Posted by: Philip Carr-Gomm | November 21, 2010

The Blue Notebooks of Max Richter

Beautiful music: The Blue Notebooks of Max Richter

Opening with a text from Franz Kafka, read by Tilda Swinton, over a sparse piano melody, the album moves through the heart-wrenching ‘On The Nature Of Daylight’ through to sparse but lyrical piano pieces, hazy swirling atmospherics, avalanche pulse-beats and partially occluded melodies. Other sounds were generated via old guitar pedals and vocoders. The organ music was made for a chapel near Tourtres in South-West France, whilst the environmental sounds are mainly recorded around London.

Peppered across Richter’s music like diary entries (and backed with attendant typewriter clatter) are a number of literary texts or ‘shadow journals’ (from Kafka and Czseslaw Milosz’s ‘Hymn Of The Pearl’). Chosen by Max on instinct, these brief passages muse over time, memory, and the impermanent nature of things.

“ Not only the finest record of the last six months, but one of the most affecting and universal contemporary classical records in recent memory.” – Pitchfork (USA) 8.6/10

“…it’s a modern compositional tour de force of almost overwhelming emotional power…” – Time Out (Critics Choice)

 


Responses

  1. Just listening to this, it’s heartwrenchingly beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  2. The program with Ian was quite informative and soothing Philip : – )
    I lived in East Anglia as a US Air Force officer for a few years in East
    Anglia . Never knew about the history of magic , etc. in England
    until listening to Ian and You . Thanks ,

    cheers ,

    Robert Vaughn

    Northern ( Bigfoot Country : – ) California

  3. Thank you for sharing. …. overwhelming en so deep. Touching my soul. Resonances with.
    Sorry for my poor English wriding. I am from Belgium, Flamisch also french and Deutsch.
    Blessings
    subo

  4. Gorgeous, Philip! Thank you for sharing this.

  5. I love this album – Listen out for the crows on it – I love listening to it when painting in my shed ! Sometimes I get stereo corvid action when the jackdaws in the garden sing along !!


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