Recomposed by Max Richter – Vivaldi The Four Seasons
Vivaldi’s Four Seasons may be the most widely heard piece of classical music ever composed. As the composer Max Richter suggests, “The piece is part of the musical landscape, and a part of my daily life. I hear it in supermarkets, and it’s always turning up in TV ads.” He has approached his “Vivaldi Recomposed”-project as an admirer of Vivaldi, but no less importantly, as a composer. “Anything that a composer writes is part of a conversation with music that has gone before,” he says. Affection is an integral part of Max Richter’s Vivaldi Recomposed. His “post-classical idiom” draws inspiration from influences like electronic music, punk, club music, psychedelic rock. Max Richter’s co-conspirators are Daniel Hope, the British violinist; and the orchestra “l’arte del mondo” (artistic director is the violinist Werner Ehrhardt).
Two films were produced as part of this project. The first is a specially staged performance of the entire Recomposed piece in the former Easter German State Broadcaster’s studio in Berlin and the other a 52 minute documentary exploring the genesis of the recording while also giving some background to Max Richter and Antionio Vivaldi.