What Vivaldi was this?
July 1, 2018 7:43 AM   Subscribe

Within the last few years I heard a report on the radio about a chamber music ensemble that was radically reinterpreting Vivaldi. I think their premise was that he originally intended his compositions to be played with greater latitude in tempos, and with more improvisation. The samples played in the report were almost unrecognizable as Vivaldi. What group was this?

I'm pretty sure it was not Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. My search skills have failed me. I think I heard the report on an NPR station in the US. I'm a bit fuzzy on how long ago I heard it. Best guess is between 2-8 years ago, but it could have been longer.

I'm fairly confident that the samples they played were from The Four Seasons. I'm not sure if the group was approaching other Vivaldi works (or works by other composers) in the same way.

The interpretations were radical, if you hear something from The Four Seasons and aren't sure if that's what I'm referring to, it's probably not. You'll know.
posted by under_petticoat_rule to Media & Arts (4 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I wonder if you’re not thinking of this performance?
posted by OneSmartMonkey at 8:09 AM on July 1, 2018 [1 favorite]

I’d also suggest Recomposed by Max Richter.
posted by reren at 8:27 AM on July 1, 2018 [3 favorites]

Any chance it's the Daniel Hope piece here?
posted by WCityMike at 9:09 AM on July 1, 2018

An NPR report about Max Richter, in case this is the one you're remembering:
Max Richter Recomposes 'The Four Seasons' (Nov 21, 2012)
. For the studio album, Daniel Hope played violin on the recording, with the Konzerthaus Kammerorchester Berlin conducted by André de Ridder.

The full album of Recomposed is also available officially on YouTube (via Universal Music Group North America).
posted by rangefinder 1.4 at 11:37 PM on July 1, 2018 [1 favorite]

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