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Recomposed by Max Richter: Vivaldi / WNYC: New Sounds

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Composer Max Richter has taken apart Vivaldi's original set of violin concertos, "The Four Seasons," and reconfigured the components while reclaiming the work as a beautiful object.  Richter opened up some of the repeating patterns already present in the work and as he says, "literally wrote myself into Vivaldi's score."  For this New Sounds, Max Richter joins us to present some of his "Recomposed: Vivaldi, The Four Seasons." 

Listen to part of "Summer," which Richter "hijacked," in his effort to make "heavy music for the orchestra." He further admits that  "perhaps I was also thinking about John Bonham's drumming."  Then, sample a bit of what Max Richter has done to "Winter," where he focuses on the "stunning melody" of the slow movement, (which features violinist Daniel Hope), and enriches its accompaniment with a nod to modern Icelandic music in the glacial Sigur Rós or Jóhann Jóhannson vein.  And more.  

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