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Max Richter's sleepover at the Sydney Opera House / theguardian review

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10.15pm would usually be a wrap at the Sydey Opera House, but not tonight. Two hundred classical music fans, panoramic harbour views and eight hours of dreams performed by the composer during a wild winter storm. I'm aware our sensible consumption choices and aura of calm may seem slightly cultish. And I suppose it is. Just 200 of us have come to a sleepover at the Sydey Opera House, to see composer Max Richter's eight-hour composition, Sleep, performed overnight.

 

Released last year, the classical work was created with help from neuroscientist David Eagleman with the aim of nurturing the sleeping brain. Richter did not pioneer sleeping music, but the beauty and scale of Sleep, as well as its timing ("a lullaby for a frenetic world"), has taken the genre to new levels of sophistication.

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