Ludovico Einaudi takes every position on classical chart
07 October 2015
Today Ludovico Einaudi made chart history by being the first artist to take all top 10 single positions in the iTunes classical chart.
He also has two albums in the top 10, ‘Islands’ at number 1 and his new album ‘Elements’ - released on October 16th - at number 6.
Einaudi recently performed music from his new album ‘Elements’ via a live stream on his official YouTube channel last Saturday, his music received a significant amount of exposure this weekend on The X Factor and several tracks from the new album featured in the final 2 hour episode of This is England ‘90.
The opening credits of BBC drama Dr Foster which has its final episode tonight also feature his track ‘Fly’ - which featured on GoggleBox on Friday.
Recorded this year at Einaudi’s Italian home, ‘Elements’ features 12 tracks, which interweave piano, strings, percussion, guitar and electronica and it is simultaneously exhilarating and transcendent. It is inspired by nature’s elements, mathematical and scientific elements, musical forms and works of art.
Says Einaudi: “I saw new frontiers – on the edge between what I knew and what I didn’t know – that I had long wanted to explore: creation myths, the periodic table, Euclid's geometry, Kandinsky’s writings, the matter of sound, and of colour, the stems of wild grass in a meadow, the shapes of the landscape. For months I wandered in a seemingly chaotic mix of images, thoughts and feelings. Then, gradually, everything came together in a dance, as if all the elements were parts of the same world, and myself within it.”
His music has been described as minimalist, alt-classical, ambient and contemporary, but it defies easy classification. He sums it up best: “There is something in it that comes from classical, but I have influences from different music I have experienced in my life, from African music to folk and rock.”
Check out the recent Music-News.com exclusive interview: