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Max Richter and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, set for Three Worlds: Music From Woolf Works / The Sunday Herald

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Max Richter's Blue Notebooks album was deservedly described as a "modern compositional tour de force of almost overwhelming emotional power", as "deceptively tranquil, borderline supernatural music", and as "languorously transcendent". Cerys Matthews, the BBC 6 Music presenter, has chosen his most recent CD, Three Worlds: Music From Woolf Works, as her album of 2017, singling it out for its freshness, distinctiveness, and emotional power. And when American actress Amy Brenneman tweeted a scene from her TV show, The Leftovers, the music for which had been written by Richter, she told him simply: "You slay me."

 

The Blue Notebooks included On The Nature Of Daylight, a quite beautiful piece of work, which has been heard on such films as Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island and Denis Villeneuve's alien-contact hit, Arrival.

 

Richter has composed scores or soundtracks for film, theatre, TV, opera and conceptual art works. His theatre works include Alan Cumming's solo Broadway version of Macbeth. His CDs ranged from Songs From Before, with the songwriter Robert Wyatt reading texts by Haruki Murakami, to Recomposed by Max Richter: Vivaldi, The Four Seasons; and Sleep, "an eight-hour lullaby", which has been performed overnight in Paris, Madrid, London and Sydney, with beds provided for the audience.

 

Max Richter and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, will perform Three Worlds: Music From Woolf Works is at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on January 23 as part of Celtic Connections. 

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