Title - 'Elements'
Artist - Ludovico Einaudi
For those not in the know, Ludovico Einaudi OMRI (Order of Merit of the Italian Republic) is an Italian pianist and composer. He trained at the Conservatorio Verdi in Milan and under composer Luciano Berio in the early 1980s. Einaudi began his career as a classical composer, and soon began incorporating other styles and genres—including pop, rock, world music, and folk music.
Einaudi composed the scores for a number of films and trailers, including The Untouchables and I'm Still Here, the TV miniseries Doctor Zhivago, and Acquario in 1996, for which he won the Grolla d'oro for best soundtrack. He has also released a number of solo albums of piano and orchestra, notably I Giorni in 2001, Nightbook in 2009, and In a Time Lapse in 2013. Taranta Project, a collaborative album, was released in May 2015, and this one, Elements was released in October 2015.
Following on the worldwide success of In a Time Lapse, Ludovico Einaudi presents his new work, Elements. The work's sound is lush and deep and interwoven with a freshness that naturally blends Einaudi's piano with acoustic and electronic sounds. In addition to his usual collaborators, the album also features the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Berlin-based electronic musician Robert Lippok, Brazilian percussionist Mauro Refosco and South African violinist Daniel Hope.
Indeed, the composer himself has said of the album, "Elements sprang from a desire to start anew, following a different path of knowledge. I saw new frontiers - on the edge between what I knew and what I didn't know - that I had long wanted to explore ... gradually, everything came together in a dance, as if all the elements were parts of the same world, and myself within it." I mean, come on now, could anyone have put it any better themselves?
In truth, it's not hard to understand why Ludovico Einaudi is one of the world's most successful living classical composers: there's a deeply satisfying emotional logic to his piano-based progressions that makes him as much the inheritor of Chopin and Satie as minimalists such as Glass and Reich.
Ergo, Elements is woven together so intricately, so beautifully that there is so much in each track that every time I listen to it, my mind wanders to new places. I see new scenes, discover new art, and travel to new places, all while sitting in my car in rush hour traffic with this masterpiece playing. Bravo, Ludovico. Bravo!