by Ludovico Einaudi


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/05/2009
Label: Decca Import
UPC: 0028947636397
catalogNumber: 4763639
Rank: 47264

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ludovico Einaudi   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Bass,Celeste,Electric Piano,Cembalo,Tubular Bells
Robert Lippok   Bass Drums,electronics
Ronald Lippok   Percussion
Marco Decimo   Cello
Alberto Martini   Violin
Harald Kündgen   Vibes
Laura Riccardi   Violin
Antonio Leofreddi   Viola
Mauro Durante   Frame Drum

Technical Credits

Ludovico Einaudi   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Cover Photo
Tobias Lehmann   Engineer
Christian Bader   Engineer
Tom Russbüldt   Pro-Tools
Melo Fiorito   Cover Photo

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Nightbook 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
music_loverNC More than 1 year ago
Ludovico Einaudi is a genius. Having first heard his music on Hearts of Space, it opened my mind and my heart making me want to search for more. It is transforming and absolutely exquisite!