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
1997 The Best of Vivaldi (1678-1741) Antonio Vivaldi 1
1997 Concertos Antonio Vivaldi; New London Consort, Philip Pickett, Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood 1
1997 Baroque Masterpieces including The Four Seasons Vivaldi 2
1997 Best of Vivaldi (Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra feat. conductor: Martin Sieghart) Antonio Vivaldi 1
1997 Stabat Mater / Nisi Dominus / In Furore / O Qui Coeli (Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne / English Bach Festival Baroque Orchestra / Orchestre de la Fondation Gulbenkian de Lisbonne feat. Conductor: Michel Corboz) Antonio Vivaldi 1
1997 The Four Seasons / The Storm at Sea / The Hunt Vivaldi; Yehudi Menuhin 3
1997 Vivaldi Edition, Volume 1 Vivaldi; I Musici, Felix Ayo, Pina Carmirelli, Roberto Michelucci, Salvatore Accardo, Bruno Canino, Rohan de Saram, Franco Gulli, Sylvie Gazeau 1
1997 Vivaldi Edition, Volume 2 Vivaldi; I Musici, Salvatore Accardo, Heinz Holliger, Felix Ayo, Severino Gazzelloni 1
1998 Bernstein Century: Bach: Piano Concerto BWV1052 / Violin Concerto BWV1042 / Concerto for Oboe and Violin BWV1060 / Vivaldi: Piccolo Concerto Bach, Vivaldi; Columbia Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein, Glenn Gould, Isaac Stern, Harold Gomberg, William Heim 1
1998 The Four Seasons / Concerto for Diverse Instruments / Oboe Concerto / Flute Concerto Vivaldi; New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein, John Corigliano, Harold Gomberg, John Wummer 1
1998 Vivaldi Edition: Sacred Music Vivaldi; Vittorio Negri 1
1998 Adagios Antonio Vivaldi 1
1998 Baroque Music: Antonio Vivaldi (Hamburg Chamber Orchestra, Hans Jürgen Walther) Antonio Vivaldi 1
1998 Concertos, Volume 3 (1-18: Musici di San Marco, feat. conductor: Alberto Lizzio; 19-21: Musici di San Marco, I Solisti di Zagreb) Antonio Vivaldi 1
1998 Le quattro stagioni Op. 8, Nos. 1-4 / Water Music, Suite No.1 Antonio Vivaldi / Georg Friedrich Händel 1
1998 The Best of Vivaldi Antonio Vivaldi 1
1999 25 Vivaldi Favorites Antonio Vivaldi 1
1999 Bach: Concertos for violin in A minor and E major, Concerto for two violins / Vivaldi: Concerto for two violins No. 8 (Wiener Symphoniker / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra feat. conductor: Sir Eugene Goossens, violin: David Oistrakh) Bach, Vivaldi 1
2000 Haydn: Nelson Mass / Vivaldi: Gloria / Handel: Zadok the Priest Haydn, Vivaldi, Handel; King’s College Choir, Willcocks 2
2000 Four Seasons / Concerti “con molti istromenti” / Gloria Antonio Vivaldi; The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock 1
2000 Guitar Concertos Vivaldi; Los Romeros, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Iona Brown 1
2000 Harmonic Inspirations - L'estro armonico Antonio Vivaldi; Süddeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim 1
2000 Great Conductors: Toscanini J. S. Bach, Vivaldi, Handel; NBC Symphony Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini, Mischa Mischakoff 1
2000 Le quattro stagioni (+3 wind concertos) Vivaldi; Alan Loveday, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner 2
2001 Concertos (The English Concert feat. conductor: Trevor Pinnock) Antonio Vivaldi 1
2001 Violin Concertos From "L'estro Armonico", Op. 3 Vivaldi; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner, Alan Loveday, Iona Brown, Carmel Kaine, Roy Gillard 2
2001 Cello Concertos Haydn, Vivaldi; Lynn Harrell 2
2001 The Four Seasons / Violin Concertos Vivaldi; London Philharmonic Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Itzhak Perlman 2
2001 Concerti Grossi Antonio Vivaldi 1
2001 The Masterworks Antonio Vivaldi 3
2002 Chill with Vivaldi Antonio Vivaldi 1
2003 Karajan Conducts Vivaldi & Bach Vivaldi, Bach; Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan 1
2003 The Ultimate Four Seasons: Vivaldi's Greatest Hit Antonio Vivaldi 1
2003 Violin Concertos Vivaldi; Yehudi Menuhin 1
2004 The Best of Vivaldi Antonio Vivaldi 1
2004 Vivaldi Operas Antonio Vivaldi 1
2004 The Four Seasons etc. Vivaldi; Moscow Virtuosi, Vladimir Spivakov 4
2004 Concerti Per Archi Antonio Vivaldi; Concerto Italiano, Rinaldo Alessandrini 1
2005 The Complete Sacred Music (The King's Consort & Choir feat. conductor: Robert King) Antonio Vivaldi 1
2005 Complete Cello Concertos Vivaldi; Ofra Harnoy, Toronto Chamber Orchestra 1
2005 The Four Seasons and Other Favorite Concertos - HMV Classics Antonio Vivaldi 1
2005 Vivaldi Selection Vivaldi; Musici di San Marco, Alberto Lizzio 1
2006 Bach / Telemann / Vivaldi: Oboe Concertos Bach, Telemann, Vivaldi; Han de Vries 1
2006 DIE ZEIT Klassik-Edition 09: Nigel Kennedy spielt Vivaldi und Mendelssohn Antonio Vivaldi, Felix Mendelssohn; Nigel Kennedy 1
2006 Vivaldi, il furioso ! Antonio Vivaldi 1
2006 Vivaldi: Zeit für Entspannung Vivaldi 1
2007 Ultimate Vivaldi: The Essential Masterpieces Antonio Vivaldi 1
2007 25 Greatest Works - Vivaldi Antonio Vivaldi 1
2007 Concerti per viola d'amore Vivaldi; Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante 1
2007 Best Vivaldi 100 Antonio Vivaldi 2

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