Friday, 5 July 2013

New Music Friday! - Guest Post: Classical Music For You

We have got an extra special treat for you this week to mark the first Friday of July! Our feature today is a guest post from classical music blogger Arnaud Wiehe from the fantastic He's going to talk about a new CD that takes four hundred year old music, recomposed by a living composer, to create a modern sound world that we can't wait for you to hear - here's Max Richter's recomposed Vivaldi Four Seasons. Read on...
Vivaldi Four Seasons Recomposed Max Richter Daniel Hope

I featured the very popular Vivaldi The Four Seasons in a previous post. Despite the Four Seasons being more than four hundred years old, it is one of the most famous pieces of classical music ever written and most people know it. In this recording it is given a 2012 modern treatment and facelift. The movements and timings are almost identical to the original version, which 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.

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.

So what do you think? Do you prefer this interpretation? Let us know by commenting below and don't forget to check out more stimulating posts from Arnaud at


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