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Friday 30 September 2022, 8pm

Max Richter: Four Seasons Recomposed

Max Richter: Four Seasons Recomposed


Britten Sinfonia
Thomas Gould


John Tavener
Song for Athene (transcribed for strings)
John Adams
Shaker Loops
Max Richter
The Four Seasons Recomposed

Running Time

1 hour 50 minutes

Thomas Gould playing violin with overlaid text 'The Four Seasons Recomposed' that looks like a neon sign.

10 years after performing the UK premiere, Britten Sinfonia are reunited with Max Richter's radical take on Vivaldi’s Four Seasons in this anniversary performance.

This iconic piece has featured on the soundtrack for everything from The Crown to Bridgerton to Chef's Table, and has topped the charts in 22 countries. Artfully, but faithfully, Richter rearranges the notes on the page, revealing anew the radiant melodies and lush timbres of the music, and transforming a piece dulled by over-familiarity into something luminously relevant to the present day.

From one cult classic for strings to another – Richter’s work is preceded by an early John Adams piece (and one of his most performed). The composer was later to find fame in his politically charged operas such as Nixon in China and Doctor Atomic as well as his brilliant orchestral showpiece Short Ride in a Fast Machine. His music loosens the strict minimalism of Steve Reich and Philip Glass’s ‘loops’ with melodic elegance and rhythmic energy. To open this concert of energy and reinvention, a version of John Tavener’s exquisite choral miniature, a pulsing, ecstatic hymn that burst into the public consciousness when used to devastating effect during the funeral of Princess Diana, a quarter of a century ago this month.

Age Guidance

This event is not recommended for children under 7 years old.