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
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: Recorder Concerti Antonio Vivaldi; Peter Holtslag, The Parley of Instruments 1
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 Antonio Vivaldi; Stefan Schilli, Failoni Chamber Orchestra, Pier Giorgio Morandi 1
1994 Guitar, Two Guitar and Viola and Guitar Concertos Antonio Vivaldi; Prague Chamber Orchestra, Lubomír Brabec, Martin Mysliveček, Lubomír Malý 1
1994 Concertos for Two Violins, String Orchestra and Basso Continuo (Virtuosi di Praga feat. violin: Josef Suk, Oldřich Vlček) Antonio Vivaldi 1
1994 Gloria RV 589 / Magnificat RV 610b (Taverner Consort feat. conductor: Andrew Parrott) Antonio Vivaldi 1
1994 L'estro armonico (4 Concertos) Vivaldi; Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Neville Marriner 1
1994 Opera Arias and Sinfonias (The Brandenburg Consort feat. conductor: Roy Goodman, soprano: Emma Kirkby) Antonio Vivaldi 2
1994 6 Cello Sonatas Vivaldi; Pieter Wispelwey, Florilegium 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 Antonio Vivaldi; City of London Sinfonia, Nicholas Kraemer 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 Vivaldi; Carmel Kaine, Alan Loveday, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner 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 Frans Brüggen Edition, vol. 8: Vivaldi Chamber Concertos Antonio Vivaldi; Frans Brüggen 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 Vivaldi; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Iona Brown 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

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