Once upon a time, I used to play the piano, before I realised that my life was better served doing things that I was a) good at and b) enjoyed.
One of the pieces I used to play was this:
I am not really into classical music, but I do like very spare piano music that is based on chords, and is powerful in its simplicity.
Like this Arvo Part:
There’s an arrangement for piano only, which I’ve also played. Although to be honest, I never had the nerve to string it out to its full 10 mins 36 seconds, and mine would be over in about 2 minutes flat.
Anyway, at work, I have decided that we need a new office soundtrack having played both War of the Worlds and Dire Straits almost to death. Unlike War of the Worlds and Dire Straits, it was unlikely that we’d be having an office hum along to whichever of the Part and Einaudi I chose. However, Einaudi is much more dynamic and exciting, and I can’t be doing with anything too soporific while I work.
Next decision was whether I should get 2011’s The Islands, with Le Onde on it, or Einaudi’s most recent, In a Time Lapse. Much as I love Le Onde, when I heard the track Run from Time Lapse, I knew it was the one.
Of course, it helps that Run has more than an echo of Pachelbel’s Canon about its chord structure.
The more I listen, the more I marvel that this album can go to each extreme of stillness and drama, and be so moving without being sentimental.