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: The Four Seasons / Anne Akiko Meyers
Release Date: 02/04/2014   Label: eOne  
Catalog: 7790   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: The Unknown Gem / Viva Vivaldi
Release Date: 07/08/2014   Label: Centaur Records  
Catalog: 3299   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: Concerti Per Archi II / Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano
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Catalog: 30554   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: String Concertos Vol 2 / Simon Standage, Et Al
Release Date: 11/20/2001   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 668   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: Gloria;  Bach: Magnificat / Hickox, Kirkby, Et Al
Release Date: 07/29/1992   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 518   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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  • 26.
    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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    Virtuoso Horn Duo - Haydn, Et Al / Wisniewski, Et Al
    Label: Msr   Catalog: 1181 Release Date: 05/08/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Antonio Rosetti,  Kerry Turner
    Performer:  Kristina Mascher,  Kerry Turner
    Conductor:  Dariusz Wisniewski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cracow Sinfonietta,  Virtuoso Horn Duo
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  • 28.
    Vivaldi: Concertos / Hogwood, Academy Of Ancient Music
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000689302 Release Date: 07/04/2006   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Catherine Mackintosh,  Alison Bury,  John Holloway,  Christopher Hirons  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
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  • 29.
    Leopold Stokowski And The Philadelphia Orchestra
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1173 Release Date: 02/28/2006   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Johannes Brahms,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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    Per Fridtjov Bonsaksen - Baroque Organ Music
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72146 Release Date: 10/11/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Georg F. Kauffmann,  Samuel Scheidt,  Joh. Valentin Rathgeber  ... 
    Performer:  Per Fridtjov Bonsaksen
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  • 31.
    Vivaldi / Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina
    Label: Arts Music   Catalog: 47750 Release Date: 06/28/2005   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Stefano Montanari,  Paolo Grazzi,  Fiorenza De Donatis,  Paolo Zinzani  ... 
    Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
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  • 32.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Florin Paul, Emil Klein, Et Al
    Label: Arte Nova   Catalog: 277810 Release Date: 03/08/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Florin Paul
    Conductor:  Emil Klein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hamburg Soloists
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    Original Masters - Wolfgang Schneiderhan: 1950s Recordings
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4775263 Release Date: 02/08/2005   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Frank Martin,  Giuseppe Tartini,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Wolfgang Schneiderhan,  Rudolf Baumgartner,  Claude Starck
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet,  Rudolf Baumgartner,  Paul Van Kempen,  Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Lucerne Festival Strings,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    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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  • 35.
    Vivaldi: La Viola Da Gamba In Concerto / Savall, Et Al
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9835 Release Date: 04/13/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Bruno Cocset,  Manfred Kraemer,  Jordi Savall,  Pierre Hamon  ... 
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert des Nations
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  • 36.
    Celebration / Les Violon Du Roy
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 90024 Release Date: 01/27/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Dorothea Röschmann,  Russell Braun,  Karina Gauvin
    Conductor:  Bernard Labadie
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Violons du Roy
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  • 37.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, L'estro Armonico, Et Al/Marriner
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000321202 Release Date: 11/17/2003   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Simon Preston,  Alan Loveday,  Robin Davis,  Iona Brown  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Iona Brown
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 38.
    Vivaldi: L'estro Armonico Op 3 Vol 2 / Dantone, Montanari
    Label: Arts Music   Catalog: 47647 Release Date: 09/30/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Stefano Montanari,  Mauro Valli,  Fiorenza De Donatis,  Paolo Zinzani  ... 
    Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
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  • 39.
    Vivaldi: Four Seasons, Etc / Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 30363 Release Date: 07/15/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Luca Marenzio  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Bayo,  Francesca Vicari,  Gianluca Ferrarini,  Paolo Costa  ... 
    Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
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  • 40.
    Vivaldi: Four Seasons, Etc / Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante
    Label: Virgin Classics Veritas   Catalog: 45565 Release Date: 05/06/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Fabio Biondi,  Raffaello Negri,  Enrico Casazza,  Isabella Longo  ... 
    Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
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  • 41.
    Vivaldi: Concertos From L'estro Armonico / Arcangeli Baroque
    Label: Meridian Records   Catalog: 84455 Release Date: 05/07/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Lisa Weiss,  Michael Sand,  Elizabeth Blumenstock,  Lisa Grodin
    Conductor:  Michael Sand
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arcangeli Baroque Strings
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  • 42.
    Stokowski's Symphonic Baroque / Matthias Bamert, Bbc Po
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9930 Release Date: 11/20/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Byrd,  Henry Purcell,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Christoph W. Gluck  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Dixon,  Christopher Blake,  Richard Davis,  Cynthia Millar
    Conductor:  Matthias Bamert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 43.
    The Four Seasons And Other Famous Vivaldi Concertos
    Label: Laserlight   Catalog: 24468 Release Date: 12/06/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Béla Bánfalvi
    Conductor:  Pavel Urbanek,  Károly Botvay
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Festival Strings,  Budapest Strings
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  • 44.
    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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  • 45.
    Vivaldi In Venice
    Label: Stradivari   Catalog: 9012 Release Date: 03/21/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Zina Schiff
    Conductor:  Dalia Atlas,  Nada Matosevic,  Barry Faldner
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  • 46.
    Strings - Jacques Thibaud Vol 3 - Bach, Vivaldi, Et Al
    Label: Enterprise   Catalog: 99390 Release Date: 05/18/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Tommaso Antonio Vitali,  Antonio Vivaldi,  François Couperin  ... 
    Performer:  Jacques Thibaud
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  • 47.
    Vivaldi: Concertos For Strings / Dubeau, La Pieta
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 23128 Release Date: 08/25/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Angèle Dubeau
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Pieta
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  • 48.
    Vivaldi Edition Vol 1 - Op 1-6 / I Musici
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 456185 Release Date: 09/16/1997   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Pina Carmirelli,  Bruno Canino,  Rohan de Saram,  Salvatore Accardo  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
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  • 49.
    Vivaldi: L'Estro Armonico, Op 3 / Christopher Hogwood
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 414554 Release Date: 02/26/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
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    Vivaldi: L'estro Armonico Op 3 / Fasano, I Virtuosi Di Roma
    Label: Emi Classics Special Import   Catalog: 69376 Release Date: 09/10/1996   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Edmondo Malanotte,  Benedetto Mazzacurati,  Luigi Ferro,  Franco Gulli  ... 
    Conductor:  Renato Fasano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Virtuosi di Roma
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