I had the great pleasure of catching Ludovico Einaudi, the contemporary composer, at the National Concert Hall last night. Being honest, I hadn’t heard the name until the better half suggested that the show might be worth a look. Interestingly enough, doing a bit of research, I discovered I’d actually heard a decent selection of his music without ever being aware that is was him – I suppose that’s one of the great things about composing the sort of wonderful ambient music, there’s always a film or television soundtrack in need of a bit of atmosphere.
To film (or genre) fans such as myself, his work has been featured on the soundtracks to the 2002 Dr. Zhivago miniseries, as well as This is England (and the sequel This is England ’86). However, the piece that I really recognised – in that way that one recognises a soundtrack without ever really taking note of it, I suppose – is the piece featured below. It was apparently featured (I’m told to great effect) in an episode of Stargate Universe, but I haven’t had time to get into that particular piece of science fiction (I’ll be ording Caprica soon, though). Anyway, the piece is Ascolta and it is absolutely beautiful.