Memoryhouse (album)

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Memoryhouse 2002 album cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 27, 2002 (2002-05-27)
LabelLate Junction
ProducerMax Richter
Jane Carter (exec. producer)
Max Richter chronology
The Blue Notebooks
Alternative cover
2009 reissue cover
2009 reissue cover

Memoryhouse is the 2002 debut album by neo-classical composer Max Richter. Originally released in 2002 under the Late Junction label, the album was reissued by FatCat Records in 2009 and 2014 with alternative album artwork.[1][2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[3]

Memoryhouse received largely positive reviews from contemporary music critics. Pitchfork Media gave the album a very positive review in a retrospective review for the 2014 reissue on FatCat, stating:

Memoryhouse has become a landmark of the amorphous scene that would eventually earn the tags "post-classical" or "indie classical." Memoryhouse remains audacious but careful, intimate but vivid, innovative but reverent. In 2002, Richter’s ability to weave subtle electronics against the grand BBC Philharmonic Orchestra helped suggest new possibilities and locate fresh audiences that composers such as Nico Muhly and Michał Jacaszek have since pursued. As you listen to new work by Julianna Barwick or Jóhann Jóhannsson, thank Richter; just as Sigur Rós did with its widescreen rock, Richter showed that crossover wasn’t necessarily an artistic curse. Nearly a dozen years later, the material finally got its due.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Max Richter.

1."Europe, after the Rain"6:13
2."Maria, the Poet (1913)"4:47
3."Laika's Journey"1:30
4."The Twins (Prague)"1:58
7."Untitled (Figures)"3:27
10."Jan's Notebook"2:41
11."Arbenita (11 Years)"7:04
12."Garden (1973)/Interior"3:24
13."Landscape with Figure (1922)"5:14
15."Lines on a Page (One Hundred Violins)"1:22
17."Last Days"4:18
18."Quartet Fragment (1908)"3:02
Total length:65:04


Main personnel
Additional personnel
  • John Cage – readings, text
  • Jane Carter – executive producer
  • Neil Hutchinson – engineer, mixing
  • Mandy Parnell – remastering
  • Ania Piesiewicz – photography
  • Sarah Sutcliffe – readings
  • Marina Tsvetaeva – text


  1. ^ FatCat Press Release: 2009 Memoryhouse (Reissue)
  2. ^ FatCat Press Release: 2014 Memoryhouse Deluxe Edition (Reissue)
  3. ^ "Memoryhouse – Max Richter". AllMusic. 2003-09-23. Retrieved 2016-02-12.
  4. ^ a b Currin, Grayson Haver. Max Richter: Memoryhouse. Pitchfork Media. 2 April 2014. Retrieved 11 February 2016.