Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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1756-01-27
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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 ...

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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, Wolfgang Schneiderhan, Ferdinand Leitner, Wiener Symphoniker & Irmgard Seefried
Non temer, amato bene, K490 [insertion aria for Idomeneo]
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Non temer, amato bene, K490 [insertion aria for Idomeneo] Non temer, amato bene, K490 [insertion aria for Idomeneo] Non temer, amato bene, K490 [insertion aria for Idomeneo] Non temer, amato bene, K490 [insertion aria for Idomeneo]
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Bruno Lukk
Fantasy in D minor (KV.397) [1782]
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Fantasy in D minor (KV.397) [1782] Fantasy in D minor (KV.397) [1782] Fantasy in D minor (KV.397) [1782] Fantasy in D minor (KV.397) [1782]
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Jonathan Biss
Sonata for piano (K.576) in D major
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Sonata for piano (K.576) in D major Sonata for piano (K.576) in D major Sonata for piano (K.576) in D major Sonata for piano (K.576) in D major
Louis Schwizgebel & Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Sonata in D major K.311 for piano
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Sonata in D major K.311 for piano Sonata in D major K.311 for piano Sonata in D major K.311 for piano Sonata in D major K.311 for piano
The Sixteen, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Harry Christophers, Academy of St Martin in the Fields & Elin Manahan Thomas
Vesperae solennes de confessore (K.339), Laudate Dominum
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Vesperae solennes de confessore (K.339), Laudate Dominum Vesperae solennes de confessore (K.339), Laudate Dominum Vesperae solennes de confessore (K.339), Laudate Dominum Vesperae solennes de confessore (K.339), Laudate Dominum
Grigory Sokolov & Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Sonata in F, K332
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Piano Sonata in F, K332 Piano Sonata in F, K332 Piano Sonata in F, K332 Piano Sonata in F, K332
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Symphony no. 38 (K.504) in D major "Prague", 3rd movement; Finale
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Symphony no. 38 (K.504) in D major "Prague", 3rd movement; Finale Symphony no. 38 (K.504) in D major "Prague", 3rd movement; Finale Symphony no. 38 (K.504) in D major "Prague", 3rd movement; Finale Symphony no. 38 (K.504) in D major "Prague", 3rd movement; Finale
Grigory Sokolov & Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano sonata in F major K.280: 3rd mvt (finale) Presto
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Piano sonata in F major K.280: 3rd mvt (finale) Presto Piano sonata in F major K.280: 3rd mvt (finale) Presto Piano sonata in F major K.280: 3rd mvt (finale) Presto Piano sonata in F major K.280: 3rd mvt (finale) Presto
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Budapester Bläserensemble
Madamina! Il catalogo (Don Giovanni, Act I)
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Madamina! Il catalogo (Don Giovanni, Act I) Madamina! Il catalogo (Don Giovanni, Act I) Madamina! Il catalogo (Don Giovanni, Act I) Madamina! Il catalogo (Don Giovanni, Act I)
Ian Parker, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, James Parker, Jon Kimura Parker, CBC Radio Orchestra & Mario Bernardi
Concerto No.7 for 3 pianos and orchestra in F major (K.242)
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Concerto No.7 for 3 pianos and orchestra in F major (K.242) Concerto No.7 for 3 pianos and orchestra in F major (K.242) Concerto No.7 for 3 pianos and orchestra in F major (K.242) Concerto No.7 for 3 pianos and orchestra in F major (K.242)
Renaud Capuçon, Antoine Tamestit, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Louis Langrée & Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Sinfonia concertante in E flat major K.364..(KE.320d): 1st mvt; Allegro maestoso
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Sinfonia concertante in E flat major K.364..(KE.320d): 1st mvt; Allegro maestoso Sinfonia concertante in E flat major K.364..(KE.320d): 1st mvt; Allegro maestoso Sinfonia concertante in E flat major K.364..(KE.320d): 1st mvt; Allegro maestoso Sinfonia concertante in E flat major K.364..(KE.320d): 1st mvt; Allegro maestoso
Myung-Whun Chung, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Saarbrücken
Divertimento (Concerto) (K.113) in E flat major
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Divertimento (Concerto) (K.113) in E flat major Divertimento (Concerto) (K.113) in E flat major Divertimento (Concerto) (K.113) in E flat major Divertimento (Concerto) (K.113) in E flat major
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Julian Bliss, Jonathan Bliss, Royal Northern Sinfonia & Mario Venzago
Der Liebe himmlisches Gefuhl - aria K.119
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Der Liebe himmlisches Gefuhl - aria K.119 Der Liebe himmlisches Gefuhl - aria K.119 Der Liebe himmlisches Gefuhl - aria K.119 Der Liebe himmlisches Gefuhl - aria K.119

Der Liebe himmlisches Gefuhl - aria K.119

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, DR UnderholdningsOrkestret & Adam Fischer
Symphony No. 33 in B flat, K. 319
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Symphony No. 33 in B flat, K. 319 Symphony No. 33 in B flat, K. 319 Symphony No. 33 in B flat, K. 319 Symphony No. 33 in B flat, K. 319
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, René Jacobs, Rosemary Joshua & Freiburger Barockorchester
"Misera, dove son!" (scena) and "Ah! non son'io che parlo" (aria) (K.369)
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"Misera, dove son!" (scena) and "Ah! non son'io che parlo" (aria) (K.369) "Misera, dove son!" (scena) and "Ah! non son'io che parlo" (aria) (K.369) "Misera, dove son!" (scena) and "Ah! non son'io che parlo" (aria) (K.369) "Misera, dove son!" (scena) and "Ah! non son'io che parlo" (aria) (K.369)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Toronto Chamber Winds
Wind Serenade in C minor, K.388
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Wind Serenade in C minor, K.388 Wind Serenade in C minor, K.388 Wind Serenade in C minor, K.388 Wind Serenade in C minor, K.388
Paul Lewis, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, BBC Philharmonic & Ludovic Morlot
Piano Concerto No.27 in B flat, K595
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Piano Concerto No.27 in B flat, K595 Piano Concerto No.27 in B flat, K595 Piano Concerto No.27 in B flat, K595 Piano Concerto No.27 in B flat, K595
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Consortium Classicum
Divertimento (K.252) in E flat major for wind, [complete]
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Divertimento (K.252) in E flat major for wind, [complete] Divertimento (K.252) in E flat major for wind, [complete] Divertimento (K.252) in E flat major for wind, [complete] Divertimento (K.252) in E flat major for wind, [complete]
Anita Szabo, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Nemzeti Filharmonikus Zenekar & Zoltán Kocsis
Andante for flute and orchestra in C major (K.315)
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Andante for flute and orchestra in C major (K.315) Andante for flute and orchestra in C major (K.315) Andante for flute and orchestra in C major (K.315) Andante for flute and orchestra in C major (K.315)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Symphony No.36 in C, K425 "Linz"
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Symphony No.36 in C, K425 "Linz" Symphony No.36 in C, K425 "Linz" Symphony No.36 in C, K425 "Linz" Symphony No.36 in C, K425 "Linz"
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Flute Concerto in G major, K.313
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Flute Concerto in G major, K.313 Flute Concerto in G major, K.313 Flute Concerto in G major, K.313 Flute Concerto in G major, K.313
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Quatuor Cambini-Paris
String Quartet in G major, K.387 (Spring): Andante cantabile (third movement)
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String Quartet in G major, K.387 (Spring): Andante cantabile (third movement) String Quartet in G major, K.387 (Spring): Andante cantabile (third movement) String Quartet in G major, K.387 (Spring): Andante cantabile (third movement) String Quartet in G major, K.387 (Spring): Andante cantabile (third movement)

String Quartet in G major, K.387 (Spring): Andante cantabile (third movement)

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Quatuor Cambini-Paris
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, James Lockhart, London Philharmonic Orchestra & Margaret Price
Vorrei spiegarvi, O Dio! K. 418
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Vorrei spiegarvi, O Dio! K. 418 Vorrei spiegarvi, O Dio! K. 418 Vorrei spiegarvi, O Dio! K. 418 Vorrei spiegarvi, O Dio! K. 418
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Ein Musikalischer Spass K.522..: 4th movement; Presto
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Ein Musikalischer Spass K.522..: 4th movement; Presto Ein Musikalischer Spass K.522..: 4th movement; Presto Ein Musikalischer Spass K.522..: 4th movement; Presto Ein Musikalischer Spass K.522..: 4th movement; Presto
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Oslo-Filharmonien & André Previn
Overture to Le Nozze di Figaro (K.492)
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Overture to Le Nozze di Figaro (K.492) Overture to Le Nozze di Figaro (K.492) Overture to Le Nozze di Figaro (K.492) Overture to Le Nozze di Figaro (K.492)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Hagen Quartett
String Quartet K155
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String Quartet K155 String Quartet K155 String Quartet K155 String Quartet K155
Christoph Eschenbach, Justus Frantz & Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Sonata for 2 pianos (K.448) in D major, 1st movement; Allegro con spirito
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Sonata for 2 pianos (K.448) in D major, 1st movement; Allegro con spirito Sonata for 2 pianos (K.448) in D major, 1st movement; Allegro con spirito Sonata for 2 pianos (K.448) in D major, 1st movement; Allegro con spirito Sonata for 2 pianos (K.448) in D major, 1st movement; Allegro con spirito
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Symphony No. 35 in D, K385
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Symphony No. 35 in D, K385 Symphony No. 35 in D, K385 Symphony No. 35 in D, K385 Symphony No. 35 in D, K385
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Don Giovanni, Overture
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Don Giovanni, Overture Don Giovanni, Overture Don Giovanni, Overture Don Giovanni, Overture
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Horn Concerto No.4 in E flat, K.495
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Horn Concerto No.4 in E flat, K.495 Horn Concerto No.4 in E flat, K.495 Horn Concerto No.4 in E flat, K.495 Horn Concerto No.4 in E flat, K.495
Emmanuel Pahud, Marie-Pierre Langlamet, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Berliner Philharmoniker & Claudio Abbado
Concerto (K.314) vers. flute & orch in D mj, 3rd mvt; Allegro
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Concerto (K.314) vers. flute & orch in D mj, 3rd mvt; Allegro Concerto (K.314) vers. flute & orch in D mj, 3rd mvt; Allegro Concerto (K.314) vers. flute & orch in D mj, 3rd mvt; Allegro Concerto (K.314) vers. flute & orch in D mj, 3rd mvt; Allegro
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bernard Haitink & Thomas Allen
Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni, a cenar teco)
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Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni, a cenar teco) Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni, a cenar teco) Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni, a cenar teco) Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni, a cenar teco)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Bergen filharmoniske orkester & Sebastian Weigle
Overture to La Clemenza di Tito (K.621)
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Overture to La Clemenza di Tito (K.621) Overture to La Clemenza di Tito (K.621) Overture to La Clemenza di Tito (K.621) Overture to La Clemenza di Tito (K.621)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Marisa Robles & James Galway
Concerto for Flute and Harp K299 - 1st movement
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Concerto for Flute and Harp K299 - 1st movement Concerto for Flute and Harp K299 - 1st movement Concerto for Flute and Harp K299 - 1st movement Concerto for Flute and Harp K299 - 1st movement
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Nederlands Kamerkoor, La Petite Bande & Sigiswald Kuijken
Ave Verum Corpus (K.618) (motet for chorus and strings)
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Ave Verum Corpus (K.618) (motet for chorus and strings) Ave Verum Corpus (K.618) (motet for chorus and strings) Ave Verum Corpus (K.618) (motet for chorus and strings) Ave Verum Corpus (K.618) (motet for chorus and strings)
Jaime Martin, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Jaime Martin & Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester
Concerto K.314 vers. flute & orch in D major
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Concerto K.314 vers. flute & orch in D major Concerto K.314 vers. flute & orch in D major Concerto K.314 vers. flute & orch in D major Concerto K.314 vers. flute & orch in D major
Marc-André Hamelin & Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Sonata in C major K545
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Piano Sonata in C major K545 Piano Sonata in C major K545 Piano Sonata in C major K545 Piano Sonata in C major K545
Kristian Bezuidenhout & Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Allemande (C minor) from Suite in C major K.399 for keyboard
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Allemande (C minor) from Suite in C major K.399 for keyboard Allemande (C minor) from Suite in C major K.399 for keyboard Allemande (C minor) from Suite in C major K.399 for keyboard Allemande (C minor) from Suite in C major K.399 for keyboard
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