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Antonio Vivaldi

Antonio Lucio Vivaldi was an Italian Baroque composer, virtuoso violinist, teacher and cleric. Born in Venice, he is recognised as one of the greatest Baroque composers, and his influence during his lifetime was widespread across Europe. He composed 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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Various composers
Scenes of Horror
Laila Salome Fischer
Antonio Vivaldi, David Gordon
Earthcycle
Orchestra of the Swan
Giuseppe Antonio Brescianello, Antonio Vivaldi
Unlocked, Giuseppe Antonio Brescianello, Vol. 2 Opus 1 Concerti & Sinphonie Libro Secondo Ouverture-Suite in A
La Serenissima
Borrowed, Not Stolen
Woodpeckers Recorder Quartet
Various composers
Forza azzurri! Music by Dall’Abaco, Brescianello, Sammartini, Vivaldi and Zavateri
La Serenissima
Antonio Vivaldi
Vivaldi's Women
La Serenissima
Various composers
Settecento: Baroque Instrumental Music from the Italian States
La Serenissima
Antonio Vivaldi, Marc Scheibe, Moritz Eggert
Villa Vivaldi
Ensemble Volcania
Various composers
The Godfather
La Serenissima
Antonio Vivaldi
L'Eleganza Capricciosa
Cappella dell'Ospedale della Pietà
Antonio Vivaldi, Georg Friedrich Händel
Vivaldi, Handel
Grace Davidson
Various composers
Songs Without Words
Dan Dean
Various composers
A Retrospective Volume 8
Steven Staryk
Various composers
Recordare VENEZIA
Barokkanerne
Antonio Vivaldi
Carnevale di Venezia
Cappella dell'Ospedale della Pietà
Antonio Vivaldi
The Four Seasons
Jaap van Zweden
Frantisek Jiranek, Antonio Vivaldi
The Four Seasons
Ars Antiqua Austria / Gunar Letzbor
Antonio Vivaldi
Nuove Sonate
Javier Lupiáñez / Ensemble Scaramuccia
Antonio Vivaldi
Seasons
Trafalgar Sinfonia
Antonio Vivaldi
Amor Sacro Amor Profano
Il Giardino d'Amore
Antonio Vivaldi
Seattle Baroque
The Unknown Gems
Viva Vivaldi
Antonio Vivaldi
Four Seasons
Orchesta of the Age of Enlightenment / Kati Debretzeni
Antonio Vivaldi, Jean Barrière
The BaRock Experience - Masterpieces for cello and organ
Jelena & Ljerka Očić
Recordings
Netherlands Symphony Orchestra
Various composers
Italian concertos & sonatas
Lucia Swarts
Ástor Piazzolla, Antonio Vivaldi
Vivaldi, Piazzola: Eight Seasons
Morton, Scottish Ensemble / Morton
Various composers
Con Chitarrone - Italian sonatas from early renaissance to baroque
Leupold Trio
Antonio Vivaldi
Concertos for oboe, strings & basso continuo
Pauline Oostenrijk / Jan Willem de Vriend / Baroque Academy of the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra
Various composers
The Spirit of Venice
Brisk Recorder Quartet Amsterdam
Antonio Vivaldi
Antonio Vivaldi: Concerti per archi
Berliner Barock Solisten & Rainer Kussmaul
Motets
Suzie Le Blanc
Antonio Vivaldi
Violin Sonatas - 12 Sonatas, Op 2
Walter Reiter
Antonio Vivaldi
Pellegrina's Delight
Gail Hennessy / Nicholas Parle
Concerto Di Amsterdam
Combattimento Consort Amsterdam
Six Cello Sonatas
Lucia Swarts
Antonio Vivaldi
Vivaldi: 6 Concerti da Camera
Ensemble Senario
Corelli & Company
La Dada
Italian Cello Concertos
Lucia Swarts
Italian Flute Concertos
Jed Wentz / Musica Ad Rhenum
Antonio Vivaldi
De Vier Jaargetijden
Warsaw Chamber Orchestra
Various composers
Lente Concert Deel 1
Various Artists
Concerto alla Rustica
Jed Wentz / Musica Ad Rhenum