Recomposed by Max Richter: Vivaldi, The Four Seasons (Deluxe Version)
Max Richter, Daniel Hope, Konzerthaus Kammerorchester Berlin & Andre de Ridder
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Vivaldi’s beloved 1725 masterwork has proved irresistible to extremely broad audiences—the seasonally themed movements are among the most ubiquitous repertoire in classical music. Using the work as inspirational source material, British composer Max Richter offers a brilliant, haunting reconstruction of the concerti. Richter’s Seasons unfold with eerie, fragmented ambience—adding twittering violins to suggest birdsong in the opening “Spring”, ethereal string harmonics to the mournful second movement and understated electronic textures throughout. Richter’s spacious, dreamlike minimalism bears enough glimpses of Vivaldi to demonstrate a great intimacy with the original score, but his surprising modernisation—propelled at times with driving basslines and insistent rhythmic repetitions—has a crisply inventive spirit that seems wholly new. Violinist Daniel Hope offers an exquisite reading of the piece, executing the shimmering solo with lyrical beauty.
An exquisite journey
A simply exquisite journey from Vivaldi’s original ground breaking composition to the awakening modern colours that Daniel Hope powerfully and skilfully instils on the behalf of Max Richter whose re-write and interpretation make contemporary renditions of the original somewhat boring and facile. Having now seen the work played in the life at London’s Royal Albert Hall I can only say that this work is very close to the real deal. Well done to Max and Daniel Hope et al.
Erie & atmospheric modern twist.
With some of the tracks one would be hard pushed to notice much difference from the original but others have distinct difference with a haunting erie feel that makes it all a bit edgy.
One of the recomposed albums has 5 bonus tracks called shadow 1-5 and these are very atmospheric tracks with bird sounds and more modern sounding. Brilliant stuff. Will be seeing him at the Albert hall in October.
I'm a great fan of Vivaldi's original piece so was quite sceptical about Max Richter's (re)composition.
Nevertheless due to the great reviews I read online and in here I took my chances and bought the album.
This is one of the greatest albums I've ever bought on iTunes. I sincerely have been blown away with Max Richter's interpretation of the original music but mostly by his modern additions which take nothing from the magic of the original piece but on the contrary turn the listening of "The Four Seasons" into a whole different (still) magical experience.
If you buy only one album on iTunes then you got to buy this one!!!
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