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Max Richter - Vivaldi Recomposed / Sydney Morning Hearald review

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Max Richter gives the title Recomposed to his take on Vivaldi's four violin concertos The Four Seasons. However, to the extent that this implies revisiting the same set of musical challenges that Vivaldi faced, the word doesn't quite capture what he has done. Richter has used some (but not all) of Vivaldi's themes, rhythms, virtuosic violin passages and concerto layout, but created something out of them that is entirely new and of its own time, just as Stravinsky did with the music of Pergolesi in Pulcinella or with Tchaikovsky in The Fairy's Kiss. Although Richter's harmonies would have been familiar to Vivaldi, the musical language is totally different in that the gravitational pull to the home chord at the cadence is broken, leaving the music free to finish mid phrase if it wishes. READ THE FULL Sydney Morning Hearald REVIEW