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: Cello Concerti Vol 1 / Wallfisch, Kraemer
Release Date: 05/23/1995   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550907   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: Four Seasons, Etc / Nishizaki, Gunzenhauser
Release Date: 06/30/1992   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550056   Number of Discs: 1
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Four Seasons/Cto Winds:vivaldi
Release Date: 01/04/1996   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553219   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: Cello Concerti Vol 2 / Wallfisch, Kraemer
Release Date: 05/23/1995   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550908   Number of Discs: 1
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Classics Explained - Vivaldi: Four Seasons
Release Date: 07/17/2001   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8558028-29   Number of Discs: 2
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Work: Gloria in D major, RV 589

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    The Complete Argo Recordings / The Choir of St. John's College Cambridge, Guest
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4831252 Release Date: 06/23/2017   Number of Discs: 42
    Composer:  Otto Goldschmidt,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Alastair Roberts,  Peter White,  George Guest,  Owen Brannigan  ... 
    Conductor:  George Guest
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge St. John's College Choir,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  London Brass  ... 
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    The 70th Year / Priddy, Texas Boys Choir
    Label: Mark Records   Catalog: 52370 Release Date: 05/19/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Timothy C. Takach,  Benjamin Britten  ... 
    Performer:  John Tarver,  John Ferraro
    Conductor:  S. Bryan Priddy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Texas Boys Choir,  Texas Camerata
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    Vivaldi: Gloria; Magnificat
    Label: Alpha Productions   Catalog: 222 Release Date: 01/29/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Conductor:  Hervé Niquet
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert Spirituel
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    Vivaldi: Gloria; Magnificat
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 551693 Release Date: 08/28/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Teresa Berganza
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
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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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    Vivaldi: Gloria, Magnificat / Guttler, Ihle, Wilke, Markert
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95022 Release Date: 11/18/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Annette Markert,  Elisabeth Wilke,  Andrea Ihle
    Conductor:  Ludwig Güttler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi Saxoniae,  Hallé Madrigal Singers
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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: 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:  Judith Nelson,  Emma Kirkby,  James Bowman
    Conductor:  Simon Preston,  Christopher Hogwood
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  • 11.
    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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    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 / Corboz
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 4676218 Release Date: 05/31/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Jennifer Smith,  Wally Staempfli,  Philippe Coroboz,  Christiane Jaccottet  ... 
    Conductor:  Michel Corboz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lausanne Instrumental Ensemble
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  • 18.
    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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  • 19.
    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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  • 20.
    Vivaldi: Gloria, Magnificat; Pergolesi: Magnificat / Willcocks, Ledger
    Label: London/Decca Serenata Series   Catalog: 425724 Release Date: 08/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
    Performer:  Dame Janet Baker,  Elizabeth Vaughan,  Ian Partridge,  Christopher Keyte  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks,  Sir Philip Ledger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Cambridge King's College Choir
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  • 21.
    Bach: Magnificat; Vivaldi: Gloria / Bach Choir Of Bethlehem
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 29873 Release Date: 11/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Rosa Lamoreaux,  Julia Doyle,  Daniel Lichti,  Benjamin Butterfield  ... 
    Conductor:  Greg Funfgeld
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Choir of Bethlehem,  Bach Festival Orchestra
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  • 22.
    Vivaldi: Gloria / Rino Alessandrini, Sara Mingardo, Concerto Italiano
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 30485 Release Date: 08/25/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Monica Piccinini,  Lia Serafini,  Luca Dordolo
    Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
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  • 23.
    Vivaldi: Gloria; Pergolesi: Stabat Mater
    Label: Warner Classics & Jazz   Catalog: 4692589 Release Date: 02/23/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
    Performer:  Eva Mei
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
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  • 24.
    In Dulci Jubilo: Weihnachten Mit Ludwig Guttler
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 94502 Release Date: 11/24/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Francesco Manfredini,  Johann David Heinichen,  Jeremiah Clarke,  Giuseppe Torelli  ... 
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  • 25.
    Gloria! - Vivaldi's Angels / Maute, Ensemble Caprice
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 29917 Release Date: 11/11/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Sophie Larivičre,  Matthias Maute,  Shannon Mercer,  Monika Mauch
    Conductor:  Matthias Maute
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Caprice
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