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
Release Date: 03/10/2015   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 2103   Number of Discs: 1
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The 12 Seasons: Vivaldi, Piazzolla & Shor / Carpenter, Salome Chamber Orchestra
Release Date: 04/15/2016   Label: Warner Classics  
Catalog: 554928  
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Vivaldi: The Four Seasons - A Ballet Film / Harrington, Sweete, Kudelka
Release Date: 04/01/2016   Label: Euroarts  
Catalog: 26109  
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Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Nils-erik Sparf
Release Date: 10/02/1992   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 275   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: Recorder Concertos / Dan Laurin, 1B1
Release Date: 02/12/2016   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 2035   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Concerto for Flute in G minor, Op. 10 no 2/RV 439 "La notte"

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    Sounds & Clouds
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 37615 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Toshio Hosokawa
    Performer:  Jeremias Schwarzer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Holland Baroque Society
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    New Colours Of The Past
    Label: Ars Produktion   Catalog: 38182 Release Date: 10/30/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Béla Bartók,  Claude Debussy,  Alban Berg  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Duo Aliada
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    Jean-Pierre Rampal: The Complete Erato Recordings, Vol. 3 1970-1982
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 552118 Release Date: 09/18/2015   Number of Discs: 23
    Composer:  Johann Melchoir Molter,  Giuseppe Tartini,  Aram Khachaturian,  César Franck  ... 
    Performer:  Jean-Pierre Rampal,  Pierre Barbizet,  Robert Veyron-Lacroix,  Marie-Claire Alain  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean-François Paillard,  Claudio Scimone,  Jean Martinon,  Isaac Stern  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti,  Trio Pasquier,  Les Solistes De Ličge
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    Vivaldi: Pan Flute Concertos
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95078 Release Date: 06/30/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Hanspeter Oggier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Fratres
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    Jean-Pierre Rampal: The Complete Erato Recordings, Vol. 2 - 1963-1969
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 2564619043 Release Date: 05/26/2015   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Traditional,  Jean-Baptiste Krumpholtz,  Gabriel Fauré,  Jacques Ibert  ... 
    Performer:  Lily Laskine,  Jean-Pierre Rampal,  Pierre Pasquier,  Bernard Fonteny  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean-François Paillard,  André Jolivet,  Theodor Guschlbauer,  André Girard  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paillard Chamber Orchestra,  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Le  Fou De Flutes
    Label: Little Village   Catalog: 69081005 Release Date: 04/07/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Jean-Féry Rebel,  Claude Clement
    Performer:  Midori Seiler,  Clemens-Maria Nuszbaumer,  Maurice Steger,  Duilio Galfetti  ... 
    Conductor:  Diego Fasolis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin,  I Barocchisti
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    Karajan - 1980s
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002187902 Release Date: 12/09/2014   Number of Discs: 78
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Anton Bruckner,  Johannes Brahms,  Jacques Offenbach  ... 
    Performer:  David Bell,  José Van Dam,  Barbara Hendricks,  Gösta Winbergh  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Domenico Bartolucci
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein  ... 
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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: Recorder Concertos / Steger, Fasolis, I Barocchisti
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 902190 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Maurice Steger
    Conductor:  Diego Fasolis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Barocchisti
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    James Galway - The Complete RCA Album Collection
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 302633 Release Date: 09/16/2014   Number of Discs: 73
    Composer:  Arthur Smith,  Various,  Traditional,  Stan Lebowsky  ... 
    Performer:  James Galway,  Sylvia,  Marisa Robles,  Phillip Moll  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Scimone,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Jörg Faerber,  Eduardo Mata  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Galway Pops Orchestra  ... 
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    Vivaldi: Concertos / Kagan, Oistrakh, Gutman, Hoffman, Markiz
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 2262 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Evgeni Nepalov,  Oleg Kagan,  Natalia Gutman,  Albert Hoffman
    Conductor:  Rudolf Barshai,  Lev Markiz,  David Oistrakh
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra Soloists Ensemble,  Soloists Ensemble of the Moscow Philharmony Orches
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    Classical Music For Your Star Sign: Capricorn
    Label: United Multimedia   Catalog: 67092 Release Date: 12/10/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Narrato,  Richard Ed Linger,  Eugen Duvier,  Anton Nanut
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    Das Alte Werk - 50-CD Collection
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 46438 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Orlando Gibbons  ... 
    Performer:  Herbert Tachezi,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Frans Brüggen,  Jeannette Van Wingerden  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Werner Ehrhardt,  Giovanni Antonini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Leonhardt Consort,  Studio for Early Music  ... 
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    Erato - 50 CD Collection
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 46441 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Tomaso Albinoni,  Giuseppe Tartini,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Giuseppe Torelli  ... 
    Performer:  Maurice André,  Pierre Pierlot,  Paul Hongne,  Jacques Chambon  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Jean-François Paillard,  Frigyes Sándor,  Kent Nagano  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ens.,  Paillard Chamber Orchestra,  Vienna Soloists  ... 
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    Vivaldi: Concerto For 2 Organs / Gianola, Celeghin, Fanna
    Label: Stradivarius   Catalog: 33951 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Silvio Celeghin,  Margherita Gianola
    Conductor:  Francesco Fanna
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia di San Rocco
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    Emmanuel Pahud: 5 Classic Albums
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 844292 Release Date: 07/09/2013   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Michael Haydn,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Wolfram Christ,  Albrecht Mayer,  Emmanuel Pahud,  Jacques Zoon  ... 
    Conductor:  Rainer Kussmaul,  HansJörg Schellenberger,  Richard Tognetti,  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Baroque Soloists,  Haydn Ensemble Berlin,  Australian Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    Vivaldi: 6 Concertos Pour Flute
    Label: Musiques A La Chabotterie   Catalog: 605012 Release Date: 06/11/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Hugo Reyne
    Conductor:  Hugo Reyne
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Simphonie du Marais
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    Vivaldi: Flute Concertos Op 10, Etc / Hall, Laredo, Et Al
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1243 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Judith Hall,  Jaime Laredo
    Conductor:  Paul Barritt,  Jaime Laredo
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Divertimenti,  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
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    Vivaldi: Six Concertos For Flute / Graf, Faerber, Wurttemberg Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Claves   Catalog: 8807 Release Date: 12/11/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Peter-Lukas Graf
    Conductor:  Jörg Faerber
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wurttemberg Chamber Orchestra
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    Vivaldi: Concertos
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 30542 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Sergio Azzolini,  Christophe Coin,  Sébastien Marq,  Anne-Katharina Schreiber  ... 
    Conductor:  Giovanni Antonini,  Rinaldo Alessandrini,  Jean-Christophe Spinosi,  Gottfried Von der Goltz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Aura Soave,  Il Giardino Armonico,  Concerto Italiano  ... 
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    Vivaldi: Venetian Dreams / Schwarz, Rebel Baroque Orchestra
    Label: Bridge   Catalog: 9377 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Conductor:  Jörg-Michael Schwarz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rebel Baroque Orchestra
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    Vivaldi: Recorder Concertos; Handel: Recorder Sonatas / Adams, King, Watkin, Musica Da Camera
    Label: Red Priest Recordings   Catalog: 8 Release Date: 07/10/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Roy Goodman,  Miles Golding,  Mandy MacNamara,  Jane Coe  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert King
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica da Camera
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    Stravaganza - Vivaldi: 55 Concertos / Pinnock, English Concert [7-CD Collector's Edition]
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 001676702 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Simon Standage,  Trevor Pinnock,  Lisa Beznosiuk,  David Reichenberg  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
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    Vivaldi's Children: Six Concerti, Op. 10 / Boustany
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 6167 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Philip Dukes,  Mary Scully,  Steve Morris,  Wissam Boustany  ... 
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    Italian Concertos - Durante, Vivaldi, Pergolesi, Leo / Concerto Koln
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 5132 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Conductor:  Werner Ehrhardt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne
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