Album Remarks & Appraisals:
Max Richter (piano, organ, synthesizers, electronics) & Grace Davidson (soprano). American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME)
'from SLEEP is a 1h version of the new digital 8h landmark recording SLEEP by acclaimed British composer Max Richter. SLEEP is an eight hour exploration of music, consciousness and human connectivity - and is actually intended to send the listener to sleep. SLEEP is played on piano, strings, with subtle electronic touches and vocals - but no words.
"It's my personal lullaby for a frenetic world. A manifesto for a slower pace of existence. I want people to start playing it while they are getting ready for bed, so that they hear it in their sleep." Max Richter
The Guardian, 27th August 2015
The full version, Sleep, is intended to actually send us to sleep, but From Sleep is a one-hour offshoot during which we're supposed to stay awake... It's a warm, slow-moving daydream with no sharp edges and a self-consciously hazy sound, as if recorded next door or underwater.