Turning the ordinary into something beautiful

July 04, 2017

Whenever I listen to Italian pianist and composer Ludovico Einaudi, I feel like life, however dreary, can sometimes be beautiful.

Whether you’re eating tired leftovers from the fridge on a Monday, driving home with a tear-soaked faced or just feeling dissatisfied with life in general, he’s an artist that has the ability to drag you from the doldrums to a better place.

Known for his rare breed of modern compositions that have somehow breathed an eclectic passion into the classical scene, his music becomes something you want to hide under your bed and keep to yourself forever.

I recently found an album of his I’d previously never listened to, as I wandered the aisles of a tiny music shop, flicking through record upon record that lined the shelves.

Sometimes it’s fun to pick up an album you have no knowledge of, and I was pleasantly surprised by Stanze, composed by Einaudi and played by the extremely talented Italian harpist Cecilia Chailly.

It was unusual at fi rst to hear no piano on a piece produced by the famous pianist himself, but even without Einaudi’s audible touch on the record, his talent, as well as the notes, octaves and distinctive sounds of a piano, seep through Chailly’s playing.

It may be easy for some to tire of the delicate sound of the solo harp over the length of an entire album, but I enjoyed the beautiful simplicity of the music.

Best listened to alone, or in the company of a person or animal who isn’t restless. It is the perfect winter soundtrack to accompany you on lonely drives through forests or afternoon writing sessions as the rain falls heavily outside.

Have you listened to this album? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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