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Max Richter's 'Voices' offers a global vision of humanity / 89.9KCRW - Rhythm Planet

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The innovative British-German composer Max Richter recently released his ninth studio album called Voices. A decade in the making, Voices explores mental and historical landscapes as well as universal themes that seem particularly relevant today. The voices of the project come from people around the world who responded to Richter's social media invitation to be a part of the work. They, together with actor Kiki Layne and the historical voice of Eleanor Roosevelt, read the words of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights in many different languages, set to Richter's compositions-which range from quiet and meditative but also rise to Wagnerian heights.

Eleanor Roosevelt reads Article 1: "All Human Beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood." The U.S. and Europe had only come out of the savagery and devastation of World War II at the time of the declaration. They were and continue to be aspirational goals for humanity, full of optimism and hope. Although they sound a little naïve given today's toxic climate, Richter believes that the declaration "is something that offers us a way forward. Although it isn't a perfect document, the declaration does represent an inspiring vision for the possibility of better and kinder world."  Photo by Mike Terry

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