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: Concerti da Camera / Collegium Pro Musica
Release Date: 09/25/2012   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 94332   Number of Discs: 3
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Amor Sacro - Vivaldi: Mottetti / Simone Kermes
Release Date: 02/13/2007   Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)  
Catalog: 000823702   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: Dixit Dominus / Mingardo, Agnew, Kopp
Release Date: 06/13/2006   Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)  
Catalog: 000649402   Number of Discs: 1
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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: Opera & Oratorio Arias / Kozena, Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra
Release Date: 02/09/2010   Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)  
Catalog: 001395602   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: The Four Seasons

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  • 26.
    A Musical Journey: The Four Seasons - Austria, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Scotland
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 2110329 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
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  • 27.
    Vivaldi: Le Quattro Stagioni; Concertos, Rv 454 & 332
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 2564647630 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Enrico Onofri,  Paolo Grazzi
    Conductor:  Giovanni Antonini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Giardino Armonico
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  • 28.
    Vivaldi: Le Quattro Stagioni
    Label: Dynamic   Catalog: 760 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Benjamin Britten
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
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  • 29.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
    Label: Lim   Catalog: 54 Release Date: 02/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Joseph Silverstein
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
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  • 30.
    Italian Baroque - Sonatas Et Concertos / Chiara Banchini, Amandine Beyer
    Label: Zig Zag   Catalog: 316 Release Date: 01/08/2013   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Giuseppe Valentini,  Francesco Geminiani,  Nicolo Porpora,  Nicola Fiorenza  ... 
    Performer:  Chiara Banchini,  Stephanie Pfister,  David Plantier,  Odile Edouard  ... 
    Conductor:  Chiara Banchini,  Amandine Beyer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble 415,  Gli Incogniti
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    The Complete Astor Piazzolla Recordings / Gidon Kremer
    Label: Nonesuch   Catalog: 515783 Release Date: 11/19/2012   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Astor Piazzolla,  Jerzy Peterburshsky,  Leonid Desyatnikov,  Giya Kancheli  ... 
    Performer:  Alois Posch,  Vadim Sakharov,  Gidon Kremer,  Michel Portal  ... 
    Conductor:  Gidon Kremer,  Rolf Gupta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Astor Quartet,  Kremerata Baltica,  Kremerata Musica  ... 
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  • 32.
    The Baroque Collection
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 73420 Release Date: 10/22/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Tomaso Albinoni,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Giovanni Palestrina  ... 
    Performer:  Xavier Darasse,  Maurice André,  Guy Touvron,  Pierre Pierlot  ... 
    Conductor:  Louis Auriacombe,  Jörg Faerber,  Jacques Roussel,  Raymond Leppard  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Chamber Orchestra,  Württemberg Chamber Orchestra,  Antiqua Musica  ... 
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  • 33.
    All-Baroque Box (From Monteverdi To Bach) [50-CD Limited Edition]
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 001719702 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Harvey,  Stephen Varcoe,  Anthony Rolfe Johnson,  Michael Chance  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner,  Paul McCreesh,  Marc Minkowski,  Trevor Pinnock  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir,  Gabrieli Consort  ... 
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  • 34.
    Vivaldi, Tschaikowsky: A Year In Music
    Label: Phaia Music   Catalog: 245 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Yakov Kasman,  Hervé Le Floch
    Conductor:  Jean-Claude Hartemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Solistes Des Frances
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  • 35.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001702302 Release Date: 07/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Gidon Kremer,  Leslie Pearson,  Joanna Jenner,  Eriko Sato  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Rudolf Baumgartner,  Wolfgang Hofmann
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  • 36.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / David Juritz, London Mozart Players
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 6149 Release Date: 07/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  David Juritz
    Conductor:  David Juritz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Mozart Players
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  • 37.
    Stravaganza - Vivaldi: 55 Concertos / Pinnock, English Concert [7-CD Collector's Edition]
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 001676702 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Simon Standage,  Trevor Pinnock,  Lisa Beznosiuk,  David Reichenberg  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
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  • 38.
    Vivaldi: Four Seasons / Caine, Bleckmann, Zapico, Forma Antiqua
    Label: Winter & Winter   Catalog: 9101852 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Uri Caine,  Aitor Hevia,  Theo Bleckmann
    Conductor:  Aarón Zapico
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Forma Antiqva
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  • 39.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons - Music & Sonnets
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 7375 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Robert Atchison,  Michael Gambon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Altamira Chamber Orchestra
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  • 40.
    Great Baroque Masterpieces
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501061 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Georg Philipp Telemann  ... 
    Performer:  Nadja Schubert,  Daniel Rothert,  Corinne Chapelle,  Karl Kaiser  ... 
    Conductor:  Helmut Müller-Brühl,  Kevin Mallon,  Bradley Creswick,  Jozef Kopelman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra,  Aradia Ensemble,  Northern Sinfonia  ... 
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  • 41.
    Great Violin Concertos
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501058 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Louis Spohr  ... 
    Performer:  Takako Nishizaki,  Simone Lamsma,  Ilya Kaler,  Misha Keylin  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Oliver Dohnányi,  Patrick Gallois,  Kenneth Jean  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  Sinfonia Finlandia,  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 42.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Mutter, Karajan, Vienna Philharmonic
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 02314 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Herbert von Karajan,  Anne-Sophie Mutter,  William Tim Read
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 43.
    First Choice: Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001663102 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Fritz Kreisler
    Performer:  Gil Shaham
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  • 44.
    Vivaldi: Il Cimento Dell'armonia / Biondi, Europa Galante
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 2503 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Fabio Biondi
    Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
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  • 45.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Concertos, Cello Sonatas No  1-6 / Lamon, Tafelmusik
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 796453         Release Date: 04/03/2012   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Jeanne Lamon,  Anner Bylsma,  Christina Mahler,  Stephen Marvin  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
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  • 46.
    Vivaldi: Four Seasons, Concerti, Sonatas / I Solisti Di Milano
    Label: Newton Classics   Catalog: 8802109 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Mario Ferraris,  Mariella Sorelli,  Ermanno Molinaro,  Antonio Pocaterra  ... 
    Conductor:  Angelo Ephrikian
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti di Milano
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  • 47.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Lamon, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra
    Label: Tafelmusik Media   Catalog: 1007 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Jeanne Lamon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
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  • 48.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Itzhak Perlman
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 6783352 Release Date: 03/26/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman
    Conductor:  Itzhak Perlman
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  • 49.
    Vivaldi: Four Seasons / Nigel Kennedy, Berliner Philharmoniker
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 6027665 Release Date: 03/13/2012  
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Nigel Kennedy
    Conductor:  Nigel Kennedy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra members
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  • 50.
    The 5 Seasons
    Label: Art Act   Catalog: 4 Release Date: 02/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Aleksandar Sedlar
    Performer:  Nemanja Radulovic
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Double Sens,  Devil's Trills
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