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Max Richter has EIF crowd on its feet / WOW

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It TELLS you something about Max Richter, that despite being surrounded by 22 musicians at the Edinburgh International Festival, the first "instrument" he plays is his Apple Mac.

The electronic opening notes of his Recomposed – Vivaldi: The Four Seasons climb out of the computer, before handing over to the string section of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and incredible solo violinist Daniel Hope.

Forty-five minutes later, an enormous Playhouse crowd is on its feet, and with good reason. Richter's extraordinary, and genuinely exciting, re-working of the famous concertos gets your adrenalin pumping one minute, fills you with tender sadness the next. While Hope's dynamic playing compels our gaze with his fast and furious bowing.