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In perfect harmony
Ludovico Einaudi
...a feeling of calm and reflection. "
Last updated: 02 March 2005 1548 GMT
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Classical pianist Ludovico Einaudi gave a spectacular performance at Cheltenham Town Hall, writes Andy Sutcliffe.

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What better venue than the plush surroundings of the Cheltenham Town Hall, to witness a night of such beautiful and persuasive music?

Ludovico Einaudi (piano) played original compositions, with the occasional, but magnificent, assistance of Marco Decimo (cello).

The first part of the performance featured pieces from Una Mattina - One Morning, their latest CD release. This was soft, gentle, expressive music that flowed beautifully.

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The audience were treated to a rolling cascade of rounded 'marshmallow' notes - easy to listen to, but graceful and engrossing in their complexity. I was surprised to find myself thinking more of indie band Coldplay, than say Mozart or Tchaikovsky.

I was also reminded of the works of George Martin and Paul McCartney. Some sections were like a 'dub' mix of a Beatles track, with everything 'dropped out' apart from the piano.

This was a classical performance, but with no sheet music in sight - unpretentious and accessible. This music screamed out to me "please use me on a film soundtrack".

It was no surprise to learn that Ludovicos' music has featured in several films including Da Qualche Parte in Città, Acquario, Giorni Dispari, television film - Zhivago, and most recently award winning Sotto Falso Nome.

Landscape

Marcos' cello playing was extremely complimentary and allowed a landscape to be painted. It evoked a soft rolling hill, with the piano notes floating like fluffy clouds over the lush soundscape. I was particularly impressed with the rich texture of the notes played in the lower octaves.

This gentle music impressed me as being like soft droplets of sound that fell on my open ears and flooded me with a feeling of calm and reflection.

Mark Broadbent, record shop manager
Ludovico Einaudi and Marco Decimo

Ludovico's music is very beautiful and dreamlike. There was a striking clarity to the compositions performed. Being very concise, each note was carefully tailored to suit the emotional expression of its composer. This was a spectacular concert, played from memory, as I believe all music should be.

The endless queue of fans waiting for autographs at the end of the concert assured me that I was not alone in appreciating this fine composer and his musical partner. What a graceful, relaxing and reflective evening it was. Thank you.

Review and live photos by Andy Sutcliffe

Archive photo used with the permission Titti Santini (Manager)

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