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Why Max Richter Wants to Put You to Sleep / WFMT Radio

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Composer Max Richter wants people to doze off during his latest composition, SLEEP, which he calls an "8-hour lullaby." SLEEP has its world-premiere performance this September in Berlin, Germany, coinciding with the release of a full recording of the piece (as well as a condensed, one-hour version) by Deutsche Grammophon.

I spoke with Max from London to learn about this curious new project. He explained some of his inspiration for SLEEP. He also dispelled some of the myths being circulated by the media that he's attempting to break records with the "longest ever piece of classical music," as the Telegraph UK claimed in a recent feature.  

READ THE Q&A with Richter and WFMT: Chicago - Stephen Raskauskas