Antonio Vivaldi

Biography

Born: Mar 4, 1678; Italy   Died: Jul 28, 1741; Austria   Period: Baroque
The creator of hundreds of spirited, extroverted instrumental works, Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi is widely recognized as the master of the Baroque instrumental concerto, which he perfected and popularized more than any of his contemporaries. Vivaldi's kinetic rhythms, fluid melodies, bright instrumental effects, and extensions of instrumental technique make his some of the most enjoyable of Baroque music. He was highly influential among his Read more contemporaries and successors: even as esteemed a figure as Johann Sebastian Bach adapted some of Vivaldi's music. Vivaldi's variable textures and dramatic effects initiated the shift toward what became the Classical style; a deeper understanding of his music begins with the realization that, compared with Bach and even Handel, he was Baroque music's arch progressive. Though not as familiar as his concerti, Vivaldi's stage and choral music is still of value; his sometimes bouncy, sometimes lyrical Gloria in D major (1708) has remained a perennial favorite. His operas were widely performed in his own time.

Details regarding Vivaldi's early life are few. His father was a violinist in the Catherdral of Venice's orchestra and probably Antonio's first teacher. There is much speculation about other teachers, such as Corelli, but no evidence to support this. Vivaldi studied for the priesthood as a young man and was ordained in 1703. He was known for much of his career as "il prete rosso" (the red-haired priest), but soon after his ordination he declined to take on his ecclesiastical duties. Later in life he cited ill health as the reason, but other motivations have been proposed; perhaps Vivaldi simply wanted to explore new opportunties as a composer. It didn't take him long. Landing a job as a violin teacher at a girls' orphanage in Venice (where he would work in one capacity or another during several stretches of his life), he published a set of trio sonatas and another of violin sonatas. Word of his abilities spread around Europe, and in 1711 an Amsterdam publisher brought out, under the title L'estro armonico (Harmonic Inspiration), a set of Vivaldi's concertos for one or more violins with orchestra. These were best sellers (it was this group of concertos that spurred Bach's transcriptions), and Vivaldi followed them up with several more equally successful concerto sets. Perhaps the most prolific of all the great European composers, he once boasted that he could compose a concerto faster than a copyist could ready the individual parts for the players in the orchestra. He began to compose operas, worked from 1718 to 1720 in the court of the German principality of Hessen-Darmstadt, and traveled in Austria and perhaps Bohemia. Throughout his career, he had his choice of commissions from nobility and the highest members of society, the ability to use the best performers, and enough business savvy to try to control the publication of his works, although due to his popularity, many were published without his consent. Later in life Vivaldi was plagued by rumors of a sexual liaison with one of his vocal students, and he was censured by ecclesiastical authorities. His Italian career on the rocks, he headed for Vienna. He died there and was buried as a pauper in 1741, although at the height of his career his publications had earned a comfortable living. Read less

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Anne Akiko Meyers
Release Date: 02/04/2014   Label: eOne  
Catalog: 7790   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: Concerti Per Archi II / Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano
Release Date: 01/28/2014   Label: Naive  
Catalog: 30554   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: String Concertos Vol 2 / Simon Standage, Et Al
Release Date: 11/20/2001   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 668   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: Gloria;  Bach: Magnificat / Hickox, Kirkby, Et Al
Release Date: 07/29/1992   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 518   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: String Concertos Vol 1 / Simon Standage, Et Al
Release Date: 11/30/1999   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 647   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Concerto for 2 Violins in A minor, Op. 3 no 8/RV 522

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    The Hubermann Week Festival, 30th Anniversary
    Label: Helicon   Catalog: 29667 Release Date: 01/14/2014   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Shlomo Mintz,  Isaac Stern,  Pinchas Zukerman,  Daniel Benyamini  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
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    Vivaldi: Concertos For Strings / Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano
    Label: Tactus   Catalog: 672258 Release Date: 11/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Fabio Biondi
    Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
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    Vivaldi: Estro Armonico - Libro Secondo / Cafe Zimmermann
    Label: Alpha Productions   Catalog: 193 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Café Zimmermann
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    7 With One Stroke!: Concertos By Antonio Vivaldi
    Label: Tacet   Catalog: 205 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Adrien Iliescu,  Sini-Maaria Simonen,  Satoko Koike,  Ulrike Eickenbusch  ... 
    Conductor:  Ariadne Daskalakis
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    Bach: Violin Concertos;  Vivaldi / Laredo, Scottish Co
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1170 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Jaime Laredo,  John Tunnell,  Haflidi Hallgrimsson,  Paul Manley
    Conductor:  Jaime Laredo
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
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    Label: Abc Classics   Catalog: 1062897 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  George Frideric Handel,  Georg Philipp Telemann
    Performer:  Genevieve Lacey,  Daniel Yeadon,  Neal Peres da Costa
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    Bach: Violin Concertos Nos 1 & 2;  Vivaldi / Oistrakh
    Label: Dg Galleria   Catalog: 2029505 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Igor Oistrakh,  David Oistrakh
    Conductor:  Sir Eugene Goossens
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Great Baroque Masterpieces
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501061 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Georg Philipp Telemann  ... 
    Performer:  Nadja Schubert,  Daniel Rothert,  Corinne Chapelle,  Karl Kaiser  ... 
    Conductor:  Helmut Müller-Brühl,  Kevin Mallon,  Bradley Creswick,  Jozef Kopelman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra,  Aradia Ensemble,  Northern Sinfonia  ... 
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    A Due Cembali / Aline Zylberajch, Martin Gester
    Label: K 617   Catalog: 617233 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Soler,  Michael Haydn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Aline Zylberajch,  Martin Gester
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    Vivaldi: Concertos Arranged For 10 Violins / Dinca, Philharmonische Geigen Berlin
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog: 3081709 Release Date: 11/21/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Conductor:  Laurentius Dinca
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonia Violins
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    Bach, Vivaldi: Double Concertos / Zukerman, Midori
    Label: Newton Classics   Catalog: 8802078 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Pinchas Zukerman,  Midori
    Conductor:  Pinchas Zukerman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
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    Vivaldi Masterworks [28 Disc Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001599302 Release Date: 09/20/2011   Number of Discs: 28
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Rohan de Saram,  Franco Gulli,  Salvatore Accardo,  Bruno Canino  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood,  Philip Pickett,  Simon Preston,  Paul Dyer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  I Musici,  New London Consort  ... 
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    Antonio Vivaldi: Il Prete Rosso
    Label: Membran / Scandinavian Classics   Catalog: 233318 Release Date: 08/30/2011   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Nicolas Chédeville
    Performer:  Ettore Pellegrino,  Alberto Martini,  Maurizio Naddeo,  Fabio Biondi  ... 
    Conductor:  Alberto Martini,  Rinaldo Alessandrini,  Sandro Volta,  Federico Maria Sardelli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano,  Doron Ensemble,  Respighi Ensemble  ... 
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    Vivaldi & Bach For Recorders / Quartetto Icarus
    Label: Dynamic   Catalog: 667 Release Date: 12/21/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Icarus Quartet
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    Antonio Vivaldi: Concertos
    Label: Edition Lilac   Catalog: 5637717613 Release Date: 12/18/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Michael Fields
    Conductor:  Predrag Gosta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Trinity Baroque
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    Bach: Concertos For Violin / Bezzina, Corolla, Ensemble Baroque De Nice
    Label: Ligia   Catalog: 301175 Release Date: 12/14/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Gilbert Bezzina,  Laura Corolla
    Conductor:  Gilbert Bezzina
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Baroque De Nice
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    Zubin Mehta & The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra - Live Recordings 1963-2006 [12-CD Set]
    Label: Helicon   Catalog: 9625 Release Date: 12/07/2010   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Radu Lupu,  Arie Vardi,  Yefim Bronfman,  Alicia De Larrocha  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  Prague Philharmonic Choir,  Scottish National Chorus  ... 
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    Nightmare In Venice / Red Priest
    Label: Red Priest Recordings   Catalog: 2 Release Date: 06/09/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Henry Purcell,  Jean Marie Leclair,  Giovanni Paolo Cima  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Red Priest
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    Vivaldi: Concerti For Strings / Biondi, Alessandrini
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 93315 Release Date: 05/05/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Fabio Biondi
    Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
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  • 20.
    Juwelen Der Klassik - Vivaldi, Bach, Beethoven, Etc / Rilling, Mackerras, Marriner, Et Al
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98537 Release Date: 04/14/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Kathleen Lenski,  Dmitri Sitkovetsky,  Ivan Moravec
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Helmuth Rilling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra,  Stuttgart Bach Collegium,  English Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    Bach, Vivaldi: Double Concertos / Zukerman, Midori
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 416389 Release Date: 02/18/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Midori,  Pinchas Zukerman
    Conductor:  Pinchas Zukerman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
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  • 22.
    Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart, Leclair, Kodaly, Meyer: Violin Concertos / David Oistrakh
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 184612 Release Date: 10/14/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ernst Hermann Meyer,  Zoltán Kodály,  Jean Marie Leclair,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  David Oistrakh,  Naum Walter,  Igor Oistrakh
    Conductor:  Otmar Suitner,  Franz Konwitschny
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
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    Mussorgsky, Berlioz, Wagner, Etc / Cantelli, Nbc So, New York Po
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 2328 Release Date: 05/06/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Hector Berlioz,  Albert Roussel,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Conductor:  Guido Cantelli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  NBC Symphony Orchestra
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    Vivaldi: Violin Concertos From L'estro Armonico / Josef Suk
    Label: Rca Silver Seal   Catalog: 60911 Release Date: 03/26/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Josef Suk,  Patrice Fontanarosa
    Conductor:  Rudolf Baumgartner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lucerne Festival Strings,  New Virtuosi di Roma
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    Triples - Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, L'estro Armonico / Fasano, I Virtuosi Di Roma
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 09449 Release Date: 03/25/2008   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Benedetto Mazzacurati,  Luigi Ferro,  Guido Mozzato,  Edmondo Malanotte  ... 
    Conductor:  Renato Fasano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Virtuosi di Roma
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