Title - 'Seven Days Walking: Day Two'
Artist - Ludovico Einaudi
For those not in the know, Ludovico Einaudi is an Italian pianist and composer who was trained at the Conservatorio Verdi in Milan.
Indeed, Einaudi began his career as a classical composer, later incorporating other styles and genres such as pop, rock, folk, and world music.
Einaudi composed the scores for a number of films and trailers, including 'This Is England', 'The Intouchables' and 'I'm Still Here', the TV mini-series 'Doctor Zhivago', and 'Acquario' in 1996 (for which he won the Grolla d'oro for best soundtrack).
He has also released a number of solo albums of piano and orchestra, notably I Giorni in 2001, Nightbook in 2009, and In a Time Lapse in 2013.
Furthermore, both Taranta Project, a collaborative album, was released in May 2015, and Elements was released in October 2015.
However, on March 1st, 2019, he announced a seven-part project named Seven Days Walking, which will be released over the course of seven months in 2019.
The ambitious project consists of seven volumes of music, the first of which Seven Days Walking: Day One was released on March 15th, 2019 via Decca / Universal Music.
A complete box-set of the project will be released in the fall of 2019, but for now Day Two has just been released.
1. "Low Mist" (Var. 1)
2. "A Sense of Symmetry"
4. "Golden Butterflies" (Var. 1)
6. "Fox Tracks"
7. "Campfire" (Var. 1)
8. "Matches" (Var. 1)
9. "The Path of the Fossils"
10. "Cold Wind" (Var. 1)
11. "Low Mist" (Var. 2)
Featuring Einaudi on piano, Federico Mecozzi on violin and viola, and Redi Hasa on cello, each episode is focused on several main themes, which are recurring in different form: seven variations following the same imaginary itinerary.
Or, perhaps it's the same itinerary, retraced in seven different moments. That's the beauty of Einaudi's work here on this opus, for it is always going to be whatever the listener wishes or imagines it to be.
"I remember that in January 2018 I often went for long walks in the mountains, always following more or less the same trail," Einaudi himself has since explained.
"It snowed heavily, and my thoughts roamed free inside the storm, where all shapes, stripped bare by the cold, lost their contours and colors.
Perhaps that feeling of extreme essence was the origin of this album.”
Recorded between September and October 2018 in Schloss Elmau (Germany) and Air Studios in London (England), this now-released Day Two gives us 11 compositions that are noticeably more vibrant, perhaps even more aggrieved than the first.
Chock full of wondrous whirring violin moments and sparingly subtle, yet immensely poignant piano work, the album is a masterpiece unto itself, it truly is.
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