Thursday, December 20, 2012

20) The Four Seasons Recomposed - Max Richter (TOP 20 OF 2012)

Vivaldi - The Four Seasons | Recomposed 

Max Richter
Deutsche Grammophon.

SCQ Rating: 81%

While this note-by-note rewriting of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons likely won’t unearth throes of listeners wondering about Vivaldi – you know a score is already ingrained in Western culture when about half of the rich villains in action movies have hired a tuxedo-dressed quartet to perform it – but this disc should shed fresh light on ambient-storyteller Max Richter. Like modern day Vivaldi lovers, Richter’s following is quietly dedicated and sure to notice how his interpretation invokes the same emotional clairvoyance that adorns his post-classical catalog. Although any surfacing revelations should be accredited more to Vivaldi than to Richter, this terse reworking finds The Four Seasons’ beauty feeling sharper and more resplendent than ever.

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