Phenomenal Video Saturday: It’s Ludovico Einaudi time

Ludovico Einaudi is a modern Italian composer and pianist whose compositions focus on piano, strings, and the odd assortment of occasional electronic flourishes and even (very occasional) guitars. I’m struck listening to some of his stuff, because for all of the modern composers (like my best friend Olafur Arnalds) that get a lot of ink on the blogs, I rarely see anything about Einaudi. And that’s a shame, because the man is immensely talented, and his pieces are always emotionally charged.

Exhibit A is the below video, of a live performance of “Divenire” from Einaudi’s eponymous 2007 album. The song does a fantastic job of commanding your attention with the faster, afffecting passages full of pretty string arrangements so that when the song simmers, you’re still rapt. Also, the video is interestingly shot too, not actually getting to footage of the performance for a few minutes.

All in all, worth a watch. And a listen. Definitely at least a listen. Or two. Or, hell, three. How about three? You’re not busy.

Ludovico Einaudi – “Divenire” [MP3]

Check out last week’s PVS here.

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