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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: Concerti For Strings / Alberto Martini
Release Date: 05/13/1997   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553742   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: Dresden Concerti Vol 1 / Alberto Martini, Et Al
Release Date: 05/13/1997   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553792   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: Famous Concerti
Release Date: 10/06/2000   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8554040   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi Collection - Complete Bassoon Concertos Vol 1
Release Date: 01/20/2004   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8555937   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: Sacred Music Vol 3 / Mallon, Huhtanen, Mcmurtry, Mcleod, Modolo
Release Date: 09/30/2008   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8570445   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: The Four Seasons

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    Vivaldi: Concerto Works / Lazarevitch, Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien
    Label: Alpha Productions   Catalog: 281 Release Date: 08/25/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  François Lazarevitch
    Conductor:  François Lazarevitch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien
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    Joshua Bell: The Classical Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 539520 Release Date: 08/18/2017   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Alexander Courage,  George Gershwin,  Nicholas Maw,  Jean Sibelius  ... 
    Performer:  Joshua Bell,  John Williams,  Craig Ogden,  Gregory Knowles  ... 
    Conductor:  John Williams,  Roger Norrington,  Esa-Pekka Salonen,  David Zinman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Vivaldi: 4 Seasons for 3 Pianos / Mestrovic, Dedic, Toker
    Label: Navona   Catalog: 6114 Release Date: 08/11/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Matej Meštrović,  Matija Dedić,  Hakan Ali Toker
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    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Carmignola, Sonatori de la Giosa Marca [Vinyl]
    Label: Divox   Catalog: LPX 716011 Release Date: 06/16/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Giuliano Carmignola
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca
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    Pinchas Zukerman Plays Vivaldi
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88985370982 Release Date: 04/21/2017   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Pinchas Zukerman,  Neil Black,  Isaac Stern,  Itzhak Perlman  ... 
    Conductor:  Pinchas Zukerman,  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Los Angeles Philharmonic members,  Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    Vivaldi: The 4 Seasons / Scimone, I Solisti Veneti
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 109325 Release Date: 04/21/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Conductor:  Claudio Scimone
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti
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    Naxos: The Anniversary Collection
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8503293 Release Date: 04/14/2017   Number of Discs: 30
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Anton Bruckner  ... 
    Performer:  Bettina Eger,  Ute Hartwich,  Martin Kevenhörster,  Hans-Martin Kothe  ... 
    Conductor:  Helmut Müller-Brühl,  Georg Tintner,  Robert Stankovsky,  Leonard Slatkin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra,  Royal Scottish National Orchestra,  Kosice Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Vivaldi: Concerti / Biondi, Europa Galante
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 559988 Release Date: 03/24/2017   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Fabio Biondi,  Giangiacomo Pinardi,  Giovanni Scaramuzzino,  Sonia Maurer  ... 
    Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
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    Vivaldi: La quattro stagioni - Bach: Sonata, BWV 1001 / Gulli
    Label: Idi   Catalog: 6723 Release Date: 03/17/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Franco Gulli
    Conductor:  Aldo Ceccato
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Angelicum Orchestra
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    Vivaldi: The Folk Seasons / Kentala, Barocco Boreale
    Label: Alba Records   Catalog: 402 Release Date: 03/17/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Kreeta-Maria Kentala,  Siiri Virkkala
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barocco Boreale
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    For Seasons / Hope, Zurich Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002632502 Release Date: 03/03/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Nils Frahm,  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  Max Richter  ... 
    Performer:  Daniel Hope,  Christoph Anacker,  Jacques Ammon,  Jane Berthe  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Hope
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Chamber Orchestra,  Kaiser Quartett
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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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  • 20.
    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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  • 21.
    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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  • 22.
    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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  • 23.
    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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  • 24.
    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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  • 25.
    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,  Paris Orchestra  ... 
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