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4.5 stars... "post-classical" at its best,
This review is from: Infra (Audio CD)
Max Richter brings a pretty unique mix of electronical and classical music, a blend he himself has called "post-classical". It's hard to keep track of how many Max Richter albums there are out there, as aside from the proper studio albums, Richter is becoming more and more prolific as a soundtrack composer, scoring such recent big name movies like Sarah's Key (2011), Shutter Island (2010) and Waltz with Bashir (2008).
"Infra" (2010 release; 13 tracks; 41 min.) is NOT a movie soundtrack, but is sure sounds like one, albeit to a ballet rather than a movie. Set in 13 pieces (movements?), all of them either called "Infra" or "Journey", this is a brooding musical landscape, in particular upfront in the album, check out in particular Infra 1, Infra 2 and Joruney 2. Towards the middle of the album the electronica is replaced more and more by/transitions into strings (violins, viola and cellos). It is on the latter pieces that this album reminds me of some of the Philip Glass work (a longtime major influence on Richter).
In all, I absolutely live this album. The mix of electronica and classical works great. The tracks are short, and flow great from one to the next, and at 40 min. this album clips by in no time and you'll find yourself playing this again and again. This is "post-classical" at its best. Highly recommended!