Blue Notebooks (Vinyl) Import
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Limited UK 180gm vinyl LP pressing. Richter is a British-based, German-born pianist and composer. The Blue Notebooks is his 2004 sophomore solo album, a distinctive and adventurous work that is beautifully recorded and cinematic in scope. 11 tracks. Fat Cat. 2008.
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When I played the album for the first time, I was touched like I felt touched when I first listened to M83 not too long ago, or when I discovered Sigur Ros in 2001. Max Richter, borrowing influences from Arvo Part, Brian Eno, Philip Glass and Steve Reich, is a new breed of composer, who blends in modern compositional styles with electronic sounds. He creates a sound that resembles minimalism, avoiding being self-indulgent, and keeping the listener involved and engaged with some of the most touching music you will run into.
When listening to Max Richter for the first time, I thought of Craig Armstrong. The latter was involved with Massive Attack, while the former was involved with Future Sound of London. But Richter comes from a much denser and sophisticated musical place. When I think of him, I think more like Craig Armstrong meets Philip Glass. It's that good!
No track in the album is better. The entire piece is outstanding and worth every minute of it and every penny you put into it. I wish you all the same musical joy this album has brought to my life.
I find myself craving 'Shadow Journal,' 'Vladimir's Blues,' 'Horizon Variations,' and 'The Trees' every single night and I've had this album for about a month already. Every piece of this album adds layer upon layer of strings, utterly gorgeous piano, and the slightest electronic element that comingle so perfectly you'll wonder how your luck got so good that your ears have stumbled upon this sonic heaven.
The genius that is Max Richter has another album out that I wish was available here on Amazon.
And one of the advantages of that is if you like all of those composers (and more in their vein), you'll dig this because it takes so much of what makes them good and gives it to you not only in a renewed musical voice but in a package where you don't have to wait for fifteen minutes for a chord change. Most of these pieces are two to six minutes long. If I have any complaint to make, it's that some of the music is under-developed and I would have loved to hear Richter take some of his beautiful phrases in new directions instead of just repeating them eight or so times and ending them.
I have purchased a lot of CDs over the last few months, and this is one of the only ones that consistently finds its way into my single CD player and seems to speak to me no matter what mood I'm in. Warning(?)--as the title implies, a majority of these pieces are in a Blue mood--the rainy day, nostalgic, melancholia kind of mood. The little tidbits of typing and recitation are also very cool, and perfectly set off the vibe of the whole disc.
19th C. Romantic right up to the line of pretension, while never crossing. Minimalist to the point of (um?) exhaustion. It's like the soundtrack to the film you always thought you'd make.
The solo viola with simple back synth, and the traditional quartet, stark piano (though one relatively croony track, 'Horizontal Variations".) A few moments of dry romance(this is definitely a European record, I can't see this being made in the States), tracks that I've put on mix cd's as openers or closers. But mostly a record that rewards the 40-minute session.
I am slightly confused that I've introduced this record to so many hipster friends but never had it introduced to me.
Anyone who buys this and doesn't like it after a couple listens, I'll buy your copy.