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, Mozart & Saint-Saens: Works for Bassoon / Krasavin
Release Date: 07/08/2016   Label: Melodiya  
Catalog: 1002355   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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  • 26.
    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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  • 27.
    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
    Performer:  Mauro Squillante,  Davide Rebuffa,  Pietro Prosser,  Diego Cantalupi  ... 
    Conductor:  Federico Guglielmo
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Arte dell'Arco
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  • 28.
    Vivaldi: Concertos Pour Mandoline / Lislevand
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5243 Release Date: 07/27/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Thor Harald Johnsen,  Brigitte Taubl,  Balázs Maté,  Thomas Boysen  ... 
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  • 29.
    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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  • 30.
    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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  • 31.
    Vivaldi: Concerti da Camera III / Il Giardino Armonico
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 4692608 Release Date: 02/23/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
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  • 32.
    Vivaldi: Concerti / Söllscher, Füri, Camerata Bern
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 415487 Release Date: 11/10/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Göran Söllscher,  Patrick Genet,  Thomas Demenga,  Regula Häusler  ... 
    Conductor:  Thomas Füri
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Bern
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    Bach Beat / Brian Slawson
    Label: Sony Classical Masterworks   Catalog: 47274 Release Date: 10/28/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Brian Slawson
    Performer:  Brian Slawson
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  • 34.
    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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  • 35.
    Vivaldi, Giuliani: Guitar Concertos / Fernandez, Malcolm
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 417617 Release Date: 06/04/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Mauro Giuliani
    Performer:  Eduardo Fernandez,  Norbert Blume
    Conductor:  George Malcolm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 36.
    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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  • 37.
    Vivaldi's Greatest Hits / Bernstein, Ny Phil, Et Al
    Label: Cbs Composers'greatest Hits   Catalog: 45810 Release Date: 02/15/2008   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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  • 38.
    The #1 Guitar Album - Segovia, Romero, Bream, Lagoya, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001041302 Release Date: 01/08/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi,  John Dowland,  Domenico Scarlatti  ... 
    Performer:  Andrés Segovia,  Göran Söllscher,  Pepe Romero,  Ida Presti  ... 
    Conductor:  Kenneth Sillito,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Nick Ingman,  Mats Rondin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Budapest Film Orchestra  ... 
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  • 39.
    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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  • 40.
    Ultimate Vivaldi - The Essential Masterpieces
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000972802 Release Date: 09/11/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Salvatore Accardo,  Alan Cuckston,  Denis Vigay,  Ida Levin  ... 
    Conductor:  Iona Brown,  Sir Neville Marriner,  George Guest,  George Malcolm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti di Napoli,  I Solisti di Napoli Orchestra,  Los Romeros
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  • 41.
    Concerto Rustico - Vivaldi: Concertos / A. De Marchi, Et Al
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 1788 Release Date: 08/21/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Alessandro De Marchi,  Alessandro Tampieri
    Conductor:  Alessandro De Marchi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academia Montis Regalis
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  • 42.
    Vivaldi: Concerti E Trii Per Liuto E Archi / Lonardi
    Label: Stradivarius   Catalog: 33771 Release Date: 08/07/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Massimo Lonardi,  Ernest Braucher,  Marino Lagomarsino
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Conserto Vago
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  • 43.
    Vivaldi, Carulli, Guliani: Guitar Concertos / Yamashita
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 5914 Release Date: 07/16/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ferdinando Carulli,  Mauro Giuliani,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Kazuhito Yamashita
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Chamber Orchestra
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  • 44.
    John Williams - The Seville Concert
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 4180 Release Date: 03/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Agustín Barrios Mangoré,  Isaac Albeniz,  Nikita Koshkin,  Yuquijiro Yocoh  ... 
    Performer:  John Williams
    Conductor:  José Buenagu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seville Symphony Orchestra
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  • 45.
    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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  • 46.
    Hecho En Salamanca
    Label: Fermata Publications   Catalog: 5637289394 Release Date: 11/08/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla,  Emiliano Pardo-Tristán,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Elcio De Sá  ... 
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  • 47.
    Concierto Barroco / Manuel Barrueco
    Label: Koch International Classics   Catalog: 7597 Release Date: 05/24/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Roberto Sierra,  Arvo Pärt
    Performer:  Manuel Barrueco
    Conductor:  Victor Pablo Pérez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Galicia Symphony Orchestra
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  • 48.
    The Art Of Pepe Romero
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000332602 Release Date: 03/08/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Heitor Villa-Lobos,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Francisco Tarrega,  Isaac Albeniz  ... 
    Performer:  Pepe Romero,  Celin Romero
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  I Musici
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  • 49.
    Baroque Moments / Amadeus Guitar Duo
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98485 Release Date: 08/01/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  César Franck,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Hans Leo Hassler  ... 
    Performer:  Thomas Kirchhoff,  Dale Kavanagh
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus Guitar Duo
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  • 50.
    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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