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.

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

Disk 2

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

Disk 3

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

Disk 4

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

Disk 5

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

Disk 6

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

Disk 7

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