Music

Four Seasons Recomposed

Sponsored by: BMW Manufacturing Co.

Venue: College of Charleston Sottile Theatre

Duration: Approximately 1 hour

Overview

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Music by Max Richter
Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra
Conducted by John Kennedy

What’s old is new again

Composer Max Richter says he committed “an act of love towards [Vivaldi’s] fantastic masterpiece” (NPR) when he recomposed The Four Seasons—the origin of the best-known baroque earworms in Western culture. Are the virtuosity and patterns in the 18th-century original so different from a post-minimalist aesthetic? Hear John Kennedy lead the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra as they perform Richter’s familiar yet fresh work that topped classical album charts in 22 countries.