Antonio Vivaldi's Le Quattro Stagioni is one of the most beloved works in Baroque music, and even the most casual listener can recognize certain passages of "Spring" or "Winter" from frequent use in television commercials and films. Yet if these concertos have grown a little too familiar to experienced classical fans, Max Richter has disassembled them and fashioned a new composition from the deconstructed pieces. Using post-minimalist procedures to extract fertile fragments and reshape the materials into new music, Richter has created an album that speaks to a generation familiar with remixes, sampling, and sound collages, though his method transcends theRead more manipulation of prerecorded music. Richter has actually rescored the Four Seasons and given the movements of Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter thorough makeovers that vary substantially from the originals. The new material is suggestive of a dream state, where drifting phrases and recombined textures blur into walls of sound, only to re-emerge with stark clarity and poignant immediacy. Violinist Daniel Hope is the brilliant soloist in these freshly elaborated pieces, and the Konzerthaus Kammerorchester Berlin is conducted with control and assurance by André de Ridder, so Richter's carefully calculated effects are handled with precision and subtlety. Deutsche Grammophon's stellar reproduction captures the music with great depth, breadth, and spaciousness, so everything that Richter and de Ridder intended to be heard comes across.
This old dog needs a face liftJanuary 3, 2013By michael jefferis (Minneapolis, MN)See All My Reviews"I can remember with delight the first time I heard the Four Seasons; what a delight! I can't begin to count the additional times I have heard it -- often by choice, sometimes by accident. There is no work of music that can hold up to too much repetition, and maybe The Four Seasons is more resistant than most. But she's tired. Give her a rest (25 years of silence) or give her reconstructive surgery. I'll need a few hearings, more than one, to form a solid opinion about whether I would recommend this piece. Just now, I would be pretty cautious about saying to serious musical folk -- "You gotta hear this!!!""Report Abuse
DECOMPOSEDDecember 3, 2012By R L M. (APPLE VALLEY, CA)See All My Reviews"THE HEADLINE SAYS IT ALL - THIS IS A TRAVESTY. CHARLES IVES WROTE "OLD SONGS DERANGED". PERHAPS MR. RICHTER WAS TRYING TO EMULATE THE AMERICAN MASTER, BUT VIVALDI DESERVES BETTER THAN THIS DRECK."Report Abuse