Ludovico Einaudi’s music has become some of the most recognisable in the world through its use in films and advertisements, making him the world’s most ubiquitous contemporary composer. He has provided music for feature films, TV and trailers, and fans include Nicki Minaj, who walks onstage to his music, Iggy Pop, Tom Hiddleston and Ellie Goulding, but to name a few. Einaudi’s music has been sampled by Professor Green and remixed by Mogwai and Starkey. In 2016 the pianist performed on a floating platform in the middle of the Arctic Ocean, specially built by Greenpeace, to raise awareness of global warming. In early August 2019, Einaudi performed a seven-night residency at London’s Barbican, which received standing ovations every night from the capacity audience.
Now Decca is proud to reissue one of his most-loved albums: Le Onde.
This is Einaudi’s first solo piano album and the track Le Onde was his first big hit. Einaudi took inspiration for the piece Le Onde from the novel The Waves by Virginia Woolf. The album is full of undulating, hypnotic melody that evokes images of the rhythms and patterns of the ocean.
"If it were a story it would be set on the seafront of a long beach. A beach without beginning and without end. The story of a man who walks along this shore and perhaps never meets anyone. His gaze lingers occasionally to look at some object or fragment brought from the sea. The footprints of a crab or a solitary seagull. I always take the sand, the sky, some clouds, the sea. Only the waves change, always the same and different, smaller. larger. Shorter. Longer."
1. Canzone Popolare (Francia1500 ca.)
2. Le Onde
5. La Linea Scura
7. Questa Notte
8. Sotto Vento
9. Dietro L'incanto
10. Onde Corte
11. La Profondità Del Buio
13. L'ultima Volta