by Hunter Oatman-Stanford in New Music on Friday 8 March 2013

Max Richter has made a career out of reworking classical music for the digital age, but possibly the most interesting is his remixed version of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Richter took the piece apart at the compositional level – rather than working with existing recordings – and layered its familiar themes for a truly magical effect. Richter says that nearly three-quarters of the original score are gone, inserted with new electronic elements and loops of the score’s original melodies. The opening portion of Spring sounds like a perfect blend of memory and daydream.