Pioneering British musician Max Richter inhabits an indefinable realm between contemporary classical and indie pop, creating achingly gorgeous soundscapes that combine the icy purity of minimalist composers Steve Reich and Arvo Pärt with the richness of contemporary electronica.
Recomposed: Vivaldi – The Four Seasons is Richter’s subtly radical postmodern remix of one of classical music’s best-loved works, taking the great Baroque composer’s four concertos as the starting point for a startling musical transformation bringing in loops, samples, drifting ambient soundscapes and monumental walls of sound.
This special Festival performance brings together the work’s original performers – respected international solo violinist Daniel Hope, conductor and contemporary music specialist André de Ridder, with Richter himself on keyboards and electronics – who are joined by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
Memoryhouse is an intoxicating journey through the beauty and tragedy of 20th-century Europe, combining music, poetry and voices to explore stories real and imagined, with Baroque harpsichord, soaring strings, poignant piano, electronics and orchestra.
Max Richter’s Recomposed: Vivaldi – The Four Seasons is the music for Wayne McGregor’s Kairos performed by Ballett Zürich at the Edinburgh Playhouse on 27–29 Aug
Max Richter Electronics / Keyboards
Daniel Hope Violin
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
André de Ridder Conductor
Grace Davidson Soprano
Max Richter Recomposed: Vivaldi – The Four Seasons
Max Richter Memoryhouse