Antonio Vivaldi

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Antonio Lucio Vivaldi (Italian: [anˈtɔːnjo ˈluːtʃo viˈvaldi]; 4 March 1678 – 28 July 1741) was an Italian Baroque composer, virtuoso violinist, teacher and cleric. Born in Venice, he is recognized as one of the greatest Baroque composers, and his influence during his lifetime was widespread across Europe. He is known mainly for composing many instrumental concertos, for the violin and a variety of other instruments, as well as sacred choral works and more than forty operas. His best-known work is a series of violin concertos known as The Four Seasons.

Many of his compositions were written for the female music ensemble of the Ospedale della Pietà, a home for abandoned children where Vivaldi (who had been ordained as a Catholic priest) was employed from 1703 to 1715 and from 1723 to 1740. Vivaldi also had some success with expensive stagings of his operas in Venice, Mantua and Vienna. After meeting the Emperor Charles VI, Vivaldi moved to Vienna, hoping for preferment. However, the Emperor died soon after Vivaldi's arrival, and Vivaldi himself died less than a year later in poverty.

After his death, Vivaldi's music slid into obscurity until a vigorous revival in the 20th century. Today, he ranks among the most popular and widely recorded of Baroque composers, second perhaps only to Johann Sebastian Bach, who himself was deeply influenced by Vivaldi's work.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1960 De 4 jaargetijden / La tempesta di mare / Il piacere Antonio Vivaldi 1
1970 Le Quattro Stagioni (I Musici feat. violin: Roberto Michelucci, Felix Ayo) Antonio Vivaldi 2
1970 The Four Seasons Vivaldi; Alan Loveday, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner 3
1978 Violin Concerti Nos. 5-12, Op. 8 / Flute Concerto in D major / Cello Concerto in B minor Antonio Vivaldi; The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock 3
1979 Oboe Concertos Antonio Vivaldi; Han de Vries 2
1981 Cello Concertos Vivaldi; Paul Tortelier, The London Mozart Players, Sir Philip Ledger 1
1981 Le quattro stagioni (London Symphony Orchestra feat. violin: Gidon Kremer, conductor: Claudio Abbado) Antonio Vivaldi 4
1981 Vivaldi: The Four Seasons (St. Paul Chamber Orchestra feat. soloist & conductor: Pinchas Zukerman) Antonio Vivaldi 5
1982 Le quattro stagioni (I Musici feat. violin: Pina Carmirelli) Antonio Vivaldi 2
1982 Le quattro stagioni Antonio Vivaldi; The English Concert, Simon Standage, Trevor Pinnock 4
1982 The Four Seasons Vivaldi; Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood 3
1982 The Four Seasons Vivaldi; Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Jaime Laredo 2
1983 The Four Seasons Antonio Vivaldi; Joseph Silverstein, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa 2
1983 4 Concerti for Piccolo & Orchestra (Philharmonia Quartet Berlin, feat. H.W. Duenschede piccolo, W. Guttler contrabass, M. Motoi harpsichord) Antonio Vivaldi 1
1983 An Isaac Stern Vivaldi Gala (Isaac Stern; David Oistrakh; Itzhak Perlman; Jean-Pierre Rampal; Pinchas Zukerman) Antonio Vivaldi; Isaac Stern 1
1983 Le Quattro Stagioni (I Solisti Veneti feat. conductor: Claudio Scimone, violin: Piero Toso) Antonio Vivaldi 2
1983 Six Flute Concertos, Op. 10 Antonio Vivaldi; Jiří Stivín, Slovenský komorný orchester Bohdana Warchala 1
1984 Mandolin Concerti RV 93, 425, 532 & 558 (I Solisti Veneti feat. conductor: Claudio Scimone) Antonio Vivaldi 3
1984 Flötenkonzerte (Gabriele Ferro) Antonio Vivaldi 1
1984 Four Violin Concertos Vivaldi; Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Itzhak Perlman 2
1984 Guitar Concertos Antonio Vivaldi; Los Romeros, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Iona Brown 1
1984 Klassik für Millionen: Die vier Jahreszeiten Vivaldi; Christopher Warren-Green, Philharmonia Orchestra, Thomas Wilbrandt 1
1984 Le Quattro Stagioni Antonio Vivaldi; Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Alice Harnoncourt 2
1984 The Four Seasons Vivaldi; Anne-Sophie Mutter, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan 3
1985 The Four Seasons Antonio Vivaldi; The Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble, Nils-Erik Sparf 2
1985 5 Concerti Vivaldi; I Solisti Italiani 1
1985 6 Concerti, op. 10 Vivaldi; James Galway 2
1985 Cello Concertos Boccherini, Vivaldi 1
1985 The Four Seasons Vivaldi; Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Itzhak Perlman 1
1985 Violin Concertos (I Solisti delle Settimane Musicali Internazionali di Napoli feat. conductor, violin: Salvatore Accardo) Antonio Vivaldi 1
1985 Violin Concertos (Salvatore Accardo, English Chamber Orchestra feat. conductor: Pinchas Zukerman) Antonio Vivaldi 1
1985 Vivaldi String Concertos Antonio Vivaldi; Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Jaime Laredo 1
1986 The Four Seasons (Canadian Brass) Antonio Vivaldi 1
1986 Le Quattro Stagioni (Israel Philharmonic Orchestra feat. conductor: Zubin Mehta) Antonio Vivaldi 1
1986 Music for Lute and Mandolin Antonio Vivaldi; The Parley of Instruments, Paul O'Dette 2
1986 6 Concertos for Bassoon Vivaldi; I Musici, Klaus Thunemann 2
1986 Bach: Double Violin Concerti / Vivaldi: Double Violin Concerti Johann Sebastian Bach, Antonio Vivaldi; Pinchas Zukerman, Midori & Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra 1
1986 Concerti for Bassoon and Orchestra, Volume 1 Antonio Vivaldi; Daniel Smith, English Chamber Orchestra, Philip Ledger 4 1
1986 Glorija A. Vivaldi 1
1986 Le Quattro Stagioni Antonio Vivaldi; The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock, Simon Standage 4
1986 Musica da camera e da chiesa Antonio Vivaldi; London Baroque, Charles Medlam 1
1986 Recorder Concerti Vivaldi, Sammartini, Telemann; Clas Pehrsson, The Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble, Anders Öhrwall 1
1986 Six Flute Concertos, Op 10 (Stephen Preston, Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood) Antonio Vivaldi 1
1987 Salve Regina and others (Ensemble Instrumental feat. conductor: Jean-Walter Audoli, counter tenor: James Bowman, violin: Yuriko Naganuma) Antonio Vivaldi & Giovanni Battista Pergolesi 1
1987 Baroque Oboe Concertos (Liszt Ferenc Chamber Orchestra feat. conductor: Frigyes Sándor oboe: Emilia Csánky oboe: Gábor Dienes) Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Biscogli 1
1987 Cantatas, Concertos & Magnificat (Tafelmusik Baroque Orquestra and Chamber Choir feat. conductor: Jean Lamon, soprano: Emma Kirkby) Antonio Vivaldi 2
1987 Il Cimento dell'Armonia e dell'Inventione (Vol.1) Concerti Op.8, Nos. 1-6 (Feat. I Solisti Italiani) Antonio Vivaldi 1
1987 Il Cimento Dell'Armonia e Dell'Inventione (Vol.II): Concerti Op. 8, Nos.7-12 (I Solisti Italiani) Antonio Vivaldi 1
1987 La Stravaganza, Op. 4 (The Academy of Ancient Music feat. conductor: Christopher Hogwood) Antonio Vivaldi 1
1987 Magnificat / Gloria Antonio Vivaldi; New Philharmonia Orchestra, Riccardo Muti 2

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