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Antonio Vivaldi

Antonio Vivaldi (Composer)

Born: 4th March 1678, Venice

Died: 28th July 1741, Vienna

Nationality: Italian

Antonio Lucio Vivaldi was an Italian Baroque composer, virtuoso violinist, teacher, impresario, and Roman Catholic priest. Born in Venice, the capital of the Venetian Republic, he is regarded 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 musical 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 all-female music ensemble of the Ospedale della Pietà, a home for abandoned children.

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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