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Classical - Released February 20, 2004 | Ponderosa Music & Art

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Classical - Released February 20, 2004 | Ponderosa Music & Art

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Classical - Released October 15, 2005 | Ponderosa Music & Art

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Classical - Released March 15, 2006 | Ponderosa Music & Art

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Classical - Released February 1, 2007 | Ponderosa Music & Art

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Classical - Released March 5, 2007 | Ponderosa Music & Art

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Classical - Released March 5, 2007 | Ponderosa Music & Art

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Classical - Released March 5, 2007 | Ponderosa Music & Art

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New Age - Released September 5, 2008 | Ponderosa Music & Art Srl

Ludovico Einaudi is a minimalist Italian composer, often associated with film, who has enlivened his style with electronic effects drawn from the worlds of techno and ambient music. He sometimes goes by his last name alone. The combination has proven commercially potent in Europe, and given the attraction of Steve Reich and the other minimalists among aficionados of electronic music on the pop side, it's surprising more musicians haven't explored the combination. Live in Berlin mostly draws on Einaudi's album Divenire, which is scored for piano and orchestra. Apparently little known even to Einaudi's fans, it shows that this composer's studio-oriented sound can be effectively transferred to a live setting. The music, with its waves of arpeggiated piano chords, evoke the new age sound of the 1980s, but strike an intriguing balance between that softer aesthetic and the sparser structures of early minimalism. The electronics push the balance farther in the latter direction, serving as solid joints and substructure to the music. They lose little in live performance, in superior live recording aided by the surroundings of Berlin's venerable Philharmonie, home to the Berlin Philharmonic (it's on Herbert von Karajan Street). Live recordings of minimalist (and new age) music have historically not gotten much attention; these genres seem to favor the closed, meditative loop between studio and listener. This one, however, is unusually well done.
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Classical - Released September 20, 2009 | Ponderosa Music & Art

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Classical - Released September 26, 2010 | Ponderosa Music & Art

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 16, 2013 | Ponderosa Music & Art

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World - Released September 27, 2011 | Ponderosa Music & Art

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Classical - Released October 7, 2013 | Ponderosa Music & Art

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Film Soundtracks - Released November 7, 2013 | Blaricum CD Company (B.C.D.) B.V.

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Classical - Released September 22, 2014 | Decca (UMO) (Classics)

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Classical - Released October 18, 2014 | Ponderosa Music & Art

Italian pianist Ludovico Einaudi writes and performs original compositions that are difficult to classify. He has been grouped with the minimalists, but has rejected that label, and in fact the experience of hearing his music is quite different from that of listening to Philip Glass. Einaudi (who sometimes goes by that single name, but not here) has been extraordinarily popular in Europe, and his CDs have been finding U.S. distribution as well; Una Mattina (One Morning), originally released in 2004, is a good introduction to his style. With the minimalists it shares an extreme economy of language, but that economy is applied to pop gestures rather than to basic musical materials. It's as if Glass or Reich had set out to make a minimalist-pop album -- and then decided to shop it to one of the new age labels: the mood is consistently and almost unchangingly meditative. But there is none of the virtuoso improvisation of pianists like George Winston; the musical language is kept tightly reined in, so that a small shift in harmony, say, takes on the weight of a major musical event. Sample Resta con me (Stay with Me), track 3, to get the flavor of the whole; it seems as though it's going to evolve into a pop piano instrumental, but it doesn't quite. All the music is for Einaudi's own piano, played solo, except that there are some very subtle touches of cello, approaching full partnership in track 9, Dna. Nothing takes this out of the realm of what used to be called mood music, which means that most listeners will know whether they're going to like it or not. But it isn't copying anybody else.
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World - Released June 17, 2015 | Ponderosa Music & Art

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World - Released June 24, 2015 | Ponderosa Music & Art

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Classical - Released June 28, 2015 | Lark Recordings