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
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'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
1960 The Four Seasons Antonio Vivaldi; Reinhold Barchet, Karl Münchinger, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra 1
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 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 & Mandfreridini: Concerti grossi / Vivaldi: Concerti "Alla rustica" & "L'Amoroso" Albinoni, Pachelbel, Corelli, Manfredini, Vivaldi; Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan 1
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; Béla Bánfalvi, Budapest Strings 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
1989 Le Quattro Stagioni / Concerti Antonio Vivaldi; Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt 1
1989 Meditation, Volume 1 Albinoni, Vivaldi, Bach, Gluck, Mozart, Schumann, Handel, Liszt 1
1989 The Essential Vivaldi Antonio Vivaldi 3
1989 The Four Seasons and More Concertos Vivaldi, Corelli, Albinoni 1
1990 Famous Concerti Antonio Vivaldi; Capella Istropolitana, Jaroslav Krček 2
1990 Wind and Brass Concerti Vivaldi; Capella Istropolitana, Jaroslav Krček 1
1990 Baroque Guitar Favourites Vivaldi, J.S. Bach; Gerald Garcia, Camerata Cassovia, Peter Breiner 2
1990 Choral Music Antonio Vivaldi / Jean-Baptiste Lully 1
1990 Greatest Hits Antonio Vivaldi 1
1990 Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Purcell: Sonata for Trumpet and Strings / The Gordian Knot Unty'd / The Old Bachelor Antonio Vivaldi, Henry Purcell; Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Pinchas Zukerman, English Chamber Orchestra, Raymond Leppard 1
1991 Trompetenkonzerte Giovanni Buonaventura Viviani, Antonio Vivaldi, Georg Philipp Telemann, Georg Friedrich Händel, Joseph Haydn, Michael Haydn; Maurice André 1
1991 6 Concerti Op. 12 (I Musici feat. conductor: Salvatore Accardo) Antonio Vivaldi 1
1991 Apollo Classics: Vivaldi Antonio Vivaldi 1
1991 Charpentier: Te Deum / Magnificat; Vivaldi: Gloria Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Antonio Vivaldi, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner & Sir Philip Ledger 1
1991 Prélude Baroque X: Vivaldi Antonio Vivaldi 1
1991 Rendez-vous With Vivaldi Antonio Vivaldi 1
1991 The Four Seasons / Concerto 'del Ritico' Antonio Vivaldi 1
1992 Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez / Fantasia para un gentilhombre / Giuliani, Vivaldi: Guitar Concertos Rodrigo, Giuliani, Antonio; John Williams, Eugene Ormandy, Charles Groves 1
1992 Double Concertos Antonio Vivaldi; Collegium Musicum 90, Simon Standage 1
1992 Albinoni / Marcello / Corelli / Vivaldi Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni, Alessandro Marcello, Arcangelo Corelli, Antonio Vivaldi 2
1992 Italian Court Composers Albinoni, Corelli, Vivaldi, Torelli, Marcello, Monteverdi 1
1992 The Classical Collection 5: Vivaldi: Celebration of the Baroque Antonio Vivaldi 2
1992 The World of Vivaldi, The Four Seasons etc. Antonio Vivaldi 1
1992 Violin Concertos Bach / Vivaldi 1
1992 Vivaldi Collection Antonio Vivaldi 1
1992 Vivaldi: Die vier Jahreszeiten / Corelli: Weihnachtskonzert Vivaldi, Corelli; Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Karl Münchinger 1

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