Critically Acclaimed 2013 Album from Italian Alt-Classical Composer/Pianist Available on 180g 2LP
Time contracts and expands, creating a space for greater depth, greater feeling. It can plod by, or rush in a swift, meaningless blur. Italian alt-classical composer Ludovico Einaudi began contemplating time's qualities as he reflected on his life and on the writings of Henry David Thoreau. "In Walden, Thoreau describes the sounds he hears in the woods, in his cabin, in great detail," Einaudi explains. "Those sounds, and the different impression of time he expresses, stuck with me, as I traveled and performed and began to compose new pieces."
These pieces became In a Time Lapse (Ponderosa, 2013), Einaudi's critically acclaimed album that shows he, like Thoreau, knows how to listen closely and deeply to intimate seconds and moments, transforming them into pensive, richly arranged instrumental works. Primarily a pianist, Einaudi draws on lush strings, subtle but intriguing electronic elements ("Waterways"), and even the pulse of Southern Italian tarantella traditions ("Experience"), to create pieces that resonate profoundly. Built from deceptively simple musical motifs, Einaudi builds drama and intensity, clarity of sound and vibrant meaning.
The album was composed over a period of two years and recorded in October 2012 in a monastery near Verona, Italy. Epic and emotional as his bestselling album Divenire, experimental and adventurous as Nightbook, In A Time Lapse goes further by incorporating baroque and Italian folk music, late romantic strings textures, and a wide variety of colors through percussion and electronics. The album features Einaudi's band and the string orchestra I Virtuosi Italiani. Violinist Daniel Hope also appears on several pieces including "Orbits," where the solo violin climbs the sky towards infinity.