Conceptually, Max Richter's The Blue Notebooks, German-born composer mixes contemporary classical compositions with electronic elements in a dreamscapy journalogue featuring excerpts from Kafka's The Blue Octavo Notebooks as narrated by Tilda Swinton reads like a relentlessly precious endeavor, as new age music for grad students, the sort of record that sagely pats you on the back for being smart enough to seek it out. And yet in practice, despite the fact that it is exactly as outlined above, Kafka quotes and all, there is absolutely nothing exclusive or contrived-feeling about it. In fact, not only is Richter's second album one of the finest of the last six months, it is also one of the most affecting and universal contemporary classical records in recent memory. Richter composed The Blue Notebooks in the run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq. He has described it as 'a protest album about Iraq.
01. The Blue Notebooks 02. On The Nature Of Daylight 03. Horizon Variations 04. Shadow Journal 05. Iconography 06. Vladimir's Blues 07. Arboretum 08. Old Song 09. Organum 10. The Trees 11. Written On The Sky
Credits: Cello – Chris Worsey, Philip Sheppard Piano – Max Richter Viola – John Metcalfe Violin – Louisa Fuller, Natalia Bonner Text By – Czesław Miłosz, Franz Kafka
Track 1 reading from "The First Notebook" in Franz Kafka's The Blue Octavo Notebooks Track 4 reading from "At Dawn" in Czesław Miłosz's Unattainable Earth Track 7 reading from "The Third Notebook" in Franz Kafka's The Blue Octavo Notebooks Track 8 reading from "The Fourth Notebook" in Franz Kafka's The Blue Octavo Notebooks Track 10 reading from "The Wormwood Star" movement of "The Separate Notebooks" in Czesław Miłosz's Hymn Of The Pearl
Köszönöm szépen ezt az albumot. Meglehetősen furcsa lelkülete van ennek a zenének, úgy bele feledkezik az ember, hogy csak azt veszi észre mikor a végére ért. Jó volt. Mondjuk a négy évszakot eddig nem überelte semmi.