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 / Avi Avital
Release Date: 02/24/2015   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 002262702   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: Complete Bassoon Concertos  [5-CD Collector's Edition]
Release Date: 02/03/2015   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 002260402   Number of Discs: 5
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Vivaldi: 6 Concertos For Flute / Jennifer Stinton, Et Al
Release Date: 10/13/2009   Label: Musical Concepts  
Catalog: 1059   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: Vespers / Jeffrey Skidmore, Ex Cathedra
Release Date: 05/08/2012   Label: Musical Concepts  
Catalog: 1176   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: 8 Concerti Per Violino / Accardo, I Musici
Release Date: 08/17/2004   Label: Pentatone  
Catalog: 5186130   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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  • 76.
    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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  • 77.
    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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  • 78.
    Baroque Guitar Favourites - Vivaldi, Bach / Garcia, Breiner
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550274 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Gerald Garcia,  Pavol Gimcik,  Karol Petroczi,  Maria Licková
    Conductor:  Peter Breiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Cassovia
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  • 79.
    Giuliani, Torroba & Vivaldi: Guitar Concertos / Linhares
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550483 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Federico Moreno-Torroba,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Mauro Giuliani
    Performer:  Dagoberto Linhares,  Raymond Migy
    Conductor:  Johannes Wildner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Cassovia
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  • 80.
    The Miraculous Mandolin - Vivaldi: Concertos And Sonatas
    Label: Ess.a.y Recordings   Catalog: 1004 Release Date: 01/05/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Roger Shell,  Peter Press,  Paul Peabody,  Edward Brewer  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Kapp
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Virtuosi
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  • 81.
    Vivaldi: Music For Lute And Mandolin / Paul O'dette
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 66160 Release Date: 11/11/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Paul O'Dette,  Roy Goodman,  Robin Jeffrey
    Conductor:  Peter Holman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parley of Instruments
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  • 82.
    Basic 100 Vol 5 - Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Flute Concerto
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 61710 Release Date: 06/08/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Kazuhito Yamashita,  James Galway,  José Luis Garcia,  Anthony Halstead
    Conductor:  James Galway,  Leonard Slatkin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Chamber Orchestra,  New Irish Chamber Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 83.
    Vivaldi: Famous Concertos
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550384 Release Date: 06/30/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Peter Baran,  Ludovít Kanta,  Juray Cizmarovic,  Miroslav Kejmar  ... 
    Conductor:  Jaroslav Krcek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
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  • 84.
    Rodrigo: Concierto De Aranjuez, Etc / John Williams
    Label: Sony Classical Essential Classics   Catalog: 48168 Release Date: 06/02/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Mauro Giuliani,  Joaquin Rodrigo
    Performer:  Colin Tilney,  John Williams
    Conductor:  John Williams,  Sir Charles Groves,  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra members
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  • 85.
    Vivaldi: Guitar Concertos / Los Romeros
    Label: Philips Concert Classics   Catalog: 426076 Release Date: 07/01/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Celedonio Romero,  Celin Romero,  Pepe Romero,  Angel Romero  ... 
    Conductor:  Victor Alessandro
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Antonio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 86.
    John Williams Plays Vivaldi Concertos
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 46556 Release Date: 06/14/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  John Williams,  Norbert Blume,  Zsuzsa Pertis,  Mária Frank  ... 
    Conductor:  János Rolla
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Franz Liszt Academy Chamber Orchestra
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  • 87.
    Vivaldi: Lute, Mandolin Concertos / Yepes, Ochi, Kuentz
    Label: Dg Musikfest   Catalog: 429528 Release Date: 12/10/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Monique Frasca-Colombier,  Narciso Yepes,  Takashi Ochi,  Sylvia Ochi
    Conductor:  Paul Kuentz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paul Kuentz Chamber Orchestra
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  • 88.
    The Great Guitar Concertos / John Williams
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 44791 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Manuel Ponce,  Heitor Villa-Lobos,  Mauro Giuliani,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  John Williams,  Christine Pendrill
    Conductor:  André Previn,  Daniel Barenboim,  John Williams,  Sir Charles Groves  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 89.
    Vivaldi: Guitar Concertos / Los Romeros, Brown, Asmf
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 412624 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Celedonio Romero,  Angel Romero,  Pepe Romero,  Celin Romero
    Conductor:  Iona Brown
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Los Romeros
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  • 90.
    Recorder Concerti By Vivaldi, Sammartini & Telemann
    Label: Bis Twins   Catalog: 210290 Release Date: 08/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Giuseppe Sammartini
    Performer:  Kari Ottesen,  Maria Wieslander,  Jakob Lindberg,  Alf Petersén  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble
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