro’

Horn Concerto No.1 in D K.412, ‘1st mvt, ‘Allegro’

Performer
Rudolf Kempe
Alan Civil (horn) and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ihe Orchestra Of Classical Opera & Ian Page
Overture from Mitridate Re Di Ponto, 'Allegro'
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Overture from Mitridate Re Di Ponto, 'Allegro' Overture from Mitridate Re Di Ponto, 'Allegro' Overture from Mitridate Re Di Ponto, 'Allegro' Overture from Mitridate Re Di Ponto, 'Allegro'

Overture from Mitridate Re Di Ponto, 'Allegro'

Performer
Ihe Orchestra Of Classical Opera
Ian Page
Glenn Gould & Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Fantasy in D minor, K.397
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Fantasy in D minor, K.397 Fantasy in D minor, K.397 Fantasy in D minor, K.397 Fantasy in D minor, K.397
Glenn Gould & Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Sonata No.16 in C major, K. 545
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Piano Sonata No.16 in C major, K. 545 Piano Sonata No.16 in C major, K. 545 Piano Sonata No.16 in C major, K. 545 Piano Sonata No.16 in C major, K. 545
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Oslo-Filharmonien & Herbert Blomstedt
Symphony No.41 in C major (K.551) "Jupiter"
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Symphony No.41 in C major (K.551) "Jupiter" Symphony No.41 in C major (K.551) "Jupiter" Symphony No.41 in C major (K.551) "Jupiter" Symphony No.41 in C major (K.551) "Jupiter"
Academy of St Martin in the Fields & Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Divertimento in D major K.205: Finale
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Divertimento in D major K.205: Finale Divertimento in D major K.205: Finale Divertimento in D major K.205: Finale Divertimento in D major K.205: Finale
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Pinchas Zukerman & National Arts Centre Orchestra
Divertimento (K.136) in D major
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Divertimento (K.136) in D major Divertimento (K.136) in D major Divertimento (K.136) in D major Divertimento (K.136) in D major
Colin Lawson, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Revolutionary Drawing Room Quartet
Rondo in A K581 a
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Rondo in A K581 a Rondo in A K581 a Rondo in A K581 a Rondo in A K581 a

Rondo in A K581 a

Performer
Colin Lawson
Ensemble
Revolutionary Drawing Room Quartet
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Serenade in E flat major, K.375
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Serenade in E flat major, K.375 Serenade in E flat major, K.375 Serenade in E flat major, K.375 Serenade in E flat major, K.375
Mitsuko Uchida, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Jeffrey Tate & English Chamber Orchestra
Concerto for piano and orchestra no. 25 (K.503) in C major, 3rd mvt; Allegretto
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Concerto for piano and orchestra no. 25 (K.503) in C major, 3rd mvt; Allegretto Concerto for piano and orchestra no. 25 (K.503) in C major, 3rd mvt; Allegretto Concerto for piano and orchestra no. 25 (K.503) in C major, 3rd mvt; Allegretto Concerto for piano and orchestra no. 25 (K.503) in C major, 3rd mvt; Allegretto
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Agnieszka Duczmal & The Amadeus Polish Radio Chamber Orchestra in Poznan
Symphony No.16 in C major (K.128)
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Symphony No.16 in C major (K.128) Symphony No.16 in C major (K.128) Symphony No.16 in C major (K.128) Symphony No.16 in C major (K.128)

Symphony No.16 in C major (K.128)

Orchestra
The Amadeus Polish Radio Chamber Orchestra in Poznan
Mitsuko Uchida & Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Sonata in C major, K. 330: I. Allegro moderato
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Piano Sonata in C major, K. 330: I. Allegro moderato Piano Sonata in C major, K. 330: I. Allegro moderato Piano Sonata in C major, K. 330: I. Allegro moderato Piano Sonata in C major, K. 330: I. Allegro moderato
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Sir Georg Solti, London Philharmonic Orchestra & Kiri Te Kanawa
Marriage of Figaro, Act III: “E Susanna non vien… Dove sono”
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Marriage of Figaro, Act III: “E Susanna non vien… Dove sono” Marriage of Figaro, Act III: “E Susanna non vien… Dove sono” Marriage of Figaro, Act III: “E Susanna non vien… Dove sono” Marriage of Figaro, Act III: “E Susanna non vien… Dove sono”
James Mason, James Campbell, James McKay, James Somerville, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Anton Kuerti
Quintet in E flat major for piano, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon (K.452)
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Quintet in E flat major for piano, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon (K.452) Quintet in E flat major for piano, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon (K.452) Quintet in E flat major for piano, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon (K.452) Quintet in E flat major for piano, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon (K.452)

Quintet in E flat major for piano, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon (K.452)

Performer
James Somerville
James Mason
James McKay
James Campbell
Anton Kuerti
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Bernard Labadie, John Tessier, Karina Gauvin, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Nathan Berg, Les Violons du Roy & La Chapelle de Quebec
Requiem in D minor K.626, compl. Robert Levin
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Requiem in D minor K.626, compl. Robert Levin Requiem in D minor K.626, compl. Robert Levin Requiem in D minor K.626, compl. Robert Levin Requiem in D minor K.626, compl. Robert Levin
Arthur Grumiaux, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Sir Colin Davis & London Symphony Orchestra
Violin Concerto No. 4 in D
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Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Violin Concerto No. 4 in D
Robert King, David Pyatt, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Bergen filharmoniske orkester
Concerto no. 4 in E flat major K.495 for horn and orchestra
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Concerto no. 4 in E flat major K.495 for horn and orchestra Concerto no. 4 in E flat major K.495 for horn and orchestra Concerto no. 4 in E flat major K.495 for horn and orchestra Concerto no. 4 in E flat major K.495 for horn and orchestra
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Kristian Bezuidenhout
Allemande, K339
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Allemande, K339 Allemande, K339 Allemande, K339 Allemande, K339
Kristian Bezuidenhout & Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Sonata In D Major K.284 For Piano
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Sonata In D Major K.284 For Piano Sonata In D Major K.284 For Piano Sonata In D Major K.284 For Piano Sonata In D Major K.284 For Piano
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Kristian Bezuidenhout
Sonata in D major, K284
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Sonata in D major, K284 Sonata in D major, K284 Sonata in D major, K284 Sonata in D major, K284
Kristian Bezuidenhout & Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Adagio In F Major K Anh 206a For Keyboard
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Adagio In F Major  K Anh 206a For Keyboard Adagio In F Major  K Anh 206a For Keyboard Adagio In F Major  K Anh 206a For Keyboard Adagio In F Major  K Anh 206a For Keyboard
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Kristian Bezuidenhout
Adagio in F major
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Adagio in F major Adagio in F major Adagio in F major Adagio in F major
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Kristian Bezuidenhout
Sonata in F major, K332
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Sonata in F major, K332 Sonata in F major, K332 Sonata in F major, K332 Sonata in F major, K332
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, Colin Davis (conductor)
Requiem: Lacrimosa
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Requiem: Lacrimosa Requiem: Lacrimosa Requiem: Lacrimosa Requiem: Lacrimosa

Requiem: Lacrimosa

Performer
London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, Colin Davis (conductor)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Eva Mei, Inga Nielsen, Ann Murray, Markus Schafer, Concentus Musicus Wien & Roberto Saccà
Viva, viva l'invitto duce (Il re pastore K208, Act II)
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Viva, viva l'invitto duce (Il re pastore K208, Act II) Viva, viva l'invitto duce (Il re pastore K208, Act II) Viva, viva l'invitto duce (Il re pastore K208, Act II) Viva, viva l'invitto duce (Il re pastore K208, Act II)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, RIAS Kammerchor, René Jacobs & Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
Ah grazie si rendano (La Clemenza di Tito, Act 2 Scene 5)
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Ah grazie si rendano (La Clemenza di Tito, Act 2 Scene 5) Ah grazie si rendano (La Clemenza di Tito, Act 2 Scene 5) Ah grazie si rendano (La Clemenza di Tito, Act 2 Scene 5) Ah grazie si rendano (La Clemenza di Tito, Act 2 Scene 5)
Teresa Berganza, György Fischer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Wiener Kammerorchester
Conservati fedele
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Conservati fedele Conservati fedele Conservati fedele Conservati fedele
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Emma Johnson, English Chamber Orchestra & Raymond Leppard
Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K.622 (1st mvt: Allegro)
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Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K.622 (1st mvt: Allegro) Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K.622 (1st mvt: Allegro) Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K.622 (1st mvt: Allegro) Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K.622 (1st mvt: Allegro)
Kristian Bezuidenhout & Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Sonata No. 15 in F, K533
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Piano Sonata No. 15 in F, K533 Piano Sonata No. 15 in F, K533 Piano Sonata No. 15 in F, K533 Piano Sonata No. 15 in F, K533
Emmanuel Pahud, Marie-Pierre Langlamet, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Berliner Philharmoniker & Claudio Abbado
Concerto (K.314) vers. flute & orch in D mj, 1st mvt; Allegro aperto
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Concerto (K.314) vers. flute & orch in D mj, 1st mvt; Allegro aperto Concerto (K.314) vers. flute & orch in D mj, 1st mvt; Allegro aperto Concerto (K.314) vers. flute & orch in D mj, 1st mvt; Allegro aperto Concerto (K.314) vers. flute & orch in D mj, 1st mvt; Allegro aperto
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Elly Ameling & Jörg Demus
Abendempfindung (K.523) for voice and piano
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Abendempfindung (K.523) for voice and piano Abendempfindung (K.523) for voice and piano Abendempfindung (K.523) for voice and piano Abendempfindung (K.523) for voice and piano
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Robert Casadesus, George Szell & The Cleveland Orchestra
Piano Concerto no. 17, K.453 - Allegretto
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Piano Concerto no. 17, K.453 - Allegretto Piano Concerto no. 17, K.453 - Allegretto Piano Concerto no. 17, K.453 - Allegretto Piano Concerto no. 17, K.453 - Allegretto
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Neal Davies, Gabrieli Consort & Players, Sarah Connolly, Paul McCreesh, Timothy Robinson & Camilla Tilling
Mass (K.427) in C minor "Great" [unfinished], Gloria; Laudamus te
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Mass (K.427) in C minor "Great" [unfinished], Gloria; Laudamus te Mass (K.427) in C minor "Great" [unfinished], Gloria; Laudamus te Mass (K.427) in C minor "Great" [unfinished], Gloria; Laudamus te Mass (K.427) in C minor "Great" [unfinished], Gloria; Laudamus te
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