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March 20

Monday, March 20 at 10:00 CET | Max Richter - Vivaldi Recomposed

Affection forms an integral part of Max Richter’s Vivaldi Recomposed - out of love for Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, Richter recomposed the piece. His ‘post-classical idiom’ draws inspiration from electronic music, punk, club music, and psychedelic rock. Max Richter’s co-conspirators are British violinist Daniel Hope and the orchestra l’arte del mondo, of which violinist Werner Ehrhardt is the artistic director. Daniel Hope, a former member of the Beaux Arts Trio, is both a notable champion of contemporary music and an exponent of the standard classical repertoire, which makes him the ideal soloist for Richter’s composition in today’s broadcast.

Performers: Max Richter, Daniel Hope, l’arte del mondo, Werner Ehrhardt
Composer: Max Richter
Producer: Isis Productions for Deutsche Grammophon
Location: Funkhaus Nalepastrasse, Berlin
Year: 2014


Monday, March 20 at 11:00 CET | Recomposing Vivaldi

Antonio Vivaldi’s Four Seasons may be the most widely heard piece of classical music ever composed. Composer Max Richter suggests that “the piece is part of the musical landscape, and a part of my daily life. I hear it in supermarkets, and it’s always turning up in TV ads.” Richter approached his own Vivaldi Recomposed project as an admirer of Vivaldi, and no less importantly, as a composer. “Anything that a composer writes is part of a conversation with the music that has come before,” he says. Max Richter’s co-conspirators on this project is British violinist Daniel Hope and the orchestra l’arte del mondo with violinist Werner Ehrhardt as artistic director.

Performers: Max Richter, Daniel Hope, l’arte del mondo, Werner Ehrhardt
Composer: Max Richter
Producer: Isis Productions for Deutsche Grammophon
Year: 2014


Monday, March 20 at 16:00 CET | Vivaldi - The Four Seasons

“Music is about life, about people’s stories, about emotion”, says Dutch violinist Frederieke Saeijs. She certainly provides ample testimony for this statement with her performance of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons with the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra. Vivaldi was neither the first nor the only musician of his time who composed musical portraits of the four seasons. Yet he was the only one whose portrayal of the seasons immortalized him: his compositions made it to the top of the classical top 100. And rightly so - the melodic richness and the detailed atmospheric sketch of his four violin concertos make them brilliant, accessible and timeless.

Conductor: Arnaud Oosterbaan
Performers: Frederieke Saeijs, Netherlands Symphony Orchestra
Producer: Concert Media
Location: Muziekcentrum Enschede, the Netherlands
Year: 2014
 

Monday, March 20 at 21:00 CET | Stravinsky - Le Sacre du printemps

Few premieres have been as troublesome as that of Igor Stravinsky’s ballet Le Sacre du printemps. The ballet was written for Sergey Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, with a choreography by Vaslav Nijinsky. It tells the story of a young girl who literally has to dance herself to death as a sacrifice to the sun god. Stravinsky’s music misunderstood by many 1913 listeners. The intensely rhythmic score of the piece and the unusual choreography caused loud arguments among parts of the audience. This quickly led to small fights between the piece’s advocates and adversaries. Police interference eventually made it possible for the performance to continue. After the riot-ridden event, Diaghilev is reported to have said to Nijinsky and Stravinsky that the scandal was “exactly what I wanted”.

Conductor: Bernhard Haitink
Performers: Berlin Philharmonic