The New Four Seasons: release date and exclusive live performance

A decade on from the release of his mesmerising Recomposed album, Max has returned to the sound world of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons in The New Four Seasons.

Recorded with violinist Elena Urioste and the musicians of Chineke! Orchestra, this new recording sees Max create a reworked version of his Recomposed score for period instruments –using gut strings and vintage synthesisers to create a “grittier, more punk rock sound”.

The new album will be released by Deutsche Grammophon on 10th June 2022; listen to singles ‘Spring 1’ and ‘Autumn 3’ now.

Max will perform Recomposed with Chineke! Orchestra at Chelsea Hospital as part of Live at Chelsea on 16th June 2022. This is the only chance to see Max performing the work in the UK this year. Buy tickets here.

Having performed Recomposed live many times in the last decade, Max was inspired to create a special rendition of the work on period instruments to take “a new trip through the text using Vivaldi’s own colours”. The New Four Seasons applies a Baroque palette to the score in which he transforms or subverts fragments from the original four violin concertos; spinning them into different shapes and colours and placing them in different orchestral settings. He has revisited the electronics too – opting for Moog synths from the 70s –“the equivalent of the Stradivarius”. Asked about the difference in sound between modern and period strings, he laughs: “I heard someone say it’s the difference between smooth peanut butter and crunchy peanut butter, which encapsulates it really well!”

At this concert, Max will also perform VOICES. Created in collaboration with artist Yulia Mahr and narrated by Imtiaz Dharker, the Universal Declaration Of Human Rights in dozens of languages is read over a radically reimagined “negative orchestra” heavy on basses and cellos, a musical metaphor of the world turning upside down.

Max Richter
Matthew Lynch, conductor, VOICES
Laura Ayoub, violin
Imtiaz Dharker, narrator
Grace Davidson, soprano
Chineke! Voices
Chineke! Orchestra


  • REFLEKTOR festival co-curated with Yulia Mahr 
  • A Global live stream of 8.5 hour SLEEP
  • Welsh & German premiere of VOICES: a soundtrack to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Following Max Richter’s return to the stage in London for a sold out performance of VOICES at Crystal Palace Bowl, comes a festival co-curation and a series of performances featuring a range of projects from his pioneering catalogue.

These live dates follow a busy Spring/Summer, which has already included releasing the albums VOICES 2 and EXILES… with more projects to follow before the end of the year.

Max Richter and Yulia Mahr are thrilled to announce the programme for their latest festival bill.  Following in the footsteps of previous curators such as The National’s Bryce Dessner and Nils Frahm, the musician and multidisciplinary artist have selected a range of acts from around the world to join them in Hamburg from October 6th-10th. 

The event takes place in the glorious Elbphilharmonie concert halls, and will feature performances from Max, a new installation by Yulia Mahr, plus Jlin, Portico Quartet, Sarah Davachi, Shida Shahabi, Daniel Brandt, Starry Sky Cycle, Julius Eastman, Kali Malone, Pamela Z, Jason Moran & Christian McBride, and the American Contemporary Music Ensemble. 

Fans around the world are invited to lay back and experience SLEEP together when Max performs the piece live overnight in Hamburg on October 6th. Tickets for this special online audio/visual stream go on sale on September 20th.

VOICES will be part of the aptly-named Voices Festival in Cardiff on November 4th. The event takes place at the Wales Millennium Centre, and alongside the first UK performance outside of London, will be a special reading from Brian Eno and a performance by the mesmeric singer & cellist Kelsey Lu. Sinfonia Cymru, the UK’s leading under-30s orchestra, will perform VOICES with a special narrator to be announced.

20th – Roma Europa Festival – Blue Notebooks & Recomposed (Tickets)

3rd – Berlin Konzerthaus – Infra & The Leftovers (Tickets)
6th – Hamburg Elbphilharmonie – Sleep (Tickets)
8th – Hamburg Elbphilharmonie – Recomposed  (Tickets)
9th – Hamburg Elbphilharmonie – Infra for Strings  (Tickets)
10th – Hamburg Elbphilharmonie – Infra & Voices   (Tickets)

4th – Cardiff Festival of Voices, Wales Millennium Centre – Infra & Voices (Tickets)

Official Music Video: ‘Flowers of Herself’ by Max Richter

Studio Richter Mahr is thrilled to reveal the new video for ‘Flowers of Herself’ from Max’s new album EXILES.

To mark the release of Max Richter’s latest album EXILES, the celebrated composer and “musician of the moment” (Financial Times) is releasing a new music video for the opening track ‘Flowers of Herself’. Originally written for the critically-acclaimed Virginia Woolf-inspired ballet Woolf Works (Wayne McGregor’s ballet triptych created for The Royal Ballet in 2015), this rhythmically complex piece was heard earlier this year soundtracking  Fendi’s spring/summer 2021 fashion show in Paris, with Kate Moss, Demi Moore, Naomi Campbell and Cara Delevingne among the supermodels on the runway – watch HERE.

‘Flowers of Herself’ soundtracks the opening 5 pages from Virginia Woolf’s 1925 opus Mrs Dalloway.  Max Richter said, “‘Flowers of Herself’ is about the energy of going through a bustling city. The piece has this perpetual motion a little bit like if you’re walking down the street, you’ll see a bus then you’ll see another bus in a different space so there’s a shifting of perspective. ‘Flowers for Herself’ is a celebration of London, the orchestra emulates a busy, vibrant city, fuelled by excitement and pace.”

Watch Max talk about the track

For the video, Studio Richter Mahr challenged three young filmmakers to follow in Mrs Dalloway’s footsteps across London to ‘buy the flowers herself’ from Westminster across St James’s Park and onto Bond Street. Samuel Recko shot London streets in Super-8 on a skateboard, Annick Wolfers paints the city as colourful and ethereal and Sebastien Rabas takes a documentary style approach in black and white. Illustrator Sabina Dallu contributed additional animations.

Flowers of Herself, composed for large orchestra with electronics, is featured alongside expanded versions of other beloved Richter tracks: ‘The Haunted Ocean’ from Waltz with Bashir; ‘Infra 5’ from Infra; ‘On the Nature of Daylight’ from The Blue Notebooks; and ‘Sunlight’ from Songs from Before – an album which David Bowie described as having “the power to produce tears when listened to in the right setting”.

Central to the new album is the title track, Exiles – a world premiere recording of Richter’s 33-minute work composed for Nederlands Dans Theater and choreographers Sol León and Paul Lightfoot. Profoundly moved by the tragedy of the migrant crisis, Richter explains the inspiration for the piece: Reflecting on contemporary society, I decided to make a work on the universal subject of journeys. Many of us are lucky enough to be able to influence where we are going, but for an increasing number there are very few choices: the physical journey is a necessity in order for the journey forward through time to continue at all.”

The album was recorded in Tallinn with conductor Kristjan Järvi and the Baltic Sea Philharmonic – an orchestra that prides itself on fostering cross-border unity and artistic innovation.

EXILES is out now on Deutsche Grammophon – listen HERE


Directed by Studio Richter Mahr
Edited by Matthias Maercks
Produced by Sean Adams
Animated text by Sabina Dallu

Filmed by 
Samuel Recko
Annick Wolfers
Sebastien Rabas

Music by Max Richter
Conducted by Kristjan Järvi
Performed by Baltic Sea Philharmonic
Record label Deutsche Grammophon

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