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Sleep

An all-night world premiere performance of Max Richter's eight-hour epic piece Sleep, the longest single continuous piece of music ever broadcast live on the BBC.

An all-night world premiere performance of Max Richter's eight-hour epic 'Sleep', live from Wellcome Collection's Reading Room in London.

In the longest single continuous piece of music ever broadcast live on the BBC, Max Richter is joined by soprano Grace Davidson plus five string players, and an audience who are encouraged to lie on beds and sleep through the performance. Forming the centrepiece of Radio 3's 'Why Music?' weekend, this 'lullaby for a frenetic world' seeks to explore the relationship between music and the subconscious mind: instead of than giving the piece full concentration, listeners are encouraged to experience it in a state of sleep. The musicians play in shifts, themselves taking sleep breaks during the course of the piece.

Grace Davidson (soprano)
Steve Morris and Natalia Bonner (violins)
Reiad Chibah (viola)
Ian Burdge and Chris Worsey (cellos)
Chris Ekers (sound design)
Max Richter (piano, keyboards and electronics)

'Sleep' was composed in consultation with American neuroscientist David Eagleman. In Max Richter's words, 'I think of Sleep as an experiment into how music and the mind can interact in this other state of consciousness, one we all spend decades of our lives completely immersed in, but which is so far rather poorly understood. I consulted with David Eagleman on how music can relate to the sleep state and have incorporated our conversations in the compositional process of the work'.

8 hours

Last on

Sun 27 Sep 2015 00:00

Music Played

  • Max Richter

    Sleep - Cumulonimbus

  • Max Richter

    Sleep - Dream 2

  • Max Richter

    Sleep - Path 3

  • Max Richter

    Sleep - Who's name is written in water?

  • Max Richter

    Sleep - Patterns

  • Max Richter

    Sleep - Solo

  • Max Richter

    Aria

  • Max Richter

    Return 2

  • Max Richter

    Sleep - Nor Earth, nor Boundless Sea

  • Max Richter

    Sleep - Dream 11

  • Max Richter

    Sleep - Moth-like Stars

  • Max Richter

    Sleep - Path 17

  • Max Richter

    Sleep - Space 26 (Epicardium)

  • Max Richter

    Sleep - Patterns

  • Max Richter

    Constellation 1

  • Max Richter

    Slrrp - Constellation 2

  • Max Richter

    Sleep - Space 2 (slow waves)

  • Max Richter

    Chorale (Glow)

  • Max Richter

    Sleep - Dream 19 (pulse)

  • Max Richter

    Sleep - Cassiopaiea

  • Max Richter

    Non-eternal

  • Max Richter

    Sleep - Song - echo

  • Max Richter

    Sleep - Aria 2

  • Max Richter

    Sleep - Never fade into nothingness

  • Max Richter

    Return 2 Song

  • Max Richter

    Nor earth, nor boundless sea

  • Max Richter

    Sleep - Space 17 (Chains)

  • Max Richter

    Sleep - Dream 17 (Alpha)

  • Max Richter

    Sleep - Dream O (til break of day)

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