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

Work: Concerto for 2 Trumpets in C major, RV 537

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  • 26.
    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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  • 27.
    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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  • 28.
    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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  • 29.
    Expanded Edition - Wynton Marsalis - The London Concert
    Label: Sony Classical Masterworks   Catalog: 93084 Release Date: 02/24/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Michael Haydn,  Johann Friedrich Fasch,  Johann Nepomuk Hummel  ... 
    Performer:  Wynton Marsalis
    Conductor:  Anthony Newman,  Raymond Leppard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 30.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Janigro, I Solisti Di Zagreb
    Label: Vanguard   Catalog: 1188 Release Date: 08/12/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Daniel Thune,  Anton Heiller,  Jelka Stanic,  Rudolf Klepac  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonio Janigro
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti di Zagreb
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  • 31.
    Westminster - Handel: Water Music;  Torelli, Vivaldi
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471276 Release Date: 05/14/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Giuseppe Torelli
    Performer:  Arthur Haneuse,  Roger Delmotte
    Conductor:  Hermann Scherchen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra
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  • 32.
    The Art Of The Baroque Trumpet Vol 5 - An Italian Concert
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8555099 Release Date: 10/16/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Petronio Franceschini,  Giuseppe Torelli,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Alessandro Stradella  ... 
    Performer:  Jeffrey Segal,  Niklas Eklund,  Maria Keohane
    Conductor:  Edward H. Tarr
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wasa Baroque Ensemble
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  • 33.
    Festive Baroque - Albinoni, Corelli, Et Al / Terfel, Et Al
    Label: Dg Panorama   Catalog: 469247 Release Date: 02/27/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Jeremiah Clarke  ... 
    Performer:  Simon Preston,  Hans-Peter Westermann,  Piet Dhont,  Michael Niesemann  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock,  Reinhard Goebel,  John Eliot Gardiner,  Nikolaus Harnoncourt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert,  Musica Antiqua Cologne,  English Baroque Soloists  ... 
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  • 34.
    Vivaldi: Famous Concerti
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8554040 Release Date: 10/06/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Zoltán Tokos,  Béla Sztankovics,  Raphael Wallfisch,  Stefan Schilli  ... 
    Conductor:  Alberto Martini,  Jaroslav Krcek,  Nicholas Kraemer,  Piergiorgio Morandi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Strings,  Accademia I Filarmonici,  Capella Istropolitana  ... 
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  • 35.
    Fine Arts Brass Play Baroque - Bach, Handel, Vivaldi
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5651 Release Date: 09/12/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Antonio Vivaldi,  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Richard Sandland,  Simon Hogg,  Angela Whelan,  Simon Lenton  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fine Arts Brass Ensemble
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  • 36.
    The Perfect Vivaldi
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 67219 Release Date: 10/05/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  William Bennett,  Niall Brown,  André Saint-Clivier,  Aimee Auriacombe  ... 
    Conductor:  George Malcolm,  Jonathan Rees,  Louis Auriacombe,  Sir Neville Marriner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Scottish Ensemble,  Toulouse Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 37.
    Vivaldi: Four Seasons, Concertos / Warren-green, London Co
    Label: Virgin Classics Veritas   Catalog: 61466 Release Date: 05/05/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Christopher Warren-Green
    Conductor:  Christopher Warren-Green
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Chamber Orchestra
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  • 38.
    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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  • 39.
    The Best Of Vivaldi
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556655 Release Date: 09/15/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Jindrich Pazdera,  Takako Nishizaki,  Frantisek Herman,  Jirí Stivín  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Jaroslav Krcek,  Oliver Dohnányi,  Nicholas Kraemer  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Ziliniana,  Capella Istropolitana,  Budapest Strings  ... 
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  • 40.
    Vivaldi: Magnificat, Gloria / Radu, Baird, Ama Deus Ensemble
    Label: Newport Classic   Catalog: 85617 Release Date: 04/22/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  James Hamlin,  Thomas Freas,  Sarah Davol,  Lorie Gratis  ... 
    Conductor:  Valentin Radu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ama Deus Ensemble
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  • 41.
    Splendor And The Brass - Festive Music Of The Baroque
    Label: Summit Records   Catalog: 189 Release Date: 11/19/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  George Frideric Handel,  Jan Dismas Zelenka,  Samuel Scheidt  ... 
    Performer:  James Thompson,  Michael Sachs,  Nick Norton,  Anthony Plog  ... 
    Conductor:  Thomas Rolston
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlantic Brass Quintet,  Summit Brass,  St. Louis Brass Quintet  ... 
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  • 42.
    Trumpet Concertos Vol 1 / Ketil Christensen, Ole Andersen
    Label: Rondo Grammofon   Catalog: 8337 Release Date: 10/24/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Tartini,  Joseph Horovitz,  Johann Friedrich Fasch,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Ketil Christensen,  Ole Andersen,  Klas Sjöblom,  Sven Buller
    Conductor:  Hynec Farkac
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boemia Chamber Orchestra
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  • 43.
    Vivaldi: Wind Concerti / Nicholas Kraemer
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553204 Release Date: 05/23/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Christopher Hooker,  Joanna Graham,  Tim Caister,  Stephen Stirling  ... 
    Conductor:  Nicholas Kraemer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia
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  • 44.
    Music for Trumpet & Orchestra / Steele-Perkins, Lamon
    Label: Sony Classical Vivarte Series   Catalog: 53365 Release Date: 05/03/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alessandro Stradella,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Tomaso Albinoni,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Crispian Steele-Perkins,  John Thiessen
    Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
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  • 45.
    Vivaldi Concerti And Baroque Trumpet Music / Wallace
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7012 Release Date: 05/02/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Matteo Alberti,  Henry Purcell,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Arcangelo Corelli  ... 
    Performer:  John Miller,  John Wallace,  Leslie Pearson,  Andrew Shulman  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Wright,  Christopher Warren-Green
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 46.
    Baroque Trumpetissimo / Bilger, Burns, Carroll, Et Al
    Label: Ess.a.y Recordings   Catalog: 1035 Release Date: 01/28/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jan Dismas Zelenka,  Bartholomäus Riedl,  Heinrich Ignaz Biber,  Johann Ernst Altenburg  ... 
    Performer:  Edward Carroll,  Edward Brewer,  Lee Soper,  Timothy Morrison  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Kapp
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Virtuosi
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  • 47.
    Maurice André - Trumpet Concertos - Bach, Handel, Haydn, Etc
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 69152 Release Date: 09/29/1992   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa,  Benedetto Marcello,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Giuseppe Tartini  ... 
    Performer:  Maurice André,  Maxence Larrieu,  János Rolla,  Bernard Schenkel
    Conductor:  Jörg Faerber,  Jesús Lopez-Cobos,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Riccardo Muti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Württemberg Chamber Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  ... 
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  • 48.
    The Essential Canadian Brass
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 432571 Release Date: 08/11/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Richard Strauss,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Giovanni Gabrieli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
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    Trumpet Concertos - Telemann, Rathgeber, Franceschini, Etc
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 431817 Release Date: 07/21/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Joh. Valentin Rathgeber,  Petronio Franceschini,  Tomaso Albinoni  ... 
    Performer:  Bernhard Läubin,  Hannes Läubin,  Wolfgang Läubin
    Conductor:  Simon Preston
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 50.
    The Sound Of Trumpets / Schwarz, New York Trumpet Ensemble
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3002 Release Date: 05/22/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Giuseppe Torelli,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Heinrich Ignaz Biber  ... 
    Performer:  Gerard Schwarz,  Norman Smith,  Mark Gould,  Edward Carroll  ... 
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Chamber Symphony,  New York Trumpet Ensemble
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