Monday 17 March 2014

Max Richter signs to Deutsche Grammophon

From left to right: Jane Carter, Mark Wilkinson, Costa Pilavachi, Max Richter, Christian Badzura, Max Hole, Ute Fesquet Photo: © Richard Skidmore
Max Richter signing his contract at this week's
Universal Music Global Conference
 Photo: © Richard Skidmore
The British composer and performer extraordinaire Max Richter has joined up with Deutsche Grammophon. His new agreement not only includes new works but the re-release of Richter's solo albums, Infra, 24 Postcards in Full Colour, Songs from Before and The Blue Notebooks, on the DG label.

In the autumn, Richter's Memoryhouse will receive a new recording. The work was performed in orchestral guise by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Andre de Ridder at the Barbican Centre in January this year. Memoryhouse originally an experimental album of "documentary music" combining ambient sounds, voices, and poetry readings, which Richter never originally envisaged the work being performed live.

(Catch Max Richter's On the Nature of Daylight after the break)

Max Richter
Max Richter
To celebrate the new partnership, Deutsche Grammophon will issue a new edition of Richter’s Vivaldi Recomposed, his reworking of The Four Seasons for violin, chamber orchestra and moog synthesizer. The new version will now also include remixes, newly-composed electronic soundscapes, and an exclusive performance film, featuring Max Richter and violinist Daniel Hope, and shot in East Berlin in late 2013. A brand-new app will go on sale at the same time, allowing users to experience Recomposed and an original version of Vivaldi’s classical hit side by side, with commentary, background essays and unique user functionalities.

It has also recently been announced that Richter will be writing the music for the new HBO TV series The Leftovers starring Justin Theroux and Liv Tyler.

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