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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: The Complete Viola d'Amore Concertos / Pine, Ars Antigua
Release Date: 09/11/2015   Label: Cedille Records  
Catalog: 159   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: Concerti For Strings / Alberto Martini
Release Date: 05/13/1997   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553742   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi For Diverse Instruments / McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque
Release Date: 07/08/1997   Label: Reference Recordings  
Catalog: 77   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: Dresden Concerti Vol 1 / Alberto Martini, Et Al
Release Date: 05/13/1997   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553792   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: Famous Concerti
Release Date: 10/06/2000   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8554040   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: The Four Seasons

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  • 76.
    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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  • 77.
    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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  • 78.
    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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  • 79.
    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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  • 80.
    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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  • 81.
    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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  • 82.
    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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  • 83.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Mutter, Karajan, Vienna Philharmonic
    Label: Warner 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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  • 84.
    Vivaldi: Il Cimento Dell'armonia / Biondi, Europa Galante
    Label: Erato   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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  • 85.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Concertos & Cello Sonatas 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 Baroque Orchestra
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  • 86.
    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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  • 87.
    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 Baroque Orchestra
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  • 88.
    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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  • 89.
    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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  • 90.
    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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  • 91.
    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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  • 92.
    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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  • 93.
    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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  • 94.
    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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  • 95.
    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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  • 96.
    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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  • 97.
    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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  • 98.
    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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  • 99.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons; Double Concertos / Ormandy, Brusilow, Oistrakh, Stern
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 68961 Release Date: 04/05/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Isaac Stern,  David Oistrakh,  Anshel Brusilow
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 100.
    The Eight Seasons - Vivaldi, Piazzolla / Morton, Scottish Ensemble
    Label: Signum Classics   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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