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.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
The Four Seasons (Lorin Maazel) Vivaldi; Orchestre National de France, Lorin Maazel 1
The Four Seasons Antonio Vivaldi; Camerata Antonio Lucio, Emmy Verhey, Alun Francis 1
The Four Seasons (Stern / Zukerman / Mintz / Perlman) Antonio Vivaldi 1
The Four Seasons (Nikolaus Harnoncourt) Antonio Vivaldi 1
The Four Seasons Antonio Vivaldi; Luigi Varese, Musici di San Marco 1
The Four Seasons (Festival Strings Lucerne) Antonio Vivaldi 1
The Four Seasons Vivaldi; Anshel Brusilow, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy 1
The Four Seasons Antonio Vivaldi; Interpreti Veneziani 1
The Four Seasons Antonio Vivaldi; Slovenský komorný orchester Bohdana Warchala 1
The Four Seasons Antonio Vivaldi 1
The Four Seasons Antonio Vivaldi; The Concertante Ensemble of London, Peter Fisher 1
The Four Seasons - Symphonies for Strings (Budapest Strings, Bela Banfalvi, Karoly Botvay) Antonio Vivaldi 1
The Four Seasons (guitars: Kazuhito Yamashita, Larry Coryell) Antonio Vivaldi 1
The Four Seasons (Roman Baroque Orchestra feat. conductor: Daniel Lechner, violin: Susanne Dumoulin) Antonio Vivaldi 1
The Four Seasons (The Salzburg Baroque Chamber Orchestra) Antonio Vivaldi 1
The Four Seasons / Concertos Vivaldi; London Chamber Orchestra, Christopher Warren-Green 1
The Four Seasons / Violin Concertos from "L'estro armonico" Antonio Vivaldi; Roberto Michelucci, I Musici 2
The Four Seasons etc. Vivaldi; Moscow Virtuosi, Vladimir Spivakov 1
The Four Seasons, op. 8 Vivaldi; Baroque Festival Orchestra, Alberto Lizzio, A. Permovansky 1
The Romantic Side of Vivaldi Antonio Vivaldi 1
The Vivaldi Collection: Guitar Concertos Antonio Vivaldi 1
Venetian Splendour Antonio Vivaldi 1
Violin Concertos op 8 Nos.1-4 "The Four Seasons" (Jorg Faerber, Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn) Antonio Vivaldi 1
Vivaldi / Haydn / Boccherini Vivaldi, Haydn, Boccherini 1
Vivaldi En Buenos Aires Antonio Vivaldi 1
Vivaldi, I virtuosi di Roma Antonio Vivaldi 1
Vivaldi: Le quattro stagioni / Pachelbel: Kanon / Albinoni: Adagio Vivaldi, Pachelbel, Albinoni; Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Karl Münchinger 1
Vivaldi: The Four Seasons (Leopold Stokowski Conducting the New Philharmonia Orchestra) Antonio Vivaldi 1
Vivaldi: Trois concertos / Sinfonia / Corelli: Sarabande Antonio Vivaldi, Arcangelo Corelli 1
Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" (English Chamber Orchestra) Antonio Vivaldi 1
Vivaldi’s "Four Seasons" for Four Harps & Other Classics of Serenity & Relaxation Antonio Vivaldi; Venice Harp Quartet, Quatuor Enesco, Susan Tomes & Ulrich Zimmerman 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1968 Concertos Antonio Vivaldi; Toulouse Chamber Orchestra, Louis Auriacombe 1
1969 Le Quattro Stagioni Vivaldi; English Chamber Orchestra, Henryk Szeryng 2
1972 The Four Seasons Antonio Vivaldi; Kenneth Sillito, The Virtuosi of England, Arthur Davison 1
1983 Vivaldi Concertos Vivaldi; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner 3
1985 The Complete Works for the Italian Lute of His Period Antonio Vivaldi; Jakob Lindberg 2
1985 Violin Concertos Antonio Vivaldi; I solisti delle settimane musicali internazionali di Napoli, Salvatore Accardo 1
1985 Vivaldi: Gloria in D major / Bach: Magnificat in E flat major Vivaldi, J. S. Bach; Choir of Christ Church Cathedral Oxford, The Academy of Ancient Music, Simon Preston 1
1986 Albinoni: Adagio / Pachelbel: Kanon & Gigue / Corelli & Manfredini: Concerti grossi / Vivaldi: Concerti "Alla rustica" & "L'Amoroso" Albinoni, Pachelbel, Corelli, Manfredini, Vivaldi; Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan 2
1987 Baroque Weekend Pachelbel, Albinoni, Handel, Vivaldi 1
1987 Greatest Hits Antonio Vivaldi 1
1988 Galakonzert in Venedig: Festliche Barockmusik von Antonio Vivaldi Antonio Vivaldi 1
1988 Violin Concertos, op. 8 nos. 5 - 8 and 10 - 12 Vivaldi; Budapest Strings, Béla Bánfalvi 3
1988 Four Violin Concerti Antonio Vivaldi; Monica Huggett, London Vivaldi Orchestra 1
1988 Geminiani: The Enchanted Forest / Vivaldi: Concerto for Two Violins Francesco Geminiani; Antonio Vivaldi, CBC Vancouver Orchestra, John Eliot Gardiner 1
1988 Masters of Classical Music, Volume 7 Antonio Vivaldi 2
1988 The Four Seasons / Violin Concerto / Concerto Op. 6 No. 4 / Concerto a Cinque Antonio Vivaldi, Arcangelo Corelli, Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni 3
1988 The Four Seasons: Concerti (Budapest Strings / Karoly Botvay; Neues Bachisches Collegium Musicum / Max Pommer) Antonio Vivaldi 5
1989 The Four Seasons & L'estro armonico, op. 3 concertos Antonio Vivaldi; Orchestre de Chambre Paul Kuentz, Monique Frasca-Colombier, Paul Kuentz 1
1989 Classic Collection: Hallelujah Antonio Vivaldi, Georg Friedrich Händel, Johann Sebastian Bach, Antonín Dvořák, César Franck 1

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