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
1994 6 Cello Sonatas (Florilegium feat. cello: Pieter Wispelwey) Antonio Vivaldi 1
1994 Cello Sonatas Vivaldi; Ofra Harnoy, Colin Tilney 2
1994 Klassik für Kids - Viva Vivaldi Antonio Vivaldi 1
1994 Op. 3 No. 1, 3, 9, and 5 / Concerto in A minor / Concerto in D major (New Classical Orchestra feat. conductor: Alexander Titov) Antonio Vivaldi 1
1994 The Four Seasons Vivaldi; Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Gil Shaham 1
1994 The Four Seasons Antonio Vivaldi; London Symphony Orchestra Strings 1
1994 The Four Seasons (La Scala Philharmonic feat. conductor: Riccardo Muti) Antonio Vivaldi 1
1994 The Four Seasons (Spring-Winter) / Concerto per archi e basso continuo (Alla Rustica) / Concerto grosso op. 3 No. 8 in A Minor Antonio Vivaldi 1
1994 Vivaldi: Gloria / Pergolesi: Stabat Mater Antonio Vivaldi, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi; Nikolaus Harnoncourt 1
1995 Die vier Jahreszeiten (feat. I Solisti die Zagreb) Antonio Vivaldi 1
1995 Les quatre saisons et concertos pour guitare Antonio Vivaldi; Orchestre de Chambre de Toulouse, Alain Moglia, Hugues Navez 1
1995 L'Estro Armonico, Op. 3 (complete) Vivaldi; I Musici, Roberto Michelucci 1
1995 Cello Concerti, Volume 1: RV 389, 399, 404, 406, 410, 419 Antonio Vivaldi; City of London Sinfonia, Nicholas Kraemer, Raphael Wallfisch 1
1995 Le Quattro Stagioni / Concerti / Sinfonia (Taverner Consort feat. conductor: Andrew Parrott) Antonio Vivaldi 1
1995 Cello Concerti, Volume 4: RV 405, 411, 414, 416, 417, 420, 421 (City of London Sinfonia feat. conductor: Nicholas Kraemer, cello: Raphael Wallfisch) Antonio Vivaldi 1
1995 Wind Concerti (City of London Sinfonia feat. conductor: Nicholas Kraemer) Antonio Vivaldi 1
1995 Cello Concerti, Volume 3: RV 402, 403, 407, 409, 418, 423, 424 (City of London Sinfonia feat. conductor: Nicholas Kraemer, cello: Raphael Wallfisch) Antonio Vivaldi 1
1995 La Stravaganza (Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields feat. conductor: Neville Marriner, violins: Carmel Kaine, Alan Loveday) Antonio Vivaldi 3
1995 Vivaldi: Oboe Concertos (Franz Liszt Academy Chamber Orchestra feat. oboe: Hansjörg Schellenberger) Antonio Vivaldi 1
1995 Violin Concertos (The English Concert feat. conductor: Elizabeth Wilcock) Antonio Vivaldi 1
1995 "Manchester" Sonatas, Volume 1: Nos. 1-6 (Romanesca) Antonio Vivaldi 1
1995 "Manchester" Sonatas, Volume 2: Nos. 7-12 (Romanesca) Antonio Vivaldi 1
1995 Stabat Mater Antonio Vivaldi; Andreas Scholl, Ensemble 415, Chiara Banchini 1
1995 BBC Music: The Concerto Arcangelo Corelli, Antonio Vivaldi, Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1995 Concertos (Academy of St. Martin in the Fields feat. conductor: Angel Romero) Antonio Vivaldi 1
1995 The Compleat Four Seasons (Musica Anima feat. Narrator: Patrick Stewart, violin: Arnie Roth) Antonio Vivaldi 1
1995 Vivaldi (Salzburg Baroque Orchestra feat. conductor: Hans Jürgen Walther) Antonio Vivaldi 1
1995 Vivaldi: Maestro de' Concerti (Taverner Players feat. director: Andrew Parrott) Antonio Vivaldi 1
1996 Unforgettable Classics: The Four Seasons Antonio Vivaldi 1
1996 Le Quattro Stagioni (The Four Seasons) Antonio Vivaldi; Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Andrew Manze, Ton Koopman 2
1996 Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez / Concierto Andaluz / Vivaldi: Guitar Concertos Joaquín Rodrigo, Antonio Vivaldi; San Antonio Symphony, Victor Alessandro, The Romeros 1
1996 Baroque Concertos Antonio Vivaldi, Arcangelo Corelli, Alessandro Marcello, Lionardo Oronzo Salvatore de Leo; I Virtuosi di Roma, Renato Fasano 1
1996 Die vier Jahreszeiten (Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Iona Brown) Antonio Vivaldi 1
1996 Gondeln im Sturm Antonio Vivaldi 1
1996 Zauber der Lagune Antonio Vivaldi 1
1996 Golden Touch Classics: Antonio Vivaldi (Slovak Chamber Orchestra) Antonio Vivaldi 1
1996 Konzerte für Soloinstrumente Antonio Vivaldi; Burkhard Glaetzner, Werner Erhardt, Lajos Mayer, Ludwig Güttler 1
1996 L'Estro Armonico, Op. 3 (Virtuosi di Roma feat. conductor: Renato Fasano) Antonio Vivaldi 1
1996 La Cetra: 12 Concerti, Op. 9 Antonio Vivaldi; I Solisti Italiani 1
1996 Música barroca italiana Antonio Vivaldi, Arcangelo Corelli, Pietro Antonio Locatelli, Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni; I solisti di Zagreb 1
1997 Cello Concertos, Volume 4 (Toronto Chamber Orchestra feat. conductor: Paul Robinson Cello: Ofra Harnoy) Antonio Vivaldi 1
1997 Concerti per le Solennita Antonio Vivaldi 1
1997 Dresden Concertos (Accademia I Filarmonici feat. violin: Alberto Martini) (vol. 1) Antonio Vivaldi 1
1997 Dresden Concertos, Volume 2 Antonio Vivaldi; Accademia I Filarmonici, Alberto Martini, Roberto Baraldi 1
1997 Concertos Antonio Vivaldi; New London Consort, Philip Pickett 1
1997 Gloria / Nulla in mundo pax sincera / Nisi Dominus / Cantatas Vivaldi; Kirkby, Bott, Nelson, Watkinson, Bowman, Preston, Hogwood 1
1997 6 Violin Concertos, op. 12 Vivaldi; Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood, Pavlo Beznosiuk 1
1997 Famous Concerti for Two Trumpets, Oboe, Violins, Cello, Mandolins Antonio Vivaldi 1
1997 Hummel, Vivaldi, Telemann, Leopold Mozart: Trumpet Concertos Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Antonio Vivaldi, Georg Philipp Telemann, Leopold Mozart; Herbert von Karajan, Maurice André, Berliner Philharmoniker 2
1997 The Brandenburg Concertos (Complete) / Selected Works by Vivaldi and Erns Bach, Vivaldi, Ernst; The Brandenburg Collegium, Anthony Newman 1

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