Three Worlds: Music From Woolf Works
Max Richter - Three Worlds: Music From Woolf Works
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2017 Ratings: #177 / 668
User Score
Based on 57 ratings
2017 Ratings: #63
January 27, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Deutsche Grammophon / Label
Your Review


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.


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.

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 doesn’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.

Apr 29, 2017
Max Richter logra sumergirte en la desoladora depresión de Virginia Woolf. Excelente composición digna de todos los halagos.
Jul 2, 2017
Elegant and moving score by Max Richter, Three Worlds is a fitting accompaniment to the ballet focusing on three books by Virgina Woolf. Incorporating recordings of Virginia herself, the opening track and first movement for Mrs. Dalloway reveals a bit of Virginia's ideology on the importance and weight that words carry with them. The rest of the album follows suit, but can become a bit singular in it's sound. Once you get through the middle of the record Gillian Anderson is waiting to give a ... read more
Apr 23, 2017
Is "Modern Classical" 4/4 C-Am-F-G music ?
Apr 3, 2017*
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 ... read more
#72/Drowned in Sound
Track List
  1. Mrs. Dalloway: Words
  2. Mrs. Dalloway: In the Garden
  3. Mrs. Dalloway: War Anthem
  4. Mrs. Dalloway: Meeting Again
  5. Orlando: Memory Is the Seamstress
  6. Orlando: Modular Astronomy
  7. Orlando: Entropy
  8. Orlando: Transformation
  9. Orlando: Morphology
  10. Orlando: The Tyranny of Symmetry
  11. Orlando: The Explorers
  12. Orlando: Persistence of Images
  13. Orlando: Genesis of Poetry
  14. Orlando: Possibles
  15. Orlando: Love Songs
  16. The Waves: Tuesday

Added on: January 23, 2017