Italian Alt-Classical Composer's First Solo Piano Album from 1996 Available on 180g 2LP
Luminous, emotive, effortlessly lyrical and always supremely refined the music and performance of Ludovico Einaudi have attracted an ever growing audience over the last two decades whose diversity and devotion are without parallel. He has released a series of chart-topping albums, sells out the most prestigious concert halls worldwide, composed a string of award-winning film scores and routinely tops audience polls becoming an internet phenomenon.
With a unique musical alchemy that draws on elements of classical, rock, electronica and world musics he has rendered traditional ideas of genre and audience divide obsolete and become not only one of the best known composers in the world today but almost certainly the best loved too.
Originally released in 1996, Le Onde was Einaudi's first solo piano album and first big success. The album is inspired by Virginia Woolf's novel The Waves. Einaudi writes that he was "really intrigued by the form of the novel, which is very complex and interesting because some parts are written in italics and others in normal text. The parts in italics are like a cadence running through the book." The piece is divided into parts, each repeated until the coda brings it all to a close. The hypnotic melody flows and surges depicting the movements of the ocean.