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 Four Seasons / Anne Akiko Meyers
Release Date: 02/04/2014   Label: eOne  
Catalog: 7790   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: The Unknown Gem / Viva Vivaldi
Release Date: 07/08/2014   Label: Centaur Records  
Catalog: 3299   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: Concerti Per Archi II / Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano
Release Date: 01/28/2014   Label: Naive  
Catalog: 30554   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: String Concertos Vol 2 / Simon Standage, Et Al
Release Date: 11/20/2001   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 668   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: Gloria;  Bach: Magnificat / Hickox, Kirkby, Et Al
Release Date: 07/29/1992   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 518   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Concerto for 4 Violins and Cello in B minor, Op. 3 no 10/RV 580

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    L'Oiseau-Lyre - The Baroque Era
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002072902 Release Date: 06/17/2014   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Thomas Augustine Arne,  William Boyce,  John Blow,  Henry Purcell  ... 
    Performer:  Catherine Bott,  Libby Crabtree,  Michael George,  Emma Kirkby  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood,  Philip Pickett,  Joshua Rifkin,  Christophe Rousset  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Westminster Abbey School Choristers Choir,  New London Consort Orchestra  ... 
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    The Hubermann Week Festival, 30th Anniversary
    Label: Helicon   Catalog: 29667 Release Date: 01/14/2014   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Shlomo Mintz,  Isaac Stern,  Pinchas Zukerman,  Daniel Benyamini  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
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    Vivaldi: Estro Armonico - Libro Secondo / Cafe Zimmermann
    Label: Alpha Productions   Catalog: 193 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Café Zimmermann
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    Karajan - 1970s
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001873702 Release Date: 09/03/2013   Number of Discs: 82
    Composer:  Arcangelo Corelli,  Francesco Manfredini,  Pietro Antonio Locatelli,  Giuseppe Torelli  ... 
    Performer:  Thomas Brandis,  Michel Schwalbé,  Karlheinz Zöller,  Edith Mathis  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Hans Priem Bergrath
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus  ... 
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    7 With One Stroke!: Concertos By Antonio Vivaldi
    Label: Tacet   Catalog: 205 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Adrien Iliescu,  Sini-Maaria Simonen,  Satoko Koike,  Ulrike Eickenbusch  ... 
    Conductor:  Ariadne Daskalakis
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    Israel Philharmonic Orchestra 60th Anniversary Concert / Mehta, Barenboim
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2012744 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Pinchas Zukerman,  Ariel Shamai,  Maxim Vengerov,  Shlomo Mintz  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Vivaldi: Flute Concertos Op 10, Etc / Hall, Laredo, Et Al
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1243 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Judith Hall,  Jaime Laredo
    Conductor:  Paul Barritt,  Jaime Laredo
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Divertimenti,  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
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    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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    The Baroque Collection
    Label: Emi 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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    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001702302 Release Date: 07/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Gidon Kremer,  Leslie Pearson,  Joanna Jenner,  Eriko Sato  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Rudolf Baumgartner,  Wolfgang Hofmann
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    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Concertos, Cello Sonatas No  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
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    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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    Vivaldi: Concertos Arranged For 10 Violins / Dinca, Philharmonische Geigen Berlin
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog: 3081709 Release Date: 11/21/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Conductor:  Laurentius Dinca
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonia Violins
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    Vivaldi & Friends - La Folia (Madness & Other Concertos) / Sorrell, Apollo's Fire
    Label: Avie   Catalog: 2211 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  René Duchiffre
    Conductor:  Jeannette Sorrell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Apollo's Fire
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    The Art of Salvatore Accardo - Una Vita per il Violino
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 959877 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Niccolň Paganini,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Salvatore Accardo,  Margaret Batjer,  Douglas Boyd
    Conductor:  Salvatore Accardo,  Charles Dutoit,  Sir Colin Davis,  Kurt Masur
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  I Solisti di Napoli,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    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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    Bach & Vivaldi Overtures, Sinfonias, Concertos / Hengelbrock, Freiburger Barockorchester
    Label: Dhm Deutsche Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 7959512 Release Date: 09/06/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Conductor:  Thomas Hengelbrock
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
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    Concerto A La Carte / Wilbraham, Monteux, Marriner
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4802333 Release Date: 04/05/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Johann Friedrich Fasch,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  John Wilbraham,  Alan Stringer,  Trevor Connah,  Norman Nelson  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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    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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    Bach: Six Concertos / Gunther Rost
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 642 Release Date: 06/29/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Gunther Rost
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    The Number One Vivaldi Album
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4765885 Release Date: 03/20/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Konstanty Andrzej Kulka,  Andrea Griminelli,  Eduardo Fernández,  William Bennett  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Münchinger,  Sir David Willcocks,  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra,  Lucerne Festival Strings,  Cambridge King's College Choir  ... 
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    David Oistrakh In Recital
    Label: Video Artists International   Catalog: 4474 Release Date: 12/30/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johannes Brahms,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Igor Oistrakh,  Leonid Kogan,  David Oistrakh,  Pavel Kogan  ... 
    Conductor:  Mikhail Terian
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Conservatory Chamber Orchestra
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    Vivace! Baroque Classics
    Label: Chandos Collect   Catalog: 6527 Release Date: 07/14/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Arcangelo Corelli  ... 
    Performer:  Ronald Thomas
    Conductor:  Sir Alexander Gibson,  Ronald Thomas,  Adrian Shepherd
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra,  Soloists of Australia,  Cantilena
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    Italiano Barocco
    Label: Dhm Deutsche Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 796269 Release Date: 05/13/2008   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Pietro Antonio Giramo,  Giovanni Legrenzi,  Claudio Monteverdi,  Francesco Lambardi  ... 
    Performer:  Ann Monoyios,  Sabine Lier,  Daniela Teichmanis,  Anne-Katharina Schreiber  ... 
    Conductor:  Thomas Hengelbrock
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Balthasar-Neumann Ensemble
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    Los Romeros - Golden Jubilee Celebration
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001089402 Release Date: 04/08/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Georges Bizet,  Manuel de Falla,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Angel Romero,  Angelita Romero,  Celin Romero,  Pepe Romero  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Victor Alessandro
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Los Romeros,  San Antonio Symphony Orchestra
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