Bathed in spotlight with the whizzing of Mecozzi’s violin bow filling Union Chapel, Ludovico Einaudi opens with “Cold Wind” accompanied by Hasa on cello.
As the notes whirled around the auditorium, filling the space with a enigmatic chill, you sense the beginning of a journey unfolding.
Sat side profile, a staunch Einaudi set to delivering the musical interpretation of his mountain walk – Seven Days Walking: Day One.
As the piece flowed into “Low Mist”, the distinct lack of instruments made for an eerie scene drawing the listeners mind into curious thought – before dramatically developing into a period drama style piece.
As “Gravity” hits, Eindaudi’s fingers dance lightly over the keys, with Mecozzi’s melody whispering in the rear. Becoming ever gradually spritely, the piece suddenly drops into a deep, dark and dense musical interpretation before returning to peace and calm.
If there was a visual accompaniment, at this point I imagine you’d see Ludovico descending an uneven slope before stopping to light a cigarette as “Matches” sets the next scene.
My favourite composition of the night had to be “Golden Butterflies” – the dexterity of Einaudi’s fingers flittering on Mecozzi and Hasa’s musical breeze had my minds eye translating vivid movements – I was that moved and captivated by the piece.
The balance and harmony of the trio was made evident in “A Sense of Symmetry”, “Fox Tracks” and “Underwood”, as well as two interesting arrangements not featured on the album, “Elements” and “Fuori Dal Mondo”.
The murky and suppressing “Fuori Dal Mondo” has to be commended for it’s imploding and foreboding sound. While “Elements” has to be the piece that sums up the entirety of the walk. Within the performance, upon closing your eyes, you see the beauty of the mountains, feel the chill of the mist and the slight warmth from sun peeking through in patches – yet there’s a moment of other worldliness felt, as the violin takes on the shrill of a siren, leaving you with feelings of dread and breathlessness.
Following the end of “Path of Fossils” – which again culminated in dramatic capture – resulted in thundering applause for Ludovico Einaudi, pianist extraordinaire, and his equally majestic musicians – Redi Hasa and Federico Mecozzi.
Now this was only Ludovico’s interpretation of day one of his seven day walk, and as I exited the auditorium, my eager mind wondered what the remaining six days would unleash.