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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
Gloria - Vivaldi, Corelli, A. Scarlatti / Trevor Pinnock
Release Date: 11/09/1993   Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)  
Catalog: 437834   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: Concertos For Two Cellos / Julian & Jiaxin Lloyd Webber
Release Date: 10/14/2014   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 573374   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: Concerti Per Flauto / Steger,  Fasolis, I Barocchisti
Release Date: 10/14/2014   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 902190   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: Concertos for the Emperor / Andrew Manze
Release Date: 03/13/2012   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 2907332   Number of Discs: 1
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Handel, Vivaldi: Dixit Dominus / Crowe, Bates, La Nuova Musica
Release Date: 04/09/2013   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 807587   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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  • 51.
    Vivaldi Edition Vol 1 - Op 1-6 / I Musici
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 456185 Release Date: 09/16/1997   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Pina Carmirelli,  Bruno Canino,  Rohan de Saram,  Salvatore Accardo  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
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  • 52.
    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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  • 53.
    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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  • 54.
    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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  • 55.
    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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  • 56.
    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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  • 57.
    Isaac Stern - A Life In Music - Box I
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 67193 Release Date: 05/16/1995   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Antonín Dvorák,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Isaac Stern,  Leonard Rose,  David Oistrakh,  Eugene Istomin  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy,  Zubin Mehta,  Daniel Barenboim,  Mstislav Rostropovich  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra members,  New York Philharmonic  ... 
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  • 58.
    Isaac Stern - A Life In Music - Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 66472 Release Date: 05/16/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Stamitz,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Pinchas Zukerman,  Isaac Stern,  David Oistrakh,  Itzhak Perlman  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim,  Eugene Ormandy,  Zubin Mehta,  János Rolla  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra members,  New York Philharmonic  ... 
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  • 59.
    Vivaldi: L'estro Armonico / I Musici, Roberto Michelucci
    Label: Philips Duo   Catalog: 446169 Release Date: 03/03/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Roberto Michelucci
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
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  • 60.
    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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  • 61.
    Vivaldi: L'estro Armonico / Marriner, Academy Of St Martin
    Label: London/Decca Double Decker   Catalog: 443476 Release Date: 10/11/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Martin Gatt,  Celia Nicklin,  Neil Black,  Timothy Brown  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 62.
    Italian Concerti Grossi / Krchek, Capella Istropolitana
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550877 Release Date: 06/28/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alessandro Scarlatti,  Francesco Geminiani,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Francesco Manfredini  ... 
    Conductor:  Jaroslav Krcek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
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  • 63.
    Vivaldi: L'estro Armonico
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550160 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Anna Hölbling,  Quido Hölbling,  Jozef Podhoransky,  Peter Baran  ... 
    Conductor:  Josef Kopelman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
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  • 64.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
    Label: Sony Classical Infinity Digital   Catalog: 57243 Release Date: 02/08/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Igor Romanyuk,  Vladislav Gluz
    Conductor:  Alexander Titov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Classic Music Studio Orchestra
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  • 65.
    Documents - David And Igor Oistrakh Vol 1 - Bach, Vivaldi
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 2130 Release Date: 02/01/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  David Oistrakh,  Igor Oistrakh
    Conductor:  Franz Konwitschny
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
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  • 66.
    Vivaldi: Le Quattro Stagione / Peabody, Kapp, Philharmonia
    Label: Ess.a.y Recordings   Catalog: 1001 Release Date: 01/28/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Richard Rood,  Bonnie Hartman,  Edward Brewer,  Paul Peabody
    Conductor:  Richard Kapp
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Virtuosi
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  • 67.
    Vivaldi: Concertos From L'estro Armonico / Arcangeli Strings
    Label: Meridian Records   Catalog: 84225 Release Date: 09/20/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Lisa Weiss,  Michael Sand,  Paul Hale,  Lisa Grodin  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Sand
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arcangeli Baroque Strings
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  • 68.
    Vivaldi: 5 Concerti / I Solisti Italiani
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 7401 Release Date: 08/30/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Giuseppe Magnani,  Vincenzo Altbelli,  Giovanni Guglielmo,  Felice Cusano  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Italiani
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  • 69.
    Bach, Vivaldi: Violin Concertos / Zukerman, Sillito
    Label: Sony Classical Essential Classics   Catalog: 48273 Release Date: 11/17/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Pinchas Zukerman,  Kenneth Sillito
    Conductor:  Pinchas Zukerman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra,  Los Angeles Philharmonic members,  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 70.
    Isaac Stern Collection - The Early Concerto Recordings Vol 1
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 45952 Release Date: 07/01/1991   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Maurice Ravel,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Leonard Rose,  Isaac Stern,  Alexander Zakin,  David Oistrakh
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter,  Eugene Ormandy,  Alexander Hilsberg,  Sir Thomas Beecham  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 71.
    An Isaac Stern Vivaldi Gala
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 38982 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman,  Pinchas Zukerman,  Isaac Stern,  David Oistrakh  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Pinchas Zukerman,  Eugene Ormandy,  Jean-Pierre Rampal
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 72.
    Celebration: A Life With Music / Isaac Stern
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 42003 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Franz Waxman,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Antonín Dvorák,  Ernest Bloch  ... 
    Performer:  Isaac Stern,  Alexander Zakin,  Eugene Istomin,  Leonard Rose  ... 
    Conductor:  Franz Waxman,  Isaac Stern,  Daniel Barenboim,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Symphony Orchestra,  Columbia String Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 73.
    Label: Tactus   Catalog: TC672201 Release Date: 01/01/1988   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Fabio Biondi,  Paolo Pandolfo,  Rosa Segreto,  Maurizio Naddeo  ... 
    Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
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