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Recomposed by Max Richter - Vivaldi:The Four Seasons (Vinyl)

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Editorial Reviews

. . . Richters composition marks a new high . . . He has done far more than simply re-orchestrate the Vivaldi, going through the original score and plucking out his favorite musical ideas and dispensing with a great deal of the notes . . . The musicians were prepared to match him, playing in unison the dart-like repeated note values that often gave the work a distinctly minimalistic quality: here Vivaldi becomes systems music grounded by solid melody and a propulsive bass line. The result sounded a good deal . . .
Concert Review / A.J. Goldmann, Gramophone online / 10. September 2012

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Spring 0
  2. Spring 1
  3. Spring 2
  4. Spring 3
  5. Summer 1
  6. Summer 2
  7. Summer 3
  8. Autumn 1
  9. Autumn 2
  10. Autumn 3
  11. Winter 1
  12. Winter 2
  13. Winter 3

Product Details

  • Orchestra: Konzerthaus Kammerorchester Berlin
  • Conductor: Andre de Ridder
  • Composer: Antonio Lucio Vivaldi
  • Vinyl (January 8, 2013)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B008IEWBJ8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,520 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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93 of 100 people found the following review helpful By Seeker of Good Things on October 18, 2012
Format: Audio CD
This sounds like complete blasphemy. Vivaldi's Four Seasons suite is a monument of classical music. It is a pillar of human art, so to have a young pup come along and pull it apart is enough for any fan, however casual, to start fuming in anger. What will stay the mob's pitchforks is the knowledge that said "pup" is Max Richter, nothing if not a sensitive, soulful artist, whose track record consists almost exclusively of touching people's souls with little more than a violin. This is not Philip Glass deconstructing David Bowie.

Over 13 tracks (the 12 months and a short overture), Max Richter samples Vivaldi, sometimes faintly, sometimes closely, either distilling or expanding familiar pieces into something new, yet familiar, that adds a new layer to a masterpiece without detracting from the original. And what Max Richter brings to the table proves a game-changer, at least to this listener: he gives this music an aching heart. Vivaldi's originals are unique, brilliant, technical masterpieces, but sometimes, even in their best interpretations, they leave you cold, too admiring of their structural brilliance to be moved in a primal way. Richter collapses the distance and makes the 4 Seasons intimate, heartfelt.

If you have even the remotest interest in classical, orchestral or even minimalist music, you owe it to yourself to hear this. At the very least it will be an interesting experiment, but if you open up to it, it will haunt you long after the last note fades to silence.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By na on October 20, 2012
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This is an absolute delight! If you have an open mind and realize that this is, and is supposed to be, entirely different composition than the original Four Seasons you will not be disappointed. Yes, one can pick out a hint of the original masterpiece here and there, but this piece can and does stand on it's own. I buy a lot of music and I will not write a review because so much of this is a matter of taste. But I think this piece deserves a listen.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 3, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Whether out of pure curiosity or out of admiration for the Vivaldi's Four Seasons or because of admiration for Daniel Hope's violin virtuosity - or even perhaps an admirer of Max Richter, this new creation is something that is a `must hear', `must own.' This is one of the most pleasant surprises of the year - a second look at the famous Vivaldi work that we all know and love. The primary genius behind this venture is new-music maestro Max Richter, a German born British composer who studied composition and piano at University of Edinburgh, the Royal Academy of Music and with Luciano Berio in Florence. After finishing his studies, Richter co-founded the contemporary classical ensemble Piano Circus. He stayed with the group for ten years, commissioning and performing works by Arvo Pärt, Brian Eno, Philip Glass, Julia Wolfe and Steve Reich. And now Richter turns to the past and brings us the well-known Four Seasons with a spring-cleaning.

Adding a `prelude' to the original beginning of the work, Richter lets the mood of a shimmering, almost popping out of the bud Spring by juxtaposing electronic and acoustic strings and then gradually after 42 seconds the opening of Vivaldi's work begins. Daniel Hope is the gifted performer here with the Konzerthaus Kammerorchester Berlin conducted by Andre de Ridder. What happens as we progress through spring and summer and autumn to winter is a sifting through the extraneous portions of these works to simplify and make the solo violin lines more elegant and atmospheric. No, it does not come across as a `Stokowski rethinks Bach' extravaganza - quite the opposite. This is crystalline pure Vivaldi polished to a fair-thee-well by Richter. According to Richter, `"The Four Seasons is something we all carry around with us. It's just everywhere.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By deborah graham on April 20, 2013
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I listen to the piece all the time so much so that I have to be careful not to overplay it when I’m teaching my ballet classes. I heard some of Richter’s Four Seasons on the radio as part of an interview with the composer. He said he had always loved Vivaldi’s Four Seasons but he had heard it so many times in his life that the piece was becoming hard to enjoy. He went on to say he wanted to restore his love of the piece and feels by recomposing Vivaldi it was sort of “an act of love toward this fantastic masterpiece.” I was very interesting in hearing the whole piece since I had had the same experience with the music, hearing it and dancing the ballet over the years. I didn’t buy the CD right away but the music kept creeping back into my mind until I had to order it. Richter’s version is fascinating and hauntingly beautiful without losing the original exquisiteness of Vivaldi’s music. I have discussed Richter’s Four Seasons with my students and they not only love dancing to it but are now also interested in listening to Vivaldi’s original work. Richter made the Four Season come alive again and it makes me listen to the original in a fresh way.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sergio Bross Granval on May 16, 2013
Format: Audio CD
I have many years buying music, nearly 40.

First, and once again vynils, then cd's also, sacds. My collection is about ten thousand recorded items.

In these times is almost impossible for me to find something I could call marvellous and innovative...and most of all, something good enough to call my full attention.

This cd, did it in a very great and original way.

This vynil, I have it in both formats, is one of the greatest musical discoveries of my life.

Is a very clever...even genius insolent work.

I'm certain that the Red Priest, Antonio Vivaldi would celebrate it as much as I have...if he could live in this century.

Od course that is just a guess. Any way I love this work by Max Richter.
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