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Recomposed by Max Richter - Vivaldi:The Four Seasons (Vinyl)
Vinyl | LP (12" album, 33 rpm)
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. . . 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
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It's sort of like hearing a "remix" of Vivaldi -- familiar, and yet fresh, new, and in many ways "not quite familiar". The word "Recomposed" in the title is accurate, I guess, but I more imagine this recording as more modern -- more remix, where Richter, as the composer's equivalent of a DJ, pulls out and highlights themes or melodies that you might never have heard in the original, or are inventions to enhance and complement the original. The same song, but different. I actually get drawn in to paying attention in a new way, hearing the same tunes we all know, but not the same -- really intriguing listening. The production is also quite nice, with seamless, almost ethereal transitions between the movements/tracks.
If you never thought you'd actually purchase something as common and overplayed at The Four Seasons, or didn't need yet another CD of these same old pieces, you might want to reconsider.
the crackle and constant blips and noise was the quality of a very old vinyl.
The second hand vinyl I have brought on Amazon is far better than this.
I am absolutely disappointed with the quality of vinyl form a renown label as Deutsche Grammophon.
I took it to my turntable shop to have it played, they concluded it sounded like reprocessed vinyl.
I should return it but as the first copy sent never arrived I am nervous to do so.
Please advise if I have a single bad copy and if so what I should do about it.
Richter's re-scoring of this masterpiece is truly magnificent, blending just the right amount of 'the old' with the right amount of 'the new'. His 'new' parts are very refreshing, adding a vigor and a liveliness to the original that is utterly wondrous and beautiful.
This was a very gutsy move on his part -- he ran the risk of alienating a great number of listeners -- but I think that the risk has paid off.
The Konzerthaus Kammerorchester Berlin, under the direction of Andre de Ridder, and Daniel Hope's soaring violin make for a lively yet reverent performance.
I love it.