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Ludovico Einaudi – Seven Days Walking (Day 1) (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Ludovico Einaudi – Seven Days Walking (Day 1) (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 51:55 minutes | 760 MB | Genre:  Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Decca (UMO) (Classics)

“Seven Days Walking”: seven bodies of music to be released over seven consecutive months. The first, ‘Seven Days Walking: Day One’, which interweaves piano and strings in his unmistakable style, is Einaudi’s 14th studio album and will be released on 15th March, on Decca. ‘Seven Days Walking: Day Two’ follows a month later. Each ‘day’ is then released, digitally, a month apart, leading up to ‘Day Seven’ which will be released in the autumn in a box-set of the complete Seven Days. Inspiration for the entire project derived from walks that Einaudi would take through the mountains in winter. He explains, “In January last year I often went for long walks in the mountains, always following more or less the same trail. It snowed heavily, and my thoughts roamed free inside the storm, where all shapes, stripped bare by the cold, lost their contours and colours. Perhaps that feeling of extreme essence was the origin of this album.” The first album focuses on several main themes, which then recur in different forms on the following albums – seven variations following the same imaginary itinerary. Or the same itinerary, retraced at seven different times.

After Elements in 2016, Ludovico Einaudi is continuing his exploration of nature with Seven Days Walking, the first opus in a collection of seven albums to be published throughout 2019. His long walks in the Piedmont mountains during the winter of 2017 were the inspiration for these melancholic and hypnotic melodies. The repetitive nature of walking the same routes again and again in this region which he knows like the back of his hand is reflected musically in his most minimalist composition to date. The harshness and chill of the landscape is translated by the stripped-back orchestration (his piano, a violin and a cello), as well as an understated style (especially in A Sense of Simmetry). The serious tone of the music also highlights Einaudi’s activism in favour of the conservation of nature in the face of environmental degradation. In 2016, he shot a video clip on a floating platform in the Arctic Ocean to support Greenpeace’s Save the Arctic campaign. Recorded in Germany at the end of 2018, Seven Days Walkinggoes from a delicate and carefree softness (Low Mist, Golden Butterflies) to overwhelming bouts of tension, intensified by masterful crescendos (Gravity, as well as the impressive The Path of the Fossils). Both haunting and elegant, this album once again showcases Einaudi’s talent for musical alchemy as this contemplative journey is a perfect blend of simple, entrancing popular tunes and an orchestral labyrinth more complex than it seems.  – Nicolas Magenham

1 Seven Days Walking, Day 1: Low Mist Var. 1
2 Seven Days Walking, Day 1: Low Mist
3 Seven Days Walking, Day 1: Gravity
4 Seven Days Walking, Day 1: Matches
5 Seven Days Walking, Day 1: Cold Wind Var. 1
6 Seven Days Walking, Day 1: Golden Butterflies
7 Seven Days Walking, Day 1: Fox Tracks
8 Seven Days Walking, Day 1: A Sense of Symmetry
9 Seven Days Walking, Day 1: The Path of the Fossils
10 Seven Days Walking, Day 1: Ascent
11 Seven Days Walking, Day 1: Low Mist Var. 2

Ludovico Einaudi, piano


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