MAX RICHTER / RETROSPECTIVE 4793065

A four-album reissue box set of austere, melancholic beauty . . . ["The blue notebooks"]: The likes of "Shadow Journal" and "The Trees" are the best kind of film noir soundtrack imaginable, brought to life through Richter's trademark armoury: piano, strings and a delicate bed of textural electronics . . . [after listening "Sunlight's" listless descending figures] I'm convinced it's some of his best work . . . ["24 Postcards in Full Colour"]: You have, on the one hand, a very refined, ambient electronica ("Cascade NW By W"), and on the other, his postmodernist classical style ("Berlin By Overnight"). As ever, it's the emotional resonance that is the shared currency between them . . . [and while he does have his contemporaries,] his work has a slightly darker and more refined edge to it, a sound that is distinctly his own.

. . . ["Retrospective"] is a testament that we have an impossibly prolific and consistently excellent composer at the reigns of modern chamber music. Bravo Mr. Richter.

Stark, demanding and beautiful, these four albums are re-released in a lovely package.