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September 3, 2015 The composer and musical tinkerer's new project is called SLEEP, which inspired a video in which angelic voices offer a soothing balm for a hectic world.
Max Richter has written Sleep, an eight-hour lullaby for our fast-paced lives.
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September 3, 2015 If counting sheep isn't working, British composer Max Richter's latest piece might. Sleep is eight hours long and designed to help listeners get some shut-eye.
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In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores comes out Nov. 11.
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November 3, 2013 The resourceful young violinist asked for brand-new encores — and, boy, did she get them. Hear fascinating works by 27 contemporary composers, written especially for Hilary Hahn.
August 21, 2013 Watch the violinist play music of the spheres amid twinkling lights with jazz bassist Ben Allison. Hope ponders the cosmos, bringing together music and time, with works from different centuries.
Composer-performer Max Richter (right) brings his revamped Vivaldi to Manhattan's Le Poisson Rouge.
February 7, 2013 Max Richter grew tired of Vivaldi's warhorse The Four Seasons. But instead of writing off the piece forever, Richter rewrote it. He blended Vivaldi's work with his own music.
November 28, 2012 All Songs Considered co-host Robin Hilton answers listener questions about the hazards of overplayed music, the perfect songs for massage therapists, and the best way to start listening to the music of one of his favorite bands, Telekinesis.
Composer Max Richter's new album takes on Vivaldi's Four Seasons.
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November 21, 2012 The composer has done a brave thing for any artist in any medium: He's messed with a classic, specifically, Vivaldi's most famous four violin concertos. Richter says he had "to figure out how much Max and how much Vivaldi there was going on at every moment."
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Tristan Perich's "1-Bit Symphony" features hand-assembled circuitry housed in a clear plastic CD case.
August 14, 2010 From Bach on the accordion to a full-length symphony housed on a one-bit microchip, NPR Music's Tom Huizenga and Weekend All Things Considered host Guy Raz spin an eclectic assortment of new music.
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December 13, 2008 It's been a great year for the quiet and the subtle: The harmonies of Fleet Foxes, the fiery gentleness of Bon Iver and the African kora of Toumani Diabate were all calming company. We all need and want different things from music at different times, and gentility won out this year.
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