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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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  • 76.
    Antonio Vivaldi: Le Quattro Stagioni / Musici Aurei
    Label: Eloquentia   Catalog: 1023 Release Date: 02/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musici Aurei
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  • 77.
    Essential Vivaldi
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94136 Release Date: 02/01/2011   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Enrico Casazza,  Erik Bosgraaf,  Roberto Loreggian,  Heinz Holliger  ... 
    Conductor:  Federico Guglielmo,  Pieter-Jan Leusink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Magnifica Comunità,  Cordevento,  L'Arte dell'Arco  ... 
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  • 78.
    Vivaldi: Concertos & Sonatas Opp. 1-12 Complete / I Musici
    Label: Newton Classics   Catalog: 8802034 Release Date: 01/25/2011   Number of Discs: 19
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
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  • 79.
    Antonio Vivaldi, John Cage: 8 Seasons
    Label: Etcetera Records   Catalog: 1429 Release Date: 01/10/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  John Cage
    Performer:  Rodolfo Richter
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  • 80.
    The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra 70th Anniversary - Essential Recordings [12-CD Set]
    Label: Helicon   Catalog: 9614 Release Date: 12/07/2010   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Schubert,  Jules Massenet  ... 
    Performer:  Shlomo Mintz,  Julius Katchen,  Artur Rubinstein,  Daniel Barenboim  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Kletzki,  Josef Krips,  Sir Georg Solti,  Jean Martinon  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  Ankor Children's Chorus,  Israel Philharmonia Singers
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  • 81.
    Lindsay Deutsch Plays The Four Seasons / (Ntsc)
    Label: Cd Baby (Dvd)   Catalog: 5637562542 Release Date: 06/01/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Astor Piazzolla
    Performer:  Lindsay Deutsch
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  • 82.
    Essential Highlights Of Pekka Kuusisto
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 254-2 Release Date: 04/27/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Jaakko Kuusisto,  Pekka Kuusisto
    Conductor:  Pekka Kuusisto
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tapiola Sinfonietta,  Virtuosi di Kuhmo
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  • 83.
    Emi Masters - Vivaldi: Four Seasons / Perlman
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 65942 Release Date: 03/30/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 84.
    Vivaldi: 4 Seasons; Rebel: Elements / Seiler, AAM Berlin
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 902061 Release Date: 03/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Jean-Féry Rebel
    Performer:  Midori Seiler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
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  • 85.
    Eight Seasons / Skou-Larsen, Salzburg Chamber Soloists
    Label: Coviello Classics   Catalog: 30202 Release Date: 02/02/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Astor Piazzolla,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Lavard Skou-Larsen
    Conductor:  Lavard Skou-Larsen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Chamber Soloists
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  • 86.
    Vivaldi: Le Quattro Stagioni / Carmignola, Sonatori De La Gioiosa
    Label: Divox   Catalog: 79404 Release Date: 11/17/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Giuliano Carmignola
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca
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  • 87.
    111 Years Of Deutsche Grammophon [55-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001341002 Release Date: 10/20/2009   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Franz Schubert,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Krystian Zimerman,  Fritz Wunderlich,  Hubert Giesen,  Helmut Walcha  ... 
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa,  Daniele Callegari,  Herbert von Karajan,  Karl Richter  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan,  Verdi Chorus Milan  ... 
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  • 88.
    Vivaldi: Four Seasons / Standage, Pinnock, English Concert
    Label: Crd Records   Catalog: 3325 Release Date: 10/13/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Simon Standage
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
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  • 89.
    Vivaldi: Four Seasons - 20th Anniversay [CD/DVD Audio] / Nigel Kennedy
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 42738 Release Date: 10/06/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Nigel Kennedy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 90.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
    Label: Cd Baby   Catalog: 5637566261 Release Date: 09/29/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Daniel Pereira,  Odin Rathnam
    Conductor:  Stephen Gunzenhauser
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Musicis Ensemble
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  • 91.
    Vivaldi: Le Quattro Stagioni; Corelli, Pergolesi / Munchinger, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 417873 Release Date: 09/24/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi,  Arcangelo Corelli
    Performer:  Wener Krotzinger,  Jean-Pierre Rampal,  Werner Keltsch,  Siegfried Barchet  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Münchinger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra
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  • 92.
    4 Elements / 4 Seasons
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 9909026 Release Date: 09/08/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Midori Seiler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
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  • 93.
    Vivaldi: Die Vier Jahreszeiten, Concerti Rv 253 And 583 / Thomas Zehetmair, Camerata Bern
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 115212 Release Date: 09/08/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Thomas Zehetmair
    Conductor:  Thomas Zehetmair
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Bern
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  • 94.
    Vivaldi: Four Seasons (Arranged For Piano) / Jeffrey Biegel
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8570031 Release Date: 06/30/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Jeffrey Biegel
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  • 95.
    Red Priest's Vivaldi - The 4 Seasons
    Label: Red Priest Recordings   Catalog: 3 Release Date: 06/09/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Arcangelo Corelli
    Performer:  Piers Adams
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Red Priest
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  • 96.
    Vivaldi: Four Seasons / Julia Fischer, ASMF
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 896 Release Date: 05/26/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Julia Fischer
    Conductor:  Kenneth Sillito
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 97.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Casazza, La Magnifica Comunità
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 93314 Release Date: 05/05/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Enrico Casazza
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Magnifica Comunità
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  • 98.
    Vivaldi: Il Cimento Dell'armonia, Etc / Standage, Pinnock
    Label: Crd Records   Catalog: 33489 Release Date: 05/01/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Simon Standage,  Anthony Pleeth,  Stephen Preston
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
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  • 99.
    The Great Violin Concertos / Yehudi Menuhin
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 64198 Release Date: 04/21/2009   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Edouard Lalo  ... 
    Performer:  Paul Cocker,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Christian Ferras,  William Bennett  ... 
    Conductor:  Alberto Lysy,  Jerzy Maksymiuk,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Efrem Kurtz  ... 
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  • 100.
    Yehudi Menuhin - The Great EMI Recordings
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 64131 Release Date: 04/21/2009   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Lili Boulanger,  Ernest Bloch,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Ferguson Webster,  Derek Simpson,  Robert Masters  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult,  John Pritchard,  George Enescu,  Sir William Walton  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Colonne Concerts Orchestra  ... 
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