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Wednesday 29th May, London – Max Richter today announces his highly anticipated new album ‘In A Landscape’ and his first ever world tour.

‘In A Landscape’, Richter’s ninth studio album, is released on Friday 6th September via Decca Records. You can pre-order the album and listen to the first single, ‘Movement, Before All Flowers’, HERE.

The new album marks a significant evolution in Richter’s musical journey, as he delves deeper into the themes of optimism and human emotion accompanied by an innovative exploration of electronic sounds and field recordings. It is a record about reconciling polarities, bringing together the electronic and the acoustic, the human and the natural world, the big questions of life and the quiet pleasures of living – a fleeting self-portrait of a musician in constant motion.

‘In A Landscape’ employs homogenous musical language to Richter’s seminal album ‘The Blue Notebooks’, with the two albums in a way bookending this significant chapter of Richter’s life and career. It is presented as an open conversation with the audience, asking them to consider the dualities in their own life, what personal stories come to mind while listening and, ultimately, serving as an invitation to imagination.

Max Richter says “For me, the music on the record is about connecting or reconciling polarities. The electronics with the acoustic instruments, the natural world with the human world, and the big ideas of life with the personal and intimate. This is a dynamic I started to explore in my 2004 record The Blue Notebooks, and the new project shares many of that album’s concerns; in a way this record is another look at the themes of the earlier work, but from the perspective of our world and our lives in 2024.”

In support of ‘In A Landscape’, Richter has also announced details of his first ever world tour, marking a coming of age for the globally celebrated musician.

The newly announced tour dates will see Richter play across the United Kingdom, Europe, North America, Canada, Australia and Asia throughout 2024 and 2025, including shows at London’s legendary Royal Festival Hall and the iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Tickets are available via fan presale from Tuesday 4th June at 10am local, with tickets then on general sale on Thursday 6th June at 10am local. Fans can access the pre-sale by pre-ordering a copy of ‘In A Landscape’ before 3pm BST on Monday 3rd June. You can find more information HERE.

‘In A Landscape’ is Richter’s first solo album recorded at Studio Richter Mahr, the minimalist, eco-conscious creative retreat designed and operated by Richter and his wife, visual artist Yulia Mahr. Shifting focus to Richter’s immediate surroundings, ‘In A Landscape’ marks out a psychic space in which to meditate on the present while recognising a lifetime of artistic influence, from Bach and Purcell to the poetry of Keats, Wordsworth and Anne Carson. Richter also found inspiration in a number of books which he was reading at the time of writing ‘In A Landscape’, with many of the track titles on the album named after lines from literature and some of his own treasured paperbacks pictured on the album cover.

Interspersing the studio compositions are nine ‘Life Studies’ assembled from field recordings and the hubbub of the everyday: footsteps through the woods, eggs sizzling in the kitchen, a Hong Kong airport trolley, practicing Mozart on the piano. These simple acts of noticing from a zen-minded creative bring the “landscape” of the album’s title into focus, calling back to the found sounds that distinguished Richter’s breakthrough albums, 2002’s ‘Memoryhouse’ and 2004’s ‘The Blue Notebooks’.

One the most influential and acclaimed composers of his generation, Richter is known for his ability to seamlessly blend traditional orchestrations with modern electronic elements. With a career spanning decades, Richter’s impact on the music industry cannot be overstated. His unparalleled ability to translate profound human experiences into musical compositions has earned him a dedicated global following, with his catalogue amassing over three billion streams to date. Notably, his record-breaking album ‘SLEEP’ stands as one of the most streamed classical albums of all time.

His seminal album ‘The Blue Notebooks’ continues to reach new audiences even as it celebrates its twentieth anniversary in 2024. ‘On The Nature of Daylight’, the album’s epic centerpiece, recently featured on HBO’s acclaimed post-apocalyptic drama The Last Of Us, as well as appearing on numerous film and TV soundtracks over the years. Richter performed the album in full at Glastonbury Festival last year alongside Tilda Swinton, who joined Richter onstage to recite the spoken word pieces she contributed for the original recording.

Beyond his solo endeavors, Richter’s is a prolific collaborator who has worked with esteemed creatives and visionaries across multiple disciplines. From scoring Dior shows for Kim Jones to composing for ballets choreographed by Wayne McGregor or his contributions to the world of cinema and TV with directors Denis Villeneuve, Martin Scorsese, and Ari Folman, Richter’s versatility knows no bounds.

Richter’s collaborative partnership with Wayne McGregor goes from strength to strength, with the acclaimed composer contributing an original score for McGregor’s next production Maddaddam at London’s Royal Opera House in November; a visionary new ballet based on Margaret Atwood’s dystopian epic of annihilation and survival. In addition, the pair’s previous collaboration, Woolf Works, receives its New York premiere at the Metropolitan Opera House this June.

Richter is co-founder of Studio Richter Mahr alongside his partner, visual artist Yulia Mahr. Set in the English countryside in Oxfordshire, Max and Yulia built the multimedia production studio inside a former farmhouse and have powered it with cutting-edge solar and heat-pump technology. Located within 31 acres of woodland, the duo have a huge passion for using the land to farm and provide a sustainable working environment, serving as a space where both emerging and established creatives can come to develop their work.

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