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Max Richter's Vivaldi remix comes full circle in Sydney / theguardian

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It topped the iTunes classical charts and now Max Richter's radical remix of Vivaldi's Four Seasons gets its premiere on baroque instruments in Sydney. "I was really looking forward to a period ensemble picking it up," says Richter of his 2012 work Recomposed, phoning in from Berlin. Woolf Works, his new ballet inspired by Virginia Woolf and choreographed by Wayne McGregor, is about to open in London, but the composer's mind is currently with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and their landmark performance.

Playing 18th-century instruments with gut strings, the ABO is "hardcore", says Richter, whose own work is Vivaldi for the 21st century, with long looping rhythms, minimal shimmering passages stretching time. For the first time in 26 years, ABO's artistic director Paul Dyer will swap his harpsichord for a laptop and Moog synthesiser, while a modern harp replaces the baroque harp. Aside from these substitutions, the instruments all date from Vivaldi's time. Vivaldi Unwired opens at City Recital Hall, Sydney on 6 May, travelling to Melbourne and Brisbane

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