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

Baroque Collection - Handel, Vivaldi, Bach, Pachelbel, Et Al
Release Date: 09/29/1992   Label: Emi Classics  
Catalog: 67425   Number of Discs: 2
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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: The Four Seasons / Bosgraaf, Ensemble Cordevento
Release Date: 01/28/2014   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 94637   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: Il Teuzzone / Volta, Pagano, Barazzoni, Piccini
Release Date: 07/17/2007   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 93351   Number of Discs: 3
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Vivaldi: Missae & Vesperae / Kaljuste, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Release Date: 08/28/2012   Label: Carus  
Catalog: 83325   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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  • 51.
    Presenting Andrea Griminelli - Vivaldi & Mercadante Flute Concertos
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 421438 Release Date: 09/02/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Saverio Mercadante
    Performer:  Andrea Griminelli
    Conductor:  Jean-Pierre Rampal
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 52.
    Ultimate Classical Guitar - The Essential Masterpieces
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001158402 Release Date: 08/26/2008   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Heitor Villa-Lobos,  Eduardo Fernandez,  Leo Brouwer,  Agustín Barrios Mangoré  ... 
    Performer:  Eduardo Fernandez,  Pepe Romero,  Alexandre Lagoya,  Catherine Michel  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonio de Almeida,  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra,  I Musici,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 53.
    Vivaldi: Mandolin, Violin, Flute Concertos / London Musici
    Label: Conifer   Catalog: 15909 Release Date: 08/18/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Kenneth Smith,  Sue Massop,  Nigel Woodhouse,  Lyn Fletcher
    Conductor:  Mark Stephenson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Musici
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  • 54.
    Komodiantische Musik Des Barock /  Harnoncourt, Vienna Concentus Musicus
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 4696893 Release Date: 07/21/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Carlo Farina,  Heinrich Ignaz Biber,  Marin Marais  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus
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  • 55.
    Vivaldi: Guitar Concertos / Pepe Romero, I Musici
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 434082 Release Date: 04/30/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Pepe Romero,  Massimo Paris
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
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  • 56.
    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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  • 57.
    The Baroque Era - Bach, Telemann, Vivaldi, Stamitz / Galway
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63433 Release Date: 02/06/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Carl Stamitz,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Georg Philipp Telemann
    Performer:  Jeanne Galway,  James Galway,  Phillip Moll,  Malcolm Proud  ... 
    Conductor:  André Prieur,  James Galway
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Irish Chamber Orchestra,  Zagreb Soloists
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  • 58.
    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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  • 59.
    Vivaldi: Six Flute Concertos, Op 10 / Preston, Hogwood
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 414685 Release Date: 01/07/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Stephen Preston
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
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  • 60.
    Europe Baroque - Handel, Vivaldi, Et Al
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 143 Release Date: 12/04/2007   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Andrea Falconieri,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Antonio Lotti,  Giuseppe Maria Jacchini  ... 
    Performer:  Héloise Gaillard,  Orphélie Gaillard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amarillis
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  • 61.
    Vivaldi: 6 Concerti Op 10 / James Galway, New Irish Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 61351 Release Date: 10/31/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  James Galway
    Conductor:  James Galway
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Irish Chamber Orchestra
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  • 62.
    Vivaldi: Six Flute Concertos, Op 10 / Bennett, Malcolm
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 62014 Release Date: 09/24/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  William Bennett,  George Malcolm
    Conductor:  George Malcolm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 63.
    Chiaroscuro - Vivaldi / Guimond, Lussier, Arion
    Label: Early-music.com   Catalog: 7764 Release Date: 09/20/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Mathieu Lussier,  Claire Guimond
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arion Ensemble
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  • 64.
    Vivaldi: Concertos And Sonatas / Claudio Scimone, I Solisti Veneti
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 643202 Release Date: 05/22/2007   Number of Discs: 18
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Giuliano Carmignola,  Edoardo Farina,  Gianni Chiampan,  Piero Toso  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Scimone
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti
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  • 65.
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 9944 Release Date: 03/07/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Héloise Gaillard,  Orphélie Gaillard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amarillis
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  • 66.
    Vivaldi: Flute Concertos / Pahud, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 47212 Release Date: 01/24/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Emmanuel Pahud
    Conductor:  Richard Tognetti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Australian Chamber Orchestra
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  • 67.
    The Very Best Of Vivaldi
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8552101-02 Release Date: 10/18/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
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  • 68.
    Vivaldi: Works For Flute / Kutluer, Et Al
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 1160 Release Date: 09/27/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Sefika Kutluer
    Conductor:  Rainer Sonne
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra members
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  • 69.
    Art Of Flute - Vivaldi, Bach, Benda / Baarova, Et Al
    Label: Euromusica   Catalog: 12 Release Date: 08/30/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Gioachino Rossini,  Antonín Dvorák,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Lenka Baarova,  Jan Niederle
    Conductor:  Jan Niederle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baarova Ensemble
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  • 70.
    Vivaldi: Chamber Music / Indermühle, Solisti Perugia, Et Al
    Label: Camerata Records   Catalog: 28019 Release Date: 07/26/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Claudio Brizi,  Thomas Indermühle,  Mario Ancillotti,  Paolo Franceschini  ... 
    Conductor:  Thomas Indermühle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti di Perugia
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  • 71.
    Vivaldi: String Concertos, Flute Concertos, Piccolo Concerto / Arco Baleno
    Label: Etcetera Records   Catalog: 1278 Release Date: 04/05/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arco Baleno
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  • 72.
    Vivaldi: Concertos / Anthony Halstead, The Hanover Band
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 964891 Release Date: 03/01/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Anthony Halstead
    Conductor:  Anthony Halstead
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hanover Band
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  • 73.
    Pachelbel's Canon And Other Baroque Favorites
    Label: Emi Classics Encore   Catalog: 57876 Release Date: 01/11/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Henry Purcell,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Alison Bury,  Andrew Lawrence-King,  Paul Goodwin,  Marion Verbruggen  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrew Parrott
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Choir,  Taverner Players,  Taverner Consort  ... 
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  • 74.
    Concerti Italiani - Bach, Et Al / Alessandrini, Et Al
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 30301 Release Date: 07/20/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benedetto Marcello,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Alessandro Marcello,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Riccardo Minasi,  Luca Peverini,  Antonio De Secondi,  Andrea Mion  ... 
    Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
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  • 75.
    Vivaldi: Concertos For Flute & Orchestra / Rampal, Scimone, I Solisti Veneti
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 4603732 Release Date: 06/23/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Jean-Pierre Rampal
    Conductor:  Claudio Scimone
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti
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