Editors’ Notes When UK composer Max Richter premiered Sleep in London, in 2015, the concert lasted all night—hardly a customary occurrence in the contemporary classical world. Stranger still, the audience dozed on cots. That’s because Sleep is designed to induce just that. It’s not just that the eight-hour piece for piano and strings is soft, gentle, and reassuringly consonant, or that it lasts eight hours—long enough, in other words, to last ’til dawn. When writing, Richter consulted with sleep neuroscientist David Eagleman, folding cutting-edge research on slow-wave phases of sleep—states crucial to learning and memory—into the very shape of the piece. The slow tempo is intended to have a lulling effect, drawing listeners into drowsiness and holding them there. In the opening movements, the music’s repetitive nature and recurring themes are subtly hypnotic, assisting listeners in clearing weary minds; as the piece goes on, instrumental outlines are worn away, leading to a quasi-ambient fog. Richter, whose soundtrack credits include Ad Astra, Mary Queen of Scots, and television series like Black Mirror and The Leftovers, is known for his graceful, melancholy touch, and that’s certainly apparent here, particularly in passages like “Path 3,” featuring an almost liturgical melody from soprano Grace Davidson. Fortunately for listeners who don’t want to miss these moments of sublime beauty, a companion album, From Sleep, excerpts the most striking movements in a comparatively brief one-hour dosage—just the thing, perhaps, for a relaxing cup of tea in the morning.

SONG
Dream 1 (before the wind blows it all away) [Pt. 1]
1
2:33
 
Dream 1 (before the wind blows it all away) [Pt. 2]
2
2:22
 
Dream 1 (before the wind blows it all away) [Pt. 3]
3
2:18
 
Dream 1 (before the wind blows it all away) [Pt. 4]
4
2:13
 
Dream 1 (before the wind blows it all away) [Pt. 5]
5
2:22
 
Dream 1 (before the wind blows it all away) [Pt. 6]
6
2:22
 
Dream 1 (before the wind blows it all away) [Pt. 7]
7
2:18
 
Dream 1 (before the wind blows it all away) [Pt. 8]
8
1:58
 
Cumulonimbus (Pt. 1)
9
3:20
 
Cumulonimbus (Pt. 2)
10
6:48
 
Dream 2 (entropy) [Pt. 1]
11
2:20
 
Dream 2 (entropy) [Pt. 2]
12
2:22
 
Dream 2 (entropy) [Pt. 3]
13
2:18
 
Dream 2 (entropy) [Pt. 4]
14
3:00
 
Path 3 (7676) [Pt. 1]
15
1:22
 
Path 3 (7676) [Pt. 2]
16
1:22
 
Path 3 (7676) [Pt. 3]
17
1:49
 
Path 3 (7676) [Pt. 4]
18
3:12
 
Path 3 (7676) [Pt. 5]
19
3:13
 
whose name is written on water (Pt. 1)
20
3:12
 
whose name is written on water (Pt. 2)
21
1:48
 
whose name is written on water (Pt. 3)
22
2:44
 
whose name is written on water (Pt. 4)
23
3:28
 
Patterns (cypher)
24
2:46
 
Solo (Pt. 1)
25
2:48
 
Solo (Pt. 2)
26
4:04
 
Aria 1 (Pt. 1)
27
2:46
 
Aria 1 (Pt. 2)
28
2:00
 
Aria 1 (Pt. 3)
29
2:06
 
Aria 1 (Pt. 4)
30
4:13
 
Return 2 (song) [Pt. 1]
31
2:21
 
Return 2 (song) [Pt. 2]
32
1:28
 
Return 2 (song) [Pt. 3]
33
1:32
 
Return 2 (song) [Pt. 4]
34
1:31
 
Return 2 (song) [Pt. 5]
35
2:19
 
Return 2 (song) [Pt. 6]
36
2:16
 
Return 2 (song) [Pt. 7]
37
5:16
 
nor earth, nor boundless sea (Pt. 1)
38
3:03
 
nor earth, nor boundless sea (Pt. 2)
39
1:31
 
nor earth, nor boundless sea (Pt. 3)
40
1:31
 
nor earth, nor boundless sea (Pt. 4)
41
1:35
 
nor earth, nor boundless sea (Pt. 5)
42
1:31
 
nor earth, nor boundless sea (Pt. 6)
43
1:27
 
nor earth, nor boundless sea (Pt. 7)
44
2:16
 
nor earth, nor boundless sea (Pt. 8)
45
2:18
 
nor earth, nor boundless sea (Pt. 9)
46
4:00
 
Dream 11 (whisper music) [Pt. 1]
47
3:08
 
Dream 11 (whisper music) [Pt. 2]
48
3:09
 
Dream 11 (whisper music) [Pt. 3]
49
3:08
 
Dream 11 (whisper music) [Pt. 4]
50
3:08
 
Dream 11 (whisper music) [Pt. 5]
51
3:09
 
Dream 11 (whisper music) [Pt. 6]
52
3:08
 
moth-like stars (Pt. 1)
53
1:50
 
moth-like stars (Pt. 2)
54
1:49
 
moth-like stars (Pt. 3)
55
1:41
 
moth-like stars (Pt. 4)
56
1:41
 
moth-like stars (Pt. 5)
57
1:33
 
moth-like stars (Pt. 6)
58
1:41
 
moth-like stars (Pt. 7)
59
1:41
 
moth-like stars (Pt. 8)
60
1:49
 
moth-like stars (Pt. 9)
61
1:35
 
moth-like stars (Pt. 10)
62
1:46
 
moth-like stars (Pt. 11)
63
1:41
 
moth-like stars (Pt. 12)
64
3:08
 
moth-like stars (Pt. 13)
65
3:09
 
moth-like stars (Pt. 14)
66
3:42
 
Path 17 (before the ending of daylight) [Pt. 1]
67
2:44
 
Path 17 (before the ending of daylight) [Pt. 2]
68
2:00
 
Path 17 (before the ending of daylight) [Pt. 3]
69
3:03
 
Path 17 (before the ending of daylight) [Pt. 4]
70
3:37
 
Path 17 (before the ending of daylight) [Pt. 5]
71
3:12
 
Path 17 (before the ending of daylight) [Pt. 6]
72
3:53
 
Path 17 (before the ending of daylight) [Pt. 7]
73
8:21
 
Space 26 (epicardium) [Pt. 1]
74
3:24
 
Space 26 (epicardium) [Pt. 2]
75
3:31
 
Patterns (lux) [Pt. 1]
76
1:20
 
Patterns (lux) [Pt. 2]
77
1:26
 
Patterns (lux) [Pt. 3]
78
1:20
 
Patterns (lux) [Pt. 4]
79
1:26
 
Patterns (lux) [Pt. 5]
80
1:20
 
Patterns (lux) [Pt. 6]
81
1:26
 
Patterns (lux) [Pt. 7]
82
1:19
 
Patterns (lux) [Pt. 8]
83
1:40
 
Patterns (lux) [Pt. 9]
84
2:24
 
Patterns (lux) [Pt. 10]
85
2:58
 
Constellation 1 (Pt. 1)
86
1:27
 
Constellation 1 (Pt. 2)
87
1:49
 
Constellation 1 (Pt. 3)
88
3:39
 
Constellation 2 (Pt. 1)
89
2:09
 
Constellation 2 (Pt. 2)
90
2:06
 
Constellation 2 (Pt. 3)
91
3:42
 
Constellation 2 (Pt. 4)
92
3:38
 
Constellation 2 (Pt. 5)
93
3:43
 
Space 2 (slow waves) [Pt. 1]
94
4:08
 
Space 2 (slow waves) [Pt. 2]
95
3:33
 
Chorale / glow (Pt. 1)
96
2:00
 
Chorale / glow (Pt. 2)
97
1:59
 
Chorale / glow (Pt. 3)
98
2:00
 
Chorale / glow (Pt. 4)
99
2:00
 
Chorale / glow (Pt. 5)
100
1:58
 
Chorale / glow (Pt. 6)
101
2:01
 
Chorale / glow (Pt. 7)
102
1:59
 
Chorale / glow (Pt. 8)
103
2:00
 
Chorale / glow (Pt. 9)
104
2:00
 
Chorale / glow (Pt. 10)
105
2:00
 
Chorale / glow (Pt. 11)
106
2:00
 
Chorale / glow (Pt. 12)
107
2:00
 
Chorale / glow (Pt. 13)
108
1:29
 
Dream 19 (pulse) [Pt. 1]
109
3:08
 
Dream 19 (pulse) [Pt. 2]
110
3:09
 
Dream 19 (pulse) [Pt. 3]
111
2:59
 
Dream 19 (pulse) [Pt. 4]
112
3:09
 
Dream 19 (pulse) [Pt. 5]
113
3:09
 
Dream 19 (pulse) [Pt. 6]
114
3:17
 
Cassiopeia (Pt. 1)
115
2:52
 
Cassiopeia (Pt. 2)
116
3:22
 
Cassiopeia (Pt. 3)
117
3:28
 
Cassiopeia (Pt. 4)
118
3:08
 
Cassiopeia (Pt. 5)
119
3:09
 
Cassiopeia (Pt. 6)
120
3:35
 
Non-eternal (Pt. 1)
121
1:22
 
Non-eternal (Pt. 2)
122
1:22
 
Non-eternal (Pt. 3)
123
1:49
 
Non-eternal (Pt. 4)
124
3:11
 
Non-eternal (Pt. 5)
125
3:20
 
Non-eternal (Pt. 6)
126
3:38
 
Non-eternal (Pt. 7)
127
3:16
 
Non-eternal (Pt. 8)
128
2:00
 
Non-eternal (Pt. 9)
129
2:00
 
Non-eternal (Pt. 10)
130
1:48
 
Song / echo
131
4:58
 
Aria 2 (Pt. 1)
132
1:19
 
Aria 2 (Pt. 2)
133
1:26
 
Aria 2 (Pt. 3)
134
1:20
 
Aria 2 (Pt. 4)
135
1:26
 
Aria 2 (Pt. 5)
136
2:46
 
Aria 2 (Pt. 6)
137
1:20
 
Aria 2 (Pt. 7)
138
1:22
 
never fade into nothingness (Pt. 1)
139
1:24
 
never fade into nothingness (Pt. 2)
140
1:19
 
never fade into nothingness (Pt. 3)
141
1:26
 
never fade into nothingness (Pt. 4)
142
1:20
 
never fade into nothingness (Pt. 5)
143
1:26
 
never fade into nothingness (Pt. 6)
144
2:42
 
Return 16 (time capsule) [Pt. 1]
145
2:18
 
Return 16 (time capsule) [Pt. 2]
146
2:47
 
Return 16 (time capsule) [Pt. 3]
147
4:05
 
Return 16 (time capsule) [Pt. 4]
148
3:01
 
Return 16 (time capsule) [Pt. 5]
149
4:37
 
Return 16 (time capsule) [Pt. 6]
150
3:00
 
Return 16 (time capsule) [Pt. 7]
151
4:34
 
if you came this way (Pt. 1)
152
3:02
 
if you came this way (Pt. 2)
153
4:35
 
if you came this way (Pt. 3)
154
1:29
 
if you came this way (Pt. 4)
155
2:18
 
if you came this way (Pt. 5)
156
3:02
 
Space 17 (chains) [Pt. 1]
157
2:02
 
Space 17 (chains) [Pt. 2]
158
2:08
 
Space 17 (chains) [Pt. 3]
159
2:21
 
Space 17 (chains) [Pt. 4]
160
2:02
 
Space 17 (chains) [Pt. 5]
161
2:18
 
Space 17 (chains) [Pt. 6]
162
2:34
 
Space 17 (chains) [Pt. 7]
163
1:08
 
Space 17 (chains) [Pt. 8]
164
1:11
 
Space 17 (chains) [Pt. 9]
165
1:06
 
Space 17 (chains) [Pt. 10]
166
1:04
 
Sublunar (Pt. 1)
167
1:29
 
Sublunar (Pt. 2)
168
1:21
 
Sublunar (Pt. 3)
169
1:28
 
Sublunar (Pt. 4)
170