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: Four Seasons / Salerno-sonnenberg, Orch St Luke's
Release Date: 07/01/1991   Label: Emi Classics  
Catalog: 49767   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: Dixit Dominus / Mingardo, Agnew, Kopp
Release Date: 06/13/2006   Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)  
Catalog: 000649402   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: Magnificat, Gloria / Muti, Berganza, Terrani, Et Al
Release Date: 05/04/1999   Label: Emi Great Recordings Of The Century  
Catalog: 67002   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: Gloria / Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert
Release Date: 10/09/2007   Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)  
Catalog: 000988502   Number of Discs: 1
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Amor Profano - Vivaldi Arias / Marcon, Kermes, Et Al
Release Date: 02/12/2008   Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)  
Catalog: 001065202   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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    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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  • 52.
    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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  • 53.
    Weekend Classics - A Guitar Weekend
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000429002 Release Date: 05/10/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mauro Giuliani,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Isaac Albeniz,  Anonymous  ... 
    Performer:  Siegfried Behrend,  Narciso Yepes
    Conductor:  Reinhard Peters
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 54.
    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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    Masters Of The Guitar / Segovia, Williams, Romero, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000400402 Release Date: 02/08/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Agustín Barrios Mangoré,  Antonio Lauro,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Mauro Giuliani  ... 
    Performer:  Alexander-Sergei Ramirez,  Göran Söllscher,  John Williams,  Pepe Romero  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Enrique Jorda,  George Malcolm,  Thomas Füri
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Symphony of the Air,  English Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 56.
    Artist Portrait - Sharon Isbin
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 61591 Release Date: 08/10/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Tan Dun,  Christopher Rouse,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Sharon Isbin,  Susanne Mentzer,  Gaudencio Thiago de Mello
    Conductor:  Howard Griffiths,  Muhai Tang
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Chamber Orchestra,  Gulbenkian Foundation Symphony Orchestra Lisbon
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  • 57.
    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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  • 58.
    Expanded Edition - The Seville Concert / John Williams
    Label: Sony Classical Masterworks   Catalog: 90409 Release Date: 02/24/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Agustín Barrios Mangoré,  Isaac Albeniz,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Nikita Koshkin  ... 
    Performer:  John Williams
    Conductor:  José Buenagu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seville Symphony Orchestra
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  • 59.
    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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  • 60.
    Label: Musical Heritage Society   Catalog: 5637288056 Release Date: 06/10/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Niccolň Paganini,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Stephen Foster,  Girolamo Frescobaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Eliot Fisk,  Paula Robison,  Louise Schulman,  Albert Fuller  ... 
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  • 61.
    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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  • 62.
    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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  • 63.
    The Perfect Vivaldi
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 67219 Release Date: 10/05/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  William Bennett,  Niall Brown,  André Saint-Clivier,  Aimee Auriacombe  ... 
    Conductor:  George Malcolm,  Jonathan Rees,  Louis Auriacombe,  Sir Neville Marriner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Scottish Ensemble,  Toulouse Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 64.
    Julian Bream - The Ultimate Guitar Collection
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 33705 Release Date: 03/09/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Isaac Albeniz,  Francis Cutting,  Enrique Granados  ... 
    Performer:  Julian Bream
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Orchestra
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  • 65.
    Concierto De Aranjuez - Rodrigo, Etc / Eduardo Fernández
    Label: London/Decca Double Decker   Catalog: 455364 Release Date: 06/09/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Malcolm Arnold,  Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Heitor Villa-Lobos  ... 
    Performer:  Eduardo Fernandez
    Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth,  Miguel Gómez-Martinez,  George Malcolm,  Enrique Garcia-Asensio
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 66.
    Vivaldi: Concerto For 2 Mandolins, Etc / Pickett, Hogwood
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 455703 Release Date: 10/14/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Monica Huggett,  Susan Sheppard,  Elizabeth Wilcock,  Catherine Mackintosh  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood,  Joshua Rifkin,  Philip Pickett
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Bach Ensemble,  New London Consort
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  • 67.
    Bach On The Banjo / John Bullard
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 255 Release Date: 07/01/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Battist Martini,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  John Bullard,  John Patykula,  William Comita,  Michael Grant  ... 
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  • 68.
    Label: Hungaroton   Catalog: 31331 Release Date: 08/22/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Torelli,  Charles Gounod,  Antonio Vivaldi,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Conductor:  Aristid von Würtzler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Harp Ensemble
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  • 69.
    Label: Hungaroton   Catalog: 31577 Release Date: 07/24/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Marcel Grandjany,  Johann Georg Albrechtsberger,  Aristid von Würtzler  ... 
    Performer:  Sylvia Kowalczuk
    Conductor:  Aristid von Würtzler
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  • 70.
    Vivaldi: Lute Concertos & Trios / Lindberg, Drottningholm
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 290 Release Date: 09/22/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Nils-Erik Sparf,  Jakob Lindberg,  Maria Wieslander,  Alf Petersén  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble
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  • 71.
    Label: Hungaroton   Catalog: 11978 Release Date: 04/13/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Mária Frank,  Zsuzsa Pertis,  Daniel Benkö,  László Bársony  ... 
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  • 72.
    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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  • 73.
    Vivaldi, Carulli, Giuliani: Guitar Concertos / Behrend, I Musici
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 439984 Release Date: 03/01/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mauro Giuliani,  Ferdinando Carulli,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Siegfried Behrend
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
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  • 74.
    Music For Lute, Guitar & Mandolin - Vivaldi, Logy, Carulli
    Label: Vox Box   Catalog: 3022 Release Date: 02/24/1994   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Nepomuk Hummel,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Giuseppe Torelli  ... 
    Performer:  Edith Bauer-Sleis,  Maria Hinterleitner,  Elfriede Kunschak,  Leo Witoszinskyj  ... 
    Conductor:  Vinzenz Hladky,  Willfried Boettcher,  Paul Angerer,  Jörg Faerber
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Pro Musica Orchestra,  Vienna Festival Chamber Orchestra,  Vienna Mandolin and Guitar Ensemble  ... 
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  • 75.
    John Williams - The Seville Concert
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 53359 Release Date: 02/22/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Agustín Barrios Mangoré,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Nikita Koshkin,  Yuquijiro Yocoh  ... 
    Performer:  John Williams
    Conductor:  José Buenagu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seville Symphony Orchestra
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