Antonio Vivaldi

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Antonio Lucio Vivaldi (Italian: [anˈtɔːnjo ˈluːtʃo viˈvaldi]; 4 March 1678 – 28 July 1741), nicknamed il Prete Rosso ("The Red Priest") because of his red hair, was an Italian Baroque composer, Catholic priest, and virtuoso violinist, born in Venice. Recognized as one of the greatest Baroque composers, his influence during his lifetime was widespread over Europe. Vivaldi is known mainly for composing instrumental concertos, especially for the violin, as well as sacred choral works and over 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 had been employed from 1703 to 1715 and from 1723 to 1740. Vivaldi also had some success with 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.

Though Vivaldi's music was well received during his lifetime, it later declined in popularity until its vigorous revival in the first half of the 20th century. Today, Vivaldi ranks among the most popular and widely recorded of Baroque composers, second only to Johann Sebastian Bach.

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Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2013 Vivaldi con moto Vivaldi; Accademia Bizantina, Ottavio Dantone, Giuliano Carmignola 1
3 Cello Concertos & Sonatas (feat. cello: Christophe Coin, feat harpsichord: Christopher Hogwood) Antonio Vivaldi 1
3 Concertos Bach, Vivaldi; Gidon Kremer, Heinz Holliger, Academy of St Martin in the Fields 1
5 Concerti Per Oboe / Concerto Per Oboe & Fagotto RV 545 Vivaldi; I Musici, Heinz Holliger, Klaus Thunemann 1
6 Flute Concertos, Op. 10 (I Musici feat. Aurèle Nicolet) Antonio Vivaldi 1
6 Flute Concertos, Op. 10 (Orpheus Chamber Orchestra feat. Patrick Gallois) Antonio Vivaldi 1
7 Concerti Antonio Vivaldi 1
Antonio Vivaldi - L'Estro Armonico op. 3 - 4 Concertos for Wind Instruments of 7 Antonio Vivaldi 1
Antonio Vivaldi: Sacred Music (feat. conductor: Michel Corboz) Antonio Vivaldi 1
Baroque Violin Concertos Bach / Vivaldi 1
Bassoon Concertos, Volume 6 (Zagreb Soloists, Tonko Ninic) Antonio Vivaldi 1
Brabec Stivin Hudecek plays Vivaldi Antonio Vivaldi 1
Cello Concertos (Slovak Chamber Orchestra, regente Bohdan Warchal, Juraj Alexander - Cello (1-15), Jozef Podhoransky - Cello (16-18)) Antonio Vivaldi 1
Cello Concertos (Toronto Chambers Orchestra feat. conductor: Paul Robinson, cello: Ofra Harnoy, bassoon: James McKay) Antonio Vivaldi 1
Cello Concertos, Volume 2 Vivaldi; Ofra Harnoy 1
Classical Masterpieces Antonio Vivaldi Antonio Vivaldi 1
Concerti Vivaldi; Florilegium, Pieter Wispelwey 1
Concerti “La Stravaganza” op. 4 Antonio Vivaldi; The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock, Simon Standage 1
Concerti di "L'Amoroso" Antonio Vivaldi; The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock 1
Concerti e Cantate (Sara Mingardo, Concerto Italiano, Rinaldo Alessandrini) Antonio Vivaldi 1
Concerti per archi Antonio Vivaldi 1
Concerti per fagotto e oboe (Azzolini, Westermann, Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca) Antonio Vivaldi 1
Concerti per Flauto, Archi e Cembalo, op. 10 Antonio Vivaldi; Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Frans Brüggen 2
Concerti per viola d'amore (I Solisti Veneti feat. conductor: Claudio Scimone, viola d'amore: Nane Calabrese) Antonio Vivaldi 1
Concertos Antonio Vivaldi 1
Concertos and Symphonies for Strings, Volume 2 Antonio Vivaldi 1
Concertos for Strings (Tafelmusik feat. director: Jeanne Lamon, cello: Anner Bylsma) Antonio Vivaldi 1
De fire årstider Antonio Vivaldi; Kim Sjøgren, Little Mermaid Orchestra 1
Die vier Jahreszeiten [The Four Seasons, Op.8 Nos. 1-4] (Musici di San Marco feat. Conductor: Alberto Lizzio) Antonio Vivaldi 1
Double Concertos (I Musici) Antonio Vivaldi 1
Essential Vivaldi Antonio Vivaldi 1
Famous Flute Concerti (Capella Istropolitana feat. conductor: Oliver von Dohnányi) Antonio Vivaldi 1
Flute Concertos Vivaldi; Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Nicholas McGegan, Janet See 1
Flute Concertos (Ensemble La Partita, Ensemble; Dambrine, Sylvie, flute) Antonio Vivaldi 1
Flute Concertos, op. 10 Antonio Vivaldi; The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock, Lisa Beznosiuk 1
Four Seasons (Chicago Chamber Orchestra feat. conductor: Henry Seville) Antonio Vivaldi 1
Gloria RV588 - Magnificat RV610 - Dixit Dominus RV594 Antonio Vivaldi 1
Guitar Concertos Vivaldi; Los Romeros 2
Guitar Concertos Vivaldi / Villa-Lobos / Tedesco 1
Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione: Concerti, Op. 8, No. 7-12 Antonio Vivaldi; Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt 1
Il Proteo: Double And Triple Concertos Antonio Vivaldi 1
John Williams Plays Vivaldi Concertos Antonio Vivaldi 1
Juditha Triumphans (Highlights) Antonio Vivaldi 1
Konzerte fuer Blockfloete, Streicher und Cembalo Antonio Vivaldi 1
Konzerte RV443 RV441 RV85 RV531 RV532 (Camerata Bern feat. direction Thomas Füri) Antonio Vivaldi 1
L'Estro Armonico / Capella Istropolitana Antonio Vivaldi 1
L'Estro Armonico, Op. 3 Antonio Vivaldi; The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock, Simon Standage 1
L'Estro Armonico, op. 3 - Vol. 1 (Concerti nos. 1-2-3-4) Vivaldi; I Musici 2
L'Estro Armonico: 12 Concerti, Op. 3 Antonio Vivaldi; I Solisti Italiani 1
L'estro Armonico: 12 concertos Op. 3 (Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields feat. conductor: Neville Marriner) Antonio Vivaldi 1

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