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Max Richter: Ambient Orchestra

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Composer Max Richter performs two special shows exploring ambient music through the orchestra, including pieces never performed before in the UK.

The German-born, British-raised composer performs a collection of works that explore the idea of the orchestra as a medium for ambient music, rather than electronic instruments. He has selected pieces that create space to reflect on ideas and feelings. It’s this intersection between the music and the listeners’ biographies that interests Richter – the way a musical performance becomes conversational. 

The repertoire features six pieces of live music, three being UK premieres – Exiles, Opus 2020, and Testament. Max Richter will be joined by a specially expanded line-up of 12 Ensemble  who’ve previously performed with him at 2018’s Sounds and Visions weekend, alongside Soprano Grace Davidson.

Tagged with: Contemporary music

Running times:

7.30 - 8.20pm performance 1st half                                   

8.20 - 8.40pm interval                                                            

8.40 - 10.00pm performance 2nd half                                  

Show should finish by 10pm. Times are approximate and subject to change 

Produced by the Barbican

Testament originally commissioned by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute to commemorate Krysztof Penderecki

OPUS 2020 originally commissioned by Beethoven Orchestra Bonn for Beethoven's 250th birthday

EXILES originally commissioned by Nederlands Dans Theater 

‘Melding classical and electronic music, physical and emotional worlds, he produces instrumental works of rare evocative power.‘

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Martin Aston sits down with composer Max Richter to discuss his anticipated return to the Barbican with his new, repertoire that explores the interplay between classical, ambient, and electronic music.