- 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.
- Record Label: Decca
- Genre(s): Classical
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Positive: 7 out of 7
Mixed: 0 out of 7
Negative: 0 out of 7
Aug 6, 2020VOICES 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.
Aug 5, 2020Voices 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.
UncutAug 5, 2020If its redemptive poignancy often recalls Richter's masterful Sleep, Voices is more dynamic, instead provoking--not subduing-thought. [Sep 2020, p.35]
MojoAug 19, 2020Rarely less than poignant, with the composer's gift for aching earworm melody much in evidence. [Oct 2020, p.93]
Aug 5, 2020Were 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.
Aug 5, 2020Fascinating 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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