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, Mozart & Saint-Saens: Works for Bassoon / Krasavin
Release Date: 07/08/2016   Label: Melodiya  
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Work: Concerto for Flute in D major, Op. 10 no 3/RV 428 "Il gardellino"

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  • 51.
    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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  • 52.
    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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  • 53.
    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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  • 54.
    Vivaldi: Works For Flute / Kutluer, Et Al
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 1160 Release Date: 09/27/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Sefika Kutluer
    Conductor:  Rainer Sonne
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra members
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  • 55.
    Art Of Flute - Vivaldi, Bach, Benda / Baarova, Et Al
    Label: Euromusica   Catalog: 12 Release Date: 08/30/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Gioachino Rossini,  Antonín Dvorák,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Lenka Baarova,  Jan Niederle
    Conductor:  Jan Niederle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baarova Ensemble
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  • 56.
    Vivaldi: Chamber Music / Indermühle, Solisti Perugia, Et Al
    Label: Camerata Records   Catalog: 28019 Release Date: 07/26/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Claudio Brizi,  Thomas Indermühle,  Mario Ancillotti,  Paolo Franceschini  ... 
    Conductor:  Thomas Indermühle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti di Perugia
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  • 57.
    Vivaldi: Concertos For Flute & Orchestra / Rampal, Scimone, I Solisti Veneti
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 4603732 Release Date: 06/23/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Jean-Pierre Rampal
    Conductor:  Claudio Scimone
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti
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  • 58.
    Label: Marc Aurel Edition   Catalog: 200157 Release Date: 02/01/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Dorothee Oberlinger
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  • 59.
    Vivaldi: Wind And Brass Concerti / Concentus Hungaricus
    Label: Amadis   Catalog: 7032 Release Date: 10/07/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Istvan Palotai,  Béla Drahos,  György Geiger,  József Vajda  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concentus Hungaricus
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  • 60.
    Vivaldi: Famous Flute Concerti / Krcek, Kraemer
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8554053 Release Date: 10/06/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Conductor:  Jaroslav Krcek,  Nicholas Kraemer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  City of London Sinfonia
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  • 61.
    Vivaldi: Concerti Per Flautino E Flauto Dolce / Dan Laurin
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 865 Release Date: 08/07/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Masaaki Suzuki,  Natsumi Wakamatsu,  Dan Laurin,  Hidemi Suzuki  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
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  • 62.
    Vivaldi Collection - Flute Concertos Vol 2 / Drahos, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553101 Release Date: 02/22/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Béla Drahos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia
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  • 63.
    Vivaldi: Recorder Concertos / Horacio Franco, Georgian Co
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 7169 Release Date: 11/24/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Giuseppe Sammartini,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Horacio Franco
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Georgian Chamber Orchestra
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  • 64.
    Baroque Recorder Concerti / Scott Reiss, Hesperus
    Label: Koch International Classics   Catalog: 7454 Release Date: 01/19/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christoph Graupner,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Jacques-Christoph Naudot,  William Babell  ... 
    Performer:  Scott Reiss
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hesperus Ensemble
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  • 65.
    Vivaldi: Six Flute Concerti Op 10 / Jean-pierre Rampal
    Label: Tuxedo Music   Catalog: 1063 Release Date: 11/01/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Jean-Pierre Rampal,  Robert Veyron-Lacroix
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Louis de Froment Chamber Ensemble
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  • 66.
    Baroque 10 - Vivaldi: Concertos, Le Quattro Stagioni
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 65338 Release Date: 10/29/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Luigi Ferro,  Guido Mozzato,  Angelo Stefanato,  Franco Gulli  ... 
    Conductor:  Renato Fasano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Virtuosi di Roma
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  • 67.
    The Best Of Vivaldi
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556655 Release Date: 09/15/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Jindrich Pazdera,  Takako Nishizaki,  Frantisek Herman,  Jirí Stivín  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Jaroslav Krcek,  Oliver Dohnányi,  Nicholas Kraemer  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Ziliniana,  Capella Istropolitana,  Budapest Strings  ... 
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  • 68.
    Vivaldi: Six Flute Concertos Opus 10 / Konrad Hunteler, Et Al
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm) Gold   Catalog: 3110640 Release Date: 08/20/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Konrad Hünteler
    Conductor:  Konrad Hünteler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata of the 18th Century
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  • 69.
    Four Seasons/Cto Winds:vivaldi
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553219 Release Date: 01/04/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Takako Nishizaki,  Jirí Stivín
    Conductor:  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Oliver Dohnányi,  Capella Istropolitana
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
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  • 70.
    Vivaldi: Le Dodici Opere A Stampa - Opera X / Ancillotti
    Label: Tactus   Catalog: 672236 Release Date: 01/01/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Mario Ancillotti
    Conductor:  Alberto Martini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia I Filarmonici
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  • 71.
    Vivaldi, Quantz: Flute Concertos / Magnin, Zurich Baroque
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 372 Release Date: 12/12/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Joachim Quantz,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Alexandre Magnin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Baroque Strings
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  • 72.
    Vivaldi: Flute Concertos Op. 10 / Nicolet, Faerber
    Label: Intercord Classical Creations   Catalog: 820501 Release Date: 04/16/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Aurčle Nicolet
    Conductor:  Jörg Faerber
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn
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  • 73.
    The Classical James Galway
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 57011 Release Date: 05/24/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  James Galway,  Malcolm Proud,  Phillip Moll,  Kyung-Wha Chung  ... 
    Conductor:  James Galway,  Rudolf Baumgartner,  David Measham
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Irish Chamber Orchestra,  I Solisti di Zagreb,  Lucerne Festival Strings  ... 
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  • 74.
    Telemann, Sammartini, Vivaldi: Recorder Concertos / Pehrsson
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 210 Release Date: 03/25/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Giuseppe Sammartini
    Performer:  Anders Öhrwall,  Clas Pehrsson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble
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  • 75.
    Label: Thorofon   Catalog: 2199 Release Date: 11/01/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joaquin Turina,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Malcolm Arnold,  Enrique Granados  ... 
    Performer:  Berliner Gitarrenensemble,  Hansjoachim Kaps
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