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I would have given this CD a five-star rating if the version of "Una Mattina" featured on this album had been the same version of the song I initially discovered online. The online version of this album was posted by the artist, himself, Ludovico Einaudi. I suppose he changed and lengthened "Una Mattina" long after he initially made the recording found on this CD. Normally, when an artist provides his or her music online for free, I usually try to support the artist by purchasing a CD of his or her music. The online version of "Una Mattina" always brings tears to my eyes whenever I listen to it (which is just about every day), but the version of "Una Mattina" on this CD (half the length of the online version) doesn't have the same emotional impact upon me. What this means is that, even though I now own a CD of this album, I won’t be listening to it, because the online version of this album is better simply because it contains the newer, longer version of “Una Mattina."
Ludovico has echos of erik satie, philip glass and keith jarrett. love the subtle unexpected variations on the theme where other composers deliver often myopic predictable repetitions, Ludovico will drop a note or choose one you don't expect it but it works. He's not afraid to use pauses. Each piece develops and builds before setting you back down happy and satisfied.
I heard one of the songs on this album on a YouTube video of Michael Jordan and immediately loved it. I ordered the full album and really enjoy it. I mostly listen to rock and R&B music, but this album fills a void of classical "piano music" that I have always loved but was lacking in my collection. The compositions are "bare bones" with almost piano exclusively. Some of the tacks have an occasional violin or cello, but it's basically a straight up piano album. You won't regret buying it if you decide to go that route.
I like to listen to instrumental music when I am working because even with mellow music, sometimes words are distracting. This album kept on coming up on Pandora, and I loved it enough that I decided to get it. Talk about beautiful! My daughter thinks it is a little repetitive; I love it. It is really gorgeous music if you like music that is subtle, quiet, and serene. He can really play. It's one of my favorite albums, and I am not getting tired of it.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 18, 2019
I bought this CD on the strength of one track. It turned out to be a huge disappointment. It is the kind of music you would put in the background after a dinner party while munching in After Eights and drinking a glass of Cognac.
5.0 out of 5 starsthe best Einaudi album ive gotten so far
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 18, 2018
Wow this album is pure beautiful relaxing joy. its like being in a conversation and is just wonderful to sit and relax and muse on things. the addition every now and then of a deep cello or haunting violin is lovely i think its one of the best piece of music ive ever listened to
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 26, 2009
Is there something good about simplicity. Yes! And this is it. About 100 years ago Satie wrote pieces he called furniture music. Now, here is Einaudi quiet reflective, taking the strain out of living. The cover of the CD has his orange kilim carpet, his table, chair, book and newspaper and a fork in a jar- it shows the ordinary delights of life. The music's gentle repeated patterns help to bring about a tranquil frame of mind. The CD does not need to be at the forefront of attention but can accompany domestic routines. Although the title reminds of Morning with 'sunlight coming through the window', with 'clouds sailing slowly across the sky' (sleeve note) it could be just a recurring pattern equally serene at midnight after a heavy day. This is a certainly soothing minimal music for millions including me.