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
Amor Sacro - Vivaldi: Mottetti / Simone Kermes
Release Date: 02/13/2007   Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)  
Catalog: 000823702   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: Concerti da Camera / Collegium Pro Musica
Release Date: 09/25/2012   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 94332   Number of Discs: 3
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Vivaldi: Dixit Dominus / Mingardo, Agnew, Kopp
Release Date: 06/13/2006   Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)  
Catalog: 000649402   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: Opera & Oratorio Arias / Kozena, Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra
Release Date: 02/09/2010   Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)  
Catalog: 001395602   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: Four Seasons; Pachelbel, Bach / Carney, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Release Date: 03/10/2009   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 28090   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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  • 26.
    Vivaldi / Spinosi, Ensemble Matheus
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 30515 Release Date: 08/30/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Philippe Jaroussky,  Marie-Nicole Lemieux,  Sébastien Marq,  Veronica Cangemi  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus,  Mateus Baroque Ensemble,  Les Elements Chamber Choir
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  • 27.
    Flute Concertos - C.P.E. Bach, Benda, Chopin, Danzi
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94097 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Franz Danzi,  Franz Benda,  Franz Anton Hoffmeister,  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach  ... 
    Performer:  András Adorján,  Ingrid Dingfelder,  Machiko Takahashi,  Frank De Bruine  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans Stadlmair,  Milan Munclinger,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Roland Kieft  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ars Rediviva Orchestra,  Cordevento,  Modo Antiquo Ensemble
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  • 28.
    Giorno E Notte: Concerti Per Flauto Del Signor Vivaldi
    Label: Divox   Catalog: 70804-6 Release Date: 05/31/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Chiara Banchini,  Jörg-Andreas Bötticher,  Gaetano Nasillo,  Conrad Steinmann  ... 
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  • 29.
    James Galway Plays Flute Concertos
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 82812 Release Date: 05/24/2011   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Malcolm Arnold,  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Carl Stamitz  ... 
    Performer:  James Galway,  Rainer Wolters,  Ursula Duetschler,  John Mayer  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Jörg Faerber,  James Galway,  André Prieur  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn,  I Solisti di Zagreb  ... 
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  • 30.
    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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  • 31.
    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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  • 32.
    Essential Vivaldi
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94136 Release Date: 02/01/2011   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Enrico Casazza,  Erik Bosgraaf,  Roberto Loreggian,  Heinz Holliger  ... 
    Conductor:  Federico Guglielmo,  Pieter-Jan Leusink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Magnifica Comunitŕ,  Cordevento,  L'Arte dell'Arco  ... 
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  • 33.
    Vivaldi: Concerti / Karajan, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 423226 Release Date: 12/08/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 34.
    Cupido Tu Vedi - Vivaldi: Concerto E Cantate
    Label: Stradivarius   Catalog: 33856 Release Date: 09/14/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Raffaella Milanesi,  Marco Ceccato
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Ottoboni
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  • 35.
    Vivaldi: Recorder Concertos
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 93804 Release Date: 02/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Erik Bosgraaf
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Cordavento
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  • 36.
    Vivaldi: Recorder Concertos / Erik Bosgraaf, Cordevento
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 93804 Release Date: 02/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Erik Bosgraaf
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cordevento
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  • 37.
    Vivaldi Edition, Vol 10 - Concerti, Op 10 / Gazzelloni
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 426949 Release Date: 01/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Severino Gazzelloni
    Conductor:  Severino Gazzelloni
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
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  • 38.
    Vivaldi: 6 Concertos For Flute / Jennifer Stinton, Et Al
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1059 Release Date: 10/13/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Robin Jeffrey,  Jennifer Stinton,  Celia Harper
    Conductor:  Harry Christophers
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra
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  • 39.
    Vivaldi: Concerti, La Tempesta Di Mare, Etc / Concerto Koln
    Label: Phoenix Edition   Catalog: 434 Release Date: 09/29/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Eberhard Zummach
    Conductor:  Werner Ehrhardt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne,  Colonne Concerts Orchestra
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  • 40.
    Vivaldi: 6 Concerti Op. 10 / Petri, Brown, St. Martin
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 412874 Release Date: 08/18/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Michala Petri
    Conductor:  Iona Brown
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 41.
    Nightmare In Venice / Red Priest
    Label: Red Priest Recordings   Catalog: 2 Release Date: 06/09/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Henry Purcell,  Jean-Marie Leclair,  Giovanni Paolo Cima  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Red Priest
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  • 42.
    Romanze - Classical Gems
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 149402 Release Date: 06/09/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Alexander Glazunov,  Francis Poulenc  ... 
    Performer:  Elka Mitzewka,  Johannes Walter,  Juliane Lerche,  Ingeborg Herkomer  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Apelt,  Friedmann Bätzel,  Robert Hanell,  Heinz Fricke  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra,  German Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 43.
    Vivaldi: Concerti For Flute / Galway, Scimone
    Label: Hardy Classics   Catalog: 4039 Release Date: 06/02/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  James Galway,  Jeanne Galway
    Conductor:  Claudio Scimone
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti
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  • 44.
    Vivaldi: Concertos Op 10;  Sammartini / Michala Petri
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 68543 Release Date: 05/22/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Giuseppe Sammartini
    Performer:  Michala Petri
    Conductor:  Vladimir Spivakov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra
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  • 45.
    Flute Adagios
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001280202 Release Date: 04/14/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Albert Roussel,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Jacques Ibert,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Grandt,  Irena Grafenauer,  William Bennett,  Timothy Hutchins  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Benjamin Britten,  Karl Münchinger  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grumiaux Trio,  Montreal Symphony Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  ... 
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  • 46.
    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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  • 47.
    La Folie Vivaldi!
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5138 Release Date: 02/24/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Sara Mingardo,  Philippe Jaroussky,  Marie-Nicole Lemieux,  Jennifer Larmore  ... 
    Conductor:  Fabio Biondi,  Rinaldo Alessandrini,  Jean-Christophe Spinosi,  Alessandro De Marchi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante,  Concerto Italiano,  Ensemble Matheus  ... 
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  • 48.
    Enfants Classiques - Vivaldi: La Clef Du Mystere
    Label: Children's Group   Catalog: 42135 Release Date: 12/31/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Antonio Caldara
    Performer:  Larry Lewis,  Eric Robertson,  Virginia Markson,  Stanley Rozensweig  ... 
    Conductor:  Walter Babiak
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Studio Arts Orchestra
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  • 49.
    Vivaldi: Six Flute Concertos, Op 10 / Nicolet, I Musici
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 420188 Release Date: 11/04/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Aurčle Nicolet
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
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    Vivaldi: Orlando Furioso [Highlights], Etc / Spinosi, Ensemble Matheus, Et Al
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 30476 Release Date: 10/28/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Lorenzo Regazzo,  Marie-Nicole Lemieux,  Veronica Cangemi,  Ann Hallenberg  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus
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