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A bit too lazy for its own good
on 26 April 2014
Now I'm not against taking a genius composer and reinventing him, one way or another. Lambarena and Jacques Loussier did it successfully with Bach.
But this attempt is just too lazy and, frankly, not very inventive. The best part is actually Vivaldi's music, behind which Richter sparingly adds one pop-like chord progression that he reuses throughout the album. What can be pleasant and harmless at first listen quickly becomes immensely boring. It's just too lazy to be really enjoyable. Worst of all, it's presented like it's genius. Anybody with a basic home studio can produce their own version of this album.
In a nutshell, I'm not disappointed because Vivaldi was disrespected, I am because he wasn't disrespected enough. Richter tackled a monument and was simply crushed underneath.
Two stars might be a bit harsh as, as mentioned before, it's perfectly harmless and not unpleasant to listen to, more like Muzak. But considering the number of great reviews and kudos, allow me to do a bit of a reality check...
The original intention is great but the whole attempt lacks balls.