Max Richter In Concert: Reimagining Vivaldi

Mess with Vivaldi, is that not sacrilege?

Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones, Astor Piazzolla, they do not play the same piece twice, they improvise, they adapt.

When on X-Factor or Britain (ain’t) Go Talent, and they say he-she-they has made the song their own, I think no, they have produced a pathetic copy of the original, added nothing to it, and so why bother.

I often attend musical performances in Puerto de la Cruz in Tenerife. Some are great, they hold me spellbound, but too often I sit there bored stiff, wondering why I am there, as the musicians go through the motions, no enthusiasm. I wonder who is more bored, me or them. I feel like screaming at them, improvise.

Kronos Quartet, they can switch from Vivaldi to Hendrix without skipping a beat.

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