World renowned Italian pianist and composer Ludovico Einaudi has shared his memories of lockdown in a harrowing and intimate new album, 12 Songs From Home…
Like many artists, Ludovico Einaudi was due to share his musical talents with a worldwide audience as part of his touring schedule this year but, like many plans, this fell victim to the current Covid-19 pandemic and resulted in millions and millions of people, including the Italian pianist and composer, being confined to their homes, as governments across the globe imposed strict lockdown restrictions.
However, Einaudi did not allow this horrific virus to prevent him from sharing his talent and bringing some much-needed joy to his fans at a time of uncertainty, anxiety and fear. Instead of playing to packed out crowds, he instead live streamed several intimate concerts performed live in his home to thousands of people via his Instagram page.
In March, Einaudi also released an ‘At Home’ video for Greenpeace on his official Facebook page, dedicated to his fans, those “who stay at home in order to fight the health emergency”, and those who continue to campaign for action on climate change around the world. This video has since achieved over 250,000 views.
After the huge response to his self-broadcasts, Einaudi felt inspired to record a special set on his iPhone as a memory of a strange and unforgettable moment in history. This set resulted in a beautiful 12-track digital collection titled 12 Songs From Home.
“I recorded 12 Songs From Home between March and April 2020 during the peak of Italy’s lockdown,” Einaudi explained. “In March I started to play live concerts regularly on social media. Switching on my phone to connect for 30-40 minutes with the world has been a beautiful and intimate alternative to the spring tour that I regrettably had to postpone. This new release is the memory of those home live concerts, my memory of this time, the memory of a strange and new atmosphere that we won’t forget.”
An hour and nine minutes in length, 12 Songs From Home features a compilation of some of Einaudi’s most notable works, including 2004’s Nuvole Bianche, Ascent from his mammoth Seven Days Walking project last year and Elegy for the Arctic, released in 2018 to highlight Greenpeace’s climate change campaign.
Recorded at home on Einaudi’s own upright piano, featuring background noises and with artwork drawn by the composer, 12 Songs From Home does not have the clinically polished features of a studio album but this only accentuates the strange, unique charm of the project.
Listeners can almost hear the isolation Einaudi and many others were and still are feeling amid social restrictions.
This momentous collection acts as a haunting soundtrack to a time of solitude, lockdowns and uncertainty, with moments of light breaking through in the form of uplifting bridges throughout the recordings, thus capturing the current global climate perfectly.
• 12 Songs From Home by Ludovico Einaudi is available now across digital streaming and download platforms on Decca Records.