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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
Gloria - Vivaldi, Corelli, A. Scarlatti / Trevor Pinnock
Release Date: 11/09/1993   Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)  
Catalog: 437834   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: Concertos For Two Cellos / Julian & Jiaxin Lloyd Webber
Release Date: 10/14/2014   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 573374   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: Concerti Per Flauto / Steger,  Fasolis, I Barocchisti
Release Date: 10/14/2014   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 902190   Number of Discs: 1
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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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Handel, Vivaldi: Dixit Dominus / Crowe, Bates, La Nuova Musica
Release Date: 04/09/2013   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 807587   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: The Four Seasons

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  • 176.
    Vivaldi: Four Seasons, Concerto For Oboe & Violin, Etc / Standage, Pinnock, Et Al
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 474616 Release Date: 08/01/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Simon Standage,  David Reichenberg,  Elizabeth Wilcock
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
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  • 177.
    Vivaldi: Four Seasons, Etc / Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 30363 Release Date: 07/15/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Luca Marenzio  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Bayo,  Francesca Vicari,  Gianluca Ferrarini,  Paolo Costa  ... 
    Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
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  • 178.
    Into The Blue / Pahud, Terrasson
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 57257 Release Date: 06/10/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Jacky Terrasson,  Emmanuel Pahud
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  • 179.
    Vivaldi: Il Cimento No 1-6 / Dantone, Montari, Et Al
    Label: Arts Music   Catalog: 47564 Release Date: 04/29/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Stefano Montanari,  Ottavio Dantone
    Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
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  • 180.
    Karajan - The Collection - Vivaldi, Bach / Berlin Po
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 474287 Release Date: 04/08/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Michel Schwalbé,  Thomas Brandis,  Karlheinz Zöller,  Edith Picht-Axenfeld
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 181.
    The Ultimate Four Seasons - Vivaldi's Greatest Hit
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 64015 Release Date: 02/18/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  James Galway,  Gottfried Von der Goltz,  Kazuhito Yamashita,  Larry Coryell  ... 
    Conductor:  James Galway,  Andrew Lawrence-King,  Gottfried Von der Goltz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Guitar Trio,  I Solisti di Zagreb,  Freiburg Baroque Orchestra  ... 
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  • 182.
    Label: Spj Music   Catalog: 90109 Release Date: 10/02/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musici di Zagreb
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  • 183.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Itzhak Perlman, Israel Po
    Label: Emi Classics Encore   Catalog: 74761 Release Date: 08/13/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman
    Conductor:  Itzhak Perlman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 184.
    Vivaldi: Die Vier Jahreszeiten / Straumer, Güttler, Virtuosi
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 1736 Release Date: 07/23/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Roland Straumer
    Conductor:  Ludwig Güttler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi Saxoniae
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  • 185.
    Essential Vivaldi - 20 of His Greatest Hits
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 472358 Release Date: 06/11/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Lisa Beznosiuk,  Franco Gulli,  Heinz Holliger,  Simon Standage  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock,  Riccardo Chailly,  Vittorio Negri,  Sir Neville Marriner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert,  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra,  Dresden Staatskapelle  ... 
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  • 186.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Etc / Blankestijn, Europe Co
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 89097 Release Date: 05/14/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Marieke Blankestijn
    Conductor:  Marieke Blankestijn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 187.
    Vivaldi: Four Seasons; Albinoni, Bach, Purcell, Pachelbel / Schneiderhan, Baumgartner
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 431479 Release Date: 05/08/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Pachelbel,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Henry Purcell,  Tomaso Albinoni  ... 
    Performer:  Wolfgang Schneiderhan
    Conductor:  Rudolf Baumgartner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lucerne Festival Strings
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  • 188.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Etc;  Albinoni / Davison, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 74887 Release Date: 05/07/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Tomaso Albinoni
    Performer:  Kenneth Sillito,  Sidney Sutcliffe
    Conductor:  Arthur Davison
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi of England
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  • 189.
    Label: Spj Music   Catalog: 90606 Release Date: 02/26/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
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  • 190.
    101 Great Orchestral Classics
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550001 Release Date: 01/25/2002   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Erik Satie,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
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  • 191.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Pina Carmirelli, I Musici
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 1825956 Release Date: 12/25/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Pina Carmirelli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
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  • 192.
    Vivaldi: Il Cimento Dell'armonia / Biondi, Europa Galante
    Label: Virgin Classics Veritas   Catalog: 45465 Release Date: 07/31/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Fabio Biondi
    Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
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  • 193.
    Classics Explained - Vivaldi: Four Seasons
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8558028-29 Release Date: 07/17/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Takako Nishizaki
    Conductor:  Stephen Gunzenhauser
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
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  • 194.
    Vivaldi: Four Seasons, Etc / Quarta, Orbelian, Moscow Co
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3280 Release Date: 04/24/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Yuko Tanaka,  Massimo Quarta
    Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
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  • 195.
    Eloquence - Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Etc / I Musici, Et Al
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 468111 Release Date: 03/27/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Roberto Michelucci
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
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  • 196.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Kyung-Wha Chung, St. Luke's CO
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 57015 Release Date: 02/13/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Kyung-Wha Chung
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble
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  • 197.
    Label: Main Street   Catalog: 6603 Release Date: 11/14/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Franz von Suppé,  Richard Wagner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 198.
    Vivaldi: Four Seasons, Etc / Carmignola, Marcon, Et Al
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 51352 Release Date: 11/14/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Giuliano Carmignola,  Andrea Marcon
    Conductor:  Andrea Marcon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venice Baroque Orchestra
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  • 199.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Etc / Pazdera, Figura, Et Al
    Label: Amadis   Catalog: 7019 Release Date: 10/07/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Frantisek Figura,  Jindrich Pazdera
    Conductor:  Jindrich Pazdera
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Ziliniana
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  • 200.
    Vivaldi: Four Seasons, Etc / Pinnock, Standage, Et Al
    Label: Dg Panorama   Catalog: 469220 Release Date: 09/26/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Jakob Lindberg,  Nigel North,  James Tyler,  Philip Pickett  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
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