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: Ottone In Villa / Hickox, Argento, Gritton, Et Al
Release Date: 03/17/1998   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 614   Number of Discs: 2
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Vivaldi And Others: Andromeda Liberata / Andrea Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra
Release Date: 11/09/2004   Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)  
Catalog: 4770982   Number of Discs: 2
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Vivaldi: Tito Manlio / Sardelli, Modo Antiquo
Release Date: 01/17/2006   Label: Cpo  
Catalog: 777096   Number of Discs: 3
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Vivaldi: Tito Manlio / Accademia Bizantina, Dantone
Release Date: 01/17/2006   Label: Naive  
Catalog: 30413   Number of Discs: 3
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Vivaldi: Ercole Sul Termodonte / Stains, Nesi, Curtis
Release Date: 06/26/2007   Label: Dynamic  
Catalog: 33525   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Concerto for 2 Violins and Cello in D minor, Op. 3 no 11/RV 565

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    It's Me: The Baroque & Romantic Albums / Hope
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002565102 Release Date: 10/14/2016   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Andrea Falconieri,  George Frideric Handel,  Diego Ortiz,  Biagio Marini  ... 
    Performer:  Stephan Rath,  Kristian Bezuidenhout,  Lorenza Borrani,  Daniel Hope  ... 
    Conductor:  Thomas Hengelbrock,  Sakari Oramo
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Concertos for Winter / Live Oak Baroque Orchestra
    Label: Vgo Recordings   Catalog: 1024 Release Date: 03/11/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Matthew Locke,  Antonio Vivaldi,  James Oswald,  Dietrich Becker  ... 
    Performer:  Elizabeth Blumenstock,  Viola] Aaron [Violin Westman,  William Skeen
    Conductor:  Elizabeth Blumenstock
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Live Oak Baroque Orchestra
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    Vivaldi in Dresden - The Four Seasons Transcriptions for Organ
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 1822 Release Date: 01/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Hansjörg Albrecht
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    A Vivaldi Grand Tour / Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908745 Release Date: 10/09/2015   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Jean-Féry Rebel,  Antonio Caldara,  Uri Rom  ... 
    Performer:  Midori Seiler,  Jean-Guihen Queyras,  Xenia Löffler,  Georg Kallweit
    Conductor:  Georg Kallweit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
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    Vivaldi: Pan Flute Concertos
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95078 Release Date: 06/30/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Hanspeter Oggier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Fratres
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    Vivaldi: L'estro Armonico
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 2564619520 Release Date: 02/24/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Maurizio Naddeo,  Enrico Casazza,  Fabio Biondi,  Isabella Longo  ... 
    Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
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    Now & Then / Sirena Recorder Quartet
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 2115 Release Date: 02/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Joseph Bodin de Boismortier,  Chiel Meijering  ... 
    Performer:  Anna Paradiso
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sirena Recorder Quartet
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  • 8.
    Vivaldi: L'Estro Armonico - 12 Concertos
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94629 Release Date: 01/27/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Federico Guglielmo
    Conductor:  Federico Guglielmo
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Arte dell'Arco
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    Vivaldi Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94840 Release Date: 11/18/2014   Number of Discs: 66
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  John Dowland,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Federico Guglielmo,  Roberto Loreggian,  Mario Folena,  Stefania Marusi  ... 
    Conductor:  Federico Guglielmo,  Federico Maria Sardelli,  Krijn Koetsveld,  Rinaldo Alessandrini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Arte dell'Arco,  Modo Antiquo Ensemble,  Anciuti Ensemble  ... 
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    Vivaldi: Estro Armonico - Libro Secondo / Cafe Zimmermann
    Label: Alpha Productions   Catalog: 193 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Café Zimmermann
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  • 11.
    Memorial Tribute To Toscanini
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 2364 Release Date: 04/09/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Spoken Word  ... 
    Performer:  Bernard Baker,  Mischa Misschakoff,  John Wummer,  Robert Bloom
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
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    Vivaldi: Flute Concertos Op 10, Etc / Hall, Laredo, Et Al
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1243 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Judith Hall,  Jaime Laredo
    Conductor:  Paul Barritt,  Jaime Laredo
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Divertimenti,  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
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    Steve Howe: Time
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 66534 Release Date: 01/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Heitor Villa-Lobos,  David Biglin,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Steve Howe  ... 
    Performer:  Steve Howe,  Paul K. Joyce
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    Vivaldi: Concertos Arranged For 10 Violins / Dinca, Philharmonische Geigen Berlin
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog: 3081709 Release Date: 11/21/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Conductor:  Laurentius Dinca
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonia Violins
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    Bach & Vivaldi / Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano [6-CD Set]
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 30530 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Benedetto Marcello,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Alessandro Marcello
    Performer:  Rinaldo Alessandrini,  Riccardo Minasi,  Luca Peverini,  Antonio De Secondi  ... 
    Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
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    Vivaldi: Cello Concertos / Queyras, Akademie Fur Alte Musik Berlin
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 902095 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Antonio Caldara
    Performer:  Jean-Guihen Queyras
    Conductor:  Georg Kallweit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
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  • 17.
    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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    Toscanini: Christmas Day 1937 & Farewell Concert 1954
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 2369/70 Release Date: 06/14/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Spoken Word,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johannes Brahms,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
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    Baroque Festival / Baumgartner, Festival Strings Lucerne
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 449553 Release Date: 01/18/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Wolfgang Schneiderhan,  Rudolf Baumgartner,  Claude Starck
    Conductor:  Rudolf Baumgartner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lucerne Festival Strings
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    Vivaldi & Bach For Recorders / Quartetto Icarus
    Label: Dynamic   Catalog: 667 Release Date: 12/21/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Icarus Quartet
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  • 21.
    Over The Rainbow & Bach Again
    Label: Longhorn Music   Catalog: 2010002 Release Date: 05/25/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Randall Snyder,  Morten Lauridsen  ... 
    Performer:  Harvey Pittel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tex Sax
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    La Spiritata 2
    Label: Ars Musici   Catalog: 232418 Release Date: 03/30/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Fulvio Caldini,  Flautando Köln,  Heinrich Isaac  ... 
    Performer:  Torsten Muller
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Flautando Cologne
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    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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    Albinoni, Pachelbel, Vivaldi, Bach / Rees, Scottish Ensemble
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 91464 Release Date: 09/24/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pietro Antonio Locatelli,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Henry Purcell  ... 
    Performer:  Jonathan Rees,  Sally Heath,  Jane Murdoch
    Conductor:  Jonathan Rees
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Ensemble
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    Vivaldi: Concertos, Stabat Mater / Spivakov, Moscow Virtuosi
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 60240 Release Date: 06/19/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Nathalie Stutzmann,  Arkady Fouter,  Mikhail Milman,  Vladimir Spivakov  ... 
    Conductor:  Vladimir Spivakov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra
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