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

Work: Concerto for 2 Violins in A minor, Op. 3 no 8/RV 522

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  • 26.
    Vivaldi: Violin Concertos From L'estro Armonico / Josef Suk
    Label: Rca Silver Seal   Catalog: 60911 Release Date: 03/13/2008   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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  • 27.
    Vivaldi: L'estro armonico - 12 Concerti Op. 3 / I Musici
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 412128 Release Date: 03/12/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
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    Vivaldi: L'Estro Armonico / Lamon, Tafelmusik [CD + DVD]
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 29835 Release Date: 11/06/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
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  • 29.
    Vivaldi: String Concertos / Berlin Baroque Soloists
    Label: Cavi Music   Catalog: 8553060 Release Date: 10/31/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Baroque Soloists
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  • 30.
    Beautiful Baroque - Bach, Vivaldi, Albinoni, Et Al
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 8598 Release Date: 09/18/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Tomaso Albinoni,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Igor Oistrakh,  David Oistrakh,  Johannes Walter,  Manfred Schumann  ... 
    Conductor:  Franz Konwitschny,  Friedmann Bätzel,  Hartmut Haenchen,  Zeljko Straka  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Chamber Orchestra
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  • 31.
    Vivaldi: Concertos For Strings / Rees, Scottish Ensemble
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 61103 Release Date: 08/06/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Maggie Cole,  Jonathan Rees,  Niall Brown,  Jane Murdoch
    Conductor:  Jonathan Rees
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Ensemble
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  • 32.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Watkinson, City Of London Sinf
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 59651 Release Date: 08/06/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Andrew Watkinson,  Nicholas Ward,  Harold Meek,  Crispian Steele-Perkins
    Conductor:  Andrew Watkinson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia
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  • 33.
    Vivaldi: Four Seasons, Etc / Pazdera, Accademia Ziliniana
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8571071 Release Date: 07/10/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Jindrich Pazdera,  Frantisek Figura
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Ziliniana
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    The Huberman Festival / Mehta, Zukerman, Stern, Perlman
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 4250 Release Date: 06/26/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johan Halvorsen  ... 
    Performer:  Pinchas Zukerman,  Daniel Benyamini,  Shlomo Mintz,  Isaac Stern  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Vivaldi: Concertos And Sonatas / Claudio Scimone, I Solisti Veneti
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 643202 Release Date: 05/22/2007   Number of Discs: 18
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Giuliano Carmignola,  Edoardo Farina,  Gianni Chiampan,  Piero Toso  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Scimone
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti
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  • 36.
    Vivaldi: Concertos / Hogwood, Academy Of Ancient Music
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000689302 Release Date: 07/04/2006   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Catherine Mackintosh,  Alison Bury,  John Holloway,  Christopher Hirons  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
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    Affettuoso - Merula, Berardi, Aldi, Corelli / Il Dolcimelo
    Label: Aeolus   Catalog: 10006 Release Date: 06/06/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Tarquinio Merula,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Biagio Marini  ... 
    Performer:  Alexander Puliaev,  Doris Runge,  Katja Beisch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Dolcimelo
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  • 38.
    Baroque Adventure - The Quest For Arundo Donax / Tafelmusik
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 298323 Release Date: 11/15/2005   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  André Danican Philidor,  Louis Couperin,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Arcangelo Corelli  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
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  • 39.
    Bach, Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky / Willem Mengelberg
    Label: Opus Kura   Catalog: 2011 Release Date: 08/30/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Willem Mengelberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 40.
    Vivaldi / Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina
    Label: Arts Music   Catalog: 47750 Release Date: 06/28/2005   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Stefano Montanari,  Paolo Grazzi,  Fiorenza De Donatis,  Paolo Zinzani  ... 
    Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
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  • 41.
    A Baroque Feast - Bach, Vivaldi, Et Al / Lamon, Tafelmusik
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 29811 Release Date: 10/22/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Henry Purcell,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Maxine Eilander,  Allen Whear,  Christina Mahler,  Genevive Gilardeau  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
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  • 42.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Etc / Pazdera, Figura, Et Al
    Label: Amadis   Catalog: 7019 Release Date: 10/07/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Frantisek Figura,  Jindrich Pazdera
    Conductor:  Jindrich Pazdera
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Ziliniana
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  • 43.
    Vivaldi: Famous Concerti
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8554040 Release Date: 10/06/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Zoltán Tokos,  Béla Sztankovics,  Raphael Wallfisch,  Stefan Schilli  ... 
    Conductor:  Alberto Martini,  Jaroslav Krcek,  Nicholas Kraemer,  Piergiorgio Morandi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Strings,  Accademia I Filarmonici,  Capella Istropolitana  ... 
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  • 44.
    Vivaldi: Four Seasons, Concertos / Warren-green, London Co
    Label: Virgin Classics Veritas   Catalog: 61466 Release Date: 05/05/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Christopher Warren-Green
    Conductor:  Christopher Warren-Green
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Chamber Orchestra
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  • 45.
    Vivaldi: L'Estro Armonico, Op 3 / Christopher Hogwood
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 414554 Release Date: 02/26/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
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  • 46.
    Vivaldi: Sonatas / Van Hauwe, Van Asperen, Moller, Et Al
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 6194 Release Date: 01/01/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Walter van Hauwe,  Bob van Asperen,  Wouter Möller,  Frans Robert Berkhout
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  • 47.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Iona Brown, Asmf
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98107 Release Date: 06/18/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Iona Brown,  Briony Shaw,  Jonathan Rees,  Ralph De Souza
    Conductor:  Iona Brown
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 48.
    Vivaldi: Le Dodici Opere A Stampa - Opera Iii 7-12 / Martini
    Label: Tactus   Catalog: 672225 Release Date: 01/01/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Simone Scotto,  Ettore Pellegrino,  Enrico Balboni,  Alberto Martini  ... 
    Conductor:  Alberto Martini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia I Filarmonici
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  • 49.
    Telemann, Richter, Pachelbel, Vivaldi / Ensemble Classico
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 723 Release Date: 12/12/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Franz Xaver Richter,  Johann Pachelbel,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Pierre Cochand,  Lui Chan
    Conductor:  Pierre Cochand
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Classico
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  • 50.
    Vivaldi: Violin Concertos / Pinnock, Standage, Et Al
    Label: Dg Archiv Masters   Catalog: 447284 Release Date: 01/02/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Trevor Pinnock,  Simon Standage,  Elizabeth Wilcock,  Micaela Comberti  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
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