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
Release Date: 02/24/2015   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 002262702   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: Complete Bassoon Concertos  [5-CD Collector's Edition]
Release Date: 02/03/2015   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 002260402   Number of Discs: 5
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Vivaldi: 6 Concertos For Flute / Jennifer Stinton, Et Al
Release Date: 10/13/2009   Label: Musical Concepts  
Catalog: 1059   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: Vespers / Jeffrey Skidmore, Ex Cathedra
Release Date: 05/08/2012   Label: Musical Concepts  
Catalog: 1176   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: 8 Concerti Per Violino / Accardo, I Musici
Release Date: 08/17/2004   Label: Pentatone  
Catalog: 5186130   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Concerto for 2 Trumpets in C major, RV 537

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    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1303 Release Date: 05/15/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Johann Pachelbel,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Paul Arden Taylor,  Isobel Triner,  Justine Tomlinson,  Alison Townley  ... 
    Conductor:  Roger Huckle
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    Vivaldissimo
    Label: Querstand   Catalog: 1231 Release Date: 02/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Enjott Schneider,  Jean-B Loeillet,  Jean Françaix,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Roth,  Markus Lehnert,  Peter Mönkediek
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    Trumpet Concertos / Helmut Hunger, Andre Bernard
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 1929532 Release Date: 02/21/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Giuseppe Torelli,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Tomaso Albinoni  ... 
    Performer:  Helmut Hunger,  George Malcolm,  André Bernard,  Heinz Holliger
    Conductor:  Claudio Scimone,  George Malcolm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti,  English Chamber Orchestra
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    Golden Trumpet - Best-loved Trumpet Concertos / Maurice Andre, Neville Marriner
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 7317422 Release Date: 02/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gottfried H. Stölzel,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Giuseppe Torelli
    Performer:  Maurice André,  Bernard Soustrot,  Iona Brown,  Daniel Arrington  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Jean-Pierre Wallez
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    Vivaldi Masterworks [28 Disc Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001599302 Release Date: 09/20/2011   Number of Discs: 28
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Rohan de Saram,  Franco Gulli,  Salvatore Accardo,  Bruno Canino  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood,  Philip Pickett,  Simon Preston,  Paul Dyer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  I Musici,  New London Consort  ... 
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    Essential Brass
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 94896 Release Date: 07/12/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  George Frideric Handel,  Jeremiah Clarke,  Giuseppe Torelli  ... 
    Performer:  John Wilbraham,  Maurice André,  Angela East,  Crispian Steele-Perkins  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Jörg Faerber,  Richard Hickox,  Alison Balsom  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Ensemble
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  • 7.
    Bibi Black - Trumpet Concertos - Haydn, Hummel, Handel
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 54620 Release Date: 06/07/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Nepomuk Hummel,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Bibi Black
    Conductor:  Claudio Scimone
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 8.
    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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    Vivaldi: Concertos / Christopher Hogwood
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 414588 Release Date: 01/18/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
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  • 10.
    Maurice Andre Edition - Concertos Vol. 1
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 4695722 Release Date: 11/16/2010   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Giuseppe Tartini  ... 
    Performer:  Maurice André,  Marcel Lagorce,  Lionel André,  Pierre Pierlot  ... 
    Conductor:  Theodor Guschlbauer,  Jean-François Paillard,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Karl Ristenpart  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra,  Paillard Chamber Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ens.  ... 
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    The Pachelbel Canon & Other Baroque Favorites
    Label: Vox Allegretto   Catalog: 8098 Release Date: 07/13/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jeremiah Clarke,  Johann Pachelbel,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Tomaso Albinoni  ... 
    Performer:  Herbert Thal,  Heinz Zickler,  Douglas Haas
    Conductor:  Günter Kehr,  Jörg Faerber,  Frank Shipway
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Soloists,  Mainz Chamber Orchestra,  Württemberg Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    Baroque Collection / Neville Marriner, ASMF
    Label: Philips Baroque Classics   Catalog: 422488 Release Date: 05/13/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  John Wilbraham,  Don Smithers
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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    Beruhmte Trompetenkonzerte / Ludwig Guttler
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 115242 Release Date: 09/08/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Leopold Mozart,  Petronio Franceschini,  Georg Philipp Telemann  ... 
    Performer:  Ludwig Güttler
    Conductor:  Ludwig Güttler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi Saxoniae
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  • 14.
    Festliche Konzerte Fur Trompete Und Corno Da Caccia
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 94812 Release Date: 10/25/2008   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Mudge,  Sylvio Lazzari,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Petronio Franceschini  ... 
    Performer:  Ludwig Güttler,  Mathias Schmutzler
    Conductor:  Ludwig Güttler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi Saxoniae,  Virtuosi Saxoniae Orchestra
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  • 15.
    Greatest Works - Trumpet - Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Vivaldi, Etc / Guttler, Kircheis, Virtuosi Saxoniae, Et Al
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 1289 Release Date: 04/08/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Paul Hindemith,  Jean-B Loeillet,  Petronio Franceschini  ... 
    Performer:  Mathias Schmutzler,  Bernd Schober,  Erich Markwart,  Frank Mittag  ... 
    Conductor:  Ludwig Güttler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi Saxoniae,  Bach Collegium Leipzig
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  • 16.
    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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    The Italian Trumpet
    Label: Vox Box   Catalog: 5147 Release Date: 10/09/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giovanni Gabrieli,  Alessandro Melani,  Alessandro Scarlatti,  Gio Bonaventura Viviani  ... 
    Performer:  Edward Carroll,  Lucy Shelton
    Conductor:  Edward Carroll
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Trumpet Ensemble,  Concerto Rotterdam
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  • 18.
    The Art Of The Trumpet - Albinoni, Haydn, Telemann, Vivaldi, Takemitsu, Etc / Håkan Hardenberger
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000972002 Release Date: 09/11/2007   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Giuseppe Torelli  ... 
    Performer:  Håkan Hardenberger,  Reinhold Friedrich,  Karl-Ernst Schröder,  Sergio Azzolini  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 19.
    The Essential Wynton Marsalis
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 709579 Release Date: 07/10/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jeremiah Clarke,  Jean Joseph Mouret,  Henry Purcell,  John Stanley  ... 
    Performer:  Wynton Marsalis,  William Bennett,  Neil Black,  Lin Cho-Liang  ... 
    Conductor:  Anthony Newman,  Raymond Leppard,  John Nelson,  Esa-Pekka Salonen  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Orchestra of St. Luke's,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 20.
    The #1 Vivaldi Album
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000646702 Release Date: 04/11/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Janine Jansen,  Candida Thompson,  Henk Rubingh,  Julian Rachlin  ... 
    Conductor:  Salvatore Accardo,  Claudio Abbado,  Victor Alessandro,  Trevor Pinnock  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti di Napoli,  Stradivaria Ensemble,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 21.
    The Wynton Marsalis Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 77137 Release Date: 01/24/2006   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  John Stanley,  Anonymous,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Wynton Marsalis,  Charles Tunnell,  Lin Cho-Liang,  Ian Watson  ... 
    Conductor:  Anthony Newman,  Raymond Leppard,  John Nelson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  National Philharmonic Orchestra,  Orchestra of St. Luke's
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  • 22.
    Baroque Music For Trumpets / Marsalis, Leppard, English Co
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 92620 Release Date: 10/18/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Johann Pachelbel,  Michael Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Wynton Marsalis
    Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 23.
    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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  • 24.
    Ludwig Güttler Plays Famous Trumpet Concertos / Saxoniae
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 1036 Release Date: 10/01/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Mudge,  Sylvio Lazzari,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Petronio Franceschini  ... 
    Performer:  Ludwig Güttler
    Conductor:  Ludwig Güttler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi Saxoniae
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  • 25.
    Mudge, Lazzari, Telemann: Trumpet Concertos / Güttler, Et Al
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 1254 Release Date: 06/28/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Mudge,  Ferdinando A. Lazzari,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Petronio Franceschini  ... 
    Performer:  Ludwig Güttler,  Michael Eckoldt,  Roland Straumer,  Joachim Bischof  ... 
    Conductor:  Ludwig Güttler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi Saxoniae
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