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 was 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
1988 Motteto RV 633, Stabat Mater RV 621, Introduzione al miserere RV 638, Nisi Dominus RV 608 Antonio Vivaldi; Gérard Lesne, Ensemble Il Seminario Musicale 1
1988 Concerti für Bläser und Streicher Antonio Vivaldi 1
1988 Concertos pour cordes (I Filarmonici del teatro comunale di Bologna feat. conductor: Angelo Ephrikian) Antonio Vivaldi 1
1988 Five Cello Concerti Antonio Vivaldi; Heinrich Schiff, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Iona Brown 1
1988 Flute, Oboe & Bassoon Concerti Antonio Vivaldi 1
1988 Gloria RV589 / Kyrie RV587 / Credo RV591 / Magnificat RV610 (Ensemble Vocal & Instrumental de Lausanne, feat. cond. Michel Corboz) Antonio Vivaldi 1
1988 The Four Seasons / Concerto alla rustica Vivaldi; Takako Nishizaki, Capella Istropolitana, Stephen Gunzenhauser 4
1988 The Great Composers: 25 - Vivaldi: The Four Seasons Antonio Vivaldi; Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn, Jörg Faerber, Susanne Lautenbacher 2
1988 Vivaldi: The Four Seasons (Wurttemberg Chamber Orchestra) Antonio Vivaldi 1
1989 Vivaldi: Gloria / Bach: Magnificat (Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus feat. conductor: Robert Shaw) Vivaldi, Bach 2
1989 Sacred Choral Music, Volume 3: Kyrie RV 587 / Gloria RV 588 / Credo RV 591 Vivaldi; John Alldis Choir, English Chamber Orchestra, Vittorio Negri 1
1989 6 Concertos Vivaldi; I Solisti Veneti, Claudio Scimone, James Galway 1
1989 Die Schönsten Konzerte Antonio Vivaldi 1
1989 Il Cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione Op. 8 (Raglan Baroque Players feat. violin: Monica Huggett, conductor: Nicholas Kraemer) Antonio Vivaldi 3
1989 Sacred Choral Music, Volume 4: Magnificat RV 610 / Beatus vir RV 597 / Credo RV 592 Vivaldi; John Alldis Choir, English Chamber Orchestra, Vittorio Negri 1
1989 Six Cello Sonatas Vivaldi; Christophe Coin, Christopher Hogwood 1
1989 The Four Seasons Vivaldi; Nigel Kennedy, English Chamber Orchestra 5 7
1989 The Four Seasons (Tasmanian Symphony Chamber Players) Antonio Vivaldi 1
1990 Lute (Guitar) Concertos / Mandolin Concertos Antonio Vivaldi; Narciso Yepes, Takashi Ochi, Silvia Ochi, Orchestre de Chambre Paul Kuentz, Paul Kuentz 2
1990 7 Concerti Antonio Vivaldi; Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan 2
1990 De Vier Jaargetijden (Combattimento Consort Amsterdam feat. violin: Jaap Van Zweden) Antonio Vivaldi 1
1990 Gloria (Christ Church Cathedral Choir, The Hanover Band, Stephen Darlington) Antonio Vivaldi 1
1990 6 Double Concertos (Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra feat. violin: Isaac Stern, flute: Jean-Pierre Rampal, conductor: János Rolla) Antonio Vivaldi 1
1990 Barocke Kostbarkeiten Vivaldi, Corelli, Locatelli, Albinoni 1
1990 Baroque Oboe Concertos Handel, Vivaldi, Albinoni, Marcello, Bach; Guildhall String Ensemble, Malcolm Messiter 1
1990 Concerti Grossi Des Barock (Concerti Grossi of the Baroque) Vivaldi, Corelli, Locatelli, Albinoni; Musici di San Marco, Alberto Lizzio 1
1990 Le Quattro Stagioni, La Tempesta di mare, La Caccia (Salvatore Accardo e l'Orchestra da Camera Italiana) Antonio Vivaldi 1
1990 The Four Seasons Vivaldi; Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, The Orchestra of St. Luke's 1
1990 The Four Seasons Antonio Vivaldi 1
1990 The Four Seasons / Concerto in G major / Symphony in C major / Violin Concerto in A minor Op. 3/6 (Südwest-Studioorchester feat. conductor: Heribert Münchner / I Solisti di Zagreb) Antonio Vivaldi 2
1990 The Four Seasons, Op. 8 Nos. 1-4 (Musici di Zagreb) Antonio Vivaldi 1
1990 Vivaldi - The Four Seasons, RV 278 & RV 357 Antonio Vivaldi 1
1991 Stabat Mater / Nisi Dominus (Orchestre Paul Kuentz feat. conductor: Paul Kuentz) Antonio Vivaldi 1
1991 The Four Seasons (Zagreb Soloists feat. conductor: James Galway) Antonio Vivaldi 1
1991 Gloria / Stabat Mater / Motets Vivaldi 1
1991 L'estro armonico: Libro primo Antonio Vivaldi 1
1991 Sonata a tre 'La Follia'. Sonate a due violini Antonio Vivaldi; Ensemble 415, Chiara Banchini, Véronique Méjean, Käthi Gohl, Jesper Christensen 2
1991 3 Concertos & 3 Sonates pour violoncelle Vivaldi; Christophe Coin, Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood 1
1991 6 Concerti, op. 10 for Flute, Strings and Continuo Antonio Vivaldi; I Musici, Severino Gazzelloni 1
1991 6 Concertos for Bassoon, Strings and Continuo Vivaldi; I Musici, Klaus Thunemann 1
1991 Le quattro stagioni Vivaldi; Europa Galante, Fabio Biondi 4
1991 Le quattro stagioni Vivaldi; Musici di San Marco, Alberto Lizzio 2
1991 The Four Seasons Vivaldi; Yehudi Menuhin, Camerata Lysy, Alberto Lysy 2
1991 The Four Seasons (City of London Sinfonia feat. director: Andrew Watkinson) Antonio Vivaldi 1
1991 The Four Seasons (I Nuovi Virtuosi di Roma feat. violin: Salvatore Accardo & Patrice Fontanarosa) Antonio Vivaldi 1
1991 Venetian Church Music Gabrieli, Monteverdi, Vivaldi; The Taverner Choir, Consort & Players, Andrew Parrott 2
1991 Viva Vivaldi Antonio Vivaldi 1
1991 Vivaldi Edition Antonio Vivaldi 1
1991 Weekend Vivaldi: Concertos (The Academy of St Martin-In-The-Fields feat. conductor: Neville Marriner) Antonio Vivaldi 1
1992 Concerti da Camera, Volume 1 - Concerti op. 10 Antonio Vivaldi; Il giardino armonico, Giovanni Antonini 1

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