Antonio Vivaldi


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: Ottone In Villa / Hickox, Argento, Gritton, Et Al
Release Date: 03/17/1998   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 614   Number of Discs: 2
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Vivaldi And Others: Andromeda Liberata / Andrea Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra
Release Date: 11/09/2004   Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)  
Catalog: 4770982   Number of Discs: 2
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Vivaldi: Tito Manlio / Sardelli, Modo Antiquo
Release Date: 01/17/2006   Label: Cpo  
Catalog: 777096   Number of Discs: 3
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Vivaldi: Tito Manlio / Accademia Bizantina, Dantone
Release Date: 01/17/2006   Label: Naive  
Catalog: 30413   Number of Discs: 3
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Vivaldi: Ercole Sul Termodonte / Stains, Nesi, Curtis
Release Date: 06/26/2007   Label: Dynamic  
Catalog: 33525   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Concerto for Flute in D major, Op. 10 no 3/RV 428 "Il gardellino"

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    Discover Vivaldi
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 0300698 Release Date: 05/27/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Thomas Zehetmair,  Ludwig Güttler,  Mathias Schmutzler,  Eckart Haupt  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Schreier,  Helmut Koch,  Alessandro De Marchi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Bern,  Virtuosi Saxoniae,  Dresden Baroque Orchestra  ... 
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    Sounds & Clouds
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 37615 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Toshio Hosokawa
    Performer:  Jeremias Schwarzer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Holland Baroque Society
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    Tierisch Barock: When Animals Talk
    Label: Tyx Art   Catalog: 15062 Release Date: 10/30/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marco Uccellini,  Tarquinio Merula,  Giovanni Buonamente,  Maurizio Cazzati  ... 
    Performer:  Philipp Wagner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nel Dolce
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    Jean-Pierre Rampal: The Complete Erato Recordings, Vol. 3 1970-1982
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 552118 Release Date: 09/18/2015   Number of Discs: 23
    Composer:  Johann Melchoir Molter,  Giuseppe Tartini,  Aram Khachaturian,  César Franck  ... 
    Performer:  Jean-Pierre Rampal,  Pierre Barbizet,  Robert Veyron-Lacroix,  Marie-Claire Alain  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean-François Paillard,  Claudio Scimone,  Jean Martinon,  Isaac Stern  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti,  Trio Pasquier,  Les Solistes De Ličge
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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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    Jean-Pierre Rampal: The Complete Erato Recordings, Vol. 2 - 1963-1969
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 2564619043 Release Date: 05/26/2015   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Traditional,  Jean-Baptiste Krumpholtz,  Gabriel Fauré,  Jacques Ibert  ... 
    Performer:  Lily Laskine,  Jean-Pierre Rampal,  Pierre Pasquier,  Bernard Fonteny  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean-François Paillard,  André Jolivet,  Theodor Guschlbauer,  André Girard  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paillard Chamber Orchestra,  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    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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    James Galway - The Complete RCA Album Collection
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 302633 Release Date: 09/16/2014   Number of Discs: 73
    Composer:  Arthur Smith,  Various,  Traditional,  Stan Lebowsky  ... 
    Performer:  James Galway,  Sylvia,  Marisa Robles,  Phillip Moll  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Scimone,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Jörg Faerber,  Eduardo Mata  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Galway Pops Orchestra  ... 
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    Italienische Flotenkonzerte
    Label: Bella Musica   Catalog: 312454 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Luigi Boccherini,  Giovanni Benedetto Platti,  Saverio Mercadante
    Performer:  Mayuko Miyata,  Klaudyna Schulze-Broniewska,  Stefan Hunger,  Conductor] Thomas [Organ Schmidt  ... 
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    Das Alte Werk - 50-CD Collection
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 46438 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Orlando Gibbons  ... 
    Performer:  Herbert Tachezi,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Frans Brüggen,  Jeannette Van Wingerden  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Werner Ehrhardt,  Giovanni Antonini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Leonhardt Consort,  Studio for Early Music  ... 
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    Erato - 50 CD Collection
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 46441 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Tomaso Albinoni,  Giuseppe Tartini,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Giuseppe Torelli  ... 
    Performer:  Maurice André,  Pierre Pierlot,  Paul Hongne,  Jacques Chambon  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Jean-François Paillard,  Frigyes Sándor,  Kent Nagano  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ens.,  Paillard Chamber Orchestra,  Vienna Soloists  ... 
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    Emmanuel Pahud: 5 Classic Albums
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 844292 Release Date: 07/09/2013   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Michael Haydn,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Wolfram Christ,  Albrecht Mayer,  Emmanuel Pahud,  Jacques Zoon  ... 
    Conductor:  Rainer Kussmaul,  HansJörg Schellenberger,  Richard Tognetti,  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Baroque Soloists,  Haydn Ensemble Berlin,  Australian Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    EMI Eminence - The Original Jacket Collection [50-CD Set]
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 393872 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Richard Strauss,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  William Byrd  ... 
    Performer:  David Nolan,  Jonathan Small,  George Malcolm,  William Bennett  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Anton Rickenbacher,  Vernon Handley,  George Guest,  George Malcolm  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  Cambridge St. John's College Choir  ... 
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    Vivaldi: Flute Concertos Op 10, Etc / Hall, Laredo, Et Al
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1243 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Judith Hall,  Jaime Laredo
    Conductor:  Paul Barritt,  Jaime Laredo
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Divertimenti,  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
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    Vivaldi: Concertos
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 30542 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Sergio Azzolini,  Christophe Coin,  Sébastien Marq,  Anne-Katharina Schreiber  ... 
    Conductor:  Giovanni Antonini,  Rinaldo Alessandrini,  Jean-Christophe Spinosi,  Gottfried Von der Goltz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Aura Soave,  Il Giardino Armonico,  Concerto Italiano  ... 
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    The Baroque Collection
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 73420 Release Date: 10/22/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Tomaso Albinoni,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Giovanni Palestrina  ... 
    Performer:  Xavier Darasse,  Maurice André,  Guy Touvron,  Pierre Pierlot  ... 
    Conductor:  Louis Auriacombe,  Jörg Faerber,  Jacques Roussel,  Raymond Leppard  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Chamber Orchestra,  Württemberg Chamber Orchestra,  Antiqua Musica  ... 
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    Vivaldi: Venetian Dreams / Schwarz, Rebel Baroque Orchestra
    Label: Bridge   Catalog: 9377 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Conductor:  Jörg-Michael Schwarz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rebel Baroque Orchestra
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    Vivaldi: Recorder Concertos; Handel: Recorder Sonatas / Adams, King, Watkin, Musica Da Camera
    Label: Red Priest Recordings   Catalog: 8 Release Date: 07/10/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Roy Goodman,  Miles Golding,  Mandy MacNamara,  Jane Coe  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert King
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica da Camera
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    Handel: Concerto Grossi,  ; Vivaldi, C. P. E. Bach: Flute Concertos / Goff, Schwarz, Seattle Symphony
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8571208 Release Date: 06/26/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
    Performer:  Scott Goff
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
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    Stravaganza - Vivaldi: 55 Concertos / Pinnock, English Concert [7-CD Collector's Edition]
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 001676702 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Simon Standage,  Trevor Pinnock,  Lisa Beznosiuk,  David Reichenberg  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
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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's Children: Six Concerti, Op. 10 / Boustany
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 6167 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Philip Dukes,  Mary Scully,  Steve Morris,  Wissam Boustany  ... 
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    Vivaldi: Famous Concertos For Violin And Flute
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 94606 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Sulamit Haecki,  Sylvie Dambrine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble La Partita
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  • 24.
    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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    Sensual Classics: Escape
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300256 Release Date: 09/13/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Franz Schubert,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Eckart Haupt,  Cécile Ousset,  Kurt Mahn
    Conductor:  Heinz Rögner,  Herbert Blomstedt,  Willi Boskovsky,  Peter Schreier  ... 
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