Music: Max Richter – Three Words: Music From Woolf Works (Deutsche Grammophon, 2017)

Neo-Classical veteran Max Richter releases with “Music From Woolf Works” already his ninth record, but these releases do not include all of his score works. His discography is very impressive. Classic music wasn’t very popular in the past, but nowadays there are some great neo classical artists like Nils Frahm, A Winged Vicory for the Sullen or Bing & Ruth. All of them combines typically classical elements and put them in a new structure.

One of the key instuments is unequivocal the piano. So there is no wonder that UK neo-classic label Erased Tapes organize an extra day for that unique instrument – The “Piano Day”. And this year the London based label also celebrates his 10th birthday. The piano is also very prominent on “Music From Woolf Works”, that based on the novels of Virginia Wolf. Richter creates an impressive score with story cut-outs from Mrs. Dalloway / Orlando. His biggest success on “Music From Woolf Works” is the gambling of dramatic variations in almost every track. The scores opened by Virginia Wolf’s herself. She reads a portion of a essay: “Words, English words, are full of echoes, of memories, of associations”. One of the best tracks marks “War Anthem”. It sounds impressive from start to end. Tracks like “Modular Astronomy” and “The Explorers” comes to life with Richter’s arrangements of electronical elements. “Music from the Woolf Works” closes by the extended 21 minutes momentum “Waves – Tuesday”. At the beginning the background noises was dominated by ocean field recordings and the Gillian Anderson’s voice until the melody fades slowly in and the strings comes more to the foreground. At the end you can hear the howl orchestra! It marks an beautiful end of an fantastic record! It will be a shame if he can’t play at Elbphilharmonie in the next couple of months.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Dominik Scheuring

I'm living and working in Hamburg, Germany. My interests are all about music, movies, and traveling. I also do some typical sport activities like fitness, running and swimming.

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