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The Blue Notebooks 15th-anniversary edition re-emerges on DG / theartsdesk

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When The Blue Notebooks was originally released in February 2004, it did not seem to be an album which would have the afterlife it has enjoyed. It had little context. Max Richter's second album was his first for the 130701 label which, at that point, had not yet set out its stall. Over the following three to four years, Ólafur Arnalds, Nils Frahm, Hauschka, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Christian Wallumrød and more would help give The Blue Notebooks a retrospective context. It may have been a precursor but it was a stunning album in its own right.

The Blue Notebooks has re-emerged on Deutsche Grammophon which, although part of the corporate and multi-national Universal Music group, is a self-determining label which exudes gravitas and kudos. Jóhann Jóhannsson had also recorded for 130701 and went on to Deutsche Grammophon, a tie-up conferring importance. This repackaging of The Blue Notebooks is branded as a 15th-anniversary edition.

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