World-renowned Italian pianist and composer Ludovico Einaudi’s greatest works from film and television are to be collected and celebrated in a brand new release, Cinema, writes Nick Benson.
He’s ‘the man whose music makes a movie’ and the most streamed classical artist of all time and, now, Ludovico Einaudi’s incredible cinematic achievements will be celebrated in a brand new album.
The aptly titled Cinema is a new handpicked collection of Einaudi’s incredible musical works from film and television and features 28 breath-taking tracks from the big and small screen, including Insidious, Sense8, This is England and a number of Einaudi’s integral tracks from Oscar-winning films Nomadland and The Father.
With a career spanning three decades and multiple generations, the world-renowned composer and pianist’s captivating music has become some of the most recognisable in the world.
This is due to the fact that Einaudi is a true master of his art and those within the film and TV industry recognise this and understand that combining their creations with Einaudi’s masterpieces will undoubtedly enhance their own work.
This was obvious during the recent Oscars ceremony, which saw hit films Nomadlandand The Fathersweep up awards, with Nomadlandwinning Best Picture, Best Leading Actress and Best Director, making Chloe Zhao the first woman of colour and the second woman ever to win the award, and The Fathertaking home Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Actor.
These two captivating films share one thing in common. They both feature the music of Einaudi.
Zhao, director of Nomadland, and Florian Zeller, director of The Father, are among some of the greatest movie directors to credit Einaudi as being intrinsic in bringing their films to life with his emotive compositions.
Recently featuring as a guest on the Experience: The Ludovico Einaudi Storypodcast, Zhao recalled the moment she first discovered Einaudi’s music.
“I went online to search for classical music inspired by nature,” she told host Joe Dempsie. “[It led me to] a YouTube video of his Elegy for the Arctic. I then started listening to Seven Days Walking and was amazed by how I felt Ludovico was walking in the Alps. I felt like he and the character of Fern were walking in parallel; their shared love of nature connects them, and I knew then his music would fit perfectly with our movie.”
Meanwhile, Zeller admitted to being drawn to Einaudi due to his use of one instrument in particular.
“The reason I really wanted to work with Einaudi is the way he used violins,” he said. “I wanted to have a violin-like golden thread throughout the film [The Father]. So, it was a very delicate composition. In a way, almost nothing…he’s the master of that territory, almost nothing. Because when there is almost nothing but so much sensuality and mystery, it’s something huge.”
The Experience: The Ludovico Einaudi Story podcast has featured interviews with many film and TV titans, including actor and producer Russell Crowe (Les Miserables, Gladiator); director and screenwriter Shane Meadows (This Is England, Dead Man’s Shoes); and writer and director Eric Toledano (The Intouchables, Samba). During their appearances, the stars have explored how they first discovered Einaudi’s music and the emotional impact it had on them.
“I was using Ludovico’s music a lot on the set just to keep the goosebumps on people’s skin,” Crowe said about The Water Diviner. “It makes you feel like you’re actually inside the movie.”
Boasting 15 studio albums and over 80 film and television synchs to his name, Einaudi has become one of the most ubiquitous contemporary composers of the century.
He repeatedly tops the classical charts globally and has become the biggest streamed classical artist of all time.
One in ten classical streams in the UK stem from Einaudi’s music equating to over 1 million streams a day and 2.4 billion streams across the board.
He transcends generations and in addition to his synch, chart and streaming accolades enjoys over 1 million YouTube subscribers and over 10million views and 83,000 pieces of unique video content on TikTok.
As well as the aforementioned films and TV shows, Cinema also features Einaudi tracks from 2015 British documentary film Listen to Me Marlon, based on iconic actor Marlon Brando; British TV mini-series Doctor Zhivago; and BBC drama series, Doctor Foster, as well as many others.
While it is more than clear that many filmmakers correctly value Einaudi’s work as some form of precious treasure, the use of his music in films and TV shows is also beneficial for the composer in moulding his future compositions.
“They say my music is cinematic,” he said. “It is always interesting for me to see my music combined with images; it is like rediscovering reading my music with a different perspective”
Cinema by Ludovico Einaudi will be released on Decca Records on 4th June.
Picture: Ludovico Einaudi. (Ray Tarantino/Decca Records).