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: String Concertos Vol 2 / Simon Standage, Et Al
Release Date: 11/20/2001   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 668   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: Double Concertos / Standage, Collegium Musicum 90
Release Date: 11/18/1992   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 528   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: String Concertos Vol 3 / Simon Standage, Et Al
Release Date: 03/25/2003   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 687   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: Four Seasons / Fischer, Academy of St. Martins in the Fields
Release Date: 05/26/2009   Label: Kultur Video  
Catalog: 896   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: Gloria;  Bach: Magnificat / Hickox, Kirkby, Et Al
Release Date: 07/29/1992   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 518   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: The Four Seasons

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    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Jansen [Vinyl]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: B002595601 Release Date: 12/02/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Julian Rachlin,  Jan Jansen,  Janine Jansen,  Candida Thompson  ... 
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    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Sato, Concerto Koln
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 35102 Release Date: 11/11/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Shunske Sato
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne
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    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Sato, Concerto Koln [Vinyl]
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 2347 Release Date: 11/11/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Shunske Sato
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne
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    The Golden Era of Living Stereo: Remastered Collector's Edition
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 532174 Release Date: 10/28/2016   Number of Discs: 60
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann,  Pietro Nardini,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Performer:  Stuart Sankey,  Ania Dorfmann,  Leonid Kogan,  Andrei Mitnik  ... 
    Conductor:  Howard Mitchell,  Arthur Fiedler,  Arturo Basile,  Robert Shaw  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Festival Quartet,  Portland Symphonic Choir,  Choir Of The Abbey Of Mount Angel  ... 
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    Vivaldi: The 4 Seasons - Jiranek: Violin Concerto / Letzbor, Ars Antiqua Austria
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72700 Release Date: 10/28/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Frantisek Jiranek
    Performer:  Gunar Letzbor
    Conductor:  Gunar Letzbor
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ars Antiqua Austria
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    Italian Baroque: The Instrumental Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95430 Release Date: 10/14/2016   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Tomaso Albinoni,  Francesco Barsanti,  Giovanni Battista Bassani,  Giovanni Bononcini  ... 
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    Vivaldi & Piazzolla: 8 Seasons / Migdal, Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin
    Label: Solo Musica   Catalog: 235 Release Date: 05/13/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Astor Piazzolla,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Liv Migdal
    Conductor:  Liv Migdal
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin
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    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons - A Ballet Film / Harrington, Sweete, Kudelka
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 26109 Release Date: 04/01/2016  
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Pinchas Zukerman
    Conductor:  Pinchas Zukerman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Arts Centre Orchestra
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    Vivaldi: Complete Concertos & Sonatas, Opp. 1-12 / Guglielmo, L'Arte dell'Arco
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95200 Release Date: 03/25/2016   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Federico Guglielmo,  Pier-Luigi Fabretti,  Mario Folena
    Conductor:  Federico Guglielmo
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Arte dell'Arco
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    Vivaldi: Le Quattro Stagioni; Il Grosso Mogul; Brescianello: Violin Concerto In C
    Label: Stockfisch   Catalog: 4086 Release Date: 01/15/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Giuseppi Antonio Brescian,  Unspecified
    Performer:  Robin-Peter Müller
    Conductor:  Robin-Peter Müller
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    Vivaldi in Dresden - The Four Seasons Transcriptions for Organ
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 1822 Release Date: 01/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Hansjörg Albrecht
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    Antonio Vivaldi: Die Vier Jahreszeiten
    Label: Zyx Records   Catalog: 1017 Release Date: 12/18/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Felix Ayo
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    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Felix Ayo, I Musici
    Label: Zyx Records   Catalog: 1017 Release Date: 12/18/2015  
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Felix Ayo
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
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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 Seasons: Antonio Vivaldi, Astor Piazzolla
    Label: Coviello Classics   Catalog: 91514 Release Date: 10/30/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Astor Piazzolla
    Performer:  Lavard Skou-Larsen
    Conductor:  Lavard Skou-Larsen
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    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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    Seasons: Oliver Davis; Antonio Vivaldi
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 437 Release Date: 10/09/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Oliver Davis,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Grace Davidson,  Kerenza Peacock,  Susie Winkworth,  Emma Heathcote
    Conductor:  Ivor Setterfield
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trafalgar Sinfonia
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    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Ehnes, Armstrong, Sydney Symphony
    Label: Onyx   Catalog: 4134 Release Date: 10/09/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Giuseppe Tartini,  Jean-Marie Leclair
    Performer:  James Ehnes,  Andrew Armstrong
    Conductor:  James Ehnes
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sydney Symphony Orchestra
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    Antonio Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
    Label: Avanti Classic   Catalog: 1042 Release Date: 10/02/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Anonymous,  Kálmán Cséki
    Performer:  Lakatos Róbert,  Laufer, Gabriel [Percussion, Timpani, Vibraphone],  Kálmán Cséki,  Dominque Corbiau  ... 
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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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  • 21.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Op. 8/1-4 & Other Concertos
    Label: Alpha Productions   Catalog: 312 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Alba Roca,  Amandine Beyer,  Flavio Losoco,  Berengere Maillard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gli Incogniti
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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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  • 23.
    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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  • 24.
    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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    8 Seasons
    Label: Ars Produktion   Catalog: 38170 Release Date: 05/26/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Enrique Santos Discepolo,  Astor Piazzolla,  Spoken Word
    Performer:  Yury Revich
    Conductor:  Johannes Schlaefli
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