Press

PANTHALASSA: Dream Music of the Once and Future Ocean (2017)

"Likely to offer a profound impact on the very nature of listening."

Stephen Smoliar, The Rehearsal Studio (USA), July 2017

"Novel and compelling ... not your grandparents' accordion music."

Avant Music News (USA), May 2017

Herxheimer Doinas (2016)

"Packed with layers of meaning … an emotional monologue of a singular instrument, like the story of a man who has lost his memory."

— VK (Russia), August 2016

Water's Edge (2015)

A fun interview with Wild Rumpus singer Vanessa Langer for the Wild Rumpus's premiere performance of their commissioned work Water's Edge, February 2015

"Ben Richter's Water's Edge ... felt slight and peaceful ... hypnotic and absorbing."

— Michael Strickland, San Francisco Civic Center (USA), 5 March 2015

Star Maker (2014)

"Richter's Star Maker ... uses sound to seek an altered consciousness, from a meditative awareness to a look, perhaps, into a different dimension … the music sounds like something incomprehensibly massive is passing by, slowly."

George Grella, The New York Classical Review (USA), 18 May 2014

Farther Reaches (2013)

"Brilliant composition ... the feeling of light detachment and transcendence in me persisted throughout."

— Piotr Tkacz, A2 Magazine (Czech Republic), 25 September 2013

"Overall, Ben Richter succeeded in presenting the most impressively effective use of the orchestral sound spectrum ... the Ostravska Banda's world premiere of his composition, Farther Reaches, was altogether the most attractive and most intense experience."

 Jan Podracky and Aneta Bendova, OperaPlus (Czech Republic), 1 September 2013

"Ben Richter's Farther Reaches was perhaps the most "listenable" ... sounding something like the crackling of a fire until gong rolls and muted piano strings broke the stasis."

 Kurt Gottschalk, NewMusicBox (USA), 14 October 2013

Was draußen ist (2011)

"Ben Richter's piece Was draußen ist opened new expressive possibilities ... exploring the full tonal range of the instruments, from the lowest hum to the highest twirping sounds, nearly slipping into noise."

— Volksfreund (Germany), 28 August 2011