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New Deutsche Grammophon Edition of Max Richter's collaboration with choreographer Wayne McGregor for the Royal Ballet.
Premiered at the Royal Opera House in November 2008, the piece was put in the spotlight by a BBC documentary around the same time before resuming its run at Covent Garden. Richter's soundtrack is an absorbing blend of shortwave-style droning transmissions, beautiful string ensemble pieces and piano compositions.
Compared with his solo studio albums, the format of the score seems to permit Richter to shift into a more abstract mode at regular points over the course of the album, dissolving orchestration into airwave-cruising static for introductory piece 'Infra 1' or exploring a dulcet ether-dwelling hum on 'Journey 2', but over the course of the album you'll hear plenty of this composer's more conventional neo-classical writing too: 'Infra 5' is vintage Max Richter, developing a sumptuous, yet repetitive melodic theme and laying a shifting chord sequence beneath it.
The results are typically emotive and by the conclusion ascend to a kind of urgent crescendo while blistering radio noise begins to swell in the mix. A quick glance at Richter's IMDB page suggests that we can expect more collaborations and soundtrack-style projects from Richter in the months and years to come; already he's scored a slew of TV projects, along with notable films such as Waltz With Bashir, and recently the Blue Notebooks piece, 'On The Nature Of Daylight' played a prominent role in Scorcese's gothic schlock-fest, Shutter Island.
Infra proves Richter's versatility and searchingly experimental drive as a composer, pitching that ideal balance between ear-bending soundscapes and all-out heartbreak. Highly Recommended.