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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, Bach: Magnificats, Concerti / Savall
Release Date: 12/09/2014   Label: Alia Vox  
Catalog: 9909   Number of Discs: 2
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Gloria - Vivaldi, Corelli, A. Scarlatti / Trevor Pinnock
Release Date: 11/09/1993   Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)  
Catalog: 437834   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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Vivaldi: Concertos for the Emperor / Andrew Manze
Release Date: 03/13/2012   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 2907332   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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  • 51.
    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:  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  John Langdon,  Thurston Dart,  Dame Janet Baker,  Elizabeth Vaughan  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir,  English Chamber Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  ... 
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  • 52.
    Vivaldi: Magnificat, Gloria / Muti, Berganza, Terrani, Et Al
    Label: Emi Great Recordings Of The Century   Catalog: 67002 Release Date: 05/04/1999   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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  • 53.
    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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  • 54.
    Vivaldi: The Great Choral Masterpieces / Negri, Et Al
    Label: Philips Duo   Catalog: 462170 Release Date: 06/09/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Robert Holl,  Anthony Rolfe Johnson,  Ann Murray,  Margaret Marshall  ... 
    Conductor:  Vittorio Negri
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Alldis Choir,  English Chamber Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra
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  • 55.
    Vivaldi: Gloria, Magnificat, Concertos / Alessandrini, Et Al
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 30195 Release Date: 04/14/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Patrizia Biccire,  Sara Mingardo,  Deborah York
    Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano,  Akademia Vocal Ensemble
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  • 56.
    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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  • 57.
    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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  • 58.
    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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  • 59.
    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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  • 60.
    Vivaldi: Glorias, Etc / Guest, Cleobury
    Label: London/Decca Double Decker   Catalog: 443455 Release Date: 02/14/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  David Briggs,  Richard Farnes,  John Shirley-Quirk,  Isobel Buchanan  ... 
    Conductor:  George Guest,  Stephen Cleobury
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge St. John's College Choir,  Cambridge King's College Choir,  English Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 61.
    Vivaldi: Gloria, Magnificat / Güttler, Ihle, Wilke, Et Al
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 1003 Release Date: 07/26/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Andrea Ihle,  Annette Markert,  Elisabeth Wilke
    Conductor:  Ludwig Güttler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi Saxoniae,  Hallé Madrigal Singers
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  • 62.
    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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  • 63.
    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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  • 64.
    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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  • 65.
    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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  • 66.
    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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  • 67.
    Bach: Magnificat Bwv 243;  Vivaldi: Gloria / Marriner, Hendricks, Murray, Rigby, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 54283 Release Date: 11/08/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Barbara Hendricks,  Ann Murray,  Jean Rigby,  Jorma Hynninen
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 68.
    Vivaldi: Gloria Bach; Magnificat / Shaw, Atlanta So & Chorus
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80194 Release Date: 05/19/1989   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Dawn Upshaw,  Marietta Simpson,  Penelope Jensen,  William Stone  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Shaw
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
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  • 69.
    Vivaldi: Sacred Choral Music Vol 1 / Negri, Lott, Marshall
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 420648 Release Date: 06/01/1988   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Margaret Marshall,  Birgit Finnilä,  Felicity Lott,  Ann Murray
    Conductor:  Vittorio Negri
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  John Alldis Choir
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  • 70.
    Vivaldi: Gloria;  Scarlatti: Dixit Dominus / Pinnock
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 423386 Release Date: 02/01/1988   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alessandro Scarlatti,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Stephen Varcoe,  Ashley Stafford,  Nancy Argenta,  Ingrid Attrot  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert Choir,  English Concert
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