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
Amor Sacro - Vivaldi: Mottetti / Simone Kermes
Release Date: 02/13/2007   Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)  
Catalog: 000823702   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: Concerti da Camera / Collegium Pro Musica
Release Date: 09/25/2012   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 94332   Number of Discs: 3
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Vivaldi: Dixit Dominus / Mingardo, Agnew, Kopp
Release Date: 06/13/2006   Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)  
Catalog: 000649402   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: Four Seasons; Pachelbel, Bach / Carney, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Release Date: 03/10/2009   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 28090   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: Opera & Oratorio Arias / Kozena, Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra
Release Date: 02/09/2010   Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)  
Catalog: 001395602   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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  • 51.
    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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  • 52.
    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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  • 53.
    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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  • 54.
    Vivaldi: String Concertos, Flute Concertos, Piccolo Concerto / Arco Baleno
    Label: Etcetera Records   Catalog: 1278 Release Date: 04/05/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arco Baleno
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  • 55.
    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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  • 56.
    Vivaldi: La Notte, La Tempesta Di Mare, Etc / Marq, Spinosi
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 30371 Release Date: 01/14/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Sébastien Marq
    Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mateus Baroque Ensemble
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  • 57.
    Essential Vivaldi - 20 of His Greatest Hits
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 472358 Release Date: 06/11/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Lisa Beznosiuk,  Franco Gulli,  Heinz Holliger,  Simon Standage  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock,  Riccardo Chailly,  Vittorio Negri,  Sir Neville Marriner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert,  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra,  Dresden Staatskapelle  ... 
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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: Six Flute Concertos Op. 10 / Gazzelloni, I Musici
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4643622 Release Date: 02/05/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Severino Gazzelloni
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
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  • 60.
    Vivaldi: Concerti / Steger, Fasolis, I Barocchisti
    Label: Claves   Catalog: 2010 Release Date: 01/02/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Maurice Steger
    Conductor:  Diego Fasolis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Barocchisti
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  • 61.
    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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  • 62.
    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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  • 63.
    Vivaldi: Six Flute Concertos Op.10
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 468170 Release Date: 09/13/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Severino Gazzelloni
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
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  • 64.
    Baroque Flute Concertos / Loeillet, Sammartini, Tartini, Quantz, Vivaldi
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4681342 Release Date: 09/04/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jacques Loeillet,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Joachim Quantz,  Giuseppe Tartini  ... 
    Performer:  Jean-Pierre Rampal,  Michala Petri,  Severino Gazzelloni,  Aurčle Nicolet
    Conductor:  Jacques Roussel,  Iona Brown
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
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  • 65.
    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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  • 66.
    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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  • 67.
    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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  • 68.
    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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  • 69.
    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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  • 70.
    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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  • 71.
    Vivaldi: Complete Flute Concertos / Gazzelloni, I Musici
    Label: Philips Duo   Catalog: 454256 Release Date: 11/19/1996   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Severino Gazzelloni,  Marja Steinberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
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  • 72.
    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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  • 73.
    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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  • 74.
    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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  • 75.
    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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