Magazine article Gramophone

'Through the Lens of Time'

Magazine article Gramophone

'Through the Lens of Time'

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'Through the Lens of Time'

Brotons Variacions sobre un tema barroc

M Richter The Four Seasons Recomposed (a)

Schnittke Suite in the Old Style (b)

Yun Koniglisches Thema

Francisco Fullana vn (b) David Fung pf

(b) City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra /Carlos Izcaray

Orchid (F) ORC100080 (73' * DDD)

As its title suggests, Francisco Fullana's debut recording 'Through the Lens of Time' sees the talented Spanish violinist bring together four diverse works which, in different ways, engage with the music of the past.

The most obvious and direct engagement appears in the form of Max Richter's The Four Seasons Recomposed (2012), wherein the composer tries to recapture the first flush and frisson of excitement he experienced as a child from first hearing Vivaldi's well-known work. Fullana captures this innocence in a way that Daniel Hope's far more assertive and outwardly expressive performance does not (DG, 2/13), and is more in keeping with the Baroque spirit of the original.

'Spring' opens with an ever-increasing panoply of looping birdsong-like fragments drawn from Vivaldi above a Coldplay-inspired chord sequence, and Richter's synthesis of pop and minimalism has brought him some success as a composer for film and TV. …

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