Admirers of Max Richter's music use words like "exquisite," "ravishing," and "bewitching" to describe his singular compositional voice. The electro-acoustic composer-pianist, whose work is a ubiquitous presence in dance, film, and television, creates seductively moody scores that reveal themselves with a slow, aching beauty. Here, with the American Contemporary Music Ensemble, a group of "contemporary music dynamos" (NPR), he performs selections from The Blue Notebooks, composed in the run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and from Infra, inspired by T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land.
Now considered a cult classic, The Blue Notebooks has just been reissued by Deutsche Grammophon in a special 15th Anniversary edition, complete with remixes, new arrangements, and previously unreleased material. This special Berkeley performance is one of only 10 dates planned for Richter's 2018 North American Tour.
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