January 2017: Best Meditative and Neoclassical Album

Three Worlds: Music from Woolf Works by Max Richter.

Guerino’s Rating: 8/10. Delicate, elegant and relaxing.

From Resident Advisor: Three Worlds: Music From Woolf Works, as the name suggests, draws from Richter’s score for Wolf Works, a critically acclaimed three-act Royal Ballet production from Wayne McGregor inspired by the works of the influential English writer Virginia Woolf. Described as featuring “a vast palette of sounds—from solo instrumental and orchestral episodes, to electronic textures and music for wordless soprano,” the score makes use of themes from three of Woolf’s novels, Mrs Dalloway, Orlando and The Waves. It also employs a rare 1937 BBC recording of Woolf reading an essay called “Craftsmanship,” reportedly the only surviving recording of Woolf’s voice, along with the farewell note she left her husband before committing suicide in 1941, which is read by Gillian Anderson.

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