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One of those composers whose name you might not be instantly familiar with, but whose music you certainly will be, Italian pianist Ludovico Einaudi has been captivating audiences for the best part of two decades with his beautifully delicate and minimal arrangements, many of which have gone on to become soundtrack staples for everything from costume dramas to TV adverts to Hollywood films. Celebrating his increasingly popular output, Islands: Essential Einaudi compiles the Milan Conservatory graduate's most recognizable pieces, with material from his first solo piano record, Le Onde ("Questa Notte"), right up to 2009's synth-based Nightbook (the gothic cello-led title track), alongside a brand new composition, "The Earth Prelude." There are also two of his contributions to the small screen, "Fairytale," whose simple melodies reflect the elegance of the 2002 Keira Knightley ITV adaptation of Doctor Zhivago it appeared in, and the suitably haunting "Berlin Song," which soundtracked Shane Meadows' unflinching kitchen sink drama, This Is England '86. The bombastic symphonies of "Primavera" and the warm subtle strings of the ubiquitous "Divenire," both collaborations with the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, show Einaudi is just as capable of producing a more expansive sound, but his trademark, ambient ivory-tinkling is much more powerful when it's left to its own devices, as on the lilting "Passagio," the gorgeously melancholic "Dietro Casa," and the effortlessly soothing "I Giorni," the title track from his 2001 breakthrough which recently and belatedly entered the U.K. Top 40 following Radio1 DJ Greg James' championing it as the ultimate therapeutic track to unwind to. Einaudi's signature sound may be a little too sedate for those who like their neo-classical music a little more rousing, but Islands' ability to stir up emotions with just a few chords shows that his works are far from easy listening fodder. ~ Jon O'Brien, Rovi

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Buon viaggio.

Scaricalo, mettiti sul divano e chiudi gli occhi per un ora .

Poi chiamami e dimmi dove sei ....

Ludovico Einaudi - Islands - Essential Einaudi

Una raccolta meravigliosa. Un doppio album incantevole. Prima di acquistarlo, conoscevo solo il brano "Le Onde", suggeritomi da una mia amica. In visita in un negozio di dischi, ho ascoltato qualche brano di Islands... Sufficiente perché ne rimanessi affascinata...Ogni singola nota di quest'album ti trasporta lontano, sin dal primo ascolto... Vibrante l'inizio con "I Giorni", un seguire di respiri e di meditazioni, che continuano nello splendido "The Earth Prelude", incalzato poi da "Le Onde"... E via via... "Nightbook", "Divenire", "Dietro Casa"... Si rimane sospesi in "Nuvole Bianche", e coinvolti fino alla fine, quando si giunge ad "Oltremare", passando per brani dal carattere più inquieto, come "Love Is A Mistery", "Lady Labirinth", "Eros", ed altri momenti di meditazione... "Questa Notte", "Berlin Song", "High Heels"... Una raccolta davvero magnifica, per chi ama profondamente la Musica, ed ama lasciarsi trasportare da tutte le sensazioni e le emozioni che si possono provare e che questo grande compositore ed interprete riesce a tradurre in note.

Come un tappeto volante...

Questa è l'Italia di cui sono orgoglioso!!!


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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