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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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  • 201.
    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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  • 202.
    Baroque Esprit - Vivaldi: Four Seasons / Maier, Collegium Aureum
    Label: Dhm Deutsche Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 77424 Release Date: 07/11/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Franzjosef Maier,  Werner Neuhaus
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Aureum
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  • 203.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Etc / Huggett, Kraemer, Et Al
    Label: Virgin Classics Veritas   Catalog: 61668 Release Date: 04/11/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Monica Huggett
    Conductor:  Nicholas Kraemer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Raglan Baroque Players
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  • 204.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Etc / Marriner, Academy Of Smf
    Label: London/Decca Legends   Catalog: 466232 Release Date: 03/14/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  William Bennett,  Martin Gatt,  Celia Nicklin,  Neil Black  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 205.
    The Eight Seasons - Vivaldi, Piazzolla / Kremerata Baltica
    Label: Nonesuch   Catalog: 79568 Release Date: 02/29/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Astor Piazzolla,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Gidon Kremer
    Conductor:  Gidon Kremer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kremerata Baltica
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  • 206.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons;  Tartini / Mutter, Trondheim
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 463259 Release Date: 11/02/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Tartini,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Anne-Sophie Mutter
    Conductor:  Anne-Sophie Mutter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trondheim Soloists
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  • 207.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Kondonassis, Werthen, Et Al
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80523 Release Date: 10/26/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Yolanda Kondonassis
    Conductor:  Rudolf Werthen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of Flanders
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  • 208.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Etc / Muti, La Scala Philharmonic
    Label: Emi Seraphim   Catalog: 73298 Release Date: 04/20/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Bruno Cavallo,  Valentino Zucchiati,  Alberto Negroni,  Giulio Franzetti
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Scala Philharmonic soloists
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  • 209.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Parikian, Giulini, Philharmonia
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1155 Release Date: 04/01/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Manoug Parikian
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 210.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Karajan, Mutter, Berlin Philharmonic
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 46380 Release Date: 02/16/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Anne-Sophie Mutter
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 211.
    Label: Mark Records   Catalog: 3147 Release Date: 01/01/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Yasuhide Ito,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Adam Garb
    Conductor:  Toshiyuki Shimada,  Wayne Marshall,  Ronald Johnson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  International Youth Wind Orchestra
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  • 212.
    Classics Exposed - Vivaldi & Bach / Chiarappa, Et Al
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17007 Release Date: 10/20/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Carlo Chiarappa,  Jean-Jacques Kantorow,  Sigrid Cenariu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina,  Munich Chamber Orchestra
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  • 213.
    Vivaldi: Four Seasons
    Label: Emi-capitol Special Markets   Catalog: 19808 Release Date: 05/26/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
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  • 214.
    Vivaldi: Four Seasons, Concertos / Warren-green, London Co
    Label: Virgin Classics Veritas   Catalog: 61466 Release Date: 05/05/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Christopher Warren-Green
    Conductor:  Christopher Warren-Green
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Chamber Orchestra
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  • 215.
    Vivaldi: Four Seasons
    Label: Spj Music   Catalog: 90006 Release Date: 04/07/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
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  • 216.
    Bernstein Century - Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / New York Po
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 63161 Release Date: 03/31/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  John Wummer,  Harold Gomberg,  Engelbert Brenner,  Nathan Prager  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  New York Philharmonic members
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  • 217.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons;  Handel: Water Music / Schwarz
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3704 Release Date: 11/20/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Elmar Oliveira
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
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  • 218.
    Vivaldi, Piazzolla - Seasons / I Solisti Italiani
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 18036 Release Date: 10/07/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Astor Piazzolla,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Italiani
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  • 219.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Lawrence-King, The Harp Consort
    Label: Dhm Deutsche Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 77384 Release Date: 10/06/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Gottfried Von der Goltz
    Conductor:  Andrew Lawrence-King
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Freiburg Baroque Orchestra,  Harp Consort
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  • 220.
    Vivaldi Edition Vol 2 - Op 7-12 / I Musici
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 456186 Release Date: 09/16/1997   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Felix Ayo,  Severino Gazzelloni,  Salvatore Accardo,  Maria Teresa Garatti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
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  • 221.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Kennedy, English Co
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 56253 Release Date: 09/16/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Nigel Kennedy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 222.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Jacques Loussier Trio
    Label: Telarc Jazz Zone   Catalog: 83417 Release Date: 02/25/1997  
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Jacques Loussier Trio
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  • 223.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Etc / Zehetmair, Camerata Bern
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 1164 Release Date: 02/18/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Thomas Zehetmair
    Conductor:  Thomas Zehetmair
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Bern
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  • 224.
    The Best Of Baroque
    Label: Philips Duo   Catalog: 456049 Release Date: 02/14/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johann Pachelbel  ... 
    Performer:  Jean-Claude Hermanjat,  Ursula Holliger,  André Pépin,  Szymon Goldberg  ... 
    Conductor:  Szymon Goldberg,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici,  Netherlands Chamber Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  ... 
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  • 225.
    Vivaldi: Le Quattro Stagioni, Tempesta, Il Piacere / Casazza
    Label: Arts Music   Catalog: 47369 Release Date: 09/01/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Enrico Casazza
    Conductor:  Enrico Casazza
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venice Accademia di San Rocco
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