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Ludovico Einaudi — In A Time Lapse (2013)

 Ludovico Einaudi — In A Time Lapse (2013)

Ludovico Einaudi — In A Time Lapse
Birth name: Ludovico Einaudi
Born: 23 November 1955, Turin, Piedmont, Italy
Location: Milano, Italy
Genre: Alternative / Classical / Experimental
Album release: January 21, 2013
Recorded in October 2012 in a Monastery near Verona, Italy
Record Label: (CD - Decca #4810173)
Duration:     66:27
Tracks:
01. Corale     (2:05)
02. Time Lapse     (5:31)
03. Life     (4:23)
04. Walk     (3:28)
05. Discovery At Night     (4:26)
06. Run     (5:32)
07. Brother      (4:51)
08. Orbits     (2:57)
09. Two Trees     (6:26)
10. Newton's Cradle     (7:53)
11. Waterways     (4:18)
12. Experience     (5:15)
13. Underwood     (4:14)
14. Burning     (5:09)
Bonus tracks:
15. "Bever"     4:01
16. "The Dark Bank of Clouds"     3:11
17. "Sarabande"     4:14
18. "Ronald's Dream"     3:45
19. "Corale Solo"     2:46
CREDITS:
Ludovico Einaudi: Piano
Ensemble: I Virtuosi Italiani
Website: http://www.einaudiwebsite.com/
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/ludovicoeinaudispace
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ludovicoeinaudi
Press contact: Karen Lee klee@evolutionpromotion.com, Valentina Ferrara:valentina@ponderosa.it
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/ludovicoeinaudi
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ludovico_ei...
Website: http://www.einaudi-islands.com/
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Review by James Manheim
≈  Italian pianist Ludovico Einaudi, grandson of an early president of postwar Italy and student of Luciano Berio, has at times used either his first or his last name solo. His music is a bit difficult to pin down, for it treads up to the lines of minimalism, new age, and pop piano without quite going over any of them. It depends on repeated, slowly shifting piano figures but is too grand to be really minimalist. Stress reduction and contemplativeness are the chief virtues ascribed to it by its admirers, but it doesn't have the improvisatory jazz basis of American new age music. And though individual junctures might sound like passages from Elton John, the music tends to stop short of pop emotional payoffs and go off in a new direction. This generic slipperiness is the key to Einaudi's appeal, which seems set to expand to the U.S.: as in the days of old, where recorded music was conceived of primarily as an aid to selling live concert tickets, In a Time Lapse comes stickered with an American tour schedule. Should you try it out? Einaudi has the odd combination of being original without being especially challenging; his music sort of lies there. But this release may well be a good place to start. Its most noticeable new feature is a light overlay of pop electronics not present on Einaudi's solo piano and piano-and-orchestra music. It actually works well, lending rhythmic and textural variety to the beginnings of each piece. The music soon enough progresses into chord arpeggios on Einaudi's piano, but he has the opportunity to apply his simple musical logic to a variety of moods. This, too, sets the music apart from new age models. In short, who knows? Even if crossover is not your bag, you may find yourself drawn by this. Or maybe you just want something that will relax you in freeway traffic. Einaudi could work either way.
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≈  "In a Time Lapse" was composed over a period of two years and recorded in October 2012 in a Monastery near Verona, Italy. The 14 pieces that compose the album range between piano, strings, percussion and electronics. As with previous albums, "In A Time Lapse" develops as a suite with a concept that recalls the form of a novel divided in different chapters. Epic and emotional, experimental and adventurous, "In A Time Lapse" moves even further exploring new textures and arrangements that blends different musical worlds in one.
≈  Within Ludovico's classical style, you can hear echoes of baroque and Italian folk music, late romantic strings textures, and a wide variety of colors between percussions and electronics, appearing throughout a journey that transport the listener through a deep reflection on the concept of time."
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≈  Les amateurs des ambiances musicales particulières du pianiste italien devraient apprécier ce nouvel album.
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REVIEW
By toxin; February 4th, 2013 | Editor rating: 4,5
≈  Review Summary: Einaudi's strongest effort yet is a thoroughly captivating chef-d'oeuvre that cements his legacy as one of the greatest composers of our era.
≈  If the acclaimed classical composer Ludovico Einaudi ever had a weakness in his studio releases, it would have to be that some of his minimalist pieces bordered on dullness. Einaudi’s precise manipulation of rhythm and dynamics lends his melodically repetitive pieces their dynamism; consequently, some of his more subdued pieces, beyond their cursory beauty, add little to the album. Eliminating these understated pieces completely, In a Time Lapse instead focuses on driving dynamics, prominent violins, and underlying percussion to create Einaudi’s most purposeful work yet.
≈  It may surprise some to find violin at the forefront at sections of a pianist’s record. Playing its own voicing, the violin supports the voice of Einaudi’s exacting piano melody, giving In a Time Lapse an almost Baroque-era feel without forcing Einaudi to sacrifice the right hand melody and left hand figured bass dynamic that he has perfected.The magnificent ‘Run’ begins with a minimalist, higher-register melody, which, backed by strings, continues gorgeously yet slightly ominously until the three minute mark, at which point the previously hissing violin takes the lead. Einaudi’s piano as support is absolutely perfect in helping to create perhaps Einaudi’s most momentous and pressing music yet. ‘Life’ draws in the listener with a glockenspiel introduction and then adds in piano before finally throwing a lead violin melody over these elements. The repetitive, crackling violin line about 2:45 fades into a tense landscape comprised of layers of string and a lead piano melody, which satisfyingly resolve into a glockenspiel-driven ending,
≈  The increased focus on violin isn’t the only method by which Einaudi captivates the listener. The atmospheric ‘Orbit’ exhibits macabre circling arpeggios supported by unnerving xylophone and chilling violin to create Einaudi’s most frighteningly enthralling piece ever. Likewise, the backing percussion and morbid synthesizer of ‘Newton’s Cradle’ accelerate the song forward, with piano once again taking a backseat except for a brief respite about four and a half minutes in. In contrast, ‘Waterways,’ an atmospheric piece, contains layers of strings, each a tributary flowing into a river of sound, the piano the underlying current that drives the song forward into a cascade of emotions. Reminiscent of a piece off Divenire, ‘Experience’ sees piano and violin complementing each other as they alternate building to a huge climax with the faintest trace of percussion underneath.
≈  In a Time Lapse finishes with the absolutely regal ‘Burning,’ which wordlessly describes beauty in destruction with the same grace and poignancy found in literary masterpieces like Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. It’s fitting that the album closes with this piano-driven track, the virtuoso returning to what made him famous. Einaudi has been self-described as a minimalist with pop leanings, but ‘Burning’ illustrates Einaudi transcending such a label. No longer do small snippets of Einaudi do his music justice; the natural crescendos and decrescendos, the accelerandos and the ritardandos, lend themselves to a fuller experience, one better suited for soundtracks than the latest NBA commercial. At the least, In a Time Lapse is a release that will undoubtedly solidify Einaudi’s place as one of the greatest pianists and composers of our era.
Fortaken: http://www.sputnikmusic.com
Also: http://www.classicfm.com/composers/einaudi/album-reviews/time-lapse/
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Discography:
Works:
1988: Time Out
1992: Stanze (harp)
1995: Salgari
1996: Le Onde (piano)
1999: Eden Roc (piano and strings)
2001: I Giorni (piano)
2003: Diario Mali (piano, kora)
2004: Una Mattina (piano, cello)
2007: Divenire (piano, string quartet)
2009: Nightbook (piano, electronic)
2013: In a Time Lapse (piano, electronic)
Recordings:
1988: Time Out – BMG Ricordi
1992: Stanze – BMG Ricordi
1995: Salgari – BMG Ricordi
1996: Le Onde – BMG Ricordi
1998: Fuori dal Mondo – BMG Ricordi
1998: Ultimi Fuochi – BMG Ricordi
1999: Eden Roc – BMG Ricordi
2001: I Giorni – BMG Ricordi
2001: Luce dei miei Occhi- BMG Ricordi
2002: Dr. Zhivago – BMG Ricordi
2003: La Scala Concert 03.03.03 – BMG Ricordi
2003: Le parole di mio padre – BMG Ricordi
2003: Diario Mali (with Ballaké Sissoko) – Ponderosa IRD
2004: Echoes: The Einaudi Collection
2004: Una Mattina – Ponderosa Music and Art/Decca/Sony Classical
2006: Divenire – Ponderosa Music and Art/Decca
2009: Cloudland – Ponderosa Music and Art, side project recorded as a group called Whitetree
2009: Nightbook – Ponderosa Music and Art/Decca
2010: The Royal Albert Hall Concert – Ponderosa Music and Art
2011: Islands: Essential Einaudi – Decca (UMO)
2013: In a Time Lapse – Ponderosa Music and Art/Decca #24 UK
2013: Nightbook - Recording by pianist Hanna Devich - Challenge Classics
Film and television scores:
1988: Treno di panna (Director: Andrea De Carlo)
1994: Da qualche parte in città (Director: Michele Sordillo)
1996: Acquario (Director: Michele Sordillo)
1998: Aprile (Director: Nanni Moretti)
1998: Giorni dispari (Director: Dominick Tambasco)
1999: Fuori dal mondo (Director: Giuseppe Piccioni)
2000: La vita altrui (Director: Michele Sordillo)
2000: Un delitto impossibile (Director: Antonio Luigi Grimaldi)
2001: Le parole di mio padre (Director: Francesca Comencini)
2001: Alexandria (Director: Maria Iliou)
2002: Luce dei miei occhi (Director: Giuseppe Piccioni) – Italian music award for best film score
2002: Doctor Zhivago (TV mini-series, Director: Giacomo Campiotti)
2004: Sotto falso nome (Director: Roberto Andò) – Prize for the best film music at Avignon Film Festival 2004
2004: Mission: Saturn
2006: This Is England (Director: Shane Meadows)
2010: This Is England '86 (Director: Shane Meadows)
2010: Stargate Universe – Pathogen
2010: Sangandaan – Landas ng Buhay
2010: I'm Still Here (Director: Casey Affleck)
2010: Das Ende ist mein Anfang - German film
2010: Black Swan (Director: Darren Aronofosky) (Trailer)
2011: Elena - Mysterio ng Kahapon
2011: This Is England '88 (Director: Shane Meadows)
2011: Intouchables - (Director: Olivier Nakache & Eric Toledano)
2012: J. Edgar - (Director: Clint Eastwood)
2012: Derek (Pilot episode) - (Director: Ricky Gervais)
Commercials, other:
2011: BBC - background music to minute of silence for recent racing deaths before Formula 1 Airtel Grand Prix of India (October 30)
2012: Procter & Gamble TV commercial for the Olympics 2012 (excerpt of "Divenire")
Numerous episodes of the BBC's Top Gear
Year of creation unknown: National Basketball Association (NBA) of America, Where Will Amazing Happen This Year (Magic Johnson Sky Hook)
2012: James May's Toy Story's Christmas Special, Excerpt from "Divenire".

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