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: The Unknown Gem / Viva Vivaldi
Release Date: 07/08/2014   Label: Centaur Records  
Catalog: 3299   Number of Discs: 1
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Boccherini, Vivaldi: Cello Concertos / Yuli Turovsky
Release Date: 10/28/1992   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 8408   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, Piazzolla: 8 Seasons
Release Date: 07/08/2014   Label: Oehms  
Catalog: 429   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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  • 26.
    Essential Vivaldi
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 07159 Release Date: 02/15/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Christopher Parkening,  Emmanuel Pahud,  Han-Na Chang  ... 
    Conductor:  Alberto Lysy,  Iona Brown,  Richard Tognetti,  Christopher Warren-Green  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus,  Virtuosi of England,  Teatro Lirico  ... 
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  • 27.
    Italian Baroque Concertos / Dreihuys, Carmirelli, I Musici
    Label: Philips Silverline Classics   Catalog: 420878 Release Date: 03/25/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Tomaso Albinoni,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Francesco Geminiani,  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi  ... 
    Performer:  Leo Driehuys,  Pina Carmirelli,  Don Smithers,  Severino Gazzelloni
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
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  • 28.
    Vivaldi Edition, Vol 10 - Concerti, Op 10 / Gazzelloni
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 426949 Release Date: 01/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Severino Gazzelloni
    Conductor:  Severino Gazzelloni
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
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  • 29.
    Vivaldi: 6 Concertos For Flute / Jennifer Stinton, Et Al
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1059 Release Date: 10/13/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Robin Jeffrey,  Jennifer Stinton,  Celia Harper
    Conductor:  Harry Christophers
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra
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    Vivaldi: 6 Concerti Op. 10 / Petri, Brown, St. Martin
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 412874 Release Date: 08/18/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Michala Petri
    Conductor:  Iona Brown
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 31.
    Vivaldi: Concerti For Flute / Galway, Scimone
    Label: Hardy Classics   Catalog: 4039 Release Date: 06/02/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  James Galway,  Jeanne Galway
    Conductor:  Claudio Scimone
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti
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    Vivaldi: Concertos Op 10;  Sammartini / Michala Petri
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 68543 Release Date: 05/22/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Giuseppe Sammartini
    Performer:  Michala Petri
    Conductor:  Vladimir Spivakov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra
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    Vivaldi: Six Flute Concertos, Op 10 / Nicolet, I Musici
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 420188 Release Date: 11/04/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Aurèle Nicolet
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
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    Presenting Andrea Griminelli - Vivaldi & Mercadante Flute Concertos
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 421438 Release Date: 09/02/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Saverio Mercadante
    Performer:  Andrea Griminelli
    Conductor:  Jean-Pierre Rampal
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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    Vivaldi: Mandolin, Violin, Flute Concertos / London Musici
    Label: Conifer   Catalog: 15909 Release Date: 08/18/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Kenneth Smith,  Sue Massop,  Nigel Woodhouse,  Lyn Fletcher
    Conductor:  Mark Stephenson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Musici
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  • 36.
    Greatest Works - Vivaldi / Batzel, Koch, Schreier, Et Al
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 184362 Release Date: 08/12/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Johannes Walter,  Burkhard Glaetzner,  Manfred Scherzer,  Thomas Zehetmair  ... 
    Conductor:  Friedmann Bätzel,  Burkhard Glaetzner,  Helmut Koch,  Thomas Zehetmair  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Weimar Staatskapelle Chamber Orchestra,  Leipzig New Bach Collegium Musicum,  Berlin Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    Vivaldi: Concertos & Sinfonias / Kegel, Leipzig Radio Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 32852 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Conductor:  Herbert Kegel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio Chamber Orchestra
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  • 38.
    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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  • 39.
    Vivaldi's Greatest Hits / Bernstein, Ny Phil, Et Al
    Label: Cbs Composers'greatest Hits   Catalog: 45810 Release Date: 02/21/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Patrice Fontanarosa,  Lorin Maazel,  Régis Pasquier,  John Corigliano Sr.  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel,  Leonard Bernstein,  Pinchas Zukerman,  Jean-Claude Malgoire  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Instrumental Ensemble,  New York Philharmonic,  English Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    Vivaldi: Six Flute Concertos, Op 10 / Preston, Hogwood
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 414685 Release Date: 01/07/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Stephen Preston
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
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  • 41.
    Europe Baroque - Handel, Vivaldi, Et Al
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 143 Release Date: 12/04/2007   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Andrea Falconieri,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Antonio Lotti,  Giuseppe Maria Jacchini  ... 
    Performer:  Héloise Gaillard,  Orphélie Gaillard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amarillis
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  • 42.
    Vivaldi: 6 Concerti Op 10 / James Galway, New Irish Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 61351 Release Date: 10/31/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  James Galway
    Conductor:  James Galway
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Irish Chamber Orchestra
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  • 43.
    Vivaldi: Six Flute Concertos, Op 10 / Bennett, Malcolm
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 62014 Release Date: 09/24/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  William Bennett,  George Malcolm
    Conductor:  George Malcolm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 44.
    Chiaroscuro - Vivaldi / Guimond, Lussier, Arion
    Label: Early-music.com   Catalog: 7764 Release Date: 09/20/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Mathieu Lussier,  Claire Guimond
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arion Ensemble
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  • 45.
    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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  • 46.
    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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  • 47.
    The #1 Vivaldi Album
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000646702 Release Date: 04/11/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Janine Jansen,  Candida Thompson,  Henk Rubingh,  Julian Rachlin  ... 
    Conductor:  Salvatore Accardo,  Claudio Abbado,  Victor Alessandro,  Trevor Pinnock  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti di Napoli,  Stradivaria Ensemble,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 48.
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 9944 Release Date: 03/07/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Héloise Gaillard,  Orphélie Gaillard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amarillis
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  • 49.
    Vivaldi: Flute Concertos / Pahud, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 47212 Release Date: 01/24/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Emmanuel Pahud
    Conductor:  Richard Tognetti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Australian Chamber Orchestra
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  • 50.
    Vivaldi: Flute Concertos / Schreier, Haupt, Et Al
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 1352 Release Date: 11/29/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Eckart Haupt
    Conductor:  Peter Schreier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Baroque Soloists
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