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 Violins and Cello in D minor, Op. 3 no 11/RV 565

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  • 26.
    Vivaldi: Violin Concertos From L'estro Armonico / Josef Suk
    Label: Rca Silver Seal   Catalog: 60911 Release Date: 03/13/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Josef Suk,  Patrice Fontanarosa
    Conductor:  Rudolf Baumgartner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lucerne Festival Strings,  New Virtuosi di Roma
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  • 27.
    Vivaldi: L'estro armonico - 12 Concerti Op. 3 / I Musici
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 412128 Release Date: 03/12/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
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  • 28.
    Rossini, Vivaldi / Arturo Toscanini
    Label: Opus Kura   Catalog: 2059 Release Date: 02/19/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra
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  • 29.
    Vivaldi: L'Estro Armonico / Lamon, Tafelmusik [CD + DVD]
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 29835 Release Date: 11/06/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
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  • 30.
    Vivaldi: String Concertos / Berlin Baroque Soloists
    Label: Cavi Music   Catalog: 8553060 Release Date: 10/31/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Baroque Soloists
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  • 31.
    Ultimate Violin Classics - The Essential Masterpieces
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000895302 Release Date: 06/12/2007   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Max Bruch,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Ruggiero Ricci,  Henryk Szeryng,  David Oistrakh,  Lev Oborin  ... 
    Conductor:  Piero Gamba,  Sir Alexander Gibson
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  • 32.
    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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  • 33.
    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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  • 34.
    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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  • 35.
    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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  • 36.
    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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  • 37.
    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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  • 38.
    Wolfgang Schneiderhan - 1950s Concerto 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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  • 39.
    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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    Stokowski's Symphonic Baroque / Matthias Bamert, Bbc Po
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9930 Release Date: 11/20/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dietrich Buxtehude,  Pietro Antonio Cesti,  Henry Purcell,  Tomás Luis de Victoria  ... 
    Performer:  Cynthia Millar,  Peter Dixon,  Richard Davis,  Christopher Blake
    Conductor:  Matthias Bamert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 41.
    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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  • 42.
    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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  • 43.
    Vivaldi: Concertos For Strings / Dubeau, La Pieta
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 23128 Release Date: 08/25/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Angčle Dubeau
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Pieta
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  • 44.
    Vivaldi: Four Seasons, Etc / Lysy, Camerata Lysy Gstaad
    Label: Emi-capitol Special Markets   Catalog: 19808 Release Date: 05/26/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Paul Cocker,  Mi-Kyung Lee,  Alberto Lysy  ... 
    Conductor:  Alberto Lysy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Lysy
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  • 45.
    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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  • 46.
    Vivaldi: Le Dodici Opere A Stampa - Opera Iii 7-12 / Martini
    Label: Tactus   Catalog: 672225 Release Date: 01/01/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Simone Scotto,  Ettore Pellegrino,  Enrico Balboni,  Alberto Martini  ... 
    Conductor:  Alberto Martini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia I Filarmonici
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  • 47.
    Vivaldi: Violin Concertos / Pinnock, Standage, Et Al
    Label: Dg Archiv Masters   Catalog: 447284 Release Date: 01/02/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Trevor Pinnock,  Simon Standage,  Elizabeth Wilcock,  Micaela Comberti  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
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  • 48.
    Vivaldi: L'estro Armonico / Marriner, Academy Of St Martin
    Label: London/Decca Double Decker   Catalog: 443476 Release Date: 10/11/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Martin Gatt,  Celia Nicklin,  Neil Black,  Timothy Brown  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 49.
    Vivaldi: L'estro Armonico
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550160 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Anna Hölbling,  Quido Hölbling,  Jozef Podhoransky,  Peter Baran  ... 
    Conductor:  Josef Kopelman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
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    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
    Label: Sony Classical Infinity Digital   Catalog: 57243 Release Date: 02/08/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Igor Romanyuk,  Vladislav Gluz
    Conductor:  Alexander Titov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Classic Music Studio Orchestra
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