Classical Music Sundays: “Shadow Journal”- Max Richter

I do not know if this really counts as classical music. Max Richter himself considers his style “post-classical” because of its combination of orchestral instrumentation, electronic sounds and spoken word poetry. Whatever it is, I like it. This is a track off of his album The Blue Notebooks which was influenced by some of the writings of Franz Kafka. Tracks like “Shadow Journal” seem to perfectly convey the feeling in a lot of Kafka’s writings: a disconnect from society, repetitive actions, and an underlying strangeness that subverts reality. The Blue Notebooks as a whole album conveys the feeling of turning within yourself and getting lost in your own mind with “Shadow Journal” being the strongest examples of the dense atmosphere of emotion that Richter captures perfectly.

rehearsal, march 2012, Berlin Max Richter


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