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: The Oboe Sonatas / Burkhard Glaetzner
Release Date: 04/28/2009   Label: Capriccio Records  
Catalog: 5016   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi, Scarlatti, Caldara: Cantatas / Ose, Cencic, Ornamente 99
Release Date: 11/13/2012   Label: Capriccio Records  
Catalog: 7142   Number of Discs: 4
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Italian Concertos - Durante, Vivaldi, Pergolesi, Leo / Concerto Koln
Release Date: 03/27/2012   Label: Capriccio Records  
Catalog: 5132   Number of Discs: 2
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Vivaldi: Recorder Concertos / Kecskeméti, Et Al
Release Date: 12/13/2005   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8557215   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: Cello Concerti Vol 1 / Wallfisch, Kraemer
Release Date: 05/23/1995   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550907   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: The Four Seasons

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  • 51.
    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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  • 52.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Debretzeni, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 377 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Kati Debretzeni
    Conductor:  Kati Debretzeni
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
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  • 53.
    Label: Silvery Records   Catalog: 5638216507 Release Date: 02/21/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Si Hayden
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  • 54.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Anne Akiko Meyers
    Label: eOne   Catalog: 7790 Release Date: 02/04/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Arvo Pärt
    Performer:  Anne Akiko Meyers
    Conductor:  David Lockington
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 55.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Bosgraaf, Ensemble Cordevento
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94637 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Erik Bosgraaf
    Conductor:  Erik Bosgraaf
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cordevento
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  • 56.
    Carlo Maria Giulini: The Concerto Recordings
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 31761 Release Date: 12/03/2013   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg,  Manoug Parikian,  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Itzhak Perlman  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • 57.
    Das Alte Werk - 50-CD Collection
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 46438 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Orlando Gibbons  ... 
    Performer:  Herbert Tachezi,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Frans Brüggen,  Jeannette Van Wingerden  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Werner Ehrhardt,  Giovanni Antonini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Leonhardt Consort,  Studio for Early Music  ... 
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  • 58.
    Vivaldi: Concerti [2013]
    Label: Phil.harmonie   Catalog: 6027 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Rainer Kussmaul,  Georg Faust,  Wolfram Christ
    Conductor:  Rainer Kussmaul
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Baroque Soloists
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  • 59.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
    Label: Hi. Q   Catalog: 25 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  John Toll,  Itzhak Perlman
    Conductor:  Itzhak Perlman
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  • 60.
    Precious Baroque - Bach: Brandenburg Concertos; Vivaldi: Four Seasons
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300534 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Enrico Casazza
    Conductor:  Pieter-Jan Belder
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Magnifica Comunitŕ,  Musica Amphion
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  • 61.
    8cho Estaciones - Vivaldi, Piazzolla / Danowicz
    Label: Dux Records   Catalog: 904 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Astor Piazzolla,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Christian Danowicz,  Aleksandra Rupocinska,  Marcin Misiak
    Conductor:  Christian Danowicz
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  • 62.
    Vivaldi / Richard Galliano
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001870802 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Sebastien Surel,  Richard Galliano,  Jean-Marc Phillips-Varjabédian,  Jean-Marc Apap  ... 
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  • 63.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 40018 Release Date: 08/06/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Fabio Biondi
    Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
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  • 64.
    Vivaldi The Four Seasons
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1160 Release Date: 07/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell,  Johann Pachelbel,  George Frideric Handel,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Jaime Laredo
    Conductor:  Jaime Laredo
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
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  • 65.
    Sarah Chang: 5 Classic Albums
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 844172 Release Date: 07/09/2013   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Sergei Prokofiev,  César Franck  ... 
    Performer:  Sarah Chang,  Lars Vogt,  Wolfram Christ,  Georg Faust  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle,  Sir Colin Davis,  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 66.
    Vivaldi, Piazzola: 4 Seasons
    Label: Connector   Catalog: 11 Release Date: 07/02/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Astor Piazzolla
    Performer:  Aniello Desiderio
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quartetto Furioso
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  • 67.
    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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  • 68.
    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:  Francesco Cera,  Stefano Barneschi,  Marco Bianchi,  Enrico Onofri  ... 
    Conductor:  Giovanni Antonini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Giardino Armonico
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  • 69.
    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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  • 70.
    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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  • 71.
    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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  • 72.
    The Baroque Collection
    Label: Warner 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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  • 73.
    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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  • 74.
    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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  • 75.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001702302 Release Date: 07/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Leslie Pearson,  Gidon Kremer,  Joanna Jenner,  Eriko Sato  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Rudolf Baumgartner,  Wolfgang Hofmann
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