"Languorously transcendent."

The Guardian, London

New Music
Max Richter
with the American Contemporary Music Ensemble performing music from The Blue Notebooks and Infra

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.

Approximate run time: 1 hour and 35 minutes including intermission


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Program Notes

Program notes are available online. [PDF]