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 / Avi Avital
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Vivaldi: Trio Sonatas Op.1 / L'arte Dell'arco
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Sinkovsky Plays & Sings Vivaldi
Release Date: 03/31/2015   Label: Naive  
Catalog: 30559   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: Concerti Op. 4
Release Date: 04/14/2015   Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)  
Catalog: 9011885   Number of Discs: 2
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Tempesta - Handel & Vivaldi / Staskiewicz, Kossenko, Les Ambassadeurs
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Catalog: 923503   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: The Four Seasons

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  • 226.
    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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  • 227.
    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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  • 228.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Iona Brown, Asmf
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98107 Release Date: 06/18/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Iona Brown,  Briony Shaw,  Jonathan Rees,  Ralph De Souza
    Conductor:  Iona Brown
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 229.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Koopman, Amsterdam Baroque
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 94811 Release Date: 05/07/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Marcel Ponseele,  Andrew Manze
    Conductor:  Ton Koopman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
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  • 230.
    Four Seasons/Cto Winds:vivaldi
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553219 Release Date: 01/04/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Takako Nishizaki,  Jirí Stivín
    Conductor:  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Oliver Dohnányi,  Capella Istropolitana
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
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    Vivaldi: Four Seasons And Sinfonias / Kransberg-talvi
    Label: Ambassador   Catalog: 1010 Release Date: 11/29/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Marjorie Kransberg-Talvi
    Conductor:  Alun Francis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northwest Chamber Orchestra Seattle
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  • 232.
    Isaac Stern - A Life In Music - Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 66472 Release Date: 05/16/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Stamitz,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Pinchas Zukerman,  Isaac Stern,  David Oistrakh,  Itzhak Perlman  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim,  Eugene Ormandy,  Zubin Mehta,  János Rolla  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra members,  New York Philharmonic  ... 
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  • 233.
    Vivaldi: Four Seasons
    Label: American Gramaphone   Catalog: 801 Release Date: 03/07/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Arnie Roth,  Patrick Stewart
    Conductor:  Arnie Roth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Anima
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  • 234.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons /Shaham, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 439933 Release Date: 02/07/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Fritz Kreisler
    Performer:  Gil Shaham
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
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  • 235.
    Vivaldi: Le Dodici Opere A Stampa - Opera Viii 1-6 / Martini
    Label: Tactus   Catalog: 672232 Release Date: 01/01/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Stefano Pagliani
    Conductor:  Alberto Martini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia I Filarmonici
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  • 236.
    Vivaldi: Four Seasons / Susanne Lautenbacher, Jörg Faerber
    Label: Vox Allegretto   Catalog: 8002 Release Date: 08/22/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Suzanne Lautenbacher
    Conductor:  Jörg Faerber,  Alberto Lizzio
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn,  Musici di San Marco,  Musici di Zagreb
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  • 237.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
    Label: Sony Classical Infinity Digital   Catalog: 57243 Release Date: 02/08/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Igor Romanyuk,  Vladislav Gluz
    Conductor:  Alexander Titov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Classic Music Studio Orchestra
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  • 238.
    Vivaldi: Le Quattro Stagione / Peabody, Kapp, Philharmonia
    Label: Ess.a.y Recordings   Catalog: 1001 Release Date: 01/28/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Richard Rood,  Bonnie Hartman,  Edward Brewer,  Paul Peabody
    Conductor:  Richard Kapp
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Virtuosi
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  • 239.
    Vivaldi: Le Quattro Stagioni / Vienna Flautists
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 311931 Release Date: 12/07/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Annegret Bauerle,  Barbara Gisler-Haase,  Edina May,  Werner Tomasi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Flautists
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  • 240.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Fabio Biondi, L'europa Galante
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 569120 Release Date: 12/06/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Fabio Biondi
    Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
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  • 241.
    Vivaldi: 12 Concerti Op 8 / I Musici
    Label: Philips Duo   Catalog: 438344 Release Date: 10/12/1993   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Felix Ayo
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
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  • 242.
    Vivaldi: Four Seasons / Larsens, Baumgartner, Lucerne Fest
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 8076 Release Date: 08/27/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Gunars Larsens
    Conductor:  Rudolf Baumgartner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lucerne Festival Strings
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  • 243.
    Vivaldi: Il Cimento Dell'armonia / I Solisti Italiani
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 1471 Release Date: 08/25/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Italiani
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  • 244.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Etc / Rampal, Franz Liszt Co
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 53105 Release Date: 06/22/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Jean-Pierre Rampal
    Conductor:  Jean-Pierre Rampal
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Franz Liszt Academy Chamber Orchestra
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  • 245.
    Basic 100 Vol 5 - Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Flute Concerto
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 61710 Release Date: 06/08/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Kazuhito Yamashita,  James Galway,  José Luis Garcia,  Anthony Halstead
    Conductor:  James Galway,  Leonard Slatkin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Chamber Orchestra,  New Irish Chamber Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 246.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Harnoncourt, Concentus Musicus
    Label: Teldec Das Alte Werk   Catalog: 91851 Release Date: 05/11/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Alice Harnoncourt
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus
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  • 247.
    Vivaldi: Four Seasons / Oliveira, Schwarz, Los Angeles Co
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3007 Release Date: 12/11/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Elmar Oliveira
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
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  • 248.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Jeanne Lamon, Tafelmusik
    Label: Sony Classical Vivarte Series   Catalog: 48251 Release Date: 11/17/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Jeanne Lamon
    Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
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  • 249.
    Vivaldi: Four Seasons / Thomas, Bournemouth Sinfonietta
    Label: Chandos Collect   Catalog: 6510 Release Date: 10/28/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Ronald Thomas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Sinfonietta
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  • 250.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Nils-erik Sparf
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 275 Release Date: 10/02/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Nils-Erik Sparf,  Bertil Orsin,  Tullo Galli,  Åsa Hallerbäck-Thedéen  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble
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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