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The music of composer/pianist Ludovico Einaudi has been described as minimalist, classical, ambient, contemporary and deeply touchingÖ the welcome sound of stillness in a hectic world.

Week after week, his hauntingly beautiful and evocative music has kept him among the best-selling and most requested recording artists (in the UK and Italy in particular).

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  • Audio CD (20 April 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Windham Hill
  • ASIN: B0001VOHHK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,644,442 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Jun. 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is an absolutely amazing album, it includes most of his best works and is captivating, there is not a bad track on the cd. brilliant to relax to or inspire, it flows beautifully. i am 17 and this cd is among one of the best i have and listen to it constantly. if you are a fan of his and havent got any of these, this is an essential purchase. likewise, anyone who has never heard of him wouldnt go wrong in getting this. if you can play the piano and are grade 4-6 then i would reccomend the piano music to most of his best pieces, which are brilliant to play, and once mastered leave a real sense of achievement. highly recomended
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Jun. 2004
Format: Audio CD
This CD goes round and round whilst I am driving. It is quite the best music for a relaxing drive, and indeed to ensure relaxation at any time. My favourite tracks are numbers one and four which I often repeat several times, but to be fair there is not a single track I dislike. The best CD I have ever bought (and the music score is equally compulsive playing on the piano!)
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
from 31 Oct. 2003
By Kathy Parsons - Published on
Format: Audio CD
It is the first cold, rainy morning of the fall season, and I'm sitting here listening to one of the most beautiful piano albums I've heard in awhile. Italian composer/pianist Ludovico Einaudi is something of a sensation in Europe, especially in The UK, where his music is featured on Classic FM. The first fourteen tracks are from Einaudi's four previous releases; the last three are new and were recorded live in London earlier this year. The music is complex, but very accessible. It would make a wonderful backdrop for other activities, but deserves active listening to enjoy the beauty of the music as well as Einaudi's evocative playing.

All of the pieces are strong and individual, and several include other instruments besides the piano; one, "Calmo," is a harp solo. The collection opens with "The Waves (Le Onde)," a gorgeous solo inspired by Virginia Woolfe's book of the same title. With gently rolling chords, Einaudi captures the ocean at peace. The theme recurs several times, a little differently each time, just as the ocean is constantly changing and yet is always the same. I absolutely love this piece! "Out of the Night" is piano and strings, and is a bit darker and more brooding, born at the end of a period of frustration and writer's block. "The Dark Line" comes from the Woolfe book again, and describes the place on the horizon where clouds and the sun meet the sea. Rather melancholy and mysterious, it is also deeply passionate. "Eden Roc" is quite different - Celtic in flavor - with piano, guitar, and string quartet. It is livelier and more upbeat, with a pensive melody on strings and a dancelike rhythm on guitar - a very interesting piece! "Nefeli" is a real gem. Composed for an energetic little girl, the piece is flowing, slightly melancholic, and absolutely gorgeous. "Tonight" was inspired by the 16th century French folk songs Einaudi's mother played for him as a child. Romantic and hopeful, this is one of the more upbeat and dynamic tracks with a brilliant left hand accompaniment that sounds like a guitar being strummed - very beautiful! "Odd Days" is another big favorite. Describing "one of those days," the piano and string quartet blend wonderfully in a darkly passionate mood piece that would work well as a film theme (Einaudi has done a lot of work in films as well as other media). "Behind the Window" is one of the newer pieces, and describes the moment when you are looking out a window and something grabs your attention. Light in mood with lots of open spaces, it is a bit less structured than some of the other pieces.

It is fascinating how "Echoes" has a variety of moods and styles of music, and yet carries a pretty consistent mood of calm introspection. This has become one of my favorite albums, and I hope more of Ludovico Einaudi's work becomes available in the US. I give it my highest recommendation.
31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Splendid Compilation from Italian Pianist 26 Oct. 2003
By S. Cairns - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Every once in a while, a CD comes along that blows me away with its brilliance. This is one such CD.
"Echoes" is a 78 minute collection containing 14 of Einaudi's most beautiful compositions, selected from four previous albums. In addition, there are three bonus tracks recorded live in London during the Summer of 2003.

Some tracks are piano solos, others are orchestrated. What is consistent, however, is the melodic beauty which shines throughout this disc. It is a joy to listen to from start to finish.
The CD insert contains notes about the origin of the pieces.
This composer has recently become a big hit in England, topping the Classical charts, and performing a very successful tour. Find out why Einaudi is causing such a stir over here in the UK.

I can't recommend this CD highly enough. It is destined to become a classic.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Music for the heart 23 Dec. 2003
By Keith Roddey - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Recently, I saw the movie, Giuseppe Piccioni's "Light of my Eyes (Luce dei miei occhi)" and just fell in love with the score, written by Einaudi. It's just a simple score, a theme played mostly on piano that runs through the movie. But it touched me, had such an emotional effect. So far I've been unsuccessful at getting a copy of it, if it even exists. "Echoes" was my attempt, my hope at capturing something similar...and though it doesn't attain the same emotional hold as that simple theme from the movie, it is still beautiful too is able to stir emotions.
And that's what comes across in the music...emotions. It will carry you away and take you places, memories that you want to relive. And that's a nice thing, a beautiful thing for music to do. And based on that, I reccomend it...
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Absolutely beautiful... 15 Mar. 2006
By Monica J. Kern - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Ludovici Einaudi is one of the most gifted composers active today. This collection contains many pieces of quiet beauty. I am tempted to describe his music as a cross between George Winston and Philip Glass, although that is perhaps not fair to all three composers, as they each have unique musical talent. However, I think the comparison works: Einaudi's music does possess the elements of repetition that is Glass's hallmark, but it also has stronger melodies than does Glass's music, hence my comparison to Winston.

Most of the pieces on this collection are solo piano, although there are a couple with other accompanying instruments. My favorites are "Le Onde," "I giorni," and "Melodia Africana III." But there is not a disappointing track on the entire CD.

New age music often gets a bum rap of being "elevator music" or syrupy pap. Einaudi is proof that new age music can be intellectually complex and emotionally satisfying. I predict his work will stand the test of time, and I recommend this album to anybody who enjoys solo piano.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Echoes: The Einaudi Collection 20 May 2007
By Teresita Pines - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Echoes, The Einaudi Collection is a CD filled with beautiful classical piano music. It is so relaxing, and fills my home with beautiful music. I heard this music on my local classical music station, and had to buy it for my own collection. If you love classical, relaxing, and beautifully played piano music, this CD is for you!!
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