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, Sammartini, Telemann, Handel: Recorder Concertos / Michala Petri
Release Date: 02/18/2009   Label: Philips  
Catalog: 400075   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi - Pieta /   	Philippe Jaroussky
Release Date: 10/28/2014   Label: Erato  
Catalog: 625810   Number of Discs: 1
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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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Music For Strings: Hindemith, Prokofiev, Bartok, Vivaldi / Marriner
Release Date: 10/14/2014   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 002127202   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Anne Akiko Meyers
Release Date: 02/04/2014   Label: eOne  
Catalog: 7790   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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  • 26.
    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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    Triples - Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, L'estro Armonico / Fasano, I Virtuosi Di Roma
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 09449 Release Date: 03/25/2008   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Benedetto Mazzacurati,  Luigi Ferro,  Guido Mozzato,  Edmondo Malanotte  ... 
    Conductor:  Renato Fasano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Virtuosi di Roma
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    Vivaldi: L'estro armonico - 12 Concerti Op. 3 / I Musici
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 412128 Release Date: 03/12/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
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  • 31.
    Best Vivaldi 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 10358 Release Date: 02/12/2008   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Gérard Lesne,  Leonardo De Lisi,  Marina Comparato,  Dominique Labelle  ... 
    Conductor:  Alan Curtis,  Fabio Biondi,  Stephen Stubbs,  Andrew Parrott  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seminario Musicale,  Il Complesso Barocco,  Europa Galante  ... 
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  • 32.
    Vivaldi: Concertos for 4 Violins from L'Estro Armonico / Banchini
    Label: Zig Zag   Catalog: 70902 Release Date: 02/12/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Chiara Banchini,  Stephanie Pfister,  Leila Shayegh,  David Plantier  ... 
    Conductor:  Chiara Banchini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble 415
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  • 33.
    Vivaldi: 100 Chefs D'ouvre
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 504381 Release Date: 01/13/2008   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Fabio Biondi,  Derek Lee Ragin,  Alison Place,  Emily van Evera  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Warren-Green,  Fabio Biondi,  Andrew Parrott,  Stephen Stubbs  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante,  Seminario Musicale,  Consort & Players Taverner Choir  ... 
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  • 34.
    Vivaldi: String Concertos / Berlin Baroque Soloists
    Label: Cavi Music   Catalog: 8553060 Release Date: 10/31/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Baroque Soloists
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    The Huberman Festival / Mehta, Zukerman, Stern, Perlman
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 4250 Release Date: 06/26/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Henryk Szeryng,  Isaac Stern,  Shlomo Mintz,  Itzhak Perlman  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Vivaldi: Concertos And Sonatas / Claudio Scimone, I Solisti Veneti
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 643202 Release Date: 05/22/2007   Number of Discs: 18
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Giuliano Carmignola,  Edoardo Farina,  Gianni Chiampan,  Piero Toso  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Scimone
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti
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  • 37.
    The Rise Of The North Italian Violin Concerto Vol 1
    Label: Avie   Catalog: 2106 Release Date: 10/10/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Tomaso Albinoni,  Francesco Navara,  Anonymous,  Giovanni Legrenzi  ... 
    Performer:  Adrian Chandler,  Mhairi Lawson
    Conductor:  Adrian Chandler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Serenissima
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  • 38.
    Vivaldi: Concertos / Hogwood, Academy Of Ancient Music
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000689302 Release Date: 07/04/2006   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Catherine Mackintosh,  Alison Bury,  John Holloway,  Christopher Hirons  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
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  • 39.
    Vivaldi - Best Loved Concertos / Warren-green, Et Al
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 82136 Release Date: 01/24/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Gerald Ruddock,  Graham Ashton,  Gordon Hunt,  Andrew Shulman  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Warren-Green
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Chamber Orchestra
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  • 40.
    The Very Best Of Vivaldi
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8552101-02 Release Date: 10/18/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
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  • 41.
    Vivaldi / Mullova, Antonini, Il Giardino Armonico
    Label: Onyx   Catalog: 4001 Release Date: 09/13/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Viktoria Mullova,  Marco Testori,  Stefano Barneschi,  Marco Bianchi  ... 
    Conductor:  Giovanni Antonini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Giardino Armonico
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  • 42.
    Vivaldi / Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina
    Label: Arts Music   Catalog: 47750 Release Date: 06/28/2005   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Stefano Montanari,  Paolo Grazzi,  Fiorenza De Donatis,  Paolo Zinzani  ... 
    Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
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  • 43.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Etc / Warren-green, Et Al
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 82005 Release Date: 03/29/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Christopher Warren-Green,  Jonathan Rees,  Alexander Balanescu,  Roger Chase
    Conductor:  Christopher Warren-Green
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Chamber Orchestra
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  • 44.
    Vivaldi: Concertos / Anthony Halstead, The Hanover Band
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 964891 Release Date: 03/01/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Anthony Halstead
    Conductor:  Anthony Halstead
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hanover Band
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  • 45.
    The Rosette Collection - Vivaldi: Four Seasons, Etc
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000316202 Release Date: 09/14/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Salvatore Accardo
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Naples International Music Week Soloists
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  • 46.
    Vivaldi: La Viola Da Gamba In Concerto / Savall, Et Al
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9835 Release Date: 04/13/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Bruno Cocset,  Manfred Kraemer,  Jordi Savall,  Pierre Hamon  ... 
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert des Nations
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  • 47.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, L'estro Armonico, Et Al/Marriner
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000321202 Release Date: 11/17/2003   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Simon Preston,  Alan Loveday,  Robin Davis,  Iona Brown  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Iona Brown
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 48.
    Vivaldi: L'estro Armonico Op 3 Vol 2 / Dantone, Montanari
    Label: Arts Music   Catalog: 47647 Release Date: 09/30/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Stefano Montanari,  Mauro Valli,  Fiorenza De Donatis,  Paolo Zinzani  ... 
    Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
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    Stars Of The Moscow Chamber Orchestra / Orbelian, Et Al
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3327 Release Date: 09/09/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Pablo de Sarasate  ... 
    Performer:  Sergey Arkhangelsky,  Irina Ivanova,  Elena Kuligina,  Levon Oganessian  ... 
    Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
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    Die Gabler-orgel In Weingarten / Gerhard Gnann
    Label: Audite   Catalog: 20007 Release Date: 06/24/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Georg Muffat,  Justin Heinrich Knecht  ... 
    Performer:  Gerhard Gnann
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