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Max Richter

The Blue Notebooks (2018 reissue)



Released: 11th May 2018


2LP + download

Released: 11th May 2018


featuring his hit tracks “Vladimir’s Blues”, “Written on the Sky” & “On the Nature of Daylight”, deutsche gramophone releases the 15th anniversary edition of this emotionally gripping album with brand new artwork & bonus content, including new arrangements, remixes, as well as a completely unreleased new track.

the record was originally composed in the run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Richter has described it as "a protest album about Iraq, a mediation on violence – both the violence that I had personally experienced around me as a child & the violence of war, at the utter futility of so much armed conflict." The album was recorded about a week after mass protests against the war. It features readings from Franz Kafka's ‘The Blue Octavo Notebooks’ & Czesław Miłosz's ‘Hymn of the Pearl’ & ‘Unattainable Earth’. Both readings are by beloved English actress Tilda Swinton.

The Blue Notebooks (2018 reissue)


  1. The Blue Notebooks
  2. On the Nature of Daylight
  3. Horizon Variations
  4. Shadow Journal
  5. Iconography
  6. Vladimir's Blues
  7. Arboretum
  8. Old Song
  9. Organum
  10. The Trees
  11. Written on the Sky