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Vivaldi's 'Four Seasons' is the most recorded piece of classical music. So it makes sense to try and shake things up a bit in reinterpreting it. Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla did so in 1965 with his 'Seasons'. But three years ago, German-born British composer Max Richter attempted something altogether more radical with the baroque original.

Vivaldi's 'Four Seasons' is the most recorded piece of classical music. So it makes sense to try and shake things up a bit in reinterpreting it. Now, his work is in the hands of British violinist Daniel Hope, who performs both Vivaldi's and Richter's versions on the same night. CCTV reporter Mu Fangzhou spoke to Hope while he was in Beijing last Friday.

It's a rather different take from Max Richter on the Vivaldi melodies that have so saturated our airwaves, whether through TV commercials, elevator music, or even mobile ringtones! "His way to do that was to recompose it, which meant to take the original, and in a sense, to put a new frame on it. So it's a new piece, a new composition, but there are very strong elements of the original, and there's Max Richter's own music in there," he said.  READ FULL CCTV ARTICLE