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
2005 Twelve Concertos for Violin and Strings, op. 8 (Il Cimento dell’Armonia e dell’Inventione) Vivaldi; Louis Kaufman, Concert Hall Chamber Orchestra, Henry Swoboda, The Winterthur Symphony Orchestra, Clemens Dahinden 1
2005 Vivaldi: Arsilda, Regina di Ponto (Federico Maria Sardelli) Antonio Vivaldi 1
2006 Concerti per violino I 'La caccia' Vivaldi; Academia Montis Regalis, Enrico Onofri 1
2006 In furore, Laudate pueri e concerti sacri Antonio Vivaldi, Sandrine Piau, Accademia Bizantina, Ottavio Dantone 1
2006 Vivaldi Dixit Dominus Antonio Vivaldi & Baldassare Galuppi 1
2006 Concertos for Violin, Strings and Continuo (Venice Baroque Orchestra feat. conductor: Andrea Marcon, violin: Giuliano Carmignola) Antonio Vivaldi 1
2006 Complete Bassoon Concertos, Volume 3 Antonio Vivaldi; Tamás Benkócs, Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia, Béla Drahos 1
2006 Arie per basso Vivaldi; Lorenzo Regazzo, Concerto Italiano, Rinaldo Alessandrini 1
2006 Cello Concertos Antonio Vivaldi; Jonathan Cohen, The King's Consort, Robert King 1
2006 Concertos and Sinfonias for Strings (Venice Baroque Orchestra feat. conductor: Andrea Marcon) Antonio Vivaldi 2
2006 Classical Touch: The Four Seasons / String & Flute Concertos / Strings & Orchestral Concertos Antonio Vivaldi 1
2006 Concerto Rustico Vivaldi; Academia Montis Regalis, Alessandro De Marchi 1
2006 Concerti and Concerti Grossi Handel, JS Bach, Vivaldi; Academy of Ancient Music 1
2006 Concerti per violino II "Di sfida" Antonio Vivaldi; Modo Antiquo, Federico Maria Sardelli, Anton Steck 1
2006 Flute Concertos Vivaldi; Australian Chamber Orchestra, Richard Tognetti, Emmanuel Pahud 1
2006 Griselda (Ensemble Matheus feat. conductor: Jean-Christophe Spinosi) Antonio Vivaldi 1
2006 Magnificat Vivaldi, Bach, Handel, Hayes; Emma Kirkby, Cantillation, Orchestra of the Antipodes, Antony Walker 1
2006 Meisterwerke/Masterworks Antonio Vivaldi 1
2006 Sonate a violino, e basso per il cembalo, Op. 2 (Ensemble Aurora feat. violin: Enrico Gatti) Antonio Vivaldi 1
2007 Cello Concertos Vivaldi, Tartini, Boccherini; Mstislav Rostropovich, Collegium Musicum Zürich, Paul Sacher 2
2007 Musica per mandolino e liuto (Rolf Lislevand) Antonio Vivaldi 1
2007 Amor sacro: Vivaldi mottetti Vivaldi; Simone Kermes, Venice Baroque Orchestra, Andrea Marcon 1
2007 Complete Bassoon Concertos, Volume 4 Antonio Vivaldi; Tamás Benkócs, Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia, Béla Drahos 1
2007 Concerti per violoncello I Vivaldi; Il giardino armonico, Giovanni Antonini, Christophe Coin 1
2007 The Four Seasons (Stradivarius Chamber Orchestra feat. violin: Ruggiero Ricci) Antonio Vivaldi 1
2007 Il progetto Vivaldi Antonio Vivaldi; Sol Gabetta, Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca 1
2007 The Four Seasons Vivaldi; Sarah Chang, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra 1
2007 Violin Concertos Vivaldi; Polish Chamber Orchestra, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Yehudi Menuhin 1
2007 Concerti per tanti violini obligati, Op. 3 "l'estro armonico" (Ensemble 415 feat. conductor: Chiara Banchini) Antonio Vivaldi 1
2007 6 Concerti, op. 12 Antonio Vivaldi; I Solisti Italiani 1
2007 Italian Baroque Oboe Concerti Vivaldi, Albinoni, Scarlatti; Hansjörg Schellenberger, I Solisti Italiani 1
2007 Cello Sonatas (complete) Vivaldi; Jaap ter Linden, Lars Ulrik Mortensen 1
2007 Double Concertos (Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin) Antonio Vivaldi 1
2007 L'Estro Armonico Antonio Vivaldi; Elizabeth Wallfisch, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Jeanne Lamon 1
2007 Variations on "La folia" and Other Sonatas Antonio Vivaldi; The Purcell Quartet 1
2008 Vivaldi Nisi Dominus Stabat Mater Antonio Vivaldi; Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Philippe Jaroussky, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Ensemble Matheus 1
2008 Arie Ritrovate Antonio Vivaldi; Sonia Prina, Accademia Bizantina, Ottavio Dantone 1
2008 The Four Seasons Antonio Vivaldi; Joshua Bell, Academy of St Martin in the Fields 3
2008 Concerti per violoncello II Vivaldi; Il giardino armonico, Giovanni Antonini, Christophe Coin 1
2008 Vivaldi: Concertos for Two Violins (Venice Baroque Orchestra feat. conductor: Andrea Marcon, violin: Viktoria Mullova, Giuliano Carmignola) Antonio Vivaldi 1
2008 Cello Concertos (Performer Han-Na Chang) Antonio Vivaldi 1
2008 Cello Concertos Antonio Vivaldi; Han-Na Chang, London Chamber Orchestra, Christopher Warren-Green 1
2008 La Fida Ninfa Vivaldi; Piau, Cangemi, Lemieux, Regazzo, Jaroussky, Lehtipuu, Mingardo, Senn, Ensemble Matheus, Jean-Christophe Spinosi 2
2008 Concerti per violino Antonio Vivaldi; Harmonie Universelle, Florian Deuter 1
2008 Complete Bassoon Concertos, Volume 5 Antonio Vivaldi; Tamás Benkócs, Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia, Béla Drahos 1
2008 Barock zum Dinner: Festliche Tafelmusik Bach, Pachelbel, Telemann, Vivaldi; Musica Antiqua Köln, Reinhard Goebel 1
2008 Complete Recorder Concertos Antonio Vivaldi; Michael Schneider, Cappella Academica Frankfurt 1
2008 Concerti & Cantata With Bassoon Antonio Vivaldi; Frans Robert Berkhout, La Suave Melodia, Pieter Dirksen 1
2008 Il Cimento Dell'Armonia E Dell'Inventione Op. 8 Concertos Nos. 7-12 - Vol. II Antonio Vivaldi 1
2008 Juditha Triumphans Antonio Vivaldi; Pinghut Opera, Russell, Walker, Macliver, Campbell, Martin, Cantillation, Orchestra of the Antipodes, Cremonesi 1

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