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
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 2
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 Concerti for Strings Antonio Vivaldi; Accademia I Filarmonici, Alberto Martini 1
1997 Dresden Concerti, Vol. 1 Antonio Vivaldi; Alberto Martini, Accademia I Filarmonici 1
1997 Dresden Concerti, Volume 2 Antonio Vivaldi; Accademia I Filarmonici, Alberto Martini, Roberto Baraldi 1
1997 Dresden Concerti, Vol. 3 Vivaldi; Marco Fornaciari, Accademia I Filarmonici, Alberto Martini 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
1997 Vivaldi for Diverse Instruments Antonio Vivaldi; Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Nicholas McGegan 1
1997 Vivaldi: Gloria / J.S. Bach: Magnificat Antonio Vivaldi, Johann Sebastian Bach 3 1
1998 Wind Concertos Vivaldi; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner 1
1998 Vivaldi Per Archi: Concertos pour cordes Antonio Vivaldi 1
1998 Juditha Triumphans Vivaldi; Ann Murray, María Cristina Kiehr, Susan Bickley, Sarah Connolly, Jean Rigby, The Choir of the King's Consort, The King's Consort, Robert King 1
1998 Concerti Antonio Vivaldi; Ensemble instrumental La Follia 1
1998 Concertos pour violoncelle, Volume 1 (Ensemble Explorations, feat. conductor Roel Dieltiens) Antonio Vivaldi 1
1998 Cztery Pory Roku Antonio Vivaldi 1
1999 Dresden Concerti, Vol. 4 Vivaldi; Cristiano Rossi, Accademia I Filarmonici, Alberto Martini 1
1999 Sacred Music, Volume 5 Antonio Vivaldi; The King's Consort, Robert King 1
1999 La Cetra Vivaldi; Monica Huggett, Raglan Baroque Players, Nicholas Kraemer 1
1999 The Four Seasons Antonio Vivaldi; Janine Jansen 4 8
1999 The Four Seasons Antonio Vivaldi; Virtuosi di Kuhmo, Pekka Kuusisto 1
1999 Cello Concerti, Volume 2: RV 400, 401, 408, 412, 422, 531 (City of London Sinfonia feat. conductor: Nicholas Kraemer, cello: Raphael Wallfisch) Antonio Vivaldi 1
1999 L'Estro Armonico (Europa Galante feat. conductor, violin: Fabio Biondi) Antonio Vivaldi 1
1999 Le quattro stagioni Vivaldi; Anne-Sophie Mutter, TrondheimSolistene 4
1999 The Vivaldi Album Antonio Vivaldi; Cecilia Bartoli, Il giardino armonico, Giovanni Antonini 2
1999 BBC Music, Volume 8, Number 4: Handel: Dixit Dominus / Vivaldi: Gloria (Swiss Radio Chorus of Lugano, I Barocchisti feat. conductor Diego Fasolis) Händel / Vivaldi 1
1999 7 Concertos Antonio Vivaldi; Camerata Bern, Thomas Füri 1
1999 Concertos pour mandolines / Concertos pour violon (I Solisti Veneti feat. conductor: Claudio Scimone) Antonio Vivaldi 1
1999 Four Seasons Antonio Vivaldi; London Symphony Orchestra 1
1999 Vivaldi - Les quatre saisons Antonio Vivaldi 2
1999 World's Greatest Masterpieces: Antonio Vivaldi (1675-1741) Antonio Vivaldi 1
2000 Concerti della Natura (Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca feat. violin: Giuliano Carmignola) Antonio Vivaldi 1
2000 Flute Concertos, Volume 2 (Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia feat. flute: Béla Drahos) Antonio Vivaldi 1
2000 Eight Seasons Antonio Vivaldi, Astor Piazzolla; Gidon Kremer, Kremerata Baltica Chamber Orchestra 1
2000 Violin Concertos op. 6 / "The Cuckoo" Antonio Vivaldi; The Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood, Andrew Manze 1
2000 Andreas Scholl: Vivaldi Antonio Vivaldi; Andreas Scholl, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Paul Dyer 1
2000 Gloria / Concerti / Magnificat (Akademia, Concerto Italiano feat. conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini) Antonio Vivaldi 1
2000 Suonate da camera a tre Antonio Vivaldi; London Baroque, Charles Medlam 1
2000 The Four Seasons / Three Violin Concertos Antonio Vivaldi; Giuliano Carmignola, Venice Baroque Orchestra, Andrea Marcon 1
2000 BBC Music, Volume 9, Number 3: BBC Legends Vivaldi / Mozart / Schubert 1

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