Ludovico Einaudi (Turin, 1955) is one of the most appreciated and celebrated pianists at an international level. He started his career as a classical composer but tried since the beginning to incorporate more contemporary styles like pop, rock, world, and popular music to create songs and soundtracks that could be appreciated worldwide and by a varied public.
His collaboration with Ponderosa Music & Art is extremely prolific, Einaudi published under this label fourteen albums: Eden Roc (1999), I Giorni (2001), Diario Mali (2003), Una Mattina (2004), La Scala Concert 03.03.03(2004), Le Onde (2004), Divenire (2006), Live in Berlin (2007), Nightbook (2009), Islands (2011), In A Time Lapse(2013), Elements (2015) and Taranta Project (2015).
Seven Days Walking
Ludovico Einaudi’s great project reaches its final stage with the publication of the seven albums that make up Seven Days Walking. The success of Seven Day Walking was immediate since the release of Day One, a classic album that set the streaming record in the first week of release.
Who could have predicted Ludovico Einaudi’s success in a time when contemporary music was a pleasure for a few and piano-only albums were considered far from the tastes of record buyers? Le Onde was first published in 1996 but in 2019 Einaudi proposed and released a more current version. It is the artistic effort thanks to which the Italian composer made himself known to the public, a piano ballad cycle inspired by the homonymous novel by Virginia Wool from 1931, thirteen subtly appealing and meditative toned compositions.
Two years after In a Time Lapse, Ludovico Einaudi presents Elements, a record with an even deeper and resolved outline. The record was published in October 2015 by Decca Records – Universal Music Group. «Elements was born from the desire to start over, to undertake a new journey of discovery. There were new frontiers – on the edge of what I already knew and what I didn’t know yet – that I wanted to explore for a long time: the creation myth, the periodic table, Euclid’s geometric figures, Kandinskij’s journals, sounds, but also colors, a wild field’s grass strands, the shapes of a landscape».
«Taranta Project is a reworked version of a project I executed as the Notte della Taranta’s Maestro Concertatore in the two summer editions of 2010 and 2011», explains Ludovico Einaudi, «My vision, meeting the Taranta music, was to try and revive the ancient songs of the Salentinian tradition that were once used to drive away the evil from the world, establishing a set of connections with other musical traditions and cultures, aspiring to create a universal language where days of old and modernity, sacred and profane, and written and oral traditions could co-exist».
Islands – Essential Einaudi
Islands is a collection, the first one, of the greatest hits by Ludovico Einaudi. Here Einaudi experiments, adds new sounds and instruments to his structures and his most famous songs. It is a record that encompasses his artistic journey which led him to perform everywhere in the world. Islands is enriched by new songs, recent recordings, and unique revised versions, turning it into a collection that is a real gem for the genre’s aficionados.
Nightbook contains all new tracks by Ludovico Einaudi, the composition of which followed the tour dates that saw him perform on stages worldwide: the Italian pianist kept filling up notebooks with thoughts, reflections, and suggestions, recording the “musical notes” that turned into the soul of this project.
Live in Berlin
Live in Berlin is a concert album recorded during an extraordinary German date of the Divenire Tour at the Philarmonie Kammermusiksaal. The tracks were extracted mainly from the album Divenire and the music, with its piano arpeggios, evokes the new age sound of the Eighties managing to reach an intriguing equilibrium between soft aesthetic and the minimalist structures of his previous tracks.
For the twelve songs in the album, Ludovico takes the conciseness of the minimalist musical structures and he expands them, leading them in a harmonious movement, building a kind of easy intensity that is at the same time enthralling, stratifying strings, if present, to captivate the listener into an atmosphere that doesn’t look anything like what has already been done in music.
La Scala Concert 03.03.03
Despite the title, the concert recorded for La Scala: Concert 03.03.03 was performed at the Teatro degli Arcimboldi in Milan on the 3rd of March 2003. The construction of this theatre is tied to the events of the Teatro alla Scala since Teatro degli Arcimboldi was meant to host plays and concerts on the occasion of the last restoration of La Scala in 2003. It’s on this occasion that Ludovico Einaudi performed this extraordinary selection of some of his most breathtaking compositions.
Diario Mali is the story of a journey, Two friends speaking different languages meet each other in the desert and, through music, they exchange their worlds under the shade of a henné tree. They create a free dialogue, they improvise. The strings of the kora and the piano weave a story out of time where, on the backdrop of the ancient Malian music tradition, resound echoes of blues, Renaissance melodies, and Caribbean reminiscences.