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
Most Relaxing Vivaldi Album In The World...ever!
Release Date: 03/21/2006   Label: Emi Classics  
Catalog: 53354   Number of Discs: 2
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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: Four Seasons / Pina Carmirelli, I Musici
Release Date: 06/13/2006   Label: Philips  
Catalog: 000677810   Number of Discs: 2
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Vivaldi: Four Seasons, Concertos / Warren-green, London Co
Release Date: 05/05/1998   Label: Virgin Classics Veritas  
Catalog: 61466   Number of Discs: 2
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Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Etc / Warren-green, Et Al
Release Date: 03/29/2005   Label: Virgin Classics  
Catalog: 82005   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Chamber Concerto for Lute and 2 Violins in D major, RV 93

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    Baroque Moments / Amadeus Guitar Duo
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573440 Release Date: 07/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  César Franck  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus Guitar Duo
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    Vivaldi / Avi Avital
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002262702 Release Date: 02/24/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Traditional
    Performer:  Avi Avital,  Mahan Esfahani,  Ophira Zakai,  Patrick Sepec  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venice Baroque Orchestra
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    Vivaldi / Seattle Baroque
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 3307 Release Date: 02/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Baroque Orchestra
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    Venezia Barocco: Antonio Vivaldi - Violin Sonatas And Trios, 1715-1730
    Label: Calliope   Catalog: 1313 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Marco Pedrona,  Massimo Marchese,  Francesco Coppelli
    Conductor:  Marco Pedrona
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Guidantus Ensemble
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    Julian Bream - The Complete RCA Album Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 546242 Release Date: 10/15/2013   Number of Discs: 42
    Composer:  Girolamo Frescobaldi,  Mateo Pérez de Albeniz,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Domenico Cimarosa  ... 
    Performer:  Julian Bream,  Peter Pears,  George Malcolm,  John Williams  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Arnold,  Sir Colin Davis,  André Previn,  David Atherton  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London,  Julian Bream Consort,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Electric Vivaldi: Global Solstice
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 3294 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Gregory T.S. Walker,  Unspecified
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    Vivaldi: Concerti Da Camera, Vols. 1-4
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 2564646620 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Conductor:  Giovanni Antonini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Giardino Armonico
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    The Essential Julian Bream [2013]
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 374696 Release Date: 09/10/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Heitor Villa-Lobos,  Luigi Boccherini,  Mauro Giuliani  ... 
    Performer:  Julian Bream,  George Malcolm,  John Williams
    Conductor:  John E. Gardiner,  André Previn,  Leo Brouwer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Julian Bream Consort
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    Music Of The Italian Baroque / Il Giardino Armonico
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 100011 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dario Castello,  Giovanni Battista Spadi,  Biagio Marini,  Tarquinio Merula  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Giardino Armonico
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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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    Philips Original Jackets Collection  [55-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001767702 Release Date: 12/04/2012   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Max Bruch,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Salvatore Accardo,  Elisabeth Unger,  Claudio Arrau,  Thomas Zehetmair  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur,  Bernard Haitink,  Frans Brüggen,  Simon Rattle  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Beaux Arts Trio  ... 
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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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    The Concerto Koln Christmas Album
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300276 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marc-Antoine Charpentier,  Johann Wenzel Stamitz,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Pavel Josef Vejvanovsky  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne
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    Guitar Sensation - Tribute To Andres Segovia / Friedemann Wuttke
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 12036 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Fernando Sor,  Joaquin Malats,  Enrique Granados  ... 
    Performer:  Andrés Segovia,  Friedemann Wuttke
    Conductor:  Igor Zhukov,  Nicolás Pasquet
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Moscow Chamber Orchestra,  Hungarian Chamber Philharmonic Pecs
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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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    Great Baroque Masterpieces
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501061 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Georg Philipp Telemann  ... 
    Performer:  Nadja Schubert,  Daniel Rothert,  Corinne Chapelle,  Karl Kaiser  ... 
    Conductor:  Helmut Müller-Brühl,  Kevin Mallon,  Bradley Creswick,  Jozef Kopelman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra,  Aradia Ensemble,  Northern Sinfonia  ... 
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    Classical Guitar Favourites / Kraft, Garcia, Cassovia, Breiner
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8503260 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Dionysio Aguado,  Francisco Tarrega,  Niccolò Paganini,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Norbert Kraft,  Gerald Garcia,  Pavol Gimcik,  Maria Licková  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Breiner
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    Late Night Classics: Music For Two Guitars
    Label: Gift Of Music   Catalog: 1255 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Enrique Granados,  Gaspar Sanz,  Martin Vishnik,  Sam Piha  ... 
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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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    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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    The Art Of Vivaldi's Lute / Bach Sinfonia
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 92132 Release Date: 05/31/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Jennifer Ellis Kampani
    Conductor:  Daniel Abraham
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Sinfonia
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    Vivaldi, Villa-Lobos: Guitar Concertos / Marcos Tsessos, Vladimir Altschuler
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 64335 Release Date: 04/21/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco,  Heitor Villa-Lobos
    Performer:  Marcos Tsessos
    Conductor:  Vladimir Altschuler
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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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    Scarlatti, Mancini, Vivaldi / Concordi Musici
    Label: Cd Baby   Catalog: 5637729240 Release Date: 02/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Francesco Mancini,  Alessandro Scarlatti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concordi Musici
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Antonio Vivaldi


WORKS
I. Allegro
II. Largo e pianissimo sempre
III. Danza pastorale: Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Tempo impetuoso d'Es tate
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. La caccia
I. Allegro non molto
II. Largo
III. Allegro
Concerto in D Major, RV 93: Allegro giusto
Concerto in D Major, RV 93: Largo
Concerto in D Major, RV 93: Allegro
Vivaldi: Concerto for 2 Mandolins, Strings and Continuo in G, R.532 - 1. Allegro
Vivaldi: Concerto for 2 Mandolins, Strings and Continuo in G, R.532 - 2. Andante
Vivaldi: Concerto for 2 Mandolins, Strings and Continuo in G, R.532 - 3. Allegro
Concerto in C Major for Two Trumpets and Strings, RV 537: I. Allegro
II. Largo
III. Allegro
Allegro
Largo e Spiccato
Allegro
Allegro
Larghetto e spirituoso
Allegro
Allegro
Largo-Larghetto
Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Largo cantabile
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Largo
I. Largo - Fantasmi: Presto - Largo - Presto
II. Il Sonno: Largo
III. Allegro
Vivaldi: Mandolin Concerto In C, RV 425 - 1. Allegro
Vivaldi: Mandolin Concerto In C, RV 425 - 2. Largo
Vivaldi: Mandolin Concerto In C, RV 425 - 3. (Allegro)
Vivaldi: Concerto for Strings and Continuo in G, R.151 Concerto alla Rustica - 1. Presto
Vivaldi: Concerto for Strings and Continuo in G, R.151 Concerto alla Rustica - 2. Adagio
Vivaldi: Concerto for Strings and Continuo in G, R.151 Concerto alla Rustica - 3. Allegro
Gloria in D RV589 (ed. Malipiero): I. Gloria in excelsis Deo
Gloria in D RV589 (ed. Malipiero): II. Et in terra pax hominibus
Gloria in D RV589 (ed. Malipiero): III. Laudamus te
Gloria in D RV589 (ed. Malipiero): IV. Gratias agimus
Gloria in D RV589 (ed. Malipiero): V. Propter magnam gloriam
Gloria in D RV589 (ed. Malipiero): VI. Domine Deus
Gloria in D RV589 (ed. Malipiero): VII. Domine Fili unigenite
Gloria in D RV589 (ed. Malipiero): VIII. Domine Deus, Agnus Dei
Gloria in D RV589 (ed. Malipiero): IX. Qui tollis peccata mundi
Gloria in D RV589 (ed. Malipiero): X. Qui sedes ad dexteram
Gloria in D RV589 (ed. Malipiero): XI. Quoniam tu solus sanctus
Gloria in D RV589 (ed. Malipiero): XII. Cum Sancto Spiritu