Max Richter announces “Sleep” deluxe box set, May tour and remix project featuring Mogwai

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Max Richter’s pioneering work “Sleep” - the composition dubbed a “gigantic lullaby” by the Los Angeles Times - is to be made available physically in its 8 hour entirety for the first time on December 11th, 2015.

Packaged in a beautifully-designed box, this new deluxe release contains 8 CDs and 1 high-definition pure audio Blu-ray disc.

Pre-order the box set here and stream the Mogwai remix of Max Richter’s “Path 5” below.

Within two weeks of their digital release “Sleep” and the one-hour adaptation from “Sleep” had topped the iTunes Classical charts around the world, making it the best-selling classical album worldwide in 2015. “Sleep” went to the #1 spot in 26 countries and was voted #5 in the Rough Trade Albums of the Year list, whilst from Sleep also hit the pop charts in several countries.

Building on this success, a series of “Sleep” remixes by both new and high-profile names are planned. The first of these, set for release on 11 December is by Mogwai - the band Max calls “darkly brilliant”. You can stream their remix of “Path 5” now below.
According to Crack magazine: “Richter operates within a kind of Venn diagram space between alternative popular music and the avant-garde” and this remix project was born out of Max’s passion for and immersion in contemporary sounds, to which he views as of equal cultural importance to the classical world.
Live audiences will get an opportunity to experience from “Sleep” – a new shortened piece drawn from the full 8 hour “Sleep” - in May 2016, when the Max Richter Ensemble undertake a major UK tour, visiting Bristol, London, Norwich, Manchester and Edinburgh.

The first half will feature a performance of The Blue Notebooks, which Time Out described as: “a modern compositional tour de force of almost overwhelming emotional power”.

Tour Dates 2016:
• Saturday 14th May  Bristol, Colston Hall
• Tuesday 17th May  London, Barbican
• Thursday 19th May  Norwich, Norfolk & Norwich Festival
• Saturday 21st May  Manchester, RNCM
• Tuesday 24th May  Edinburgh, Usher Hall
Tickets available from Friday 27th November here.

Max Richter says of “Sleep”, composed in consultation with US neuroscientist David Eagleman: “This is my personal lullaby for a frenetic world – a manifesto for a slower pace of existence”. At the historic world premiere, he was joined by soprano Grace Davidson plus five string players, playing before an audience who were encouraged to lie on beds and experience the music through a state of sleep. The performance formed the centrepiece of BBC Radio 3’s “Why Music?” weekend, exploring the relationship between music and the subconscious mind.

Hailed as the most influential composer of his generation, Richter creates a sound world that blends a classical training with modern technology, with work including a series of acclaimed solo albums on FatCat and Deutsche Grammophon, concert and ballet music, and scores for award-winning films and TV series, including Waltz with Bashir and HBO’s The Leftovers. “Sleep” and “From Sleep” are part of his ongoing efforts to draw audiences back into contemporary classical music and regain “a shared communion in sound”.