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
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 (Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields feat. conductor: Neville Marriner) Antonio Vivaldi 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 6 Cello Concertos (The Academy of Ancient Music, feat. cello: Christophe Coin, conductor: Christopher Hogwood) Antonio Vivaldi 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 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
2000 The Four Seasons Antonio Vivaldi; Toronto Camerata, Kevin Mallon, Lu Si-qing 3
2000 Die vier Jahreszeiten für Kinder (Sprecher: Marko Simsa) Antonio Vivaldi 1
2000 Flute Concertos Antonio Vivaldi 1
2000 La Stravaganza, Vol. 2 (City of London Sinfonia feat. conductor: Nicholas Kraemer, violin: Andrew Watkinson) Antonio Vivaldi 1
2000 La Tempesta Di Mare, Concerti con Titoli (Europa Galante) Antonio Vivaldi 1
2000 Sonatas for Violoncello Antonio Vivaldi; Anner Bylsma 1
2000 The Baroque Flute Antonio Vivaldi 1
2001 Four Seasons / Storm at Sea / Pleasure (Moscow Chamber Orchestra feat. conductor: Constantine Orbelian) Antonio Vivaldi 1
2001 Il Cimento dell'Armonia e dell'Inventione, Nos. 1-6 (Accademia Bizantina feat. conductor: Ottavio Dantone) Antonio Vivaldi 2
2001 Il Cimento dell'Armonia e dell'Inventione, Nos. 7-12 (Accademia Bizantina feat. conductor: Ottavio Dantone) Antonio Vivaldi 2
2001 Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Pergolesi: Flute Concertos Vivaldi, Pergolesi 1
2001 The Four Seasons / Concertos for Double Orchestra, RV 582 and RV 581 Antonio Vivaldi; London Mozart Players, David Juritz 1
2001 Late Violin Concertos (Venice Baroque Orchestra feat. conductor: Andrea Marcon, violin: Giuliano Carmignola) Antonio Vivaldi 2

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