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
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
1992 Vivaldi: Cantate Italiane / Bononcini: Cantate Pastorali Antonio Vivaldi, Giovanni Battista Bononcini & René Jacobs 1
1992 Orlando Furioso (I Solisti Veneti feat. conductor: Claudio Scimone) Antonio Vivaldi 1
1992 Concertos for Guitar and Strings Vivaldi; I Musici, Massimo Paris, Pepe Romero 1
1992 The Four Seasons / Sinfonia in B Minor, RV 169 / Concerto Op. 3 No. 10 (Tafelmusik feat. conductor: Lamon) Antonio Vivaldi 1
1992 "La Pastorella" / Chamber Concertos Antonio Vivaldi 1
1992 Oboe Concerti Vol. 1 Antonio Vivaldi; Stefan Schilli, Diethelm Jonas, Failoni Chamber Orchestra 1
1992 Bach: Magnificat / Vivaldi: Gloria / Beatus vir Bach, Vivaldi; Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart, Bach-Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling, Jean-Claude Malgoire 2
1992 Concerti for Bassoon and Orchestra, Volume V Antonio Vivaldi; Zagreb Soloists, Tonko Ninić, Daniel Smith 1
1992 Famous Concertos Antonio Vivaldi; Solisti di Zagreb, Anton Nanut 1
1992 Guitar Concertos Giuliani / Torroba / Vivaldi 1
1992 Mega Classic, Volume 2: Antonio Vivaldi: Die vier Jahreszeiten Antonio Vivaldi 1
1992 Salve Regina (feat. alto: Gérard Lesne, violon: Fabio Biondi) Antonio Vivaldi 1
1992 The Four Seasons / Concertos Vivaldi; Stokowski 1
1992 The World of Vivaldi, The Four Seasons etc. Antonio Vivaldi 1
1992 Vivaldi Collection, Volume III: String Symphonies Antonio Vivaldi 1
1992 Vivaldi's Favorites, Volume 1 Antonio Vivaldi 1
1993 Apollo Classics Antonio Vivaldi 1
1993 The Four Seasons / Flute Concerto in D "Il Gardellino" / Harpsichord Concerto in A major Antonio Vivaldi 1
1993 Concertos baroques italiens Albinoni, Tartini, Vivaldi; Maurice André 3
1993 The Magic of the Mandoline: Greatest Concertos Vivaldi, Paisiello, Caudioso; I Solisti Veneti, Claudio Scimone 1
1993 Concerti per Liuto e Mandolino (Il giardino armonico feat. conductor: Giovanni Antonini) Antonio Vivaldi 2
1993 Konzerte für den Kursächsischen Hof (Virtuosi Saxoniae, feat. conductor: Ludwig Güttler) Antonio Vivaldi 1
1993 Le quattro stagioni Antonio Vivaldi; Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan 3
1993 Recorder Concertos Antonio Vivaldi; Dan Laurin, Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble 1
1993 Famosi Concerti da Camera Antonio Vivaldi; Il giardino armonico 1
1993 6 concerti, op. 11 Antonio Vivaldi; Stanley Ritchie, Frank de Bruine, Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood 1
1993 12 concerti, Op. 7 Antonio Vivaldi; I Solisti Italiani, Hansjörg Schellenberger 1
1993 Cello Concertos (Toronto Chamber Orchestra feat. cello: Ofra Harnoy, conductor: Paul Robinson) (Volume 3) Antonio Vivaldi 1
1993 Concerti da camera, Volume 3 (Il Giardino Armonico) Antonio Vivaldi 1
1993 Concerti da camera, Volume 4 Antonio Vivaldi; Il giardino armonico 1
1993 Concerti: RV 133 281 286 407 511 531 541 (L'Europe Galante featuring Fabio Biondi) Antonio Vivaldi 1
1993 De fire årstider (I Virtuosi di Roma feat. conductor: Renato Fasano, violin: Renato Fasano) Antonio Vivaldi 2 2
1993 Flute Concertos Vivaldi; Budapest Strings, Károly Botvay, Zoltán Gyöngyössy 1
1993 Jean-Pierre Rampal plays Vivaldi's The Four Seasons and more Vivaldi; Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestr, Jean-Pierre Rampal 1
1993 La tempesta di mare / La notte / Le quattro stagioni Antonio Vivaldi, I Solisti dell'Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, Riccardo Muti, Giulio Franzetti 1
1993 Le Quattro Stagioni, Violin Concerto, Double Concerto (Jindrich Fazdera, František Figura, Violins Accademia Ziliniana) Antonio Vivaldi 1
1993 Mad About Vivaldi Antonio Vivaldi 1
1993 Oboe Concertos Antonio Vivaldi; Stephen Hammer, Frank de Bruine, Christopher Hogwood, Academy of Ancient Music 1
1993 Oboe Sonatas Antonio Vivaldi & Nicolas Chédeville; Paul Goodwin 1
1993 Recorder Concerti (The Parley of Instruments feat. recorder: Peter Holtslag) Antonio Vivaldi 1
1993 Six Flute Concerti, Op. 10 / Flute Concerto in C minor Vivaldi; The Orchestra of St. John's, Smith Square, John Lubbock, Robert Stallman 1
1993 The Four Seasons (Orchestra "Classic Music Studio" St. Petersburg) Antonio Vivaldi 2
1993 Vivaldi's Revenge: The New Four Seasons Antonio Vivaldi 1
1994 Vêpres pour la Nativité de la Vierge (La Maîtrise Boréale, La Grande Écurie et la Chambre du Roy, feat. conductor: Jean-Claude Malgoire) Antonio Vivaldi 5 2
1994 Vivaldi Concerti and Other Works Antonio Vivaldi; Eliot Fisk, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Albert Fuller, Frederic Hand, Louise Schulman 1
1994 Oboe Concerti, Volume 2 (Failoni Chamber Orchestra feat. conductor: Pier Giorgio Morandi, oboe: Stefan Schilli) Antonio Vivaldi 1

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