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: Ottone In Villa / Hickox, Argento, Gritton, Et Al
Release Date: 03/17/1998   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 614   Number of Discs: 2
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Vivaldi And Others: Andromeda Liberata / Andrea Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra
Release Date: 11/09/2004   Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)  
Catalog: 4770982   Number of Discs: 2
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Vivaldi: Tito Manlio / Sardelli, Modo Antiquo
Release Date: 01/17/2006   Label: Cpo  
Catalog: 777096   Number of Discs: 3
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Vivaldi: Tito Manlio / Accademia Bizantina, Dantone
Release Date: 01/17/2006   Label: Naive  
Catalog: 30413   Number of Discs: 3
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Vivaldi: Ercole Sul Termodonte / Stains, Nesi, Curtis
Release Date: 06/26/2007   Label: Dynamic  
Catalog: 33525   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.
    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,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johann Pachelbel,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Ronald Thomas
    Conductor:  Adrian Shepherd,  Ronald Thomas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantilena,  Soloists of Australia
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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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    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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  • 32.
    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:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johan Halvorsen  ... 
    Performer:  Pinchas Zukerman,  Daniel Benyamini,  Shlomo Mintz,  Isaac Stern  ... 
    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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  • 35.
    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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  • 36.
    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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  • 37.
    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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  • 38.
    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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  • 39.
    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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    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons; Concertos for 3 & 4 Violins / Warren-Green, London Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Erato   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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    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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  • 42.
    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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  • 43.
    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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  • 44.
    Label: Spj Music   Catalog: 90606 Release Date: 02/26/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
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  • 45.
    Festive Baroque - Albinoni, Corelli, Et Al / Terfel, Et Al
    Label: Dg Panorama   Catalog: 469247 Release Date: 02/27/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Jeremiah Clarke  ... 
    Performer:  Simon Preston,  Hans-Peter Westermann,  Piet Dhont,  Michael Niesemann  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock,  Reinhard Goebel,  John Eliot Gardiner,  Nikolaus Harnoncourt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert,  Musica Antiqua Cologne,  English Baroque Soloists  ... 
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  • 46.
    Mozart, Vivaldi, Bach, Bartok, Elgar / Stanienda, Polish Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Linn Records   Catalog: 1 Release Date: 08/15/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Béla Bartók,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Jan Stanienda
    Conductor:  Jan Stanienda
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Chamber Orchestra
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  • 47.
    Bach: Complete Orchestral Works / Müller-brühl, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8508005 Release Date: 01/25/2000   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Anja M. Schmiel,  Stefan Schilli,  Hans-Martin Kothe,  Stephan Rapp  ... 
    Conductor:  Helmut Müller-Brühl
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra
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  • 48.
    Naxos Bach Edition 5 - Bach: Harpsichord Concertos III
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8554606 Release Date: 01/25/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Gerald Hambitzer,  Roderick Shaw,  Christoph Anselm Noll,  Robert Hill  ... 
    Conductor:  Helmut Müller-Brühl
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra
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  • 49.
    Vivaldi: Four Seasons, Concertos / Warren-green, London Co
    Label: Virgin Classics Veritas   Catalog: 61466 Release Date: 05/05/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Christopher Warren-Green
    Conductor:  Christopher Warren-Green
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Chamber Orchestra
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    Vivaldi: Concerto for 2 Mandolins, Etc / Pickett, Hogwood
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 455703 Release Date: 10/14/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Monica Huggett,  Susan Sheppard,  Elizabeth Wilcock,  Catherine Mackintosh  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood,  Joshua Rifkin,  Philip Pickett
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Bach Ensemble,  New London Consort
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