Last night I witnessed one of the greatest musicians of our time take to the stage at the Sydney Opera House.
After seeing Ludovico Einaudi live at the Sydney Opera House in February 2014 I had very high expectations for his performance last night. But Einaudi, being the very talented musician that he is, was able to meet each and every one of those expectations.
Before the show I was lucky enough to attend the backstage ticket-holders special where Ludovico answered questions for a podcast that was being recorded. Understanding his background and how he came to be the musician he is today helped me appreciate even the beautiful music he produces even more. He shared personal stories about his family, his childhood and his writing process which is unlike any musician I have listen to before. The Sydney Opera House will be uploading the recording of the podcast soon so be sure to check it out for yourself!
Last year’s concert featured a piano played by Mr Einaudi himself accompanied by six other musicians, including one very VERY talented tambourine player! This year Einaudi was joined by the Sydney Opera and Ballet orchestra. The sounds were bigger, the crescendos were more powerful and moving and the bass was fuller. The orchestra completely embodied the songs and rather than simply accompanying the piano, they were an incredible piece as one.
The orchestra and Einaudi played songs from the albums I Giorni, Le Onde and In a Time Lapse. As explained by Einaudi himself before the show, the songs were pieced together carefully by himself so that the audience would feel as though they have been on a journey, much like the journey one takes when reading a book. The concert and each set of songs from the albums had a beginning, a middle and an end.
Before last night’s concert, Ludovico was one of my favourite musicians, composers and song writers. Now, he is my absolute favourite, without a doubt. Proving himself to be versatile yet performing the songs in a way that sound better but the same as when heard from the album, he completely embraced what being a musician means to me; being passionate about music.
If you ever get the chance to watch Ludovico Einaudi perform live, please do so! You won’t regret it. :)
Have you seen Ludovico Einaudi perform live?
What was your favourite concert? Let me know! :)