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: Recorder Concertos / Steger, Fasolis, I Barocchisti
Release Date: 10/14/2014   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 902190   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: L'Estro Armonico / Podger, Brecon Baroque
Release Date: 03/10/2015   Label: Channel Classics  
Catalog: 36515   Number of Discs: 2
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Vivaldi / Avi Avital
Release Date: 02/24/2015   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 002262702   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: Complete Bassoon Concertos / Daniel Smith
Release Date: 02/03/2015   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 002260402   Number of Discs: 5
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Vivaldi: Concertos for the Emperor / Andrew Manze
Release Date: 03/13/2012   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 2907332   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: The Four Seasons

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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,  Maurice Ravel,  Sir Edward Elgar  ... 
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman,  Pinchas Zukerman,  Daniel Barenboim,  Myor Rosen  ... 
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    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 / Richard 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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    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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    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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    Vivaldi: Le Quattro Stagioni - Piano Transcriptions / Scipione Sangiovanni
    Label: Urania   Catalog: 14015 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  George Frideric Handel,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Jean-Baptiste Lully
    Performer:  Scipione Sangiovanni
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    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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    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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    Phase 4 Stereo - Stereo Concert Series
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002188302 Release Date: 10/27/2014   Number of Discs: 41
    Composer:  John Philip Sousa,  Charles A. Zimmerman,  Francis S. Van Boskerck,  George Norton  ... 
    Performer:  Stanley Black,  David Parkhouse,  Alan Loveday,  Robert Merrill  ... 
    Conductor:  Rodney Bashford,  Stanley Black,  Bernard Herrmann,  Edward Downes  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grenadier Guards Band,  London Festival Orchestra,  London Festival Recording Ensemble  ... 
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    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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    James Galway - The Complete RCA Album Collection
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 302633 Release Date: 09/16/2014   Number of Discs: 73
    Composer:  Arthur Smith,  Various,  Traditional,  Stan Lebowsky  ... 
    Performer:  James Galway,  Sylvia,  Marisa Robles,  Phillip Moll  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Scimone,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Jörg Faerber,  Eduardo Mata  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Galway Pops Orchestra  ... 
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    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
    Label: Tuxedo Music   Catalog: 1214 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vivaldi Players
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    Vivaldi: Die Vier Jahreszeiten
    Label: Zyx Records   Catalog: 10179 Release Date: 08/01/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Felix Ayo
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    The Seasons: Antonio Vivaldi & Sergei Akhunov
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 2230 Release Date: 07/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Sergei Akhunov
    Performer:  Julia Igonina
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Partita
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    Vivaldi, Piazzolla: 8 Seasons
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 429 Release Date: 07/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Astor Piazzolla,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Harald Oeler,  Sinn Yang
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    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Wallfisch, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra
    Label: Abc Classics   Catalog: 4563642 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Paul Dyer,  Elizabeth Wallfisch
    Conductor:  Paul Dyer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Australian Brandenburg Orchestra
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    The Argo Years / Neville Marriner, Academy Of St Martin In The Fields [28-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002081902 Release Date: 06/03/2014   Number of Discs: 28
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Giuseppe Torelli,  Pietro Antonio Locatelli  ... 
    Performer:  Gwynne Howell,  Philip Langridge,  Anna Reynolds,  Elly Ameling  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus,  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
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    Karajan And His Soloists, Vol. 2 (1969-1984)
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 633624 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Jules Massenet,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Anne-Sophie Mutter,  Alexis Weissenberg,  Sviatoslav Richter,  Mstislav Rostropovich  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Orchestre de Paris
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    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Zsolt Kallo, Capella Savaria
    Label: Hungaroton   Catalog: 32729 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Conductor:  Zsolt Kalló
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Savaria
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    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Debretzeni, Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 377 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Kati Debretzeni
    Conductor:  Kati Debretzeni
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
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    Label: Silvery Records   Catalog: 5638216507 Release Date: 02/21/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Si Hayden
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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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    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Bosgraaf, Ensemble Cordevento
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94637 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Erik Bosgraaf
    Conductor:  Erik Bosgraaf
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cordevento
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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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Antonio Vivaldi


WORKS
I. Allegro
II. Largo e pianissimo sempre
III. Danza pastorale: Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Tempo impetuoso d'Es tate
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. La caccia
I. Allegro non molto
II. Largo
III. Allegro
Concerto in D Major, RV 93: Allegro giusto
Concerto in D Major, RV 93: Largo
Concerto in D Major, RV 93: Allegro
Concerto in G Major for Two Mandolins, Strings and Organ: I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegro
Concerto in C Major for Two Trumpets and Strings, RV 537: I. Allegro
II. Largo
III. Allegro
Allegro
Largo e Spiccato
Allegro
Allegro
Larghetto e spirituoso
Allegro
Allegro
Largo-Larghetto
Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Largo cantabile
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Largo
I. Largo - Fantasmi: Presto - Largo - Presto
II. Il Sonno: Largo
III. Allegro
1. Allegro
2. Largo
3. (Allegro)
Vivaldi: Concerto for Strings and Continuo in G, R.151 Concerto alla Rustica - 1. Presto
Vivaldi: Concerto for Strings and Continuo in G, R.151 Concerto alla Rustica - 2. Adagio
Vivaldi: Concerto for Strings and Continuo in G, R.151 Concerto alla Rustica - 3. Allegro
Gloria in D RV589 (ed. Malipiero): I. Gloria in excelsis Deo
Gloria in D RV589 (ed. Malipiero): II. Et in terra pax hominibus
Gloria in D RV589 (ed. Malipiero): III. Laudamus te
Gloria in D RV589 (ed. Malipiero): IV. Gratias agimus
Gloria in D RV589 (ed. Malipiero): V. Propter magnam gloriam
Gloria in D RV589 (ed. Malipiero): VI. Domine Deus
Gloria in D RV589 (ed. Malipiero): VII. Domine Fili unigenite
Gloria in D RV589 (ed. Malipiero): VIII. Domine Deus, Agnus Dei
Gloria in D RV589 (ed. Malipiero): IX. Qui tollis peccata mundi
Gloria in D RV589 (ed. Malipiero): X. Qui sedes ad dexteram
Gloria in D RV589 (ed. Malipiero): XI. Quoniam tu solus sanctus
Gloria in D RV589 (ed. Malipiero): XII. Cum Sancto Spiritu