Auckland Arts Festival
Close your eyes and surrender to Max Richter’s immersive sonic dreamscape during this one-off overnight performance of his epic eight-hour composition.
Audacious German-born, British-based composer Max Richter defies definition in the world of modern classical music. He’s a true innovator who is achieving popular appeal through bold new work for a whole new generation.
A “personal lullaby for a frenetic world”, Sleep is designed to be heard at night with an audience lying down. Encouraging pause and rest, Richter has created an exquisite hybrid of classical and electronic music across 31 uninterrupted pieces during which listeners fall asleep and drift in and out of consciousness, and lucid dream states.
Camp stretchers are provided and, between a session of yoga and the thrill of the communal nocturnal experience, Richter and his ensemble may well enrich the quality of your sleep – but the absorbing soundscape may also keep you up in raptures, reaching its apotheosis as dawn breaks, just in time for an ovation.
“The experience – and the music – borders on holy.” — Sydney Morning Herald
“For me, Sleep is an attempt to see how that space when your conscious mind is on holiday can be a place for music to live.” — Max Richter
Pianist: Max Richter
Soprano: Grace Davidson