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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Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
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 (Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields feat. conductor: Neville Marriner, violin: Alan Loveday, Iona Brown, Carmel Kaine, Roy Gillard) Antonio Vivaldi 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 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 (Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante) Antonio Vivaldi 1
2007 Best Vivaldi 100 Antonio Vivaldi 2
2007 Les chefs-d'œuvre de Vivaldi (Masterworks) Antonio Vivaldi 1
2008 Les quatre saisons & Autres Concertos Vivaldi; Gli Incogniti, Amandine Beyer 2
2008 Nisi Dominus (RV 608) / Dixit Dominus (RV 594) / Stabat Mater (RV 621) Antonio Vivaldi; English Bach Festival Chorus, English Bach Festival Baroque Orchestra, Coro Gulbenkian, Orquestra Gulbenkian, Michel Corboz 1
2008 The World's Greatest Composers: Vivaldi Antonio Vivaldi 1
2008 La Folie Vivaldi Antonio Vivaldi 1
2008 Mstislav Rostropovich Plays Cello Works by… Bach, Dvořák, Handel, Jolivet, Landowski, Prokofiev, Saint‐Saëns, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi; Mstislav Rostropovich 1
2009 Grandes compositores da música clássica, Volume 4: Vivaldi Antonio Vivaldi 1
2009 Classical Favorites "Vivaldi", Volume 1 Antonio Vivaldi 1
2009 Classical Favorites "Vivaldi", Volume 2 Antonio Vivaldi 1
2009 Le Quattro Stagioni (I Musici, violin: Felix Ayo) Antonio Vivaldi 1
2009 Oboe Concertos Albinoni, Marcello, Vivaldi 1
2010 Grandes Compositores de la Música Clásica: Vivaldi Antonio Lucio Vivaldi; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
2011 Vivaldi: The Four Seasons - Kremer, London Symphony Orchestra Antonio Vivaldi 1
2011 Vivaldi - 100 Supreme Classical Masterpieces: Rise of the Masters Antonio Vivaldi 1
2012 Great Violin Concertos Vivaldi, J.S. Bach, Mozart, Spohr, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Bruch, Vieuxtemps, Brahms, Paganini, Saint-Saëns, Lalo, Tchaikovsky, Glazunov, Elgar, Wieniawski, Dvořák, Sibelius, Shostakovich, Prokofiev 1
2012 Concerti Nuova Stagione Antonio Vivaldi; Gli Incogniti, Amandine Beyer 1
2013 Wind and String Concertos Antonio Vivaldi 1
2013 Big Vivaldi Box Antonio Vivaldi 1
2013 Vivaldi Operas Vol. 2 Antonio Vivaldi 1
2013 Music for Strings Hindemith, Prokofiev, Bartók, Vivaldi; Neville Marriner, Rudolf Barshai 1

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