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 - Pieta /   	Philippe Jaroussky
Release Date: 10/28/2014   Label: Erato  
Catalog: 625810   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Anne Akiko Meyers
Release Date: 02/04/2014   Label: eOne  
Catalog: 7790   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: Concertos For Two Cellos / Julian & Jiaxin Lloyd Webber
Release Date: 10/14/2014   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 573374   Number of Discs: 1
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Music For Strings: Hindemith, Prokofiev, Bartok, Vivaldi / Marriner
Release Date: 10/14/2014   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 002127202   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: Concerti Per Flauto / Steger,  Fasolis, I Barocchisti
Release Date: 10/14/2014   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 902190   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Gloria in D major, RV 589

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  • 26.
    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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  • 27.
    The Number One Vivaldi Album
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4765885 Release Date: 03/20/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Konstanty Andrzej Kulka,  Andrea Griminelli,  Eduardo Fernández,  William Bennett  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Münchinger,  Sir David Willcocks,  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra,  Lucerne Festival Strings,  Cambridge King's College Choir  ... 
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  • 28.
    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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    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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  • 30.
    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 Larivière,  Matthias Maute,  Shannon Mercer,  Monika Mauch
    Conductor:  Matthias Maute
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Caprice
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  • 31.
    Label: Classic Fm   Catalog: 1425204 Release Date: 09/30/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Jean Sibelius,  Max Bruch,  Sir Edward Elgar  ... 
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  • 32.
    Bach: Magnificat; Vivaldi: Gloria / Hendricks, Marriner
    Label: Emi Classics Encore   Catalog: 08287 Release Date: 08/19/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  John Constable,  Uwe Heilmann,  Barbara Hendricks,  Christine Messiter  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus
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  • 33.
    Music From The Venetian Ospedali /San Francisco Girls Chorus
    Label: San Francisco Girls Chorus   Catalog: 5637467652 Release Date: 03/11/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Giovanni Porta,  Nicolo Porpora,  Francesco Brusa
    Performer:  Caroline Estrada,  Jenny Asbury,  Gonzalo Ruiz,  Laney McClain  ... 
    Conductor:  Sharon Paul
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Girls Chorus Sinfonia,  San Francisco Girls Chorus
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  • 34.
    Best Vivaldi 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 10358 Release Date: 02/12/2008   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Gérard Lesne,  Leonardo De Lisi,  Marina Comparato,  Dominique Labelle  ... 
    Conductor:  Alan Curtis,  Fabio Biondi,  Stephen Stubbs,  Andrew Parrott  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seminario Musicale,  Il Complesso Barocco,  Europa Galante  ... 
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  • 35.
    Sacrae Notae
    Label: Metropolis   Catalog: 5637355112 Release Date: 01/15/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Gounod,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Albert Hay Malotte,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Krista Adams Santilli,  Anita Porzio,  Patrick Lombardo,  Arlene Shrut
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  • 36.
    Vivaldi: 100 Chefs D'ouvre
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 504381 Release Date: 01/13/2008   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Fabio Biondi,  Derek Lee Ragin,  Alison Place,  Emily van Evera  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Warren-Green,  Fabio Biondi,  Andrew Parrott,  Stephen Stubbs  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante,  Seminario Musicale,  Consort & Players Taverner Choir  ... 
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  • 37.
    Vivaldi: Choral Works
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 566987 Release Date: 01/13/2008  
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Teresa Berganza,  Lucia Valentini-Terrani
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Chorus
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  • 38.
    Christmas In Rome / Mccreesh, Pinnock
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000992809 Release Date: 11/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Girolamo Frescobaldi,  Giacomo Carissimi,  Traditional,  Alessandro Scarlatti  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock,  Paul McCreesh
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert,  English Concert Choir,  Gabrieli Consort  ... 
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  • 39.
    Vivaldi: Gloria / Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 000988502 Release Date: 10/09/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Nancy Argenta,  Jennifer Smith,  Catherine Wyn-Rogers
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert,  English Concert Choir
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  • 40.
    Vivaldi: Gloria, Magnificat, Etc / Alessandrini, York, Et Al
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 30448 Release Date: 07/31/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Sara Mingardo,  Patrizia Biccire,  Deborah York
    Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano,  Akademia Vocal Ensemble
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  • 41.
    Pierrette Alarie - Couperin, Fauré, Mozart, Vivaldi
    Label: Hafg   Catalog: 10319 Release Date: 06/12/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  François Couperin,  Gabriel Fauré,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Pierrette Alarie,  Basia Retchitzka,  Marie Therese Cahn,  Léopold Simoneau  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean Fournet,  André Jouve,  Ernest Bour
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra,  Paris Pro Musica Orchestra,  Society of the Conservatory Concerts Orchestra  ... 
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  • 42.
    Aeterna Celesta
    Label: Isba   Catalog: 5110 Release Date: 11/28/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Giulio Caccini,  George Frideric Handel,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Heather Schnarr,  Natalie [Soprano Vocals] Choquette,  Richard Capolla,  Olga Gross  ... 
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  • 43.
    Vivaldi: Gloria; Bach: Magnificat  / The Sixteen
    Label: Coro   Catalog: 16042 Release Date: 11/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Gillian Fisher,  Lynda Russell,  Ian Partridge,  Michael George
    Conductor:  Harry Christophers
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Symphony of Harmony and Invention,  The Sixteen
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  • 44.
    Vivaldi: Gloria, Magnificat / Parrot, Et Al
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 64799 Release Date: 09/12/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Anonymous
    Performer:  Nancy Argenta,  Catherine King,  Emily van Evera,  Margaret Cable  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrew Parrott
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Players,  Taverner Choir
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  • 45.
    Vivaldi: Gloria & Other Sacred Works / Scimone
    Label: Dynamic   Catalog: 33506 Release Date: 04/25/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Conductor:  Claudio Scimone
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti,  Vienna Singakademie
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  • 46.
    Vivaldi: The Complete Sacred Music / King, King's Consort
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 44171 Release Date: 11/08/2005   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Giovanni Maria Ruggieri
    Performer:  Carolyn Sampson,  Robert Evans,  Daniel Auchincloss,  Cecilia Osmond  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert King
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
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  • 47.
    Vivaldi: Sacred Music / Michel Corboz
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 8573803032 Release Date: 08/05/2005   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Wally Staempfli,  Jennifer Smith,  Philippe Coroboz,  Verena Schweizer  ... 
    Conductor:  Michel Corboz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lausanne Instrumental Ensemble
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  • 48.
    Galuppi: Magnificat;  Vivaldi: Gloria / Dahler, Miranda
    Label: Claves   Catalog: 801 Release Date: 07/26/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Baldassare Galuppi,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Ana-Maria Miranda,  Ria Bollen
    Conductor:  Jörg Ewald Dähler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pforzheim Southwest German Chamber Orchestra,  Berne Chamber Chorus
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  • 49.
    Vivaldi: Gloria; Settings From The Mass And Vespers
    Label: Carus   Catalog: CV83403 Release Date: 10/01/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Kaia Urb,  Vilve Hepner,  Mati Turi
    Conductor:  Tönu Kaljuste
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    Bach: Magnificat;  Vivaldi: Gloria, Kyrie / Corboz, Et Al
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 48681 Release Date: 05/20/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Nicole Rossier-Maradan,  Hannah Schaer,  Jennifer Smith,  Wally Staempfli
    Conductor:  Michel Corboz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lausanne Vocal Ensemble,  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra
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