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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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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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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  • 1.
    Michala Petri Plays Concertos & Sonatas
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 7672632 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Tomaso Albinoni,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Giuseppe Sammartini,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Michala Petri,  Keith Jarrett,  Elizabeth Selin
    Conductor:  Claudio Scimone,  Vladimir Spivakov,  George Malcolm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti,  Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra,  Guildhall String Ensemble
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    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Janine Jansen [blu-ray audio]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001993546 Release Date: 02/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Maarten Jansen,  Candida Thompson,  Henk Rubingh,  Julian Rachlin  ... 
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    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Anne Akiko Meyers
    Label: eOne   Catalog: 7790 Release Date: 02/04/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Arvo Pärt
    Performer:  Anne Akiko Meyers
    Conductor:  David Lockington
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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    Carlo Maria Giulini: The Concerto Recordings
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 31761 Release Date: 12/03/2013   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg,  Manoug Parikian,  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Itzhak Perlman  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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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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    Berlin Philharmonic - Centenary Edition
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001923302 Release Date: 10/22/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Hector Berlioz,  Richard Wagner,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Géza Anda,  Walter Berry,  Gundula Janowitz,  Hilde Rössl-Majdan  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Nikisch,  Alfred Hertz,  Richard Strauss,  Bruno Walter  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein,  Swedish Radio Chorus  ... 
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    Precious Baroque - Bach: Brandenburg Concertos; Vivaldi: Four Seasons
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300534 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Enrico Casazza
    Conductor:  Pieter-Jan Belder
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Magnifica Comunitŕ,  Musica Amphion
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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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    Vivaldi / Richard Galliano
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001870802 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Sebastien Surel,  Richard Galliano,  Jean-Marc Phillips-Varjabédian,  Jean-Marc Apap  ... 
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    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Fabio Biondi, L'europa Galante
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 40018 Release Date: 08/06/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Fabio Biondi
    Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
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  • 12.
    Sarah Chang: 5 Classic Albums
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 844172 Release Date: 07/09/2013   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Sergei Prokofiev,  César Franck  ... 
    Performer:  Sarah Chang,  Lars Vogt,  Wolfram Christ,  Georg Faust  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle,  Sir Colin Davis,  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 13.
    Music For Bird Lovers
    Label: Gift Of Music   Catalog: 1269 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Louis-Claude Daquin,  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Martin Souter,  Ian Giles,  Matthew Spring,  James Gregory  ... 
    Conductor:  Alberto Lizzio,  David Croft,  Julia Craig-McFeely,  Henry Adolph
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Serendipity Singers
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    Italian Baroque - Sonatas Et Concertos / Chiara Banchini, Amandine Beyer
    Label: Zig Zag   Catalog: 316 Release Date: 01/08/2013   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Giuseppe Valentini,  Francesco Geminiani,  Nicolo Porpora,  Nicola Fiorenza  ... 
    Performer:  Chiara Banchini,  Stephanie Pfister,  David Plantier,  Odile Edouard  ... 
    Conductor:  Chiara Banchini,  Amandine Beyer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble 415,  Gli Incogniti
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    The Complete Astor Piazzolla Recordings / Gidon Kremer
    Label: Nonesuch   Catalog: 515783 Release Date: 11/19/2012   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Astor Piazzolla,  Jerzy Peterburshsky,  Leonid Desyatnikov,  Giya Kancheli  ... 
    Performer:  Alois Posch,  Vadim Sakharov,  Gidon Kremer,  Michel Portal  ... 
    Conductor:  Gidon Kremer,  Rolf Gupta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Astor Quartet,  Kremerata Baltica,  Kremerata Musica  ... 
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    Itzhak Perlman - A Portrait
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 941217 Release Date: 11/06/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Max Bruch,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman,  Samuel Sanders,  André Previn
    Conductor:  Itzhak Perlman,  Daniel Barenboim,  Bernard Haitink,  Jean Martinon  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra  ... 
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    Itzhak Perlman - A Portrait [Deluxe Edition - 2 CDs + 2 DVDs]
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 941194 Release Date: 11/06/2012   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Max Bruch,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman,  Samuel Sanders,  André Previn
    Conductor:  Itzhak Perlman,  Daniel Barenboim,  Bernard Haitink,  Jean Martinon  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra  ... 
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    The Baroque Collection
    Label: Emi 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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  • 19.
    All-Baroque Box (From Monteverdi To Bach) [50-CD Limited Edition]
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 001719702 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Harvey,  Stephen Varcoe,  Anthony Rolfe Johnson,  Michael Chance  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner,  Paul McCreesh,  Marc Minkowski,  Trevor Pinnock  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir,  Gabrieli Consort  ... 
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  • 20.
    Baroque Treasures
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 2579 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi,  George Frideric Handel,  Johann Pachelbel,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  David Daniels,  Chiara Bianchini,  Janet See,  Andrew Lawrence-King  ... 
    Conductor:  Emmanuelle Haďm,  Roger Norrington,  Andrew Parrott,  Richard Hickox  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Players,  Taverner Consort,  Concerto Cologne  ... 
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  • 21.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / David Juritz, London Mozart Players
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 6149 Release Date: 07/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  David Juritz
    Conductor:  David Juritz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Mozart Players
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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: Four Seasons / Caine, Bleckmann, Zapico, Forma Antiqua
    Label: Winter & Winter   Catalog: 9101852 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Uri Caine,  Aitor Hevia,  Theo Bleckmann
    Conductor:  Aarón Zapico
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Forma Antiqva
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  • 24.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons - Music & Sonnets
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 7375 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Robert Atchison,  Michael Gambon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Altamira Chamber Orchestra
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  • 25.
    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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