Contemporary composer Max Richter re-imagines Vivaldi’s timeless set of Baroque concertos, The Four Seasons, featuring Britten Sinfonia conducted by André de Ridder with violinist Daniel Hope, and also performs a special set including music from his most recent album, Infra.
Released in the UK in October 2012 as part of Deutsche Grammophon's Recomposed series – a strand of specially-commissioned albums revisiting classical works for contemporary listeners – Richter’s Four Seasons preserves the elegant beauty of the originals, but subtly modifies them with unexpected cadences and delicate electronic touches.
Listen to Spring I - a preview from Vivaldi Recomposed
In addition, the Max Richter Ensemble will perform a special set including music from Infra, an achingly beautiful collection of elegiac piano and string fragments inspired by T. S. Eliot’s The Wasteland. The album was released in 2011, expanding on a 25-minute score originally commissioned by London’s Royal Ballet.
Barbican Foyers, until 1am After Dark Halloween Special After the concert the Barbican foyers will come alive (er, undead?) with a special Halloween programmeof free events, including a decadent lounge bar serving blood-red cocktails. Why not stay around and make a night of it?