Ludovico Einaudi, Divenire
Ludovico Einaudi's latest CD release Divenire (`becoming') is a work which has spent considerable time being developed. Its origins are in the performance of a composition written for the festival `I suoni delle Dolomiti' (The Sounds of the Dolomites) in 2002.
`Since that experience I have done many other things, but have always thought that sooner or later I would develop the idea and expand it' says Einaudi.
Five years later we have the resulting Divenire, a work which brings together an orchestra (Royal Liverpool Philharmonic), cello (Marco Decimo), sound modifiers (Paulo Giudici) and of course piano by Einaudi himself. The work has been developed and introduced during his live performances, as Einaudi explains:
`...I was becoming bored with playing the same works in the same way...I began to play about with sequences I recorded at home, sound effects created on the computer...which I then included in my live performances...'
So the live performances enabled the evolution of what has become a beautifully crafted CD release. The music, which embraces elements of classical music, electronic sounds and Ludovico's own distinctive piano is difficult to categorise, as the composer himself admits:
`I wouldn't know. In some ways the classical music sections have something dead about them and are too tied to the past. I would prefer my niche among a varied selection, not pigeon-holed by a specific genre'.
The results however have been given various labels, such as ambient, contemporary, meditative, minimalistic, introspective and modern classical.
In my opinion this is Einaudi's best release to date, for the combination of the diverse sounds created by the piano, strings and various electronic elements work so well together that it is almost impossible not to be swept away by the deeply emotional melodies that the composer creates. The CD has been released to coincide with The Divenire Tour, during which most of the music here can be heard. The resulting sell-out tickets for these concerts is a reflection of Einaudi's ever increasing popularity, and this album I believe will firmly establish him as one of the leading contemporary composers.
It is difficult to single out my favourites from such an outstanding CD, but `Uno'(One), `Oltremare' (Overseas), and `Andare' (Go) will bring memories of seeing Einaudi, complete with string sextet and the electronic wizardry of Robert Lippok onstage during his Divenire Tour. A great CD, which I recommend to anyone wanting to experience, for want of a better label, contemporary classical music.