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: The Four Seasons / Tognetti, Australian Chamber Orchestra
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Catalog: 2103   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: Recorder Concertos / Dan Laurin, 1B1
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Catalog: 2035   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: L'amore Per Elvira / La Serenissima
Release Date: 01/01/2006   Label: Linn Records  
Catalog: 281   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: Concertos For Strings / Arte Dei Suonatori
Release Date: 10/25/2011   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1845   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: String Concertos Vol 2 / Simon Standage, Et Al
Release Date: 11/20/2001   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 668   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Gloria in D major, RV 589

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  • 26.
    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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  • 27.
    Ultimate Vivaldi - The Essential Masterpieces
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000972802 Release Date: 09/11/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Salvatore Accardo,  Alan Cuckston,  Denis Vigay,  Ida Levin  ... 
    Conductor:  Iona Brown,  Sir Neville Marriner,  George Guest,  George Malcolm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti di Napoli,  I Solisti di Napoli Orchestra,  Los Romeros
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  • 28.
    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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  • 29.
    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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    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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  • 31.
    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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  • 32.
    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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  • 33.
    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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  • 34.
    Vivaldi: Gloria, Etc / Cleobury, King's College Choir, Et Al
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 57265 Release Date: 05/07/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Michael Chance,  James Gilchrist,  Deborah Norman,  Sarah Fox  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Cambridge King's College Choir
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  • 35.
    Label: Spj Music   Catalog: 90604 Release Date: 02/26/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Traditional,  Giovanni Palestrina,  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi  ... 
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  • 36.
    Vivaldi: Gloria;  Handel: Dixit Dominus / Gardiner, Et Al
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 462597 Release Date: 11/13/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Gillian Ross,  Julian Clarkson,  Robert Burt,  Angela Kazimierczuk  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
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  • 37.
    Vivaldi: Gloria;  Bach: Magnificat / Summerly, Ward
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8554056 Release Date: 10/06/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Conductor:  Nicholas Ward
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Chamber Orchestra,  Schola Cantorum Oxford
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  • 38.
    Vivaldi: Beatus Vir, Gloria In D / Kralev, Pankova, Et Al
    Label: Gega New   Catalog: 199 Release Date: 08/17/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Plamena Zlateva,  Bogomil Karakonov,  Yolanta Tzaneva,  Spiro Petkov  ... 
    Conductor:  Stoyan Kralev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sofia Symphony Orchestra,  Sofia Madrigal Chorus
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  • 39.
    Haydn: Lord Nelson Mass / Willcocks, King's College Choir
    Label: London/Decca Legends   Catalog: 458623 Release Date: 03/14/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Antonio Vivaldi,  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Sylvia Stahlman,  Simon Preston,  Tom Krause,  Helen Watts  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  ... 
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  • 40.
    Great Choral Classics From King's - Allegri, Tallis, Et Al
    Label: London/Decca Double Decker   Catalog: 452949 Release Date: 06/09/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  William Byrd,  Thomas Tallis,  Orlando Gibbons,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Simon Preston,  Francis Baines,  Bernard Richards,  John Langdon  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir,  Jacobean Viol Consort,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  ... 
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  • 41.
    Vivaldi: Gloria, Motets, Cantatas / Preston, Kirkby, Et Al
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 455727 Release Date: 10/14/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Catherine Bott,  Christopher Hogwood,  Catherine Mackintosh,  Simon Standage  ... 
    Conductor:  Philip Pickett,  Christopher Hogwood,  Simon Preston
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort,  Academy of Ancient Music,  Christ Church Cathedral Choir
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  • 42.
    Vivaldi: Magnificat, Gloria / Radu, Baird, Ama Deus Ensemble
    Label: Newport Classic   Catalog: 85617 Release Date: 04/22/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  James Hamlin,  Thomas Freas,  Sarah Davol,  Lorie Gratis  ... 
    Conductor:  Valentin Radu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ama Deus Ensemble
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  • 43.
    Vivaldi: Gloria, Stabat Mater, Etc / Couraud, Sailer, Bence
    Label: Tuxedo Music   Catalog: 1032 Release Date: 10/01/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Friederike Sailer,  Margarethe Bence
    Conductor:  Marcel Couraud
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Pro Musica Orchestra,  Pro Musica Chamber Choir
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  • 44.
    Vivaldi: Gloria, Beatus Vir / Jeremy Summerly, Nicholas Ward
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550767 Release Date: 05/09/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Conductor:  Jeremy Summerly,  Nicholas Ward
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schola Cantorum Oxford,  Northern Chamber Orchestra
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  • 45.
    Gloria - Vivaldi, Corelli, A. Scarlatti / Trevor Pinnock
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 437834 Release Date: 11/09/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alessandro Scarlatti,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Nancy Argenta,  Trevor [viola da gamba] Jones,  Jane Coe,  Peter McCarthy  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert,  English Concert Choir
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  • 46.
    Bach: Magnificat; Vivaldi: Gloria, Beatus Vir / Rilling, Malgoire
    Label: Sony Classical Essential Classics   Catalog: 48280 Release Date: 02/23/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Jocelyne Chamonin,  Carolyn Watkinson,  Mary Burgess,  Ann Murray  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean-Claude Malgoire,  Helmuth Rilling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Grande Ecurie et la Chambre du Roy,  Raphael Passaquet Vocal Ensemble,  Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart  ... 
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  • 47.
    Vivaldi: Glorias / Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Et Al
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5278 Release Date: 12/02/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Patrizia Kwella,  Catherine Wyn-Rogers,  Andrew Carwood,  Elisabeth Priday
    Conductor:  Stephen Darlington
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hanover Band,  Christ Church Cathedral Choir
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  • 48.
    Vivaldi: Gloria;  Bach: Magnificat / Hickox, Kirkby, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 518 Release Date: 07/29/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Tessa Bonner,  John Mark Ainsley,  Stephen Varcoe,  Michael Chance  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Musicum 90
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  • 49.
    Vivaldi: Gloriae Rv 589 & 588 / Scimone, Gasdia, Zimmermann
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 245248 Release Date: 01/27/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Margarita Zimmermann,  Cecilia Gasdia
    Conductor:  Claudio Scimone
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ambrosian Singers,  I Solisti Veneti
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  • 50.
    Bach: Magnificat; Vivaldi: Gloria / Marriner
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 54283 Release Date: 11/08/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Ann Murray,  Barbara Hendricks,  Jean Rigby,  Jorma Hynninen
    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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