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: Concerti da Camera / Collegium Pro Musica
Release Date: 09/25/2012   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 94332   Number of Discs: 3
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Baroque Collection - Handel, Vivaldi, Bach, Pachelbel, Et Al
Release Date: 09/29/1992   Label: Emi Classics  
Catalog: 67425   Number of Discs: 2
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Vivaldi: Il Teuzzone / Volta, Pagano, Barazzoni, Piccini
Release Date: 07/17/2007   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 93351   Number of Discs: 3
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Vivaldi: Missae & Vesperae / Kaljuste, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Release Date: 08/28/2012   Label: Carus  
Catalog: 83325   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: Recorder Concertos / Laurin, Drottningholm Baroque
Release Date: 12/07/1993   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 635   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Concerto for Mandolin in C major, RV 425

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    Pepe Romero - Master of the Guitar [11-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002012902 Release Date: 03/11/2014   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Luigi Boccherini,  Ferdinando Carulli  ... 
    Performer:  Pepe Romero,  Angel Romero,  Christine Pendrill,  Agustin Leon Ara  ... 
    Conductor:  Iona Brown,  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ens.,  Los Romeros
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    Vivaldi: Concertos & Trio Sonatas / Scattolin, I Cameristi Di Venezia
    Label: Newton Classics   Catalog: 8802156 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Massimo Scattolin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Cameristi di Venezia
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    Label: Red House Records   Catalog: 253 Release Date: 11/27/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Traditional,  Peter Ostroushko,  Bill Monroe,  Scott Joplin  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Ostroushko,  Norman Blake,  Nancy Blake,  Jim Tordoff  ... 
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    Vivaldi: Concertos
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 30542 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Sergio Azzolini,  Christophe Coin,  Sébastien Marq,  Anne-Katharina Schreiber  ... 
    Conductor:  Giovanni Antonini,  Rinaldo Alessandrini,  Jean-Christophe Spinosi,  Gottfried Von der Goltz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Aura Soave,  Il Giardino Armonico,  Concerto Italiano  ... 
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    Vivaldi: Mandolinenmusik
    Label: Acanta/Pilz   Catalog: 233498 Release Date: 05/29/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Pierre W. Feit,  Takashi Ochi,  Reimer [Viola d'amore] Peters,  Tadashi Sasaki  ... 
    Conductor:  Siegfried Behrend
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Das Deutsche Zupforchester
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    Antonio Vivaldi: Il Prete Rosso
    Label: Membran / Scandinavian Classics   Catalog: 233318 Release Date: 08/30/2011   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Nicolas Chédeville
    Performer:  Ettore Pellegrino,  Alberto Martini,  Maurizio Naddeo,  Fabio Biondi  ... 
    Conductor:  Alberto Martini,  Rinaldo Alessandrini,  Sandro Volta,  Federico Maria Sardelli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano,  Doron Ensemble,  Respighi Ensemble  ... 
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    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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    Essential Vivaldi
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 07159 Release Date: 02/15/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Christopher Parkening,  Emmanuel Pahud,  Han-Na Chang  ... 
    Conductor:  Alberto Lysy,  Iona Brown,  Richard Tognetti,  Christopher Warren-Green  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus,  Virtuosi of England,  Teatro Lirico  ... 
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    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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    Venice In Mexico: Concertos By Vivaldi & Facco
    Label: Divine Art   Catalog: 25091 Release Date: 11/29/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Facco,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Manuel Zogbi,  Miguel Lawrence,  Daniel Armas
    Conductor:  Miguel Lawrence
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mexican Baroque Orchestra
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    Vivaldi: Music for Lute and Mandolin / Paul O'Dette
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 30027 Release Date: 10/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Roy Goodman,  Paul O'Dette,  Robin Jeffrey
    Conductor:  Peter Holman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parley of Instruments
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    Vivaldi: Mandolin & Lute Concertos / Guglielmo, L'arte Dell'arco
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 93810 Release Date: 10/05/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Conductor:  Federico Guglielmo
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Arte dell'Arco
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    Vivaldi: Concertos Pour Mandoline / Lislevand
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5243 Release Date: 07/27/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Laura Johnson,  Enrico Parizzi,  Brigitte Taubl,  Thor Harald Johnsen  ... 
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    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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    Vivaldi Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 742567 Release Date: 03/24/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Anshel Brusilow,  Sol Goichberg,  Eugenia Earle,  Mary Zelnicki  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy,  Max Goberman,  Jerold Ottley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Canadian Brass,  Mormon Tabernacle Choir
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    Vivaldi: Concertos & Other Works / Fisk, Hand, Schulman
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 2515 Release Date: 03/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Eliot Fisk,  Albert Fuller,  Frederic Hand,  Louise Schulman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's
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    An Hour With - Vivaldi: Four Seasons, Concertos, Etc / Brusilow, Bream, Ormandy, Et Al
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 729164 Release Date: 08/26/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Julian Bream,  Anshel Brusilow
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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    Ultimate Classical Guitar - The Essential Masterpieces
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001158402 Release Date: 08/26/2008   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Heitor Villa-Lobos,  Eduardo Fernandez,  Leo Brouwer,  Agustín Barrios Mangoré  ... 
    Performer:  Eduardo Fernandez,  Pepe Romero,  Alexandre Lagoya,  Catherine Michel  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonio de Almeida,  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra,  I Musici,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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    Vivaldi: Mandolin, Violin, Flute Concertos / London Musici
    Label: Conifer   Catalog: 15909 Release Date: 08/18/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Kenneth Smith,  Sue Massop,  Nigel Woodhouse,  Lyn Fletcher
    Conductor:  Mark Stephenson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Musici
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    Vivaldi: Guitar Concertos / Pepe Romero, I Musici
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 434082 Release Date: 04/30/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Pepe Romero,  Massimo Paris
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
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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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  • 22.
    Vivaldi's Greatest Hits / Bernstein, Ny Phil, Et Al
    Label: Cbs Composers'greatest Hits   Catalog: 45810 Release Date: 02/21/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Patrice Fontanarosa,  Lorin Maazel,  Régis Pasquier,  John Corigliano Sr.  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel,  Leonard Bernstein,  Pinchas Zukerman,  Jean-Claude Malgoire  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Instrumental Ensemble,  New York Philharmonic,  English Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 23.
    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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    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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    Vivaldi: Concerti Per Liuto E Mandolino / Il Giardino Armonico
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 4698542 Release Date: 11/12/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Giardino Armonico
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