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: L'Estro Armonico / Podger, Brecon Baroque
Release Date: 03/10/2015   Label: Channel Classics  
Catalog: 36515   Number of Discs: 2
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Vivaldi: Trio Sonatas Op.1 / L'arte Dell'arco
Release Date: 04/28/2015   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 94784   Number of Discs: 2
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Vivaldi: Recorder Concertos / Steger, Fasolis, I Barocchisti
Release Date: 10/14/2014   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 902190   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: Sonata A Tre
Release Date: 04/08/2008   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 501366   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: Four Seasons; Pachelbel, Bach / Carney, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Release Date: 03/10/2009   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 28090   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.
    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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  • 27.
    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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  • 28.
    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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  • 29.
    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
    Performer:  Mauro Squillante,  Davide Rebuffa,  Pietro Prosser,  Diego Cantalupi  ... 
    Conductor:  Federico Guglielmo
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Arte dell'Arco
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  • 31.
    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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  • 32.
    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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  • 33.
    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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    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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    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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  • 36.
    Bach Beat / Brian Slawson
    Label: Sony Classical Masterworks   Catalog: 47274 Release Date: 11/04/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Brian Slawson
    Performer:  Brian Slawson
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  • 37.
    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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  • 38.
    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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    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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    On The Wings Of Love - Rossini, Mouret, Pasculli, Etc / I Solisti Veneti
    Label: Fabula Classica   Catalog: 12076 Release Date: 03/25/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Mauro Maur,  Ugo Orlandi,  Clementine Scimone,  Lorenzo Guzzoni  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti
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  • 41.
    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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    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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  • 43.
    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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  • 44.
    Vivaldi / Katona Twins, Carducci String Quartet, Et Al
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 23707 Release Date: 09/11/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Jeroen van Keulen,  Peter Katona,  Zoltán Katona
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Katona Twins,  Carducci String Quartet
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  • 45.
    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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  • 46.
    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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  • 47.
    Vivaldi, Carulli, Guliani: Guitar Concertos / Yamashita
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 5914 Release Date: 07/23/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ferdinando Carulli,  Mauro Giuliani,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Kazuhito Yamashita
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Chamber Orchestra
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  • 48.
    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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  • 49.
    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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    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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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
Concerto in G Major for Two Mandolins, Strings and Organ: I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. 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
1. Allegro
2. Largo
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