On the Eleventh Day of Christmas

I don’t think could ever tire of hearing Vivaldi’s popular work ‘The Four Seasons’ written about 1718 – 1720, but if I did, I could listen instead to Max Richter’s re-imagining of the work. Richter took parts of Vivaldi’s original and recomposed the piece with the same format: four violin concertos, each with three movements. Here’s the first movement from Winter, appropriate for those of us in the northern hemisphere. I enjoy the uneven pulse which gives a surprising new energy to the piece.

If like me, this makes you want to go back and listen to the original, here’s one of the many exciting performances I have watched recently on You Tube. This is London Musical Arts Ensemble with Vivaldi’s Winter (all three movements) recorded in 2013, at the Church of St Martin in the Fields, London.

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