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
Pinchas Zukerman Plays Vivaldi
Release Date: 04/21/2017   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 88985370982   Number of Discs: 6
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Vivaldi: La Porte Delle Muse / Deuter, Waisman, Harmonie Universelle
Release Date: 01/31/2012   Label: Accent  
Catalog: 24266   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: Double Concertos / Standage, Collegium Musicum 90
Release Date: 11/18/1992   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 528   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi Collection - Complete Bassoon Concertos Vol 1
Release Date: 01/20/2004   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8555937   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi Collection - Complete Bassoon Concertos Vol 2
Release Date: 02/22/2005   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8555938   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: The Four Seasons

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  • 26.
    Antonio Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
    Label: Avanti Classic   Catalog: 1042 Release Date: 10/02/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Anonymous,  Kálmán Cséki
    Performer:  Lakatos Róbert,  Laufer, Gabriel [Percussion, Timpani, Vibraphone],  Kálmán Cséki,  Dominque Corbiau  ... 
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    Itzhak Perlman: The Complete Warner Recordings
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 552439 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 77
    Composer:  Niccolň Paganini,  Pablo de Sarasate,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman,  Pinchas Zukerman,  Ray Still,  Samuel Sanders  ... 
    Conductor:  Lawrence Foster,  Daniel Barenboim,  Itzhak Perlman,  Bernard Haitink  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra,  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 28.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Op. 8/1-4 & Other Concertos
    Label: Alpha Productions   Catalog: 312 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Alba Roca,  Amandine Beyer,  Flavio Losoco,  Berengere Maillard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gli Incogniti
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  • 29.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Etc / Whelan, Chandler, La Serenissima
    Label: Avie   Catalog: 2344 Release Date: 09/04/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Adrian Chandler,  Peter Whelan
    Conductor:  Adrian Chandler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Serenissima
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  • 30.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons; Flute Concertos Op. 10 Nos. 1-3 / Rampal, Maazel, Scimone
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88697714342 Release Date: 08/14/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Lorin Maazel,  Jean-Pierre Rampal
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel,  Claudio Scimone
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  • 31.
    Giuliano Carmignola: The Complete Sony Recordings
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88875051512 Release Date: 07/10/2015   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Pietro Antonio Locatelli,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johann Kropffganss  ... 
    Performer:  Giuliano Carmignola,  Andrea Marcon,  Lutz Kirchhof,  Francesco Galligioni
    Conductor:  Andrea Marcon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venice Baroque Orchestra
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  • 32.
    Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra - The Complete Sony Recordings
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88875030622 Release Date: 06/16/2015   Number of Discs: 47
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wilhelm Friedemann Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Heinrich Ignaz Biber  ... 
    Performer:  Jeanne Lamon,  Stephen Marvin,  Christina Mahler,  Ivars Taurins  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon,  Bruno Weil,  Frieder Bernius
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik,  Stuttgart Chamber Choir,  Tölz Boys Choir  ... 
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  • 33.
    8 Seasons
    Label: Ars Produktion   Catalog: 38170 Release Date: 05/26/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Enrique Santos Discepolo,  Astor Piazzolla,  Spoken Word
    Performer:  Yury Revich
    Conductor:  Johannes Schlaefli
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  • 34.
    Itzhak Perlman - Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002298802 Release Date: 05/26/2015   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Alban Berg,  Igor Stravinsky,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Ernest Chausson  ... 
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman,  Pinchas Zukerman,  Daniel Barenboim,  Myor Rosen  ... 
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa,  Daniel Barenboim,  Zubin Mehta,  James Levine  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic  ... 
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  • 35.
    Sinkovsky Plays & Sings Vivaldi
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 30559 Release Date: 03/31/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Dmitry Sinkovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Voce Strumentale
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  • 36.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Tognetti, Australian Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 2103 Release Date: 03/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Richard Tognetti,  Satu Vänskä,  Helena Rathbone,  Ike See  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Tognetti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Australian Chamber Orchestra
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  • 37.
    Vivaldi: 4 Seasons; Rebel: Elements / Seiler,  Akademie Fur Alte Musik Berlin
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2902061 Release Date: 01/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Jean-Féry Rebel
    Performer:  Midori Seiler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
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  • 38.
    Vivaldi Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94840 Release Date: 11/18/2014   Number of Discs: 66
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  John Dowland,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Federico Guglielmo,  Roberto Loreggian,  Mario Folena,  Stefania Marusi  ... 
    Conductor:  Federico Guglielmo,  Federico Maria Sardelli,  Krijn Koetsveld,  Rinaldo Alessandrini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Arte dell'Arco,  Modo Antiquo Ensemble,  Anciuti Ensemble  ... 
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  • 39.
    Vivaldi: Le Quattro Stagioni - Piano Transcriptions / Scipione Sangiovanni
    Label: Urania Records   Catalog: 14015 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  George Frideric Handel,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Jean-Baptiste Lully
    Performer:  Scipione Sangiovanni
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  • 40.
    Vivaldi:  Four Seasons & String Concerti
    Label: Obsidian Records   Catalog: 713 Release Date: 11/04/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Lars Ulrik Mortensen,  Zefira Valova
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  • 41.
    Vivaldi, Corelli / Amandine Beyer, Gli Incogniti [4-CD Set]
    Label: Zig Zag   Catalog: 349 Release Date: 10/28/2014   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Arcangelo Corelli,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Amandine Beyer
    Conductor:  Amandine Beyer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gli Incogniti
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  • 42.
    Leonard Bernstein Edition - Concertos & Orchestral Works
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 301330 Release Date: 10/27/2014   Number of Discs: 80
    Composer:  Samuel Barber,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Béla Bartók  ... 
    Performer:  Isaac Stern,  Leonard Bernstein,  Harold Gomberg,  William Heim  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Seiji Ozawa,  Maurice Peress
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  New York Philharmonic members,  Columbia Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 43.
    Phase 4 Stereo - Stereo Concert Series
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002188302 Release Date: 10/27/2014   Number of Discs: 41
    Composer:  John Philip Sousa,  Charles A. Zimmerman,  Francis S. Van Boskerck,  George Norton  ... 
    Performer:  Stanley Black,  David Parkhouse,  Alan Loveday,  Robert Merrill  ... 
    Conductor:  Rodney Bashford,  Stanley Black,  Bernard Herrmann,  Edward Downes  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grenadier Guards Band,  London Festival Orchestra,  London Festival Recording Ensemble  ... 
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  • 44.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Nigel Kennedy - 25th Anniversary Edition [CD & DVD]
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 628814 Release Date: 09/23/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Nigel Kennedy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 45.
    James Galway - The Complete RCA Album Collection
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 302633 Release Date: 09/16/2014   Number of Discs: 73
    Composer:  Arthur Smith,  Various,  Traditional,  Stan Lebowsky  ... 
    Performer:  James Galway,  Sylvia,  Marisa Robles,  Phillip Moll  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Scimone,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Jörg Faerber,  Eduardo Mata  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Galway Pops Orchestra  ... 
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  • 46.
    The Seasons: Antonio Vivaldi & Sergei Akhunov
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 2230 Release Date: 07/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Sergei Akhunov
    Performer:  Julia Igonina
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Partita
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  • 47.
    Vivaldi, Piazzolla: 8 Seasons
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 429 Release Date: 07/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Astor Piazzolla,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Harald Oeler,  Sinn Yang
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  • 48.
    The Argo Years / Marriner, Academy of St Martin in the Fields
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002081902 Release Date: 06/03/2014   Number of Discs: 28
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Giuseppe Torelli,  Pietro Antonio Locatelli  ... 
    Performer:  Gwynne Howell,  Philip Langridge,  Anna Reynolds,  Elly Ameling  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus,  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
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  • 49.
    Karajan And His Soloists, Vol. 2 (1969-1984)
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 633624 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Jules Massenet,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Anne-Sophie Mutter,  Alexis Weissenberg,  Sviatoslav Richter,  Mstislav Rostropovich  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Orchestre de Paris
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  • 50.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Zsolt Kallo, Capella Savaria
    Label: Hungaroton   Catalog: 32729 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Conductor:  Zsolt Kalló
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Savaria
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