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It’s rare that an artist releases an album that's intended to fade into the background. Yet German-born composer Richter’s seventh solo album is designed to be slept through; its eight-hour run time and lulling pace mirror the tides of the human sleep cycle. What starts dreamy and slow (“Dream 1”) deepens to darker timbres (“Space 2”), before cracks of light break through (“Sublunar”). It's a generous album that demands repeat listens—not least because it’s so beautiful, you’ll want to hear it while you’re awake at least once.

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Low Frequency Distortion - Please Consider Remastering

Was so excited for this release but experienced the same distortion issue with rattling low frequencies to the point where it is not enjoyable. Thought at first someone had mucked around with the amp settings but no such luck. So sad… I love going to sleep with music but the distortion is so distracting it would keep me up. I have always considered Deutsche Grammophon the standard in quality production so presume something went wrong. Please consider remastering.

This album is saving my sleep!

I had almost reached my breaking point. I was having night terrors at some point EVERY night, and the rest of every night was spent fitfully battling stressful situations in my "regular" vivid nightmares. Even with a new baby, I was trying to figure out the logistics to go and have a sleep study done. My doctor had already warned me though that the only solution they would probably have would be medication--an option that was going to make my baby have to stop nursing. Though I felt silly spending so much on an album to sleep to--an album I didn't even know would work, I was desperate. I am so glad I gave in and tried it.
From the first night, I slept soundly. I awoke the next morning feeling rested for the first time in a LONG time. No night terrors! No stress-filled dreams! It has been enough of a difference that my poor, long-suffering husband asks hopefully every night as we go to bed, "Are you going to listen to your music tonight?" My answer is always a resounding "Yes!", and because I am finally sleeping better, he is finally getting to sleep better too. I have a mild nightmare now and then, but NOTHING like what I was having before. This album has been a wonderful investment and an answer to prayer for us!

Astounding Achievement

Well. It's too too much-this great-epic work captures all the sadness and grace of all humanity. It's like the ending of civilization. Dark, somber, sublime. This is the soundtrack to our little deaths. This is the sound of the world letting go of its existence and breaking up to bits and floating out into space. Requiem for all of humanity. The peace we can never achieve.

Biography

Born: March 22, 1966 in Germany

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Blending classical, electronic, and rock influences into a style he calls "post-classical," composer/programmer Max Richter ignores boundaries in favor of haunting, strangely familiar sounds. This approach made him an in-demand composer for film and other types of performing arts, as well as an acclaimed artist in his own right. Born in Germany in the mid-'60s, Richter and his family moved to the U.K. when he was still a little boy; by his early teens, he was listening to the canon of classical music,...
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