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: 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: Concerti Per Fagotto
Release Date: 08/27/2013   Label: Arcana  
Catalog: 365   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: Estro Armonico - Libro Secondo / Cafe Zimmermann
Release Date: 10/29/2013   Label: Alpha Productions  
Catalog: 193   Number of Discs: 1
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Pergolesi, Vivaldi: Stabat Mater / Mingaro, Jaroussky, Lemieux, Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano
Release Date: 03/25/2014   Label: Naive  
Catalog: 30558   Number of Discs: 2
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Work: Concerto for Strings in G major, RV 151 "Alla rustica"

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    Vivaldi: Concerti Per Archi II / Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 30554 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
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    Fiori Musicali
    Label: Solo Musica   Catalog: 190 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Giuseppe Sammartini,  Heinrich Ignaz Biber,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Lorena Espina,  Alexandra Uhlig,  Robert Buschek,  Klemens Sander  ... 
    Conductor:  Christian Birnbaum
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baroque Ensemble of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra
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    Christopher Hogwood - Complete Vivaldi Recordings
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 4808019 Release Date: 09/17/2013   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  John Holloway,  Monica Huggett,  Catherine Mackintosh,  Elizabeth Wilcock  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood,  Simon Preston
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
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    Karajan - 1970s
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001873702 Release Date: 09/03/2013   Number of Discs: 82
    Composer:  Arcangelo Corelli,  Francesco Manfredini,  Pietro Antonio Locatelli,  Giuseppe Torelli  ... 
    Performer:  Thomas Brandis,  Michel Schwalbé,  Karlheinz Zöller,  Edith Mathis  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Hans Priem Bergrath
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus  ... 
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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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    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Concertos, Cello Sonatas No  1-6 / Lamon, Tafelmusik
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 796453         Release Date: 04/03/2012   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Jeanne Lamon,  Anner Bylsma,  Christina Mahler,  Stephen Marvin  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
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    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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    Wind Concertos - Albinoni, Bellini, Crusell, Krommer
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94100 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Johann Melchoir Molter,  Vincenzo Bellini  ... 
    Performer:  Daniel Smith,  Stefan Schilli,  Giovanni Deangeli,  Tanja Becker-Bender  ... 
    Conductor:  Philip Ledger,  Nicol Matt,  Marien Van Staalen,  Alberto Veronesi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica ad Rhenum,  Rotterdam Amadeus Ensemble,  Konzertensemble Salzburg  ... 
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    Vivaldi Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94056 Release Date: 05/31/2011   Number of Discs: 40
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Jean-Jacques Rousseau
    Performer:  Philippe Muller,  Henri Foehr,  Marnik van de Velde,  Elena Barshai  ... 
    Conductor:  Klaus Preis,  Krijn Koetsveld,  Pieter-Jan Leusink,  Enrico Casazza  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Heidelberg Chamber Orchestra,  Malipiero Ensemble,  Netherlands Bach Collegium  ... 
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    Vivaldi: Concertos / Christopher Hogwood
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 414588 Release Date: 01/18/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
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    Vivaldi: Concerti / Karajan, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 423226 Release Date: 12/08/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Vivaldi - Musica Sacra / Alessandrini, De Marchi, Concerto Italiano, Academia Montis Regalis
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 30512 Release Date: 10/26/2010   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Sara Mingardo,  Patrizia Biccire,  Deborah York,  Anke Herrmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini,  Alessandro De Marchi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano,  Academia Montis Regalis
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    Histoires Sacrees - Bach, Beethoven, Charpentier, Vivaldi
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5155 Release Date: 08/25/2009   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Marc-Antoine Charpentier,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Gérard Lesne,  Marie Louise Duthoit,  Nicolas Bauchau,  Ronan Nédélec  ... 
    Conductor:  Gérard Lesne,  Rinaldo Alessandrini,  Pierre Cao,  Christoph Spering
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seminario Musicale,  Concerto Italiano
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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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    Vivaldi: Concerti
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 415674 Release Date: 06/04/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  David Reichenberg,  Simon Standage,  Elizabeth Wilcock,  James Tyler  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
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    Vivaldi: Concerti E Cantate / Alessandrini, Et Al
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 30447 Release Date: 10/30/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Sara Mingardo,  Luigi Piovano,  Francesca Vicari
    Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
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    Concerto Rustico - Vivaldi: Concertos / A. De Marchi, Et Al
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 1788 Release Date: 08/21/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Alessandro De Marchi,  Alessandro Tampieri
    Conductor:  Alessandro De Marchi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academia Montis Regalis
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    Vivaldi: Concertos;  Boccherini: Symphony In C / Baumgartner
    Label: London/Decca Serenata Series   Catalog: 433169 Release Date: 08/20/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Luigi Boccherini
    Conductor:  Rudolf Baumgartner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lucerne Festival Strings
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    Vivaldi: Concertos For Strings / Rees, Scottish Ensemble
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 61103 Release Date: 08/06/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Maggie Cole,  Jonathan Rees,  Niall Brown,  Jane Murdoch
    Conductor:  Jonathan Rees
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Ensemble
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    Vivaldi: Four Seasons, Concerti / Parrott, Taverner Players
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 54208 Release Date: 05/07/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Conductor:  Andrew Parrott
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Players
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  • 21.
    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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  • 22.
    The Very Best Of Vivaldi
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8552101-02 Release Date: 10/18/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
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    Vivaldi: Concertos And Sonatas / Mathias Maute, Rebel
    Label: Bridge   Catalog: 9173 Release Date: 05/31/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Matthias Maute
    Conductor:  Jörg-Michael Schwarz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rebel Consort
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    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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    Vivaldi: Cantatas, Concertos And Magnificat / Lamon
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55190 Release Date: 11/09/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Emma Kirkby,  Jeanne Lamon,  Danièle Forget,  Suzie LeBlanc  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik,  Tafelmusik Chamber Choir
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