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BBC Radio 3 sets two world records with broadcast of Max Richter's Sleep / Classical-Music.com

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Radio 3 established two Guinness world records on Sunday 27 September with a live broadcast of Max Richter's Sleep. The eight-hour, one-minute and 23-second  performance was the ‘longest live broadcast' and the ‘longest single continuous broadcast of a piece' to have ever featured on radio.

Sleep was composed in collaboration with the neuroscientist David Eagleman as an exploration of the interaction of music and the sleeping mind. Richter calls it his ‘lullaby for a frenetic world.'Sleep is scored for a chamber ensemble of strings, keyboard, electronics, and solo soprano, who performed in shifts throughout the night, taking breaks to sleep.

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