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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: Six Violin Sonatas / Wallfisch, Tunnicliffe, Proud
Release Date: 08/14/2012   Label: Helios  
Catalog: 55404   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: Orlando Furioso / Spinosi, Et Al
Release Date: 01/18/2005   Label: Naive  
Catalog: 30393   Number of Discs: 3
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Albinoni, Vivaldi: Oboe Concertos / King, Goodwin, Wood
Release Date: 04/13/2010   Label: Helios  
Catalog: 55349   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: Teuzzone / Savall, Zanasi, Milanesi, Mameli, Lopez, Giovannini
Release Date: 01/31/2012   Label: Naive  
Catalog: 30513   Number of Discs: 3
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In The Footsteps Of Vivaldi
Release Date: 07/31/2012   Label: Kultur Video  
Catalog: 4830   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Gloria in D major, RV 589

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    Vivaldi Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94840 Release Date: 11/18/2014   Number of Discs: 66
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  John Dowland,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Federico Guglielmo,  Roberto Loreggian,  Mario Folena,  Stefania Marusi  ... 
    Conductor:  Federico Guglielmo,  Federico Maria Sardelli,  Krijn Koetsveld,  Rinaldo Alessandrini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Arte dell'Arco,  Modo Antiquo Ensemble,  Anciuti Ensemble  ... 
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    L'Oiseau-Lyre - The Baroque Era
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002072902 Release Date: 06/17/2014   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Thomas Augustine Arne,  William Boyce,  John Blow,  Henry Purcell  ... 
    Performer:  Catherine Bott,  Libby Crabtree,  Michael George,  Emma Kirkby  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood,  Philip Pickett,  Joshua Rifkin,  Christophe Rousset  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Westminster Abbey School Choristers Choir,  New London Consort Orchestra  ... 
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    Carlo Maria Giulini a Amsterdam
    Label: Tahra   Catalog: 765 Release Date: 05/13/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Giuseppe Verdi
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
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    Choir of King's College Cambridge - 5 Classic Albums
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 940823 Release Date: 01/14/2014   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Antonio Vivaldi,  George Frideric Handel,  Gregorio Allegri  ... 
    Performer:  Jan Lochmann,  Richard Eteson,  Margaret Cameron,  James Gilchrist  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir,  Academy of Ancient Music
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    Vivaldi: Gloria, Dixit Dominus / Alessandrini
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 40017 Release Date: 08/06/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Monica Piccinini,  Gemma Bertagnolli,  Matteo Bellotto,  Gianluca Ferrarini  ... 
    Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
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    Vivaldi: Gloria; Magnificat
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 320162 Release Date: 01/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Conductor:  Andrew Parrott
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    Antonio Vivaldi: Gloria; Stabat Mater; Dixit Dominus
    Label: Bottega Discantica   Catalog: 169 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Enrico Gatti
    Conductor:  Fabio Ciofini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Hermans
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    Vivaldi: Sacred Music
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 30541 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Anonymous
    Performer:  Sara Mingardo,  Gemma Bertagnolli,  Matteo Bellotto,  Roberta Invernizzi  ... 
    Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini,  Ottavio Dantone,  Jean-Christophe Spinosi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano,  Accademia Bizantina,  Ensemble Matheus
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    Vivaldi: Gloria; Stabat Mater
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001748202 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Emma Kirkby,  Judith Nelson,  James Bowman
    Conductor:  Simon Preston,  Christopher Hogwood
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    All-Baroque Box (From Monteverdi To Bach) [50-CD Limited Edition]
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 001719702 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Harvey,  Stephen Varcoe,  Anthony Rolfe Johnson,  Michael Chance  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner,  Paul McCreesh,  Marc Minkowski,  Trevor Pinnock  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir,  Gabrieli Consort  ... 
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    Vivaldi: Missae & Vesperae / Kaljuste, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
    Label: Carus   Catalog: 83325 Release Date: 08/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Kaia Galina Urb,  Vilve Hepner,  Anna Zander,  Mati Turi
    Conductor:  Tönu Kaljuste
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir,  Tallinn Chamber Orchestra
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    Magnificat - 500 Years Of Choral Masterworks [50-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001664502 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Gregorio Allegri,  Antonio Lotti,  Orlando de Lassus,  Josquin Des Préz  ... 
    Performer:  Patrick Russill,  Marinella Pennicchi,  Michael Chance,  Mark Tucker  ... 
    Conductor:  Harry Christophers,  Paul McCreesh,  Stephen Cleobury,  Edward Wickham  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen,  Gabrieli Consort,  Gabrieli Players  ... 
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    Vivaldi: Gloria, Magnificat / Muti, Berganza, Terrani, New Philharmonia Chorus & Orchestra
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 85223 Release Date: 01/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Teresa Berganza,  Lucia Valentini-Terrani,  Leslie Pearson,  Norman Jones
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Chorus
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    Heiligste Nacht: Choral Music For Advent & Christmas
    Label: Carus   Catalog: 83369 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dietrich Buxtehude,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann David Heinichen,  Giovanni Alberto Ristori  ... 
    Conductor:  Holger Speck
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Favorites
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    Gloria - Festiche Musik des Barock / Guttler, Virtuosi Saxoniae
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300169 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Elisabeth Wilke,  Annette Markert,  Andrea Ihle,  Christiane Oelze  ... 
    Conductor:  Ludwig Güttler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi Saxoniae,  Vienna Concentus Vocalis
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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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    Vivaldi: Vespers, String Concertos, Glorias / Alessandrini
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 30516 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Gemma Bertagnolli,  Matteo Bellotto,  Gianluca Ferrarini,  Sara Mingardo  ... 
    Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
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    Vivaldi: Sacred Music
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 4676218 Release Date: 05/31/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Jennifer Smith,  Wally Staempfli,  Jean-Pierre Maurer,  Christiane Jaccottet  ... 
    Conductor:  Michel Corboz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lausanne Instrumental Ensemble
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    Vivaldi: Gloria, Magnificat / Muti, Berganza,  Terrani, New Philharmonia Chorus & Orchestra
    Label: Emi Great Recordings Of The Century   Catalog: 18755 Release Date: 03/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Leslie Pearson,  Norman Jones,  Lucia Valentini-Terrani,  Teresa Berganza
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Chorus
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    Vivaldi: Gloria, The Four Seasons / Scherchen, Vienna State Opera Orchestra
    Label: Tahra   Catalog: 697 Release Date: 03/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Sonja Draxler,  Mimi Coertse,  Ina Dressel,  Julian Olevsky
    Conductor:  Hermann Scherchen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra
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  • 21.
    The Vivaldi Experience
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 79265 Release Date: 02/22/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Piero Toso,  Jennifer Smith,  Marilyn Horne,  Victoria de los Angeles  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Scimone,  Michel Corboz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Vocal et Instrumental de Lausanne
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    Vivaldi: Sacred Music / Negri, Lott, Marshall, Rolfe Johnson
    Label: Newton Classics   Catalog: 8802045 Release Date: 02/22/2011   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Margaret Marshall,  Ann Murray,  Birgit Finnilä,  Felicity Lott  ... 
    Conductor:  Vittorio Negri
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  John Alldis Choir,  Royal Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra
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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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    Vivaldi - Musica Sacra / Alessandrini, De Marchi, Concerto Italiano, Academia Montis Regalis
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 30512 Release Date: 10/26/2010   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Sara Mingardo,  Patrizia Biccire,  Deborah York,  Anke Herrmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini,  Alessandro De Marchi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano,  Academia Montis Regalis
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    Vivaldi: Gloria, Magnificat; Pergolesi: Magnificat / Willcocks, Ledger
    Label: London/Decca Serenata Series   Catalog: 425724 Release Date: 08/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Andrew King,  Michael Cockerham,  Peter Castle,  Dame Janet Baker  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Philip Ledger,  Sir David Willcocks
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Cambridge King's College Choir
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