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: Orlando furioso / Horne, Behr
Release Date: 02/26/2016   Label: Arthaus Musik  
Catalog: 109200   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: In Furore, Etc / Bott, Purcell Quartet
Release Date: 11/23/2004   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 714   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: L'amore Per Elvira / La Serenissima
Release Date: 01/01/2006   Label: Linn Records  
Catalog: 281   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: Bassoon Concertos
Release Date: 02/12/2016   Label: Pentatone  
Catalog: 5186539   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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Work: Concerto for 2 Violins in A minor, Op. 3 no 8/RV 522

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    My Tribute to Yehudi Menuhin / Daniel Hope
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002443102 Release Date: 02/05/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Bechara El-Khoury,  Steve Reich,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Daniel Hope,  Simos Papanas,  Emanuele Forni,  Naoki Kitaya  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Basel Chamber Orchestra,  German Chamber Orchestra
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    Handel, Vivaldi: Concerti E Arie
    Label: Ars Produktion   Catalog: 38186 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Jonathan Pesek,  Mélanie Flahaut,  Katharina Heutjer,  Shai Kribus  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble L'Ornamento
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    4 with 1 Stroke! / Daskalakis, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra [Vinyl]
    Label: Tacet   Catalog: TACET205LP Release Date: 09/11/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Ariadne Daskalakis,  Wolfgang Kussmaul,  Gyorgy Bognar,  Nikolaus von Bulow  ... 
    Conductor:  Ariadne Daskalakis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra
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    Vivaldi: Pan Flute Concertos
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95078 Release Date: 06/30/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Hanspeter Oggier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Fratres
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    Metamorphosis / Alicja Smietana
    Label: Solo Musica   Catalog: 219 Release Date: 04/14/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arcangelo Corelli,  Fritz Kreisler,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Alfred Schnittke
    Conductor:  Alicja Smietana
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Extra Sounds Ensemble
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    Vivaldi: L'estro Armonico
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 2564619520 Release Date: 02/24/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Maurizio Naddeo,  Enrico Casazza,  Fabio Biondi,  Isabella Longo  ... 
    Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
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    Vivaldi: L'Estro Armonico - 12 Concertos
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94629 Release Date: 01/27/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Federico Guglielmo
    Conductor:  Federico Guglielmo
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Arte dell'Arco
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  • 8.
    Vivaldi Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94840 Release Date: 11/18/2014   Number of Discs: 66
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  John Dowland,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Federico Guglielmo,  Roberto Loreggian,  Mario Folena,  Stefania Marusi  ... 
    Conductor:  Federico Guglielmo,  Federico Maria Sardelli,  Krijn Koetsveld,  Rinaldo Alessandrini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Arte dell'Arco,  Modo Antiquo Ensemble,  Anciuti Ensemble  ... 
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  • 9.
    7 With One Stroke!: Concertos By Antonio Vivaldi
    Label: Tacet   Catalog: 205 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Satoko Koike,  Sini-Maaria Simonen,  Adrien Iliescu,  Ulrike Eickenbusch  ... 
    Conductor:  Ariadne Daskalakis
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    Vivaldi: Concertos / Interpreti Veneziani, I Solisti Milano
    Label: Newton Classics   Catalog: 8802217 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Francesco Ommassini,  Emmanuele Baldini,  Stefano Biguzzi,  Guglielmo De Stasio  ... 
    Conductor:  Angelo Ephrikian
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Interpreti Veneziani,  I Solisti Milano
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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,  Daniel Benyamini,  Pinchas Zukerman  ... 
    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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    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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    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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  • 18.
    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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  • 20.
    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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  • 21.
    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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  • 22.
    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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  • 23.
    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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  • 24.
    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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  • 25.
    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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