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Antonio Vivaldi

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)

Composer

Antonio Vivaldi was a prominent Venetian musician – we remember him primarily as a composer but he was also a virtuoso violinist of some renown, as well as entering the priesthood in his twenties (earning him the nickname "The Red Priest", in reference to the colour of his hair).

Today it seems almost incredible to think that Vivaldi could have spent centuries after his death in almost total obscurity – yet this was indeed his fate. Even his most famous work, The Four Seasons, barely received any performances. Ironically, it was the popularity of Kreisler’s faux-Vivaldi pastiche concertos that first began reviving interest in Vivaldi’s real compositions as well.

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Further Reading: Vivaldi

 Recording of the Week, Vivaldi from Cecilia Bartoli and Ensemble Matheus

Nearly twenty years after her landmark album devoted to the operas of the 'Red Priest', the Italian mezzo is as dazzling as ever in arias from works including Orlando furioso, Il Giustino and Ottone in Villa.

 Recording of the Week, Vivaldi Double Concertos from Adrian Chandler and La Serenissima

Adrian Chandler and his acclaimed team of baroque instrumentalists present a sparkling selection of Vivaldi's unique double concerti.

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