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    Max Richter - anyone?

    Watched a recent interview with Steven Wilson on YouTube and he did a "what's in my bag" episode on Amoeba. It's quite a fun episode should any of you want to check it out.

    Anyway, he mentioned he's been spinning Max Richter's "Voices" record lately. I checked it out and it's quite a stunning piece of work. If you're into atmospheric instrumental music involving string sections, piano, and woodwinds, he's paints a beautiful picture through his work.

    The "Voices" record is two discs, the first being the whole thing with spoken word over it. The second disc is the "music only", which is what I've been spinning a lot lately. Sounds really beautiful on the 180 gram vinyl edition.

    Curious if anyone else on here happen to be a fan of his? Any recommendations where to go next?

    He reminds me a lot of Craig Armstrong, another minimalist instrumentalist. He's more famous for his movie scoring, but he has some amazing solo records....

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    Max Richter is outstanding. I've been a huge fan since the first episode of The Leftovers aired and I was enthralled by his score. Voices is excellent, though I much prefer the voiceless version.
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    Yeah, I'm definitely a fan. Discovered him, Johann Johannsson and a few other modern composers at the same time, around 2009 or so before they became popular on the soundtrack circuit. Saw him as part of a panel at Big Ears too, if memory serves.

    Fun fact...while Johannsson did the overall score for the (IMHO brilliant) film, Arrival the beautiful and melancholy piece that bookends the film is actually one of Richter's, "On the Nature of Daylight."



    Voices is indeed lovely, although I also prefer the instrumental version.
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    I really like Sleep If you are into epic pieces, this one is 8hrs 24minutes. There is also the abridged From Sleep which has different versions of some of the same material.

    this video is brilliant - somehow perfectly capturing dreams and memories - at the same time beautiful and sad


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    I learned his music when someone at the old Mick Karn-forum recommended him. The first album I bought was The Blue Notebook:



    Retrospective is a fine 4-CD boxset, collecting some of his work.

    His score for Waltz With Bashir is also a beauty:


    More to discover: https://www.maxrichtermusic.com/musi...chtermusic.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by Progatron View Post
    Max Richter is outstanding. I've been a huge fan since the first episode of The Leftovers aired and I was enthralled by his score. Voices is excellent, though I much prefer the voiceless version.
    When I started watching The Leftovers I did know Richter's work, but didn't know he had done the soundtrack. It got me into the story right away; very emotional! I believe some of the pieces come from existing albums.

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    ^^ Ad Astra is a really lovely score.
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    I didn't realize he did the Ad Astra score. Now I really want to see that movie!

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    For a good overview and introduction to Max's work, you could try Voyager:

    https://momentstransition.wordpress....-richter-2019/

    And if the eight hour epic Sleep intrigues you, here are my thoughts after sitting through the whole box set:

    https://momentstransition.wordpress....er-sleep-2015/

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    Someone who is certainly influenced by Richter is Ryan Vail as can be heard on his second album For Every Silence.
    Here's the openingtrack 1927, which is the year the piano that is being played was build.


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    Oh, that's lovely...thanks!!
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    I was fortunate to see Max Richter + ACME + Grace Davidson (soprano) in Chicago October 2019. Yep, one of the last batch of live shows I saw before the shutdown. Program was in two parts: 1) selections from The Leftovers & 2) Sleep. Sublime and austere. And I did not sleep.

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