AOTY 2023

Three Worlds: Music From Woolf Works

Max Richter - Three Worlds: Music From Woolf Works
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2017 Ratings: #72 / 933
User Score
Based on 88 ratings
2017 Ratings: #194
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January 27, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Max Richter / Composer
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Although the work as a whole is not a film score, it has the flavor of one, and it opens up intriguing possibilities for the expansion of that language to other settings. Certainly recommended for anyone who has noticed and liked the music for Arrival.

Drowned in Sound

To his credit, Max Richter has crafted something that feels like a timeless nod to the past, and yet an inventive ode to Woolf’s modernism. He has followed up the exceptional Sleep with yet another dazzling work that is “full of echoes, of memories, of associations” that celebrate and reflect this towering writer.

The Independent

Released to coincide with the current ROH run of Wayne McGregor’s ballet, Woolf Works follows a three-part structure, offering musical evocations of three Virginia Woolf books, each prefaced by a brief spoken passage.

Like McGregor, he set an impossible bar, and even if he doesnโ€™t clear it, the fall leads to something arresting nonetheless.

Three Worlds is rewarding as a background record as well as cognitive listening. Richter’s sound is best served without real pictures but paired with your dreams.


Is "Modern Classical" 4/4 C-Am-F-G music ?


A beautiful collection of music, which follows as if quite aptly put, three worlds having crashed into one another, the melding of songs here, makes a 16 track affair feel as though it were three or four pieces of a whole.

Split evenly by the words of Woolf, I was unaware of the concept of this album, but am now fairly certain it contains musings from Virginia Woolf herself, little excerpts from her numerous poetry collections and books, while it may not be herself speaking, the words carry a ... read more


One of the most emotional things ever made. Literally have cried to this.

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Added on: January 23, 2017