Einaudi: Waves, The Piano Collection

Einaudi: Waves, The Piano Collection
Composer Ludovico Einaudi
Artist Jeroen van Veen piano
Format 7 CD
Cat. number 9452
EAN code 5029365945226
Release December 2013

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Ludovico Einaudi’s aesthetic of emptiness has won him legions of fans worldwide, and Jeroen van Veen’s survey of the piano music which is central to Einaudi’s style belongs with his survey of minimalists including Glass and Nyman who are less concerned in music as an expressive language than as a commercial artefact. Likewise, his listeners absorb the music less in the sense of engaging with meaning than as backdrop to activity or release from stress. The works on this compendious collection are nearly all ‘songs’ of between 3 and 7 minutes, with the influence from pop culture that this brevity implies, and sharing with the pop world an economically aware employment of simplicity and repetition so as not unduly to tax the attention-span of the consumer. As Jeroen van Veen remarks, ‘Contrary to ordinary classical music, minimal music demands little of the listener but to escape life’s troubles for a moment; no comprehensive musical structures ask their full attention.’

All his compositions are more or less based on the music he heard when he was a child, when his mother played Chopin Preludes. Einaudi (grandson of the politician Luigi Einaudi) loved the almost hypnotic soft sound of the upright piano. Because of her he started to play the piano and tried to find his own way. The melody (if there is any at all) always goes down, hardly leaving the classical path of harmonies. His music is ambient, calm, meditative and often introspective, drawing on minimalism and contemporary pop.

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- Ludovico Einaudi may well become the “Satie of the 21st century”. His minimalist, deceptively simple piano works reach a massive audience well beyond the strict boundaries of traditional classical music. CDs with his music break sales records, the hypnotic calmness of his works being the perfect recipe against modern world’s stress and fatigue.
- Einaudi’s piano works fit in logically with Jeroen van Veen’s survey of Minimalist Piano Music, and this 7-CD set is the most substantial collection available at present.
- Booklet contains an introduction by Jeroen van Veen to the popular success of Einaudi.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Le Onde: No. 1, Canzone popolare
  2. Le Onde: No. 2, Le Onde
  3. Le Onde: No. 3, Lontano
  4. Le Onde: No. 4, Ombre
  5. Le Onde: No. 5, La linea scura
  6. Le Onde: No. 6, Tracce
  7. Le Onde: No. 7, Questa notte
  8. Le Onde: No. 8, Sotto Vento
  9. Le Onde: No. 9, Dietro l'incanto
  10. Le Onde: No. 10, Onde
  11. Le Onde: No. 11, La profondita del buio
  12. Le Onde: No. 12, Passaggio
  13. Le Onde: No. 13, L'ultima volta

Disk 2

  1. Eden Roc: No. 1, Fuori dalla note
  2. Eden Roc: No. 2, Due tramonti
  3. Eden Roc: No. 3, Nefeli
  4. Eden Roc: No. 4, Giorni dispari
  5. Eden Roc: No. 5, Julia
  6. Eden Roc: No. 6, Fuori dal mondo
  7. Eden Roc: No. 7, Un mondo a parte
  8. Eden Roc: No. 8, Password
  9. Eden Roc: No. 9, Exit
  10. Eden Roc: No. 10, The Dark Bank of Clouds
  11. Eden Roc: No. 11, Corale Solo
  12. Eden Roc: No. 12, Sarabande

Disk 3

  1. I Giorni: No. 1, Melodia africana I
  2. I Giorni: No. 2, I due fiumi
  3. I Giorni: No. 3, In un'altra vita
  4. I Giorni: No. 4, Melodia africana II
  5. I Giorni: No. 5, Stella del mattino
  6. I Giorni: No. 6, I giorni
  7. I Giorni: No. 7, Samba
  8. I Giorni: No. 8, Melodia africana III
  9. I Giorni: No. 9, La nascita delle cose segrete
  10. I Giorni: No. 10, Quel che resta
  11. I Giorni: No. 11, Inizio
  12. I Giorni: No. 12, Limbo
  13. I Giorni: No. 13, Bella note
  14. I Giorni: No. 14, Melodia africana IV

Disk 4

  1. Una Mattina: No. 1, Una mattina
  2. Una Mattina: No. 2, Ora
  3. Una Mattina: No. 3, Resta con me
  4. Una Mattina: No. 4, Leo
  5. Una Mattina: No. 5, Dolce droga
  6. Una Mattina: No. 6, Dietro casa
  7. Una Mattina: No. 7, Come un fiore
  8. Una Mattina: No. 8, Nuvole nere
  9. Una Mattina: No. 9, Questa volta
  10. Una Mattina: No. 10, Nuvole bianche
  11. Una Mattina: No. 11, Ancora
  12. Una Mattina: No. 12, The Snow Prelude No. 3
  13. Una Mattina: No. 13, The Earth Prelude

Disk 5

  1. Divenire: No. 1, Uno
  2. Divenire: No. 2, Divenire
  3. Divenire: No. 3, Monday
  4. Divenire: No. 4, Andare
  5. Divenire: No. 5, Rose
  6. Divenire: No. 6, Primavera
  7. Divenire: No. 7, Oltremare
  8. Divenire: No. 8, L'Origine nascosta
  9. Divenire: No. 9, Fly
  10. Divenire: No. 10, Ascolta
  11. Divenire: No. 11, Ritornare

Disk 6

  1. Nightbook: No. 1, In Principio
  2. Nightbook: No. 2, Lady Labyrinth
  3. Nightbook: No. 3, Nightbook
  4. Nightbook: No. 4, Indaco
  5. Nightbook: No. 5, The Snow Prelude No. 15
  6. Nightbook: No. 6, Reverie
  7. Nightbook: No. 7, The Crane Dance
  8. Nightbook: No. 8, The Snow Prelude No. 2
  9. Nightbook: No. 9, The Tower
  10. Nightbook: No. 10, Bye Bye mon amour
  11. Nightbook: No. 11, The Planets
  12. Nightbook: No. 12, Tu sei
  13. Nightbook: No. 13, Berlin Song

Disk 7

  1. In a Time Lapse: No. 1, Corale
  2. In a Time Lapse: No. 2, Time Lapse
  3. In a Time Lapse: No. 3, Life
  4. In a Time Lapse: No. 4, Walk
  5. In a Time Lapse: No. 5, Discovery at Night
  6. In a Time Lapse: No. 6, Run
  7. In a Time Lapse: No. 7, Brothers
  8. In a Time Lapse: No. 8, Orbits
  9. In a Time Lapse: No. 9, Two Trees
  10. In a Time Lapse: No. 10, Newton's Cradle
  11. In a Time Lapse: No. 11, Waterways
  12. In a Time Lapse: No. 12, Experience
  13. In a Time Lapse: No. 13, Underwood
  14. In a Time Lapse: No. 14, Burning
  15. In a Time Lapse: No. 15, Luce