Thursday, 16 May 2013

3. Vivaldi The Four Seasons - Recomposed by Max Richter

Vivaldi Four Seasons Recomposed Max Richter Daniel Hope

Here Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, which I featured previously, is given a 2012 modern treatment and facelift. The movements and timings are almost identical to the original version. This makes the piece instantly familiar, yet still new at the same time. 

Daniel Hope, the violinist on this recording, is a fellow South African, born in Durban. He plays these pieces with crisp precision, excitement and vision. In short, he is incredible in these pieces.
Daniel Hope
Daniel Hope
The following quote by the composer, Max Richter, aptly summarises my feelings about this work.
"The piece is pretty radical. I've probably thrown away three quarters of the notes, but I've kept the gestures, shapes, textures and dynamics of Vivaldi"-Max Richter.

In short, I am truly excited by and in awe of this achievement. This piece demands to be heard.

Links to the recording:

Recomposed By Max Richter: Vivaldi, The Four Seasons - Max Richter US Store

Recomposed By Max Richter: Vivaldi, The Four Seasons - Max Richter, Andre de Ridder & Konzerthaus Kammerorchester Berlin UK Store

If you need any more convincing, then watch this short documentary with comments from the composer and performers.

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