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Ludovico Einaudi (b.1955): Music for solo piano / Jeroen van Veen, piano

Album Summary

>Dvorak, Antonin : Quartet for Strings no 12 in F major, Op. 96/B 179 "American"
>Dvorak, Antonin : Quartet for Strings no 13 in G major, Op. 106/B 192
Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This release presents the best music of Ludovico Einaudi, whose 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. 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 Einaudi's music break sales records, the hypnotic calmness of his works being the perfect recipe against modern world's stress and fatigue.

American Record Guide, July/August 2015
My wife recently made a delicious banana pudding, tangy and rich, with a meringue on it. I could take or leave a meringue, but if there's a wonderful pudding under it, I'll eat it in a heartbeat. Every damn one of these pieces is a meringue - a slow-to-mid-tempo sketch bereft of any drama or harmonic interest. There's nothing wrong with writing beautiful music.



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>Dvorak, Antonin : Quartet for Strings no 12 in F major, Op. 96/B 179 "American"
  • Notes: Composition written: 1893.
  • Running Time: 25 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1893

>Dvorak, Antonin : Quartet for Strings no 13 in G major, Op. 106/B 192
  • Running Time: 39 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 12/09/1895