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LUDOVICO EINAUDI: In a Time Lapse [Tracklist follows] – Var. soloists, Daniel Hope, v./ Orchestra I Virtuosi Italiani/ Einaudi – Ponderosa(/br)LUDOVICO EINAUDI: Elements [Tracklist follows] – Var. soloists & Einaudi – Ponderosa

LUDOVICO EINAUDI: In a Time Lapse [Tracklist follows] – Var. soloists, Daniel Hope, v./ Orchestra I Virtuosi Italiani/ Einaudi – Ponderosa 105 (3/12/13) [Distr. by Harmonia mundi] ****: (/br)

LUDOVICO EINAUDI: Elements [Tracklist follows] – Var. soloists & Einaudi – Ponderosa 132 (10/9/15) [Distr. by Harmonia mundi] ****:

Einaudi has quickly become one of the most-heard contemporary composers on recordings. While he works in many different genres (incl. pop, world music, folk music, and rock), most of his music is in the New Age category. He has done the scores for numerous motion pictures, including the Doctor Zhivago TV miniseries. Although he studied with Berio, his music doesn’t sound like that – being more ambient, meditative and often introspective.

Einaudi put together a new ensemble in addition to his many guest musicians, and uses different aggregations on each track of his 2013 CD, In a Time Lapse.  The piano predominates here, with subtle accompaniment  from strings or electronica. In “Underwood” Daniel Hope plays the violin in a heartrending melody above sparse piano accompaniment, and “Experience” features the larger strings weaving despair and longing. Einaudi has released a book of solo piano sheet music versions all these tracks, which are predominantly piano anyway. Most are not that difficult for the pianist. The iTunes version – though of course compressed MP3 audio files – has five bonus tracks which are not on this physical CD.

This album was recorded over two years in a remote monastery near Verona and has a more chamber music sound than Einaudi’s usual efforts. There are piano-based progressions not that different from Chopin or Satie, as well as minimalism. Some tracks have soothing and trancelike wave motions and “Life” has piano with glockenspiel against flowing string lines. This is all certainly much superior to most New Age music of today.

TrackList:

 1  Corale Ludovico Einaudi 2:04
2 Time Lapse Ludovico Einaudi 5:32
3 Life Ludovico Einaudi, Daniel Hope & I Virtuosi Italiani 4:22
4 Walk Ludovico Einaudi 3:27
5 Discovery At Night Ludovico Einaudi 4:25
6 Run Ludovico Einaudi & I Virtuosi Italiani 5:32
7 Brothers Ludovico Einaudi 4:51
8 Orbits Ludovico Einaudi & Daniel Hope 2:57
9 Two Trees Ludovico Einaudi 6:25
10 Newton’s Cradle Ludovico Einaudi & PMCE Parco delle Musica Contemporanea Ensemble 7:52
11 Waterways Ludovico Einaudi 4:17
12 Experience Ludovico Einaudi, Daniel Hope & I Virtuosi Italiani 5:15
13 Underwood Ludovico Einaudi & Daniel Hope 4:13
14 Burning Ludovico Einaudi & I Virtuosi Italiani 4:59

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Elements is a bit darker in tone than In a Time Lapse. Although he has moved away from piano solos, that instrument remains front and center, with the addition of strings, percussion and electronica.  Violinist Daniel Hope is heard again on “Petricor,” but the album is more than just a repetition of his earlier style. While less edgy than In a Time Lapse, some tracks even have an almost jazzy feeling to them, not sounding like your usual Einaudi. Some consider the track “Logos” to be absolutely mesmerizing. Again, the iTunes download also has three bonus tracks. The double-fold cardboard alternative to the jewelbox on both albums is well done and improves the packaging.

TrackList:

1 Petricor Ludovico Einaudi & Daniel Hope 6:34
2 Night Ludovico Einaudi & Amsterdam Sinfonietta 5:30
3 Drop Ludovico Einaudi 5:00
4 Four Dimensions Ludovico Einaudi & Amsterdam Sinfonietta 4:42
5 Elements Ludovico Einaudi & Amsterdam Sinfonietta 6:05
6 Whirling Winds Ludovico Einaudi & Amsterdam Sinfonietta 5:58
7 Twice Ludovico Einaudi 5:21
8 ABC Ludovico Einaudi 3:05
9 Numbers Ludovico Einaudi 4:35
10 Mountain Ludovico Einaudi 6:13
11 Logos Ludovico Einaudi & Amsterdam Sinfonietta 6:23
12 Song  for Gavin  Ludovico Einaudi & Amsterdam Sinfonietta

—John Sunier

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