LISTENING TO... NO. 1

Recomposed by Max Richter: Vivaldi - The Four Seasons

 

  Music was woven into my DNA as an embryo – my mom is a gifted vocalist who was offered contracts in her youth and my biological father was known to play any instrument he touched – his musical inclination is merely one of the facets I obtained in “nature vs nurture”.  When I was 7, my parents bought me my very own radio and cassette player.  I used to sit on my bed for hours with the speakers to my ears, playing each cassette they would hand down.  Participating in band while in elementary school nurtured my love of classical music and when in high school, this love blossomed into an appreciation for electronic music (which is a whole different conversation!).   These days, most friends and family discover my love for classical music once they ride as a passenger in my car.  About 5 minutes into our drive, I am usually asked, “Do you always listen to classical music?” - which cracks me up!  Some of my favorite composers are Shubert, Liszt, Bach, DeBussy, Dvorak… I could go on! 

  While a true fan of Vivaldi, there have been a few instances where I just wanted to throw myself out a window rather than continue listening to his compositions.  And that, my friends, is where Recomposed by Max Richter: Vivaldi - The Four Seasons comes into play.  What Max Richter has done for this body of work is nothing short of genius.  Simply phrased, he has brought it to life for our generation.  As one of today’s most influential composers, the breath of Richter’s work is staggering – and his emotional complexity is overwhelming with its resonance.

  Recomposed was released in 2012 and further reinvigorated through the reach of Netflix’s Chef’s Table in 2015.  I have heard so many people ask, “What song is that?” when they hear Winter 1 under the opening credits - and each time, it tickles me pink that a new listener is becoming engaged.  Richter collaborated with Daniel Hope, the Konzerthaus Kammerorchester Berlin symphony orchestra, and Andre de Ridder while producing this piece and I am in love with the tone Daniel Hope’s performance sets on the record.  This album is one of my all time favorites and most definitely a Desert Island Disc - give it a spin and let me know what you think!

 

Daniel Hope performing Summer 1:

 

Sidenote: I also wanted to share with you this video of Mari Samuelsen performing Autumn 3 / Winter 1 live in Paris, with Max.  Mari is an amazing violinist and I am consistently blown away by her skill and focus.  I hope you like watching the joy and respect that radiates on stage between them as much as I do!

 

Fun Facts:

Vivaldi wrote sonnets to accompany his four concertos - you can read them here.  Personally, I envision a dance of lovers while listening to Recomposed.

Daniel Hope plays the “Ex-Lipinski” violin on this album – a violin made by Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesu in 1742. <--- Whaaaat!?