Luminous, emotive, effortlessly lyrical and always supremely refined the music and performances of Ludovico Einaudi have attracted an ever growing audience over the last two decades whose diversity and devotion are without parallel. The inspiration for Einaudi's romantic/minimalistic release I Giorni was a 12th-century folk song from Mali about a hippopotamus who was cherished by the residents of a nearby village but killed by a hunter. "The song," writes Einaudi in his liner notes, "is sung as a lament for the death of a king or a great person or for the loss of a loved one." The result is a tender and introspective set of fourteen solo piano pieces. This work was written after hearing the kora playing of Toumani Diabate whilst traveling in Mali. Originally released in 2008, I Giorni is now available as a 180g 2LP-set.