Antonio Vivaldi


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: Le Quattro Stagioni;  Guido / Guglielmo, Et Al
Release Date: 05/18/2004   Label: Cpo  
Catalog: 777037   Number of Discs: 1
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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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Work: Chamber Concerto for Lute and 2 Violins in D major, RV 93

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    John Williams: The Complete Columbia Album Collection [58 CD + 1 DVD]
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 309294 Release Date: 03/04/2016   Number of Discs: 59
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Isaac Albeniz,  Francisco Tarrega,  Joaquin Turina  ... 
    Performer:  John Williams,  Julian Bream,  Carlos Bonell,  Brian Gascoigne  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Groves,  Daniel Barenboim,  John Williams,  Louis Frémaux  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  London Sinfonietta,  String Orchestra  ... 
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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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    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
    Conductor:  Gregory T.S. Walker
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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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    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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    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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    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,  Niccolň Paganini,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Norbert Kraft,  Gerald Garcia,  Pavol Gimcik,  Maria Licková  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Breiner
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    Notte Veneziana / Xavier De Maistre
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 93773 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Alessandro Marcello,  Elias Parish Alvars,  Tomaso Albinoni  ... 
    Performer:  Xavier De Maistre
    Conductor:  Werner Ehrhardt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Arte del Mondo
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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  ... 
    Performer:  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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    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: 04/20/2011   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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  • 22.
    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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    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 Comunitŕ,  Cordevento,  L'Arte dell'Arco  ... 
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  • 24.
    Antonio Vivaldi: Concertos
    Label: Edition Lilac   Catalog: 5637717613 Release Date: 12/18/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Michael Fields
    Conductor:  Predrag Gosta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Trinity Baroque
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    Nutcracker Suite / Modern Mandolin Quartet
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 92121 Release Date: 10/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Miguel Llobet,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Modern Mandolin Quartet
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