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.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1964 Swingle Singers Going Baroque The Swingle Singers 1
1975 Christmas With Robert Shaw Robert Shaw, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Chorus 2
1975 Concertos for Lute and Orchestra; The Monteverdi Orchestra, John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor Julian Bream 1
1976 Adagio Albinoni; La Grande Écurie et la Chambre du Roy, Jean-Claude Malgoire 2
1978 Virtuose Kammermusik Frans Brüggen 1
1979 Ein Festliches Konzert zur Weihnachtsczeit mit James Last James Last 1
1980 Greatest Hits of 1721 New York Philharmonia Virtuosi 1
1981 Rīgas Doma Lielās Ērģeles Jevgēņija Ļisicina 1
1982 Encore: An Hour with Cantilena Cantilena, Adrian Shepherd 2
1983 The Four Seasons (Amsterdam Guitar Trio) Amsterdam Guitar Trio 3
1984 Baroque Festival Various Artists 1
1984 Classics Up to Date, Volume 6 James Last 2
1984 L'Adagio d'Albinoni Ensemble Instrumental de France & Philip Bride 3
1985 Für Elise - Rhapsody in Blue Various Artists 2 1
1985 Pachelbel: Canon & Gigue The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock 1
1985 Popular Masterworks of the Baroque Tafelmusik 2
1985 Virtuoso Recorder Music Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet 1
1986 Anyone for Mozart, Bach, Händel, Vivaldi? The Swingle Singers 1
1986 Maurice André plays Telemann, Handel, Haydn, Albinoni, Vivaldi, Tartini, Jolivet Maurice André 1
1987 Classics in the Air, Volume 3 Paul Mauriat 1
1987 Romantic Guitars (Jay Berliner with Strings, Woodwinds and Percussion) Jay Berliner 1
1988 Baroque Music for Trumpets (English Chamber Orchestra feat. trumpet: Wynton Marsalis, conductor: Raymond Leppard) Wynton Marsalis 3
1988 Springtime in Aranjuez Narciso Yepes, Siegfried Behrend 3
1988 A Touch of Class (feat. guitar: Angel Romero) Various Artists 4 1
1988 Barock Festival Various Artists 1 1
1988 Baroque Favourites (Bracha Kol, Amy Brodo, David Shemer) Various Artists 4 1
1988 Best Loved Classics, Volume 3 Various Artists 4 1
1988 Classical Evergreens (Radio Luxembourg Symphony feat. conductor: Louis de Froment) Various Artists 2 1
1988 Great Baroque Arias Part 1 (The King's Consort feat. conductor: Robert King) Various Artists 5 1
1988 The Baroque and Classical Bassoon László Hara 1
1988 The Four Seasons / Water Music Salzburg Chamber Orchestra, Alberto Lizzio, Süddeutsche Philharmonie & Hanns Reinartz 1
1988 Vivaldi: Gloria / Scarlatti: Dixit Dominus The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock 2
1989 Five Italian Oboe Concertos Nicholas Daniel, Peterborough String Orchestra 2
1989 Baroque Festival: Pachelbel’s Canon and Gigue and other Baroque Favorites Capella Istropolitana, Richard Edlinger 2
1989 Sharon Isbin (Rodrigo, Vivaldi) Various Artists 1
1989 Classic Fantasy Anugama 1
1989 Critic’s Choice: The Basic Baroque The English Philharmonic Orchestra, Simon Addison 1
1989 Everything You Hear Is True Various Artists 1
1989 Guitar Concertos John Williams, English Chamber Orchestra, Charles Groves 1
1989 Hightech Klassik Various Artists 1
1989 Hightech Konzert Various Artists 1
1989 Oboe Sonatas (oboe: Heinz Holliger) Various Artists 1
1989 Recorder Concertos Michala Petri 1
1989 The Sunday Brunch Album, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1990 A Live Recording Polish Chamber Orchestra 1
1990 Baroque Trio Sonatas Danubius Ensemble 2
1990 Classics by Candlelight Gheorghe Zamfir 1
1990 Classics by Moonlight James Last 3
1990 Concertos for 3 & 4 Harpsichords / Concerto for 3 Violins Johann Sebastian Bach; Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood 1
1990 Purcell / Neruda / Scarlatti / Vivaldi / Haendel / Torelli / Gerber (Orchestre Philharmonique de Craiova feat. conductor Modest Cichirdan) Paul Falentin 1

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