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Max Richter, now signed to the prestigious classical label Deutsche Gramophone, explores the post minimalist sound associated with Brian Eno, Arvo Part and Philip Glass in that he uses sonics, alongside violin and cello, plus the ethereal voice of soprano Grace Davidson, to create sound patterns, many which I perceive to be church influenced. Certainly the use of organ reinforces that view. Giving the album the title from Sleep might just be too soporific for some and may cause problems in the fast dwindling music stores as to where to place this disc. Does it legitimately belong in classical or is it New Age? It's rather beautiful in its construction and deeply soothing, which means it has succeeded in its goal.

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