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 - Pieta /   	Philippe Jaroussky
Release Date: 10/28/2014   Label: Erato  
Catalog: 625810   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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Vivaldi: Orlando Furioso / Spinosi, Et Al
Release Date: 01/18/2005   Label: Naive  
Catalog: 30393   Number of Discs: 3
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Vivaldi: Variations, Trio Sonatas / Purcell Quartet
Release Date: 02/13/2007   Label: Helios  
Catalog: 55231   Number of Discs: 1
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Albinoni, Vivaldi: Oboe Concertos / King, Goodwin, Wood
Release Date: 04/13/2010   Label: Helios  
Catalog: 55349   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Concerto for Mandolin in C major, RV 425

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  • 26.
    Vivaldi: Musica Per Mandolino E Liuto / Lislevand, Et Al
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 30429 Release Date: 03/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Rolf Lislevand,  Guido Morini,  Eduardo Egüez,  Pablo Valetti  ... 
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  • 27.
    Label: Musical Heritage Society   Catalog: 5637288054 Release Date: 10/10/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Eliot Fisk,  Louise Schulman,  Albert Fuller,  Frederic Hand
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  • 28.
    Classic Portraits - The Best Of Alirio Diaz
    Label: Vanguard   Catalog: 1813 Release Date: 06/20/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Federico Moreno-Torroba,  Manuel de Falla,  Isaac Albeniz,  Francisco Tarrega  ... 
    Performer:  Alirio Diaz,  Miguel Llobet,  Alexander Schneider,  David Soyer  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonio Janigro
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti di Zagreb
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  • 29.
    The #1 Vivaldi Album
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000646702 Release Date: 04/11/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Janine Jansen,  Candida Thompson,  Henk Rubingh,  Julian Rachlin  ... 
    Conductor:  Salvatore Accardo,  Claudio Abbado,  Victor Alessandro,  Trevor Pinnock  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti di Napoli,  Stradivaria Ensemble,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 30.
    For Whatever
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000386512 Release Date: 02/08/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Takashi Ochi,  Trevor Pinnock,  Jean-Claude Hermanjat,  Ursula Holliger  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly,  Willi Boskovsky,  Richard Bonynge,  Paul Kuentz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Scala Philharmonic,  Vienna Mozart Ensemble,  Netherlands Wind Ensemble  ... 
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  • 31.
    Vivaldi: Mandolin Concertos / Orlandi, Frati, Scimone
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 4612642 Release Date: 05/03/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Ugo Orlandi,  Dorina Frati
    Conductor:  Claudio Scimone
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti
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  • 32.
    Guitar Masterpieces / Alirio Diaz
    Label: Vanguard   Catalog: 1200 Release Date: 11/11/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Federico Moreno-Torroba,  Alirio Diaz,  Traditional,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Alirio Diaz
    Conductor:  Antonio Janigro
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti di Zagreb
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  • 33.
    Vivaldi: Le Quattro Stagioni, Concerti / Fasolis, Galfetti
    Label: Claves   Catalog: 2204 Release Date: 09/30/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Duilio Galfetti
    Conductor:  Diego Fasolis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Barocchisti
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    Baroque Guitar / Segóvia, Williams, Romero, Fernández
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000106002 Release Date: 09/09/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Ludovico Roncalli  ... 
    Performer:  Narciso Yepes,  Pepe Romero,  Eduardo Fernandez,  Alexandre Lagoya  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Redel,  George Malcolm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Pro Arte Orchestra,  English Concert
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  • 35.
    Vivaldi: Concerti Per Mandolini, Etc /Biondi, Europa Galante
    Label: Virgin Classics Veritas   Catalog: 45527 Release Date: 01/07/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Fabio Biondi,  Maurice Steger,  Stefano Vezzani,  Simone Toni  ... 
    Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
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  • 36.
    Il Giardino Armonico - Artist Portrait
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 7481742 Release Date: 10/14/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Giuseppe Torelli,  Johann Pachelbel,  Tomaso Albinoni  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Giardino Armonico
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  • 37.
    Essential Vivaldi - 20 of His Greatest Hits
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 472358 Release Date: 06/11/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Lisa Beznosiuk,  Franco Gulli,  Heinz Holliger,  Simon Standage  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock,  Riccardo Chailly,  Vittorio Negri,  Sir Neville Marriner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert,  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra,  Dresden Staatskapelle  ... 
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  • 38.
    Baroque - Greatest Hits
    Label: Bci Music   Catalog: 40029 Release Date: 05/08/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann,  George Frideric Handel,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Jeremiah Clarke  ... 
    Performer:  Rolf Quinque
    Conductor:  Eugen Duvier,  Frank Shipway,  Hanspeter Gmür,  Alberto Lizzio  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Romana,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 39.
    Movies - Greatest Hits
    Label: Bci Music   Catalog: 40031 Release Date: 05/08/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Hugo Steurer,  Svetlana Stanceva,  José Maria Pérez,  Dieter Goldmann
    Conductor:  Alfred Scholz,  Alberto Lizzio,  Eugen Duvier,  Hanspeter Gmür  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Slavonica,  London Festival Orchestra,  Vienna Opera Orchestra  ... 
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  • 40.
    Vivaldi: Guitar Concertos
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 468146 Release Date: 09/13/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Angel Romero,  Celedonio Romero,  Margaret Bella,  Domenick Saltarelli  ... 
    Conductor:  Iona Brown,  Victor Alessandro
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  San Antonio Symphony Orchestra,  Los Romeros
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  • 41.
    Rodrigo, Vivaldi: Concertos / The Romeros, Alessandro, Et Al
    Label: Mercury Living Presence   Catalog: 434369 Release Date: 05/14/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Joaquin Rodrigo
    Performer:  Celin Romero,  Pepe Romero,  Celedonio Romero,  Angel Romero
    Conductor:  Victor Alessandro
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Antonio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 42.
    Carnevale Di Mandolino / Gertrud Tröster
    Label: Thorofon   Catalog: 2146 Release Date: 12/01/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Elke Tober-Vogt,  Herbert Baumann,  Siegfried Behrend,  Heinrich Konietzny  ... 
    Performer:  Gertrud Weyhofen-Tröster
    Conductor:  Gerhard Vogt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Mandolin Orchestra
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  • 43.
    Christopher Parkening Plays Vivaldi & Warlock / Iona Brown
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 55052 Release Date: 03/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Peter Warlock
    Performer:  Christopher Parkening,  John Constable,  Lionel Handy,  Iona Brown
    Conductor:  Iona Brown
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 44.
    The Italian Baroque
    Label: Sony Classical Infinity Digital   Catalog: 57244 Release Date: 02/08/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Peter Tosenko,  Chanyafi Oshinakaev,  Tatiana Kostyanaia,  Oleg Talipin  ... 
    Conductor:  Leo Korkhin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Renaissance Chamber Orchestra
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  • 45.
    The Miraculous Mandolin - Vivaldi: Concertos And Sonatas
    Label: Ess.a.y Recordings   Catalog: 1004 Release Date: 01/05/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Roger Shell,  Peter Press,  Paul Peabody,  Edward Brewer  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Kapp
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Virtuosi
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  • 46.
    Vivaldi: Music For Lute And Mandolin / Paul O'dette
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 66160 Release Date: 11/11/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Paul O'Dette,  Roy Goodman,  Robin Jeffrey
    Conductor:  Peter Holman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parley of Instruments
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  • 47.
    Baroque Collection - Handel, Vivaldi, Bach, Pachelbel, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 67425 Release Date: 09/29/1992   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  Michel Richard Delalande  ... 
    Performer:  Michel Debost,  Lionel Rogg,  Elaine Shaffer,  Thierry Caens  ... 
    Conductor:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Raymond Leppard,  Jean-Pierre Wallez,  Louis Auriacombe  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra,  Paris Orchestral Ensemble  ... 
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  • 48.
    Vivaldi: Guitar Concertos / Los Romeros
    Label: Philips Concert Classics   Catalog: 426076 Release Date: 07/01/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Celedonio Romero,  Celin Romero,  Pepe Romero,  Angel Romero  ... 
    Conductor:  Victor Alessandro
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Antonio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 49.
    Vivaldi: Lute, Mandolin Concertos / Yepes, Ochi, Kuentz
    Label: Dg Musikfest   Catalog: 429528 Release Date: 12/10/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Monique Frasca-Colombier,  Narciso Yepes,  Takashi Ochi,  Sylvia Ochi
    Conductor:  Paul Kuentz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paul Kuentz Chamber Orchestra
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  • 50.
    Baroque Favorites From
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 35873 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  Sol Goichberg,  Eugenia Earle,  John Wilbraham,  Mary Zelnicki
    Conductor:  Max Goberman,  Raymond Leppard
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