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: Four Seasons; Pachelbel, Bach / Carney, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Release Date: 03/10/2009   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 28090   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Anne Akiko Meyers
Release Date: 02/04/2014   Label: eOne  
Catalog: 7790   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: Concerti Per Fagotto
Release Date: 08/27/2013   Label: Arcana  
Catalog: 365   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: Estro Armonico - Libro Secondo / Cafe Zimmermann
Release Date: 10/29/2013   Label: Alpha Productions  
Catalog: 193   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: Concerto Di Amsterdam, Etc / De Vriend, Et Al
Release Date: 01/07/2003   Label: Challenge  
Catalog: 72115   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: The Four Seasons

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  • 226.
    Vivaldi: Four Seasons
    Label: Spj Music   Catalog: 90006 Release Date: 04/07/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
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  • 227.
    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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  • 228.
    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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  • 229.
    Baroque 10 - Vivaldi: Concertos, Le Quattro Stagioni
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 65338 Release Date: 10/29/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Luigi Ferro,  Guido Mozzato,  Angelo Stefanato,  Franco Gulli  ... 
    Conductor:  Renato Fasano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Virtuosi di Roma
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  • 230.
    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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  • 231.
    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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  • 232.
    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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  • 233.
    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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  • 234.
    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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  • 235.
    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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  • 236.
    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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  • 237.
    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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  • 238.
    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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  • 239.
    Isaac Stern - A Life In Music - Box I
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 67193 Release Date: 05/16/1995   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Antonín Dvorák,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Isaac Stern,  Leonard Rose,  David Oistrakh,  Eugene Istomin  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy,  Zubin Mehta,  Daniel Barenboim,  Mstislav Rostropovich  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra members,  New York Philharmonic  ... 
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  • 240.
    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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  • 241.
    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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  • 242.
    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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  • 243.
    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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  • 244.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Amsterdam Guitar Trio
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 61652 Release Date: 09/13/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Johan Dorrestein,  Olga Franssen,  Helenus De Rijke
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Guitar Trio
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  • 245.
    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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  • 246.
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 946075 Release Date: 04/19/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Michel Schwalbé,  Thomas Brandis
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
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  • 247.
    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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  • 248.
    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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  • 249.
    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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  • 250.
    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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