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Richter Believes in Beauty

Composer Max Richter.Rhys Frampton/Deutsche Grammophon

Richter Believes in Beauty


September 01, 2021

The Los Angeles Times said, “Composer Max Richter works in a tone that is sincere and serious; many of his pieces could be described as beautiful. It’s a style at odds with the fashionable inscrutability of postmodernism.” Beautiful, however, is a style that more listeners are looking for in contemporary classical music — and it's likely why Richter has been hailed as ‘the musician of the moment,’ as the Financial Times said. Steve Seel samples from Richter’s new release, “Exiles,” on this week’s show.