Tomaso Albinoni


Born: 1671   Died: 1751   Country: Italy   Period: Baroque
Not much is known about the life of Tomaso Albinoni. He was the eldest son of a wealthy Venetian paper merchant. The family was very well off, and in his adult life Albinoni was financially independent. He thought of himself as an amateur musician. Although completely trained in his art, he did not seek professional employment in music. He was a fine performer on the violin, and one of the most prolific writers of the violin concerto in the high Read more Baroque. Initially Albinoni attempted to compose church music, but did not meet with much success. However in 1694, with the publication of 12 trio sonatas and the production of his opera Zenobia, Regina de Palmireni, Albinoni had found his milieu. For the rest of his life he would compose cantatas, operas, instrumental sonatas and concerti. His operas were popular throughout Italy, and are very original, although not well known today. In 1705, he married the soprano opera singer Margherita Rimandi. Together they had six children, while she continued with her singing career. Tomaso Albinoni meanwhile had inherited a portion of his father's estate, and began a singing school. In 1722, he published a collection of 12 concerti. He also was invited to Munich where a production of his opera I veri amici was given as part of the festivities honoring the marriage of the Prince Elector to the daughter of the Emperor. This occurred at perhaps the height of Albinoni's fame.
Albinoni was extremely prolific and is said to have composed over 80 operas, 40 solo cantatas, 79 sonatas, 59 concerti, and 8 sinfonias. He composed oboe concertos, treating the oboe as a lyrical, melodic instrument, much as the voice would have been treated. His compositions are extremely individual, and he possessed great gifts as a melodist. His compositions were much admired by Johann Sebastian Bach, who used themes of Albinoni's in several of his keyboard fugues. Two of these themes come from Albinoni's work Opera Prima. Bach also used to practice realizing the continuo harmonies using bass lines of Albinoni, and pieces of Albinoni's were used by Bach for teaching. Albinoni was at one time accorded a place in the history of music next to Arcangelo Corelli and Antonio Vivaldi. At the beginning of the twentieth century, editions of his works were published, and his violin music is still performed. Read less

Work: Adagio for Organ and Strings in G minor

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  • 226.
    Pachelbel: Canon;  Albinoni, Et Al /Münchinger, Stuttgart Co
    Label: London/Decca Jubilee   Catalog: 417781 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Luigi Boccherini,  Roman Hoffstetter  ... 
    Performer:  Ulrich Bremsteller
    Conductor:  Karl Münchinger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra
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  • 227.
    Pachelbel: Canon; Mozart, Albinoni, Et Al / I Musici
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 410606 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Luigi Boccherini,  Johann Pachelbel,  Tomaso Albinoni  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
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  • 228.
    Pops In Love / John Williams, Boston Pops
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 416361 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Johann Pachelbel,  Erik Satie,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Leone Buyse,  Alfred Genovese,  Richard Sebring,  Martha Babcock  ... 
    Conductor:  John T. Williams
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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  • 229.
    Dinner Classics - The Sunday Brunch Album
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 45547 Release Date: 05/17/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Vincenzo Tommasini,  Henry Purcell  ... 
    Performer:  Leonid Bolotine,  Pinchas Zukerman,  Lee Soper,  Edward Carroll  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Kapp,  Pinchas Zukerman,  Raymond Leppard,  Louis Lane  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Virtuosi,  English Chamber Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra  ... 
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  • 230.
    Vivaldi: Four Seasons; Albinoni: Adagio; Corelli / Karajan, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4153012 Release Date: 04/01/1985   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Tomaso Albinoni
    Performer:  Michel Schwalbé,  Pierre Cochereau
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Early One Morning / Stuart Stirling, Ever Ready Band
    Label: Bandleader   Catalog: 5056 Release Date: 06/03/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Max Bruch,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Percy Aldridge Grainger,  Franz Liszt
    Conductor:  Stuart Stirling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ever Ready Band
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  • 232.
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1303 Release Date: 11/03/2008   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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