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Nightbook

Ludovico Einaudi Audio CD
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This guy is amazing. Dec 20 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
It's the only 'classical' music that gets stuck in my head. Very modern, very beautiful. He deviated from the traditional structure and made something fabulous.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely riveting and beautiful Jan. 27 2010
By Monica J. Kern - Published on Amazon.com
You need to know my bias when you read this review: I think Ludovico Einaudi is the greatest living composer for piano today. I waited, not at all patiently, for the release of this album. (So impatiently, in fact, that I ordered an import for triple the cost to get it even earlier than amazon had available...). And I was not disappointed. This album is full of beautiful pieces in the trademark Einaudi style of melodic minimalism. Compared to his other solo piano works, I would say the pieces on this album are edgier, for want of a better word, than his past albums. Principio, for example, is one of the most ominous, darkly gorgeous piano solos I have ever heard. Eros starts with strings full of quiet tension and builds to an explosive climax. The first time I heard it I wasn't sure I liked it. Fifty or so listenings later, I think it is one of the strongest pieces, compositionally speaking, on the album. But I would not want to imply that all the pieces are dark and foreboding; the album has several soft and serene beautiful melodies, of which Indaco and Reverie are, in my opinion, the prettiest.

However, the best piece on the album isn't on it. That probably sounds cryptic, but I am referring to Berlin Song, a track that appears as a bonus on some of the import versions of the CD and is available through iTunes. Berlin Song is stunning: It begins with a legato blending of reverberating soft chords and ends with deep bass notes that echo in your heart. It is a piece that any Einaudi fan definitely should own, so after you buy this album, head over to iTunes to download Berlin Song as a separate track. Why not simply download the album from iTunes instead, you ask? Because the amazon version of Nightbook contains a different bonus track, Piste Sans Triste 13, that is not available on iTunes, an extra 8 minutes of Einaudi you don't want to miss out on.

Is this Einaudi's best album? That's hard to say, but if I were tempted to respond with a 'no,' it's only because so many of his other albums contain works of unbearable beauty. Would it be Divenire? Una Mattina? I Giorni? Or Le Onde? Nobody should ever be asked to make such a choice.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars haunting, majestic, beautiful Nov. 28 2009
By W. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I first heard about Nightbook listening to a BBC broadcast in the middle of the night when I could not sleep. There was an interview with Ludovico Einaudi and he played some of the pieces in the BBC studio. I had never heard of him before and was not sure how to spell his name. The next morning, the music was still haunting me. Fortunately, I was able to find the composer's name on the BBC web site - but it would be another month before the CD release in the United States.

After some Internet searching, I found a domestic copy of the CD for $14 and pre-ordered it.

The CD finally arrived about two weeks ago and - I must say - I find it more beautiful and compelling than I had expected.

The CD ranges from the quiet and introspective to the soaring and majestic. I do think there are a couple of stellar pieces here though. Lady Labyrinth and Nightbook (tracks 2 and 3) are strong churning pieces that combine piano, strings, percussion, etc. Simply awesome. These segue into Indaco (track 4), which is a haunting somber number that starts quietly, builds and fades. Beautiful.

At this point, Amazon has not posted audio clips from the album. If you would like to listen to some of the music, there are currently several YouTube video clips posted with music from this album. Check them out.

Sometimes the pace of life can be intense these days. If you need to bring things down a notch, and want to sit back, relax and find some inner peace - give this one a listen.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From MainlyPiano Feb. 2 2010
By Kathy Parsons - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
As the promotional material I received says, "Ludovico Einaudi might be the most popular musician you've never heard of. But if you're a fan of film, television, or even basketball, you've probably heard his music." Several years ago, I was lucky enough to have a friend from England send me the European release, "Echoes," a "best of" album akin to Narada's and Windham Hill's releases of David Lanz's and Yanni's music. I loved the music, but that and Einaudi's many other albums were always imports and expensive. That has finally started to change. His latest album, "Nightbook," was released in Europe last fall and just recently in the US, to be followed by a couple of concerts in CA in March 2010. Einaudi's music is very difficult to classify - sometimes classical crossover, sometimes new age or ambient, sometimes pop, Einaudi is an artist who cannot be put in a box, and more power to him for that! Nightbook contains a fascinating combination of the gentle, dreamy music Einaudi is especially known for, some very uptempo "fun" music, and some really edgy stuff. Most tracks include strings, percussion, and electronics, but Einaudi's piano is always the "star."

"Nightbook" begins with "In Principio," a piece for piano and electronics that suggests floating in open space - calm and very peaceful. Next up is "Lady Labyrinth," with a driving rhythm, cello, lots of percussion, and a feeling of dark mystery. I love this one! Then comes the title track! I love this one, too! A real toe-tapper while remaining soulful and passionate, the energy is infectious and thrilling. Almost an antidote to the fun, "Indaco" gently brings us back to earth with a haunting piece for piano and strings. Gorgeous! "The Snow Prelude N.15" and "N. 2" are the only two solo piano pieces (not counting the bonus track), and both are elegant and deeply emotional. "Eros" is extremely intense. Strings, piano, drums, and electronics play repeated notes and rhythms that continue to build throughout the piece with only slight variations (possibly driving some listeners a little crazy!). This seems like great music for a film soundtrack because of the dark intensity and suspense. "The Crane Dance" is a dramatic change, calming and soothing with incredible beauty. "The Tower" is the edgiest piece on the album. It must have been recorded in layers, as Einaudi plays piano, electric piano, celesta, tubular bells, and acoustic guitars while Robert Lippok supplies live electronics. Very dark and intense, it builds slowly from a quiet but frenetic start to a bigger, denser, and extremely agitated climax and then starts to recede. Whew! It's quite a ride! After that, "Reverie" is pure musical heaven - gentle, sweet, and full of grace. I love the pairing of piano and cello, and this one is magical! "The Planets" shows Einaudi's more ambient side. Just piano and electronics, we are again effortlessly floating in space, completely at peace. The bonus track, "Piste Sans Titre 13," is a different version of the title track. Much slower and a piano solo, it is almost meditative in its stillness. I have to admit that I was amazed to discover that it was the same piece. What an incredible album!

This is some amazing music, and I fully expect this album to be one of my favorites of the year! Very highly recommended!
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just a fan Jan. 27 2010
By William Costello - Published on Amazon.com
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I stumbled upon Einaudi's music in the Zune Marketplace (yes I know, one of the few Zune users out there). Anyway, it's great background/moody/contemplative music. All of it is good, from Divenire to Eden Roc to this album. Sample it here and there, you'll most likely get hooked as I did.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Recording! Nov. 15 2009
By J. Sparks - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I "discovered" Ludovico Einaudi about two years ago after building a large piano CD collection by the likes of George Winston, Phillip Aaberg, Michael Jones, etc. I first heard Einaudi's music on NPR's "Echoes", and immediately was entranced by the way he fused classical, folk, and "new-age" piano. Nightbook is no exception and every note is well worth the US price of admission for an outstanding neo-classical aural experience under the guidance of a world-class pianist!
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