Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Born: 1756
Died: 1791

Mozart was arguably the most naturally gifted musician in history, but he also worked assiduously to become far and away the greatest composer, pianist, violinist and conductor of his day – it was not just in one area of music that he was supreme, but in all fields.

Explore Mozart's life and music...

Mozart – the greatest composer of all?

David Vickers talks to leading Mozartians – including Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Sir Neville Marriner, Sir Roger Norrington and Mitsuko Uchida – about Mozart's extraordinary musical legacy... Read more

Mozart's Final Year

The story of the last 12 months of Mozart’s life and his shockingly early death at 35 became something of an obsession during the 19th century – a situation that has barely abated since. Richard Wigmore unfolds the chronology and music of that extraordinary and fateful year... Read more

Top 10 Mozart recordings of all time

Mozart was arguably the most naturally gifted musician in history; these are classic recordings of his 10 key works... Read more

Discover the 10 most unfairly neglected Mozart works

David Threasher picks 10 works from the Salzburger’s output that he feels are unjustly underrated... Read more

Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro – which recording is best?

Un peu d’histoire. The Marriage of Figaro, like the play by Beaumarchais on which it is based, is a sequel to The Barber of Seville: not Rossini’s, which lay far in the future, but the setting by Giovanni Paisiello. Premiered in St Petersburg in 1782, The Barber was staged in Vienna the following year. The story of Figaro shows the dashing young Count of the Barber being outwitted by his servants: heady stuff, but Lorenzo Da Ponte, Mozart’s librettist, was careful to tone down anything that might offend Emperor Joseph II and his court. Mozart’s Figaro and Susanna had sung in the Barber, as Bartolo and Rosina... Read more

Top 10 recent Mozart recordings

Today's musicians continue to find new ways of interpreting Mozart's music, of making it their own. The recordings in this list represent some of the finest Mozart recordings of the last two years, all of them were Editor's Choice recommendations in Gramophone and many were shortlisted for Gramophone Awards.... Read more

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