发行版本:130701/Fat-Cat Records (CD13-05)
生于德国，目前活跃于英国的Max Richter，扎实的学院训练让他熟悉西方从古典到现代大师们的音乐表现手法（师承Luciano Berio，并深受Xenakis影响），却同时乐于张开耳朵开放心灵接触学院围墙外广阔无边的音乐世界，如果你问他最早的音乐回忆，他会告诉你：「巴哈的音乐；波里尼（Maurizio Pollini）演奏的肖邦；Pink Floyd的Interstellar Overdrive；还有被Beatles的Abbey Road 震慑；史特拉汶斯基的“春之祭”；Philip Glass的“'Music with Changing Parts”；以至庞克经典The Clash．．．」
Max Richter的音乐一向离不开文学，第一张个人专辑《Memoryhouse》历经十八个月沈淀，从想象与真实的事件、乔哀思、约翰‧凯吉与波赫士的作品汲取灵感，运用钢琴、大中小提琴，引领出扣人心弦、低调迷人的主旋律，伴随混沌梦幻的电音声响、吟白与随机的田野录音手法，还有那充满灵性与迷离的管风琴声，经过精心布局，产生出一种独特的诗意与张力。04年的《The Blue Notebooks》邀请Tilda Swinton吟诵卡夫卡与米沃什的作品，而在最新专辑《Songs from Before》当中，则有Robert Wyatt吟诵村上春树作品，音乐依然在深具穿透力的沈静气质中逐渐起伏，在古典与前卫；文学与音乐；具像与抽象；失落与希望；幽暗与光明之间．．
A couple years back, Max Richter came out of the blue with his The Blue Notebooks album and pretty much knocked me for a loop. A splendid mixture of modern classical and electronic music (plus some spoken word bits from Tilda Swinton), the release easily made my year-end list and was good enough that it made me seek out his more elusive debut album to get a little more background on his artistry. As it turns out, Richter is more than just an accomplished solo artist, having worked with everyone from the Future Sound Of London to Roni Size and even Vashti Bunyan on production and collaboration.
Songs From Before is his latest full length album and it sounds like a very logical sequel to The Blue Notebooks. In fact, it has so much in common with that release that it feels more like the second chapter in a larger over-arching saga, than a large step forward into new territory. The lush string arrangements are back, along with some spoken word bits that filter in (Robert Wyatt reading short passages from Haruki Murakami this time out). If there's any difference, it's that more overt electronics play less of a roll in this recording, although Richter does incorporate more lo-fi electronic touches through the use of shortwave radio noises.
The simply titled "Song" opens the album on a strong note, as some repetitive organ melodies mix with some subtle strings while distant percussion sends deep reverberations through the mix. "Flowers For Yula" opens with some disembodied radio chatter and a few passages from Wyatt before slow swells of strings rise up from the crackling depths and crest without ever getting very loud. "Harmonium" may very well be the most haunting track on the entire release, again starting with a couple evocative sentences from Wyatt before some deep, filtered swirls of what may very well be the title instrument are offset with sparkling bells and chimes. It's a gorgeous track that works wonders at high volumes.
The latter two-thirds of the album is a bit more spotty, and after listening to the release a bunch of times, I still have a hard time pin-pointing why. There are a lot of shorter tracks (like "Ionosphere" and "Lullaby") that add nothing to the release, while a familiar melodic theme is used in "Autumn Music 1," "Autumn Music 2," and the album closer of "From The Rue Vilin." Considering Songs From Before is only about thirty-seven minutes long, it's probably safe to say that the effort suffers a bit from being really good on the front end and then not offering up as much in variety from there out. Richter is still a heck of a composer, and the twelve-track release is always pretty at the very least, but unfortunately it seems like a slight step backwards considering his previous album. -- almostcool, amazon.com
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01. Song (4:12)
02. Flowers For Yulia (6:50)
03. Fragment (1:41)
04. Harmonium (4:23)
05. Ionosphere (1:25)
06. Autumn Music 1 (3:54)
07. Time Passing (1:51)
08. Sunlight (5:35)
09. Lullaby (0:53)
10. Autumn Music 2 (3:49)
11. Verses (1:43)
12. From The Rue Vilin (1:02)