Max Richter: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

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The Tiny Desk is working from home for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music's Tiny Desk (home) concerts, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. It's the same spirit - stripped-down sets, an intimate setting - just a different space.
Tom Huizenga | January 22, 2021
There's a distinct dissonance between the bucolic setting of this lovely Max Richter Tiny Desk (home) concert and the reality he references after his performance.
"Looking forward to the time when gigs can come back and we can do this for real," the composer says, leaving us with a yearning that is borne out in his tranquil, probing music.
These half-dozen short pieces can offer two very different modes of experience. Shot in artful black and white, their simplicity and beauty invite us into a world as we once knew it, where fresh air wafts through open doors and dogs peacefully snooze (canine cameos by Evie and Haku) in the late summer sunshine in southern England.
On the other hand, the chaos found in the real world we know today can find a balm in Richter's soothing, oscillating figures in "Infra 3" or the gently swaying chords of "Origins," where the music lumbers in the lower half of the keyboard.
There's a mysterious potency in instrumental music, where the mind is open to wander and free-associate. Max Richter taps into that power with singular grace and humanity.
"Vladimir's Blues"
"Infra 3"
"Horizon Variations"
"Prelude 6"
Max Richter: piano
Video and Audio: Noah Richter-Mahr
Editor: Mike Terry
Producer: Bob Boilen
Video Producer: Maia Stern
Audio Mastering: Josh Rogosin
Associate Producer: Bobby Carter
Tiny Production Team: Kara Frame, Morgan Noelle Smith
Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey
Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann


  1. Fenris Lyulf
    Fenris Lyulf
    6 uur geleden

    Richter's music reaches right down to the soul.

  2. ポコピコ
    2 dagen geleden

    He teaches that difficult harmony is not a requirement for moving music. His music has a wonderful harmony and the sensibility to grasp it.

  3. Eun-Sol Kim
    Eun-Sol Kim
    4 dagen geleden

    that dog makes this that much better Edit: OMG another puppy i can'ttt

  4. Lily Sema
    Lily Sema
    8 dagen geleden

    Knew this was gonna be bomb

  5. ash
    13 dagen geleden

    Piano music is underappreciated

  6. Zamora Estrada Sergio Adrián
    Zamora Estrada Sergio Adrián
    16 dagen geleden

    Dog walkings sound was a great arrangement

  7. menosgrandes1
    21 dag geleden


  8. Juliano
    22 dagen geleden

    Incredible composer! Love his work

  9. Evelyn Lily
    Evelyn Lily
    24 dagen geleden

    When he fumbled with the music I just... man they never show that but that’s real. The music is stunning. I love it.

  10. Hipster Pug
    Hipster Pug
    25 dagen geleden

    his music and the people he work with are truly amazing I love Infra but to be honest all his music is amazing

  11. Cjayhz
    26 dagen geleden

    Horizon variations 😍 been waiting forever to hear him play it live! Beautiful

  12. insyirah azlan
    insyirah azlan
    26 dagen geleden

    Thank you ❤

  13. Rodrigo Tello
    Rodrigo Tello
    27 dagen geleden

    Philip Glass' Vibes

  14. Adam McHugh
    Adam McHugh
    27 dagen geleden

    I know how pretentious this sounds, but in the film 'Hostiles', the soundtrack might as we be another actor in every scene, and it narrates the whole film.

  15. Drew Ayrit
    Drew Ayrit
    28 dagen geleden

    Awww, puppy.

  16. Marina Garza
    Marina Garza
    28 dagen geleden

    Thank you NPR and Max Richter for offering such a wonderful gift of music :)

  17. David Thompson
    David Thompson
    Maand geleden

    Beautiful - as your music truly is. And wonderful to watch you play and take notes for when I’m playing from your ‘Piano Works’ collection (PLEASE can we have more of your works transcribed for us home pianists?!!) Thank you also, for sharing your beautiful home - and sweet dogs! 😍

  18. Michael McGonigle
    Michael McGonigle
    Maand geleden

    Thank you Max!

  19. Larysa Yevdokymova-Rizk
    Larysa Yevdokymova-Rizk
    Maand geleden

    Balmy 🥥🥥🥥

  20. п0т80 0и 4 ст6
    п0т80 0и 4 ст6
    Maand geleden

    that's my dawg.(ie)

  21. Roy Thuv
    Roy Thuv
    Maand geleden


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  23. Loz
    Maand geleden

    I don't understand how they got all the different camera angles if it was live

  24. Jeremiah Barba
    Jeremiah Barba
    Maand geleden

    26 soulless people hitting that "thumbs down" -----

  25. Rustem Sadvakassov
    Rustem Sadvakassov
    Maand geleden

    S E R E N I T Y

  26. Nederlanditis Nederlanditis
    Nederlanditis Nederlanditis
    Maand geleden

    Oh, ah - I remember - the most boring under those making super boring piano music. Once again - success is not the best indicator ..... so negative, shame on me. Despite that - I am really into minimal music.

  27. Stanislav Savostyanov
    Stanislav Savostyanov
    Maand geleden

    Сказка про голого короля) Смысла в музыке ноль, зато фантик красивый. Главное не повестись на эти фантики!

  28. blue_hami
    Maand geleden

    That's a lucky dog!

  29. QueerBiNatureNYC
    Maand geleden

    Thank You :)

  30. Paula Ayala
    Paula Ayala
    Maand geleden

    that dog is depressed from hearing all of this music

  31. zzausel
    Maand geleden

    minimal elevator

  32. Simon Scharf
    Simon Scharf
    Maand geleden

    It's good but it's Philip Glass.

  33. Adrian Fundescu
    Adrian Fundescu
    Maand geleden

    At 1;57 is something I could not dream in my wildest fantasies that could ever be presented as a ''piece'' /''composition''/''whatever''.A suite of arpeggios in 7/4.H, A/Cdiez, is going back in time.Think that Beethoven somehow used this .With a theme and etc.Somehow.And many others.Mentioned this as it has some vague echo.Ok.Wunderbar!

  34. Hedvika Kadlecova
    Hedvika Kadlecova
    Maand geleden

    Thank you for your concert, love to see you just playing the piano.

  35. brasfras
    Maand geleden

    Thank you.

  36. fabrega
    Maand geleden

    Bravo! Thanks, npr!

  37. julia dickenson
    julia dickenson
    Maand geleden

    Pure poetry

  38. Damiantoni Miranda
    Damiantoni Miranda
    Maand geleden

    GÊNIO!!! Eu amo toda a tua obra, Max! Você é uma tremenda inspiração para mim!

  39. Lili Jalili oficial
    Lili Jalili oficial
    Maand geleden

    Wow Magic

  40. TheBlackjack182
    Maand geleden

    The Leftovers

  41. Alexis Waver
    Alexis Waver
    Maand geleden

    I'm so happy this came out, I haven't listened to Max Richter in a while. Hope he's doing well

  42. Joyce Dees
    Joyce Dees
    Maand geleden

    So beautiful..............and what a lovely spot to sit and play. Thanks for sharing some beauty on the internet. You are truly gifted.

  43. Abubakar Giwa
    Abubakar Giwa
    Maand geleden

    Disappointed he played nothing from the Leftovers, still a very performance though.

  44. Tomás
    Maand geleden


  45. Aorist
    Maand geleden

    Sounds like Philip Glass sometimes

  46. Marcelo Oliveros Caucao
    Marcelo Oliveros Caucao
    Maand geleden

    Thanks Max really nice...

  47. Carlos Ramirez Fabian
    Carlos Ramirez Fabian
    Maand geleden

    What about Organum tho

  48. Kathy Bramley
    Kathy Bramley
    Maand geleden

    I'm not usually one to gush about pets appearing - but the dog!!!!

  49. ondaride777
    Maand geleden

    lots of influences from Phillip Glass. too much arpeggio replays. good for funerals.

    1. ondaride777
      Maand geleden

      @Belleza Vudd that is true.

    2. Belleza Vudd
      Belleza Vudd
      Maand geleden

      One persons funeral music can be for another person the sounds of a spiritual awakening.

  50. Marysusan Noll
    Marysusan Noll
    Maand geleden

    Max takes us on such a journey every time he plays. I was so lucky to have the opportunity to attend one of his SLEEP concerts in NYC live and it was transformative. I am so grateful for his music and creativity.

    1. Michael Alderete
      Michael Alderete
      Maand geleden

      Lucky you! The Sleep performance in Los Angeles sold out so fast, I never had a chance to get tickets.

  51. Fat Fingers Piano
    Fat Fingers Piano
    Maand geleden

    Listen to Maestro Richter's _The Departure_ (from _The Leftovers_ soundtrack). It's as if each chord change represents one of the Kübler-Ross stages of grief. R.I.P. Noel

  52. Mark Brasuell
    Mark Brasuell
    Maand geleden

    The Leftovers is one of the best soundtracks ever

  53. Sabrina Júpiter
    Sabrina Júpiter
    Maand geleden

    I love max RICHTER ..i love the leftovers i love your music...thankss💚💚💛💛🧡❤❤💙💖💖💝💖💝💔

  54. Drew Mac
    Drew Mac
    Maand geleden

    Max should do the next Sims soundtrack.

  55. Pete Lamont
    Pete Lamont
    Maand geleden

    That moment with the score leading into Prelude 6, perfect and relatable.

  56. Da Mi
    Da Mi
    Maand geleden

    What a calming Tiny Desk this is! Very well filmed too! Many thanks.

    1. Michael Alderete
      Michael Alderete
      Maand geleden

      Yes, nicely filmed, love the high contrast black & white look. I wonder if Tiny Desk staff did any of the sound/video setup? They usually do a knockout job at their usual Tiny Desk digs.

  57. Florencia Paredes Vila
    Florencia Paredes Vila
    Maand geleden

    Max and NPR, thanks guys. Max, your work is amazing. And for me imposible to describe my admiration for you. I just can say thank you.

  58. Dave Kegley
    Dave Kegley
    Maand geleden

    Give me 3 beers and I can mash on a piano just like that.

  59. Chuck Silva
    Chuck Silva
    Maand geleden

    Lovely ❤️

  60. Kaine Pollitt
    Kaine Pollitt
    Maand geleden

    Dog needs some nail clippers for them paws before he waltz’sssss in next time 🐾

  61. Tressa Guilleret
    Tressa Guilleret
    Maand geleden

    Absolutely absolutely absolutely amazingly beautiful and comforting ~👏🏼🙏✨✨✨

  62. Abel Tsegaye
    Abel Tsegaye
    Maand geleden

    I love watching tiny desk Concerts, I’d love it moooore if you’ll dare to explore Ethiopian Bands there are beautiful bands that deliver very much Ethiopian-Eritrean color to this wonderful tiny world of music y’all got going on! I’m telling you...get to exploring and you’ll be amazed how much of a gem Ethiopian 🇪🇹and Eritrean🇪🇷 music is!

  63. Ines
    Maand geleden

    Dog + piano = 💖

  64. Dan Son
    Dan Son
    Maand geleden

    Camera to his back and at his hands from the left gives me the sense of the space we are in, through refection, whereas the camera to his right picks up the outside space while muting him to a back lit silhouette. The playful back-and-forth between the inside space and outside, with the reflection focused around his hands makes me feel like this music lives as a semi-permeable membrane between two beautiful worlds.

  65. lois Donegal
    lois Donegal
    Maand geleden

    Your music puts me to sleep most nights, so relaxing and I’m grateful for it! Thank you for sharing your gift with us✨

  66. BlueBass2
    Maand geleden

    simply gorgeous ❤️

    Maand geleden


  68. Sviatoslav Galkin
    Sviatoslav Galkin
    Maand geleden

    Favorite composer of nowadays. I'm really looking forward to when the pandemic is over and I can hear it live. With great respect

  69. Tyler C
    Tyler C
    Maand geleden

    What a sweet surprise to wake up to. So much of my inspiration comes from Max. Thank you.

  70. Natalie Nguyen
    Natalie Nguyen
    Maand geleden

    The shot of the pup relaxing in the foreground and Richter playing piano would be the perfect loop for a lofi classical radio - beats to relax/study to stream 😊.

  71. Mikerphone
    Maand geleden

    Opens with the only song of his that I've learned to play. Sad Vlad indeed.

  72. ticofaces
    Maand geleden

    My fav composer since Leftovers

  73. Kate S.
    Kate S.
    Maand geleden

    The 🐕

    1. Kate S.
      Kate S.
      Maand geleden

      lucky dog

  74. Wes B
    Wes B
    Maand geleden

    I know this guy. His music is always playing in the waiting room of the place my therapy sessions happen.

  75. Doris Hartley
    Doris Hartley
    Maand geleden

    I feel so calm after listening and watching this, thank you🌼

  76. Harry Hill
    Harry Hill
    Maand geleden

    That dog must be stoked to have such cool vibes 24/7

  77. Jean Westcott
    Jean Westcott
    Maand geleden

    Now that we can breathe, we can create a silence to appreciate subtle beauty. Thank you Tiny Desk and Mr. Richter.

  78. Martin Steele
    Martin Steele
    Maand geleden

    When I’m playing my beautiful music, off in the distance I hear my wonderful wife say “Please close the door. You’re letting all the flies in!” Otherwise, thank you TD(H)C!

  79. Benjamin Smallbone
    Benjamin Smallbone
    Maand geleden

    absolute love for this mans music, such beauty

  80. Christian Tello
    Christian Tello
    Maand geleden

    Unsure what I would have done if he had played On The Nature Of Daylight 🤌🏼

    1. Rupe
      Maand geleden

      That piece wasn't written for piano and it's highly overused in films, TV etc...

    2. Christian Tello
      Christian Tello
      Maand geleden

      @Dylan Di Luccio yea I’ve watched that one! Just a sentiment based on this particular setting.

    3. A G
      A G
      Maand geleden

      i would finish

    4. Dylan Di Luccio
      Dylan Di Luccio
      Maand geleden

      His old tiny desk has it on it

  81. Fernando Leão
    Fernando Leão
    Maand geleden

    Too bad he didn't played November but everything is awesome anyway

  82. Laurence Haslam
    Laurence Haslam
    Maand geleden

    Pure aural gold

  83. Workingto Seethelight
    Workingto Seethelight
    Maand geleden

    The dog definitely stole the show... lol... Beautiful Music Max!

    1. SeaDrive300
      25 dagen geleden

      Which one?

  84. Margaret Stoner
    Margaret Stoner
    Maand geleden

    You got me right off the bat! I love the classical pianist that you are my friend. In these times solitude is soothing music. Well done! THANK YOU FOR SHARING ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤I play piano...not nearly as well as you.GOD BLESS❤

  85. Isa Kevorkian
    Isa Kevorkian
    Maand geleden

    Lol max I’m in love with you

  86. Nate G
    Nate G
    Maand geleden

    max forever

  87. Sandro Lendler
    Sandro Lendler
    Maand geleden

    Mucho bello!

  88. Erica R.
    Erica R.
    Maand geleden

    Us musicians know the pain of sheet music folding backwards 😅

  89. totheair247
    Maand geleden

    Thank you tiny desk, so good.

  90. Pete Zolli
    Pete Zolli
    Maand geleden

    During the pandemic, I developed a panic disorder. Before the meds and therapy did their job, some days Richter's music was about the only thing keeping me going.

    1. Fenris Lyulf
      Fenris Lyulf
      6 uur geleden

      Yes, this exactly.

    2. Andrew Walker
      Andrew Walker
      Maand geleden

      I feel you. U got this my friend. Keep striving

  91. 토요일아침
    Maand geleden


  92. Rachel McMurray
    Rachel McMurray
    Maand geleden

    Horizon Variations walked me gently onto a movie set where they were shooting a montage of all my favorite poignant memories & sat me in the director's chair. Six out of five stars.

  93. Freya Farmer
    Freya Farmer
    Maand geleden

    Hands down my biggest inspiration as a composer; everything Max writes is just so rich with texture and emotion. Also one of the only artists I can listen to regardless of my mood or what I'm doing, and I think that is the mark of truly great music.

    1. Rick Hopkinson
      Rick Hopkinson
      Maand geleden

      I couldn't have put it better than what you've just said! Since I found Max's music from a friend's recommendation back in 2013, he is also firmly my favourite composer and main source of inspiration for my own music...

  94. Alex Nyheim
    Alex Nyheim
    Maand geleden

    Lost my dad just over 12 days ago, this music grounds me as tears roll down my cheeks. Thank you.

    1. Fred Savage
      Fred Savage
      Maand geleden

      Sorry for your loss. May your tomorrow’s be filled with happiness.

    2. Eristhenes
      Maand geleden

      My condolences.

    3. VernonTheArtist
      Maand geleden


    4. K N
      K N
      Maand geleden

      Very sorry for your loss

  95. Durrell
    Maand geleden

    Gonna listen to this ten times while working today give or take. The Blue notebook is one of my all time favorite albums the intro gave me chills. Thanks NPR.

    1. John John
      John John
      22 dagen geleden

      I do the same .I must get through at least 50 hours in a week. Tiny desk and kexp are a world of music to discover

    2. Michael Alderete
      Michael Alderete
      Maand geleden

      Yes, now often working from home, I'm gonna add this performance to to my usual mix of Keith Jarrett Standards trio, Tom Jobim, etc, on NLlike.

  96. John Beedham
    John Beedham
    Maand geleden


  97. Noods & Doods
    Noods & Doods
    Maand geleden

    What a wonderful way to start the day. 💫

  98. Mary mary
    Mary mary
    Maand geleden

    We are in quarantine and woke up to find this gift. Feeling a little blue, this helps to ground me. Gorgeous. Thank you.

  99. Christina Gurchinoff
    Christina Gurchinoff
    Maand geleden

    Love the puppy wandering, wagging obviously happy with his human.

  100. Vlastimil
    Maand geleden

    Mark Lanegan to NPR!