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  • Summary: The latest project for the composer features readings of the UN Declaration read by Kiki Layne (plus 70+ other languages/voices) and the 1949 recording of the preamble to the declaration by Eleanor Roosevelt.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
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  1. Aug 6, 2020
    90
    VOICES employs music as a forum for activism, spreading sentiments of unity, tolerance, and compassion throughout a pensive, sweeping, and goosebump-inducing song cycle of drones, arpeggios, and keyboard figures. In the wake of a surge in anti-liberalism, oppression, bigotry, and bloody violence and unleashed in the middle of a global pandemic, it's a becalming rebuke and a heartening conduit for hope, reflection, and radiance.
  2. Aug 5, 2020
    90
    Voices also feels like a celebration and validation of music itself – its capacity for profundity and to be a conduit for ideas. The world may be going through an unprecedented period of difficulty, but Voices is an album that will no doubt prove a worthy, supportive companion throughout.
  3. Uncut
    Aug 5, 2020
    90
    If its redemptive poignancy often recalls Richter's masterful Sleep, Voices is more dynamic, instead provoking--not subduing-thought. [Sep 2020, p.35]
  4. Aug 14, 2020
    80
    While the higher purpose behind Voices is obviously beyond reproach, the surprise is just how much joy it contains.
  5. Mojo
    Aug 19, 2020
    80
    Rarely less than poignant, with the composer's gift for aching earworm melody much in evidence. [Oct 2020, p.93]
  6. Aug 5, 2020
    73
    Were it not for the aforementioned instrumental pieces, then it would be hard to recommend Voices unless you were in a particular mindset. While the tapestry of it all is undeniably magical (strings, voices, electronics, and the aforementioned details all woven together seamlessly), the high points are when Richter demonstrates how a sweep of his hand can evoke floods of emotions in the mind.
  7. Aug 5, 2020
    66
    Fascinating as it is to hear the full text of these articles aloud, the prose doesn’t have quite the same supple musicality as previous Richter sources like Franz Kafka’s journals or the letters of Virginia Woolf. After a few times through, the primary text of Voices starts to take on the rigidity of an employee conduct handbook from HR.
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