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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    Pinchas Zukerman: Complete Recordings on DG, Decca, & Philips
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: B002514302 Release Date: 07/22/2016   Number of Discs: 22
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Pinchas Zukerman,  Midori,  Daniel Barenboim,  Marc Neikrug  ... 
    Conductor:  Pinchas Zukerman,  Daniel Barenboim,  Charles Dutoit,  Pierre Boulez  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra,  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 2.
    Discover Vivaldi
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 0300698 Release Date: 05/27/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Thomas Zehetmair,  Ludwig Güttler,  Mathias Schmutzler,  Eckart Haupt  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Schreier,  Helmut Koch,  Alessandro De Marchi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Bern,  Virtuosi Saxoniae,  Dresden Baroque Orchestra  ... 
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  • 3.
    The 12 Seasons: Vivaldi, Piazzolla & Shor / Carpenter, Salome Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 554928 Release Date: 04/15/2016  
    Composer:  Astor Piazzolla,  Alexey Shor,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  David Aaron Carpenter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salome Chamber Orchestra
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    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons & Concertos / Il Giardino Armonico
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 554598 Release Date: 04/15/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Giardino Armonico
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    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Bosgraaf, Ensemble Cordevento [Vinyl]
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: BRI90006 Release Date: 02/26/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Erik Bosgraaf
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cordevento
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    Philips Classics: The Stereo Years
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002445602 Release Date: 02/19/2016   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Salvatore Accardo,  Elly Ameling,  Dalton Baldwin,  Jörg Demus  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis,  Bernard Haitink,  Raymond Leppard,  Eduard Van Beinum  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    111: The Collector's Editions [111 CDs]
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002422702 Release Date: 12/11/2015   Number of Discs: 111
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Maurice Ravel,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  David Oistrakh,  Igor Oistrakh,  Sviatoslav Richter,  Martha Argerich  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Daniel Barenboim,  Lorin Maazel,  Franz Konwitschny  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Amadeus Quartet,  Orchestre de Paris  ... 
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  • 8.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons; Violin Concertos
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 552404 Release Date: 11/20/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman
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  • 9.
    Virtuose Violinmusik: Vivaldi, Telemann
    Label: Ars Produktion   Catalog: 38190 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Georg Philipp Telemann
    Performer:  Susanne Branny
    Conductor:  Helmut Branny
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  • 10.
    A Vivaldi Grand Tour / Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908745 Release Date: 10/09/2015   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Jean-Féry Rebel,  Antonio Caldara,  Uri Rom  ... 
    Performer:  Midori Seiler,  Jean-Guihen Queyras,  Xenia Löffler,  Georg Kallweit
    Conductor:  Georg Kallweit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
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    Itzhak Perlman: The Complete Warner Recordings
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 552439 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 77
    Composer:  Niccolň Paganini,  Pablo de Sarasate,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman,  Pinchas Zukerman,  Ray Still,  Samuel Sanders  ... 
    Conductor:  Lawrence Foster,  Daniel Barenboim,  Itzhak Perlman,  Bernard Haitink  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra,  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 12.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 552452 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman
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    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Etc / Whelan, Chandler, La Serenissima
    Label: Avie   Catalog: 2344 Release Date: 09/04/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Adrian Chandler,  Peter Whelan
    Conductor:  Adrian Chandler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Serenissima
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  • 14.
    Giuliano Carmignola: The Complete Sony Recordings
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88875051512 Release Date: 07/10/2015   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Pietro Antonio Locatelli,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johann Kropffganss  ... 
    Performer:  Giuliano Carmignola,  Andrea Marcon,  Lutz Kirchhof,  Francesco Galligioni
    Conductor:  Andrea Marcon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venice Baroque Orchestra
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  • 15.
    Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra - The Complete Sony Recordings
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88875030622 Release Date: 06/16/2015   Number of Discs: 47
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wilhelm Friedemann Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Heinrich Ignaz Biber  ... 
    Performer:  Jeanne Lamon,  Stephen Marvin,  Christina Mahler,  Ivars Taurins  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon,  Bruno Weil,  Frieder Bernius
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik,  Stuttgart Chamber Choir,  Tölz Boys Choir  ... 
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    Itzhak Perlman - Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002298802 Release Date: 05/26/2015   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Alban Berg,  Igor Stravinsky,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Ernest Chausson  ... 
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman,  Pinchas Zukerman,  Daniel Barenboim,  Myor Rosen  ... 
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa,  Daniel Barenboim,  Zubin Mehta,  James Levine  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic  ... 
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    Le  Fou De Flutes
    Label: Little Village   Catalog: 69081005 Release Date: 04/07/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Jean-Féry Rebel,  Claude Clement
    Performer:  Midori Seiler,  Clemens-Maria Nuszbaumer,  Maurice Steger,  Duilio Galfetti  ... 
    Conductor:  Diego Fasolis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin,  I Barocchisti
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  • 18.
    Sinkovsky Plays & Sings Vivaldi
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 30559 Release Date: 03/31/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Dmitry Sinkovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Voce Strumentale
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    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Tognetti, Australian Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 2103 Release Date: 03/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Richard Tognetti,  Satu Vänskä,  Helena Rathbone,  Ike See  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Tognetti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Australian Chamber Orchestra
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  • 20.
    Vivaldi / Avi Avital
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002262702 Release Date: 02/24/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Traditional
    Performer:  Avi Avital,  Mahan Esfahani,  Ophira Zakai,  Patrick Sepec  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venice Baroque Orchestra
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  • 21.
    Vivaldi: 4 Seasons; Rebel: Elements / Seiler,  Akademie Fur Alte Musik Berlin
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2902061 Release Date: 01/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Jean-Féry Rebel
    Performer:  Midori Seiler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
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  • 22.
    Vivaldi Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94840 Release Date: 11/18/2014   Number of Discs: 66
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  John Dowland,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Federico Guglielmo,  Roberto Loreggian,  Mario Folena,  Stefania Marusi  ... 
    Conductor:  Federico Guglielmo,  Federico Maria Sardelli,  Krijn Koetsveld,  Rinaldo Alessandrini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Arte dell'Arco,  Modo Antiquo Ensemble,  Anciuti Ensemble  ... 
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  • 23.
    Vivaldi, Corelli / Amandine Beyer, Gli Incogniti [4-CD Set]
    Label: Zig Zag   Catalog: 349 Release Date: 10/28/2014   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Arcangelo Corelli,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Amandine Beyer
    Conductor:  Amandine Beyer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gli Incogniti
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  • 24.
    Leonard Bernstein Edition - Concertos & Orchestral Works
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 301330 Release Date: 10/27/2014   Number of Discs: 80
    Composer:  Samuel Barber,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Béla Bartók  ... 
    Performer:  Isaac Stern,  Leonard Bernstein,  Harold Gomberg,  William Heim  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Seiji Ozawa,  Maurice Peress
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  New York Philharmonic members,  Columbia Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 25.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Nigel Kennedy - 25th Anniversary Edition [CD & DVD]
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 628814 Release Date: 09/23/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Nigel Kennedy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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