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Memoryhouse

Max RichterAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Composer, pianist, producer, remixer, collaborator extraordinaire: Max Richter defies definition. An enigma he may be; what is beyond argument is that he is one of the most prolific musical artists of his generation.
Inspired equally by The Beatles and Bach, punk rock and ambient electronica, Richter blends baroque beauty with minimalist methodology, classical orchestration with modern ... Read more in Amazon's Max Richter Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 2, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: FatCat Records
  • ASIN: B001EGS4ZW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,625 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Europe After The Rain
2. Maria The Poet (1913)
3. Laika s Journey
4. The Twins (Prague)
5. Sarajevo
6. Andras
7. Untitled (Figures)
8. Sketchbook
9. November
10. Jan s Notebook
11. Arbenita (11 years)
12. Garden (1973) / Interior
13. Landscape With Figure (1922)
14. Fragment
15. Lines On A Page (One Hundred Violins)
16. Embers
17. Last Days
18. Quartet Fragment (1908)

Editorial Reviews

Originally released in 2002 but long out of print, Max Richter's gorgeous debut album will finally see a much-awaited reissue. Recorded by Richter with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and critically lauded on its original release, Memoryhouse is quite deservedly held very dear to the broad-reaching "post-classical" field.

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Max Richter is GOD! February 9, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I bought The Blue Notebook about a year ago and it has been one of my favorite albums. No stranger am I to modern classical compositions. This Richter album, however, blew the blue notebook away in terms of raw emotional connection, elegance, and shear aural beauty. This album is at the top of a very long list (I own about 2000 albums). If you're a fan of classical compositions, ambient, subtle electronic melodies, or delicate music at all, this album is not to be missed.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cinematic, sweeping, and epic compositions August 13, 2010
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The one other review for this product casts the CD in a wildly unfair light. Even that reviewer notes how great the music is, but gives it only 3 stars because of Amazon's customer service. Consequently I want to set the record a bit straighter.

I first learned of Max Richter through a BBC TV drama called "Dive," in which "On the Nature of Daylight", a piece from his 2004 release, Blue Notebooks, was used extensively. Since then I've become a little obsessed with that CD and am now subsequently enamored with "Memoryhouse".

The pieces here are vast in ambition and scope, with electronics, strings, and full orchestra coexisting beautifully within layered compositions that leave enough room for breath and imagination. As an indicator of how cinematic Richter's style is, Martin Scorcese has used his work, on "Shutter Island".

All this said, Richter has a very populist edge to his work. For example, he worked with Roni Size and Massive Attack, so if you're familiar with their work you're likely to love Richter's. My dream team, I think, would be Richter and Rob Dougan working together. (If you've never enjoyed Dougan's absolutely amazing Furious Angels, on which appears the club-anthem "Clubbed to Death" track, you should fix that situation immediately and without pause for thought or reflection.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The power of Richter October 7, 2010
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When I heard a few phrases of Richter on the radio, his use of static delighted and moved me -- so I ordered the CD. It speaks to the most solitary part of me, reminds me of being a child falling asleep in the afternoon, voices muted and far away and the sounds of the world a jumble. But Richter is not an innocent. This music is sober and full of grief. It is written for the 21st century as we look back in anguish and as we look forward with terror. This is not music for the faint of heart.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent January 7, 2014
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Absolutely gorgeous music orchestras around the world should be performing this. Not old fashioned but intricate balanced and expansive like the masters highly recommend
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4.0 out of 5 stars A little melodramatic, but otherwise.... February 17, 2013
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Great neo-classical music, really nice to hear new works with symphonic ensembles. Sometimes really charging down the walls, though, to me, and that's a little much; melodramatic.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Big Void September 12, 2012
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At its best, Richter's music seems to focus on an emptiness. Sometimes the emptiness is big. Sometimes the emptiness is small. Richter has a special way of expressing this big void, albeit a way that is sometimes reminiscent of Philip Glass, Arvo Part, and Brian Eno's ambiant music.

This is a lengthy CD of mostly excellent contemporary classical chamber music, with some pop sensibilities. There's an intense yearning to the music. While a few tracks are sub-par, the bulk of this CD is uncommonly good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If contemporary classical music is your bag
then this is a must buy. It's always hard to discuss classical music without sounding like a snob but these pieces evoke moods and pictures like very few other works. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Michael Charlton
5.0 out of 5 stars Classical music brought into the present era
I am a fan of classical music, but not so much of many contemporary composers. Richter is a contemporary whom I love and play all the time at home and in my car. Check him out.
Published 13 months ago by Sherry
4.0 out of 5 stars I gave this as a gift because we share common tastes
I like Max Richter and this album. This is one of those artists that I can play in the background without interrupting my work. Read more
Published 15 months ago by rpm507
3.0 out of 5 stars I like Max Richter.
I am not that familiar with Max Richter's work but I like it and I think the cover art helps in selling it. Although it may seem similiar musically there is some maturity to it.
Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A MASTER PIECE - UN CHEF D'OEUVRE
This album must be in the best place in your discotheque (or bibliotheque) with Beethoven, Bach, Mozart and so on....

Max Richter: a great composer. Read more
Published on November 30, 2011 by Philgood
3.0 out of 5 stars Three stars for product itself, 5 stars for music
Lets start off this review with me saying the music found on this record is simply amazing. The talent of Max Richter is far beyond his current contemporaries. Read more
Published on February 7, 2010 by Ryan D. Harris
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