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
1987 Salve Regina and others (Ensemble Instrumental feat. conductor: Jean-Walter Audoli, counter tenor: James Bowman, violin: Yuriko Naganuma) Antonio Vivaldi & Giovanni Battista Pergolesi 1
1987 Baroque Oboe Concertos (Liszt Ferenc Chamber Orchestra feat. conductor: Frigyes Sándor oboe: Emilia Csánky oboe: Gábor Dienes) Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Biscogli 1
1987 Cantatas, Concertos & Magnificat Antonio Vivaldi; Emma Kirkby, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra 2
1987 Il Cimento dell'Armonia e dell'Inventione (Vol.1) Concerti Op.8, Nos. 1-6 (Feat. I Solisti Italiani) Antonio Vivaldi 1
1987 Il Cimento Dell'Armonia e Dell'Inventione (Vol.II): Concerti Op. 8, Nos.7-12 (I Solisti Italiani) Antonio Vivaldi 1
1987 La Stravaganza, Op. 4 (The Academy of Ancient Music feat. conductor: Christopher Hogwood) Antonio Vivaldi 1
1987 Magnificat / Gloria Antonio Vivaldi; New Philharmonia Orchestra, Riccardo Muti 2
1987 Three Bassoon Concerti Antonio Vivaldi, Johann Christian Bach, Johann Christoph Graupner; Daniel Smith, Sir Philip Ledger, English Chamber Orchestra 1
1987 Violin Concertos Bach, Vivaldi; Yehudi Menuhin, Alberto Lysy, Camerata Lysy Gstaad 1
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 Concerto for Lute and Strings: Five Famous Concertos Antonio Vivaldi; Capella Istropolitana, Richard Edlinger 1
1988 Concertos pour cordes Antonio Vivaldi; I Filarmonici di Bologna, Angelo Ephrikian 1
1988 Five Cello Concerti Antonio Vivaldi; Heinrich Schiff, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Iona Brown 1
1988 Flute Concertos, op. 10 Antonio Vivaldi; The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock, Lisa Beznosiuk 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 Haydn: Nelson Mass / Vivaldi: Gloria Haydn, Vivaldi; Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, London Symphony Orchestra, Sir David Willcocks 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 Cello Concertos Vivaldi; Christophe Coin, Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood 2
1989 6 Concertos Vivaldi; I Solisti Veneti, Claudio Scimone, James Galway 1
1989 Die Schönsten Konzerte Antonio Vivaldi 1
1989 Guitar Concertos Vivaldi; Los Romeros 1
1989 Il Cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione Op. 8 (Raglan Baroque Players feat. violin: Monica Huggett, conductor: Nicholas Kraemer) Antonio Vivaldi; Raglan Baroque Players, Monica Huggett, Nicholas Kraemer 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 Famous Flute Concerti Vivaldi; Capella Istropolitana, Oliver Dohnányi 1
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 Concerti, op. 10 Vivaldi; James Galway 2
1990 6 Double Concertos Antonio Vivaldi; Isaac Stern, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra, János Rolla 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 Sonatas for Strings, Vol. II Vivaldi; The Purcell Quartet 1
1990 Sonatas for Strings, Volume I Vivaldi; The Purcell Quartet 1
1990 Sonaten für Violoncello und Basso Continuo Vivaldi; Anner Bylsma, Hideimi Suzuki, Jacques Ogg 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 3
1990 The Four Seasons, Op. 8 Nos. 1-4 (Musici di Zagreb) Antonio Vivaldi 1

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