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    Max Richter “The Blue Notebooks” [130701/FatCat]

    Trembling before beauty music; exudes grace, though shatters
    nothing. Minimal steps in other’s footsteps, melodies climb
    up a step, down a step, up a step. Tilda Swinton who has
    collaborated with the departed Derek Jarman adds spoken
    texts, but to my ears she was too often lost in the gauze,
    there but not there. Is she Orlando, or just Tiresias?
    Typewriter for effect with the words too. For the fattest
    FatCat vibes, try #4 or #7, still that’s pretty svelte
    for beat worshippers. If you dig “Shadown Journal” check
    out some of Simon Fisher Turner’s stuff. There’s also
    wounded piano thoughout, the ankle twisted and lingering
    on the sustain pedal. My secret favorites were the two
    organ numbers, great pools of sound with ripples of
    Terry Riley…#5 and #9. If I lied and said this guy
    was the big brother to the twin sisters of Mum would
    you like him more? Like Mum, Richter can summon moments
    of deafening quiet.

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on January 30, 2005 at 4:25 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD,Format
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