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 / Avi Avital
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Catalog: 002262702   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: L'Estro Armonico / Podger, Brecon Baroque
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Catalog: 36515   Number of Discs: 2
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Vivaldi: Trio Sonatas Op.1 / L'arte Dell'arco
Release Date: 04/28/2015   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 94784   Number of Discs: 2
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Work: Concerto for Flute in G minor, Op. 10 no 2/RV 439 "La notte"

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  • 76.
    Vivaldi: Flute Concertos / Gazzelloni, I Musici
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186108 Release Date: 03/25/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Severino Gazzelloni
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
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  • 77.
    Vivaldi: La Notte, La Tempesta Di Mare, Etc / Marq, Spinosi
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 30371 Release Date: 01/14/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Sébastien Marq
    Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mateus Baroque Ensemble
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  • 78.
    Baroque Favorites / Tafelmusik, Helicon Ensemble
    Label: Reference Recordings   Catalog: 2101 Release Date: 06/05/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Henry Purcell  ... 
    Performer:  Albert Fuller,  Linda Quan,  Stanley Ritchie,  Jaap Schröder  ... 
    Conductor:  Albert Fuller,  Jeanne Lamon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helicon,  Tafelmusik
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  • 79.
    Vivaldi: Concerti / Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment
    Label: Linn Records   Catalog: 151 Release Date: 11/14/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  James Eastaway,  Paul Nicholson,  David Watkin,  Margaret Faultless  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
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  • 80.
    Vivaldi: Famous Flute Concerti / Krcek, Kraemer
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8554053 Release Date: 10/06/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Conductor:  Jaroslav Krcek,  Nicholas Kraemer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  City of London Sinfonia
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  • 81.
    Vivaldi: Six Flute Concertos Op.10
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 468170 Release Date: 09/13/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Severino Gazzelloni
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
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  • 82.
    Vivaldi: La tempesta di mare, Etc / Biondi, Europa Galante
    Label: Virgin Classics Veritas   Catalog: 45424 Release Date: 06/27/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Fabio Biondi,  Enrico Casazza,  Ernest Braucher,  Lorenzo Colitto  ... 
    Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
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  • 83.
    Vivaldi Collection - Flute Concertos Vol 2 / Drahos, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553101 Release Date: 02/22/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Béla Drahos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia
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  • 84.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Etc / Muti, La Scala Philharmonic
    Label: Emi Seraphim   Catalog: 73298 Release Date: 04/20/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Bruno Cavallo,  Valentino Zucchiati,  Alberto Negroni,  Giulio Franzetti
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Scala Philharmonic soloists
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  • 85.
    Vivaldi: Six Flute Concerti Op 10 / Jean-pierre Rampal
    Label: Tuxedo Music   Catalog: 1063 Release Date: 11/01/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Jean-Pierre Rampal,  Robert Veyron-Lacroix
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Louis de Froment Chamber Ensemble
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  • 86.
    Historical Anthology - Vivaldi: Concertos / Janigro
    Label: Vanguard   Catalog: 2006 Release Date: 09/15/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Daniel Thune,  Jelka Stanic,  Herbert Tachezi,  Rudolf Klepac  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonio Janigro
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti di Zagreb
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  • 87.
    Vivaldi: Concerto for 2 Mandolins, Etc / Pickett, Hogwood
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 455703 Release Date: 10/14/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Monica Huggett,  Susan Sheppard,  Elizabeth Wilcock,  Catherine Mackintosh  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood,  Joshua Rifkin,  Philip Pickett
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Bach Ensemble,  New London Consort
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  • 88.
    Vivaldi: Complete Flute Concertos / Gazzelloni, I Musici
    Label: Philips Duo   Catalog: 454256 Release Date: 11/19/1996   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Severino Gazzelloni,  Marja Steinberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
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  • 89.
    Vivaldi: Six Flute Concertos Opus 10 / Konrad Hunteler, Et Al
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm) Gold   Catalog: 3110640 Release Date: 08/20/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Konrad Hünteler
    Conductor:  Konrad Hünteler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata of the 18th Century
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  • 90.
    Vivaldi: Concertos 'con Molti Istromenti'
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 447301 Release Date: 02/01/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Milan Turkovic,  Jaap ter Linden,  Miles Golding,  Elizabeth Wilcock  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
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  • 91.
    Vivaldi: Le Dodici Opere A Stampa - Opera X / Ancillotti
    Label: Tactus   Catalog: 672236 Release Date: 01/01/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Mario Ancillotti
    Conductor:  Alberto Martini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia I Filarmonici
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  • 92.
    Vivaldi, Quantz: Flute Concertos / Magnin, Zurich Baroque
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 372 Release Date: 12/12/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Joachim Quantz,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Alexandre Magnin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Baroque Strings
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  • 93.
    Vivaldi: Flute Concertos Op. 10 / Nicolet, Faerber
    Label: Intercord Classical Creations   Catalog: 820501 Release Date: 04/16/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Aurčle Nicolet
    Conductor:  Jörg Faerber
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn
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  • 94.
    Vivaldi - A Flute Festival
    Label: Sony Classical Infinity Digital   Catalog: 66724 Release Date: 11/01/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Alexander Kiskachin,  Sergei Bashenov,  Sergei Bliznetzov
    Conductor:  Leo Korchin,  Alexander Titov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium dell'Arte,  St. Petersburg New Classical Orchestra
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  • 95.
    Pachelbel: Canon;  Bach, Handel, Vivaldi / Hogwood, Ancient
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 443201 Release Date: 05/30/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Pachelbel,  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Stephen Preston
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
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  • 96.
    Vivaldi, Telemann: Diverse Concerti / Drottningholm
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 271 Release Date: 03/25/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Clas Pehrsson,  Michael McCraw
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble
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  • 97.
    Vivaldi: Wind And Brass Concerti / Josef Krcek
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550386 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Gabriela Krcková,  Jirí Válek,  Frantisek Herman
    Conductor:  Jaroslav Krcek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
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  • 98.
    Vivaldi: Recorder Concertos / Laurin, Drottningholm Baroque
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 635 Release Date: 12/07/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Kari Ottesen,  Lars Brolin,  Tullo Galli,  Dan Laurin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble
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  • 99.
    Vivaldi: Flute Concertos Op 10 / Gallois, Orpheus CO
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 437839 Release Date: 11/01/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Patrick Gallois
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
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    Vivaldi: Six Flute Concertos, Op 10 / Marion, Franz Liszt Co
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 1406 Release Date: 08/25/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Alain Marion
    Conductor:  János Rolla
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Franz Liszt Academy Chamber Orchestra
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Antonio Vivaldi


WORKS
I. Allegro
II. Largo e pianissimo sempre
III. Danza pastorale: Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Tempo impetuoso d'Es tate
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. La caccia
I. Allegro non molto
II. Largo
III. Allegro
Concerto in D Major, RV 93: Allegro giusto
Concerto in D Major, RV 93: Largo
Concerto in D Major, RV 93: Allegro
Concerto in G Major for Two Mandolins, Strings and Organ: I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegro
Concerto in C Major for Two Trumpets and Strings, RV 537: I. Allegro
II. Largo
III. Allegro
Allegro
Largo e Spiccato
Allegro
Allegro
Larghetto e spirituoso
Allegro
Allegro
Largo-Larghetto
Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Largo cantabile
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Largo
I. Largo - Fantasmi: Presto - Largo - Presto
II. Il Sonno: Largo
III. Allegro
1. Allegro
2. Largo
3. (Allegro)
Vivaldi: Concerto for Strings and Continuo in G, R.151 Concerto alla Rustica - 1. Presto
Vivaldi: Concerto for Strings and Continuo in G, R.151 Concerto alla Rustica - 2. Adagio
Vivaldi: Concerto for Strings and Continuo in G, R.151 Concerto alla Rustica - 3. Allegro
Gloria in D RV589 (ed. Malipiero): I. Gloria in excelsis Deo
Gloria in D RV589 (ed. Malipiero): II. Et in terra pax hominibus
Gloria in D RV589 (ed. Malipiero): III. Laudamus te
Gloria in D RV589 (ed. Malipiero): IV. Gratias agimus
Gloria in D RV589 (ed. Malipiero): V. Propter magnam gloriam
Gloria in D RV589 (ed. Malipiero): VI. Domine Deus
Gloria in D RV589 (ed. Malipiero): VII. Domine Fili unigenite
Gloria in D RV589 (ed. Malipiero): VIII. Domine Deus, Agnus Dei
Gloria in D RV589 (ed. Malipiero): IX. Qui tollis peccata mundi
Gloria in D RV589 (ed. Malipiero): X. Qui sedes ad dexteram
Gloria in D RV589 (ed. Malipiero): XI. Quoniam tu solus sanctus
Gloria in D RV589 (ed. Malipiero): XII. Cum Sancto Spiritu