Ludivico Einaudi


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Ludovico Einaudi is no stranger to the Hall of Fame, but this is the first year his work 'Brothers' has appeared

One of five pieces by Einaudi in this year's Classic FM Hall of Fame, Brothers was included on the composer's 2013 album In a Time Lapse.

The piece begins with Einaudi's inimitable piano style — a yearning melody with gently insistent accompaniment. But it soon becomes something much more insistent, and upbeat with the entry of strings. Brothers also makes use of tape and electronic loops.

In a Time Lapse was inspired by Einaudi's reading of Henry David Thoreau's ground-breaking book Walden in which the author moves to a remote hut in the American countryside and documents his life in the midst of nature. Einaudi said: 'In Walden, Thoreau describes the sounds he hears in the woods, in his cabin, in great detail. Those sounds, and the different impression of time he expresses, stuck with me, as I travelled and performed and began to compose new pieces.'