Exclusive to Classic FM: a rare chance to listen to Einaudi's Piano Concerto
26 July 2016, 15:32
Following its premiere in March 2016, Classic FM is giving you another chance to hear Ludovico Einaudi's Piano Concerto. The piece is unreleased, but you can hear it now.
Nothing beats the thrill of an important new composition. Back in March, Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool was the scene of the premiere of a new work by Italian maestro Ludovico Einaudi. Joining the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra - Classic FM's Orchestra in the North West of England - for the occasion was young piano sensation Ji Liu, all under the watchful baton of Italian conductor Damian Iorio.
And Classic FM was there to exclusively record the magnificent performance, as yet unreleased on any album.
We were in Liverpool to catch a bit of the rehearsal beforehand and went back for the full premiere. It's a stunning work – expect an engaging, minimalist work full of Einaudi's trademark patient lyricism. The orchestration is thoughtful and luscious, and it's all brought together with just the right amount of drama.
As always, we were armed with a mobile phone for Facebooking and Instagramming during the rehearsal. We reckon everything we caught speaks for itself:
Rehearsing Einaudi's piano concerto
Ludovico Einaudi Piano Concerto, 'Domino'
Beautiful, hypnotic piano and strings...The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic & Ji Liu rehearse Ludovico Einaudi's Piano Concerto - and there are a few tickets remaining for its premiere next month: classfm.co/sPwrxsPosted by Classic FM on Wednesday, 3 February 2016
We also chatted to the three stars of the premiere about why they thought this was going to be very special indeed.
Damian Iorio, Ji Liu and Einaudi talk about the piano concerto:
Conductor Damian Iorio, soloist Ji Liu and the composer discus...
Posted by Classic FM on Monday, 7 March 2016
And as we all know, a classical premiere in 2016 needs a starry selfie. Great to see that the maestro was very happy to oblige.
We of course, could not miss the premiere. And we returned to Liverpool's Philharmonic Hall to catch every note of the buzz and excitement.
On Wednesday 27 July at 8pm we broadcast this concert. You can listen to it again here >