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Max Richter: The Four Seasons Recomposed

Part of Classical Season 2018/19

Hear works including a reimagining of Vivaldi’s classic, performed by violinist Fenella Humphreys and Covent Garden Sinfonia under the baton of Ben Palmer.

Humphreys, winner of the 2018 BBC Music Magazine Instrumental Award, performs works for violin and orchestra by Max Richter, Peteris Vasks and Arvo Pärt.

Max Richter’s stunning 2012 ‘recomposition’ of The Four Seasons is already recognised as a contemporary classic. Three-quarters of Vivaldi’s original is discarded, absorbing and recasting the remaining material into the loops and phases of Richter’s own neoclassical, minimalist style.

In the first half, Humphreys plays Lonely Angel by Latvian composer Peteris Vasks, a beautiful meditation depicting the healing touch of an angel’s wings, and perhaps the most revered work by the Estonian minimalist Arvo Pärt, Fratres, in the version for solo violin, string orchestra and percussion.

To open the programme, Covent Garden Sinfonia’s Artistic Director Ben Palmer conducts the first UK performance of his own 2016 work Bach Dreams, commissioned by the Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin. An atmospheric reimagining for piano and strings of three movements by JS Bach, DKO’s recording of the work was released on the Neue Meister label.


Covent Garden Sinfonia
Ben Palmer conductor
Fenella Humphreys violin


Ben Palmer: Bach Dreams (UK premiere)
Pēteris Vasks: Lonely Angel
Arvo Pärt: Fratres
Max Richter: Vivaldi's Four Seasons Recomposed

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