Ludovico Einaudi
Divenire


4.5
superb

Review

by J. Ponton EMERITUS
November 30th, 2009 | 79 replies | 17,116 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Divernire is filled with piano compositions that capture the attention and emotions of listeners and probably won't give them back.

Ludovico Einaudi is an Italian classical composer who is often placed into the minimalist movement. His main choice for an instrument, the piano, serves as the backbone for his songs, acting as the prominent foundation layer; however, other instruments and effects can be heard throughout his creations on occasion as well. Throughout his career, Einaudi has also worked on various soundtracks for movies, and a few key pieces from his albums – most notably “Fly” – have been used in various commercials for movies and sports promotions as well. Divernire is the composer’s seventh proper studio album.

Divernire is Ludovico at his best; everything is cohesive and emotionally riveting, making for an album of compositions that can rival the best from recent years in the minimalist movement. Take for instance the title track that greets listeners earlier on. Ludovico enters on a foreboding A, B, C, and G chord progression that foretells the inevitable: the storm is coming. Encircling chords climax properly twice throughout the piece; all the while, listeners are swept away into the creation, their emotions rising and falling with each build and release. Moments like this showcase the composer’s peak of skill and ability on this record; what’s more, this is only the second song of the album, and more moments like this are to follow. Whether it’s the conveyed depression that comes with the ‘mourning’ of “Monday” or the subtle feelings of hope that give way with the images in “Rose”, Ludovico’s talent of tying emotions to musical compositions cannot be denied.

“Andare” contains a tick-tock pace that foretells the countdown to doomsday–the instant at the 2:40 mark is the very centerpiece of this album. A constant yet light rotation of E and B chords is joined unexpectantly by the melody, creating a heightened feel of tension and subsequent beauty. Rotating chords and keys enter thereafter, and what is surely one of the album’s most stunning compositions exits, bleeding into the hopeful and aforementioned “Rose”. “Primavera” and “Oltremare” both shoot for the epic and succeed with finesse and some of the album’s best builds as well. The prior makes use of an aggressive bed of strings during its release, and the subsequent dénouement follows after with well calculated major chords to continue the flow.

The instant in “Andare” detailed above may be the centerpiece and groom of Divernire, but his best man certainly comes in the form of the racing “Fly”. An arpeggio of chords is repeated in sequence for the main riff of the song, the likes of which have become increasingly popular in sports commercials. The appeal of the song is universal; it is an instant where what is perceived to be simple at first, quickly becomes beautiful and wholly transcendent from the very music that it is commonly associated with. “Fly” is the summation of the variety of the emotions and feelings that came before it: the finale, if you will, and the pieces that follow thereafter act as the conclusion to this stunning album. While it could be argued that these tracks placed at the end are too subtle and free flowing, in context of the album, they are actually quite effective in laying any heightened emotions or anxiousness quickly to rest. The listener will leave Divernire with a feeling of understanding that grows and expands with subsequent listenings: this is one of the best minimalistic albums in the past few years.



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Ponton
Emeritus
November 30th 2009



5775 Comments


"Fly":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Ff0PGN1ID8&feature=fvw



Digging: Mimicking Birds - Mimicking Birds

BenedictVII
November 30th 2009



369 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review to a great album. This makes for some fantastic study music.

Skimaskcheck
November 30th 2009



2360 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh crap, was gonna review this soon - but upon reading you've done it better then i probably would've. Pos'd.

Beautiful composer.

Ponton
Emeritus
November 30th 2009



5775 Comments


Thank You.

By the way, it was because of one of your lists that I first found this album.

mutatedfreek
November 30th 2009



7351 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review man, this sounds like it could be some good revision music.

EVedder27
November 30th 2009



6088 Comments


good review man.

Ponton
Emeritus
November 30th 2009



5775 Comments


Thanks. I'm not sure this is sputnik's thing, but it's really great.

Skimaskcheck
December 1st 2009



2360 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haha, wow, i feel like i've done a good deed then, keep up the good work!

Ponton
Emeritus
December 1st 2009



5775 Comments


Thank you for the encouragement. Any more recommendations for stuff I should hear?

Skimaskcheck
December 1st 2009



2360 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Uhm, check out Motohiro Nakashima - We Hum on the Way Home.
Really pretty, graceful minimalist/hints of ambient stuff!

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
December 4th 2009



14885 Comments


all i know is rose and i love it iirc

Ponton
Emeritus
December 4th 2009



5775 Comments


Check out: the title track, Andrere, Primavera, Fly, and Oltremare. Monday is great for a rainy, depressing day as well.

julesequalslove
March 1st 2010



14 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I LOVE this composer, I can listen to him day in and day out. Absolutely beautiful and touching music.

Ponton
Emeritus
October 12th 2010



5775 Comments


this is amazing

starry
November 11th 2010



552 Comments


Isn't this as much New Age as classical? Not sure I could describe this as simply classical music, there's points that sound like soundtrack music or new age.

darthbarf
December 4th 2010



445 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i really like this. I'm betting Ludovico has listened to Claude Debussy a couple times

starry
December 4th 2010



552 Comments


I think he's listened to all kinds of things, including new age music. His music is kind of a mix of things.

Deathcar
December 15th 2010



1534 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Whilst good study music, this is so much more than that.

toxin.
July 15th 2011



11821 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great review, Observer. Puts my "Una Mattina" review to shame.
I've only listened to the first three, but it sounds like it's better than Una Mattina. The title track is truly great and rivals Nuvole Bianche for my favorite Einaudi song.

sportsboy
October 1st 2011



535 Comments


divenire is so good

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