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
1962 David & Igor Oistrach: Bach, Händel, Vivaldi, Benda, Wieniawski, Sarasate Various Artists 2
1962 Haydn: Nelson Mass; Vivaldi: Gloria; Handel: Zadok the Priest (King's College Choir, Willcocks, Dir.) Various Artists 1
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
1978 Virtuose Kammermusik Frans Brüggen 1
1979 Baroque Favorites (English Chamber Orchestra feat. Liona Boyd and conductor: Sir Andrew Davis) Various Artists 1
1979 Ein Festliches Konzert zur Weihnachtsczeit mit James Last James Last 1
1980 Greatest Hits of 1721 New York Philharmonia Virtuosi 1
1982 Encore: An Hour with Cantilena Cantilena, Adrian Shepherd 1
1983 Pachelbel: Canon & Gigue, Bach, Handel, Vivaldi Musica Antiqua Köln 1
1983 The Four Seasons (Amsterdam Guitar Trio) Amsterdam Guitar Trio 3
1984 Baroque Festival Various Artists 1
1985 Bach / Vivaldi / Marcello: Violin and Oboe Concertos (Suk Chamber Orchestra feat. conductor: Josef Vlach, violin: Josef Suk, oboe: Jan Adamus) Various Artists 2
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 Maurice André plays Telemann, Handel, Haydn, Albinoni, Vivaldi, Tartini, Jolivet Maurice André 1
1986 The Soloists of Australia in Concert, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1987 Baroque Oboe Concertos (Liszt Ferenc Chamber Orchestra feat. conductor: Frigyes Sándor oboe: Emilia Csánky oboe: Gábor Dienes) Various Artists 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 1
1988 A Touch of Class (feat. guitar: Angel Romero) Various Artists 1
1988 Barock Festival Various Artists 1
1988 Baroque Favourites (Bracha Kol, Amy Brodo, David Shemer) Various Artists 1
1988 Best Loved Classics Various Artists 1
1988 Classical Evergreens (Radio Luxembourg Symphony feat. conductor: Louis de Froment) Various Artists 1
1988 Great Baroque Arias Part 1 (The King's Consort feat. conductor: Robert King) Various Artists 1
1988 Nelson Mass / Gloria (Choir of King's College, Cambridge feat. conductor: David Willcocks) Various Artists 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 1
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 Everything You Hear Is True Various Artists 1
1989 Guitar Concertos (English Chamber Orchestra feat. conductor: Charles Groves; feat. guitar: John Williams) John Williams 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 Recorder Concertos (Vivaldi, Teleman, Marcello, Naudot) (Michala Petri, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields feat. conductor: Kenneth Sillito) 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 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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