German classical composer Max Richter has returned with his latest project – a 31 track, eight hour album designed to put the listener to sleep, appropriately entitled “Sleep.” With this, he is also releasing a one hour version, “From Sleep.”

I’m not sure how many of you listen to classical music, and seeing as there is an absence in “Classical” as a genre selection, not a lot of us at Sly listen to it either. However, Richter is one of my favorite contemporary composers so I decided this release deserved a post. Really great to listen to while you work, or to go to sleep (if you’re into that kind of thing).

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The Details

One of Britain's leading contemporary composers, Max Richter, has written what is thought to be the longest single piece of classical music ever to be recorded: 'Sleep'. It's an eight-hour lullaby that is intended to send the listener to sleep. The landmark work is scored for piano, strings, electronics and vocals - but no words. It's his personal lullaby for a frenetic world. A manifesto for a slower pace of existence. This release is a one hour adaptation of the full work and is called 'From Sleep'. Richter has most recently enjoyed acclaim at the Royal Opera House in London for his "lavishly atmospheric score" for Wayne McGregor's ballet Woolf Works. Influenced equally by post-rock, classical music and the electronic avant-garde, he has composed and released five solo albums and 'recomposed' Vivaldi's 'Four Seasons' for a best-selling album in 2012.

LP - Double 180 Gram Limited Transparent Vinyl Version with Download of the album and Bonus tracks on a CDR.

Price $31

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