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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
Vivaldi, Bach: Magnificats, Concerti / Savall
Release Date: 12/09/2014   Label: Alia Vox  
Catalog: 9909   Number of Discs: 2
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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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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: 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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Work: The Four Seasons

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  • 51.
    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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  • 52.
    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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  • 53.
    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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  • 54.
    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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  • 55.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Itzhak Perlman
    Label: Warner 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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  • 56.
    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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  • 57.
    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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  • 58.
    Bach & Vivaldi / Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano [6-CD Set]
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 30530 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Benedetto Marcello,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Alessandro Marcello
    Performer:  Rinaldo Alessandrini,  Riccardo Minasi,  Luca Peverini,  Antonio De Secondi  ... 
    Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
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  • 59.
    Vivaldi: Il Cimento Dell'armonia E Dell'inventione Op. 8 (Complete); Le Quattro Stagioni / The Avison Ensemble
    Label: Linn Records   Catalog: 365 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Avison Ensemble
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  • 60.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons; Violin Concertos Rv 375, Rv 277 Il Favorito, Rv 271 L'amoroso
    Label: Philharmonia Baroque (Label)   Catalog: 3 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Elizabeth Blumenstock
    Conductor:  Nicholas McGegan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
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  • 61.
    Lumieres - Music Of The Enlightenment [30-CD Set]
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908601 Release Date: 10/01/2011   Number of Discs: 30
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Kobie van Rensburg,  Véronique Gens,  Patrizia Ciofi,  Marie McLaughlin  ... 
    Conductor:  René Jacobs,  William Christie,  Daniel Reuss,  Philippe Herreweghe  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne,  Cologne Collegium Vocale,  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus  ... 
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  • 62.
    Vivaldi Masterworks [28 Disc Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001599302 Release Date: 09/20/2011   Number of Discs: 28
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Rohan de Saram,  Franco Gulli,  Salvatore Accardo,  Bruno Canino  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood,  Philip Pickett,  Simon Preston,  Paul Dyer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  I Musici,  New London Consort  ... 
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  • 63.
    Antonio Vivaldi: Il Prete Rosso
    Label: Membran / Scandinavian Classics   Catalog: 233318 Release Date: 08/30/2011   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Nicolas Chédeville
    Performer:  Ettore Pellegrino,  Alberto Martini,  Maurizio Naddeo,  Fabio Biondi  ... 
    Conductor:  Alberto Martini,  Rinaldo Alessandrini,  Sandro Volta,  Federico Maria Sardelli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano,  Doron Ensemble,  Respighi Ensemble  ... 
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  • 64.
    Bella Venezia: Best Of Vivaldi & Albinoni
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 82157 Release Date: 07/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Tomaso Albinoni
    Performer:  Sidney Sutcliffe
    Conductor:  Arthur Davison
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi of England
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  • 65.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons; String Concertos / Biondi, Europa Galante
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 30517 Release Date: 07/26/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Fabio Biondi,  Fabrizio Cipriani,  Maurizio Naddeo,  Antonio Fantinuoli  ... 
    Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
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  • 66.
    Kinderklassik: Classical Music For Children
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300243 Release Date: 07/12/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Olivier Messiaen,  Claude Debussy,  Leopold Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Thomas Zehetmair,  Siegfried Stöckigt,  Werner Tast,  Peter Rösel  ... 
    Conductor:  Thomas Zehetmair,  Helmut Koch,  Kurt Masur,  Günther Herbig  ... 
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  • 67.
    Il Giardino Armonico
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 632642 Release Date: 05/31/2011   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi,  Dario Castello,  Ottavio Dantone,  Giovanni Battista Spadi  ... 
    Performer:  Ottavio Dantone,  Enrico Onofri,  Luca Pianca
    Conductor:  Giovanni Antonini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Giardino Armonico,  Innsbruck Trumpet Consort
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  • 68.
    Vivaldi: Four Seasons / Cho-liang Lin [blu-ray Audio]
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 16 Release Date: 04/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Anthony Newman,  Lin Cho-Liang
    Conductor:  Anthony Newman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  International Sejong Soloists
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  • 69.
    Vivaldi: 4 Seasons
    Label: Transart Live   Catalog: 157 Release Date: 04/12/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Olivier Charlier
    Conductor:  Olivier Charlier
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  • 70.
    Vivaldi: Four Seasons, Concerti / Szeryng, English Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 422479 Release Date: 04/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Henryk Szeryng
    Conductor:  Henryk Szeryng
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 71.
    The Eight Seasons - Vivaldi, Piazzolla / Morton, Scottish Ensemble
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 231 Release Date: 03/29/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Astor Piazzolla
    Performer:  Jonathan Morton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Ensemble
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  • 72.
    Vivaldi: 4 Seasons Of Love
    Label: Stradivarius   Catalog: 33883 Release Date: 03/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Alberto Rasi,  Davide Monti,  Il Tempio Armonico
    Conductor:  Alberto Rasi
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  • 73.
    Vivaldi: Gloria, The Four Seasons / Scherchen, Vienna State Opera Orchestra
    Label: Tahra   Catalog: 697 Release Date: 03/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Sonja Draxler,  Mimi Coertse,  Ina Dressel,  Julian Olevsky
    Conductor:  Hermann Scherchen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra
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  • 74.
    The Vivaldi Experience
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 79265 Release Date: 02/22/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Piero Toso,  Jennifer Smith,  Marilyn Horne,  Victoria de los Angeles  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Scimone,  Michel Corboz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Vocal et Instrumental de Lausanne
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  • 75.
    Vivaldi: Four Seasons, Etc / Ayo, Negri
    Label: Philips Baroque Classics   Catalog: 422484 Release Date: 02/14/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Felix Ayo,  Jeffrey Tate,  Fritz Klingenstein
    Conductor:  Vittorio Negri
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Chamber Orchestra,  Dresden Staatskapelle members
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