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Album Review

Italian pianist and composer Ludovico Einaudi describes his album Nightbook in this way: "A night-time landscape. A garden faintly visible under the dull glow of the night sky. A few stars dotting the darkness above, shadows of the trees all around. Light shining from a window behind me. What I can see is familiar, but it seems alien at the same time. It's like a dream — anything may happen." Although such language may sound like it has little if anything to do with music, it communicates the mood of this album as well as can be done with words. Consisting of chamber works for various combinations of classical and modern instruments (violin, viola, cello, live electronics, vibraphone, frame drums, electric bass, acoustic guitar, etc.), Nightbook succeeds most fully when it embraces that mood of shadowy mystery: pieces like "The Snow Prelude N. 2" and the almost pointillistic "The Planets" use spacious arrangements and relatively minimal melodic foundations to create deceptively simple-sounding soundscapes of ravishing beauty. When Einaudi tries to rock out, the results are a bit shakier: "Lady Labyrinth" suffers from blocky rhythms and a simplistic, rather than simple, chord progression — it ends up sounding like your uncle the piano professor trying to identify with the younger generation's music. The vast majority of these pieces are spectacularly lovely, though, even as they gently deceive the listener with surface simplicity.

Customer Reviews

Different, but in a good way.

Not the instant classic like Divenire, nor does it contain pieces that will come to define Einaudi's career, such as I Giorni, Nefeli, Le Onde etc. This album is still excellent and as you would come to expect with Einaudi, you can hit play on the first track and let the album play right through and at the end you're left extremely satisfied. This is an album like Una Mattina in that it's best enjoyed when played from start to finish with no interruptions. Only then can you really appreciate the real purpose of the album.


To put things in perspective: I am a 16 year old student from London who primarily listens to rock and electronica. And still, I could listen to Einaudi for days on end in the pensive state his music seems to put me in. Truly a gift to music, I would recommend this for anyone of any age.


As a sixteen year old surrounded by pop culture, I find Einaudi to be a beautiful escape. This album exceeds my expectations. Inspiring to listen to, it is not quite like his other works. It is full of delicate compostitions and is truly mesmerising. I would definately reccomend to buy.


Born: 23 November 1955 in Turin, Italy

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Pianist and composer Ludovico Einaudi was born in Turin, November 23, 1955. His mother, also a pianist, would play for him as a young child, planting the seeds for what would become a fruitful, illustrious career. Einaudi studied under Luciano Berio at the Conservatory of Milan, graduating with a diploma in composition. In 1982 his talents would win him a scholarship to the Tanglewood Music Festival. The experience opened Einaudi's ears to new ideas like minimalism, world music influences, and aspects...
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