“The most beautiful music I’ve heard….”

Bob Boilen — “It’s as if the pianos were haunted. Somewhere about midway through this Tiny Desk, as Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds performed on his electronic keyboard, two upright pianos were playing lilting melodies behind him, absent any performer at the keys. And yet these “ghosts,” along with Ólafur’s band of strings and percussion, put together some of the most beautiful music I’ve heard at the Tiny Desk, made all the more mysterious through its presentation…”


  1. Thanks David for sharing this lovely performance. Don’t know where I have been as I did not know Olafur’s piano music before this. I just love his Happiness Does Not Wait, too.

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  2. Haunting…
    Exactly what this summer night was calling for!

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  3. Wow. That was beautiful!


  4. People who listen to their own private drummer could save us all from ourselves.

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  5. utterly calming and beautiful

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  6. Sigh – sigh – sigh…… For years I listened to nrp music – especially their tiny desk performances. Then I ‘lost them’ without even realising it – and now I shall follow them again – and I’ll most certainly check out Mr Arnalds – what a gem!!!!! Some of the most haunting (in a good way!) music I’m listening to is written by composers ‘coming from the cold’ (thinking of Arvo Pärt, and others whoses names don’t jump to me right now….) and this is really in a modern way great soul food. Thank You.

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  7. Mesmerizingly beautiful 🙏

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  8. EXQUISITE….. I think this is going to be my soundtrack for the next month or so…I need peace and tranquility in my life.

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  9. thank you!!! so gorgeous.

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