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Ludovico Einaudi...

Greg James | 11:03 UK time, Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Good morning lovely people.  Let's get this story straight then.

When I was studying for my exams a few years ago at University, there was a song that I heard and had to download INSTANTLY. 

It's a track called 'I Giorni' by a composer called Ludovico Einaudi and is absolutely brilliant. It's a classical track, just piano - but it is pretty lovely.

Here's a completely unrelated picture of a lady at the piano which I found in the BBC photo archive.

On the 'versus' the other night with Zane Lowe, I played this track as my 'study break' record.  It got an enormous reaction which led to another play the next day on my show, and then another one on Monday too. 

After these plays, people really loved it and it suddenly shot into a certain famous online download site.  It's currently sitting at number 23 on there!  It is also one of the most searched songs online too this week.

I know it's a pretty unoriginal idea for a wacky dj to try and get a song into the charts but this is a really special one.  It's not a novelty record, it's just one that is really special to me and, it seems really special to a lot of people who have suddenly got into it.

Fingers crossed for Sunday - it might well appear in the Official Chart!


  • Comment number 1.

    Was pleasantly shocked to hear the track on Radio 1.

  • Comment number 2.

    Ahh, thought you were jumping on the Einaudi bandwagon GJ, but I see I'm wrong!

    Great song, but try Nuvole Bianche by him, even better

  • Comment number 3.

    I agree with Peejay, Nuvole Bianche is amazing and that song was the first I heard of Ludovico Einaudi. His music is just so calming.

  • Comment number 4.

    God, I'm so glad more people are discovering Einaudi. He's touched my life so much since I discovered him about 5 years ago. Let's hope this starts getting played more often instead of the usual naffness. Nice one Greg!

  • Comment number 5.

    Can't believe you just played this! My sister walked down the aisle to it when she got married on Saturday, so it brought back wonderful and emotional memories!

  • Comment number 6.

    I will download this to get it into the chart. Having the album on my all time playlist to hear it on the chart show would be excellent. But if you want the classical buffs like me to buy it, tell us how to get downloads

    We still buy CDs and go to concerts....

    so downloading to a computer is new territory. spell it out!

    trevor fisher

  • Comment number 7.

    So excited to hear Einaudi on Radio 1 - i'm a big fan! Check out Berlin Song, one of my faves :)

  • Comment number 8.

    thanks very much for this Greg, i heard this a few years ago myself but never new who wrote it so could never get hold of it for myself, top bloke u r a true star

  • Comment number 9.

    this peice of music holds so many nice thoughts and memories for me, thank you for playing this on your show and letting people who would not normaly listen to this experience something new and wonderful

  • Comment number 10.

    Greg, you angel, I've loved this piece of music for soooo long but didn't know what it was! I'm now trying not to blub like a baby into the keyboard, it's such a beautiful piece of music. Thank you.

  • Comment number 11.

    Greg, my Fiance got me to listen to the piece as we are looking for music for our wedding later this year. After only one listen the emotion of the song is clear that we are going to use it, I will be walking down the aisle to it.
    Thank you for playing this on your show, if you hadnt we would have never have heard its beauty.

  • Comment number 12.

    I was driving in my car today and was touched to here the beautiful and moving 'I Giorni' it took me straight to our wedding day 8 years ago as it was used in our wedding video, until this day I have always wondered what is was called and where I could get a copy, thank you so much for getting it out there, it would be amazing to get into to the Top 10 as its simplicity and depth is just beautiful.

  • Comment number 13.

    Einaudi on Radio 1 I never would have imagined but his music is so moving I am a massive fan. The first album I bought of his was Divenire which is still my favourite of all his albums and I recommend "Oltremare" off that album but "I Giorni" is also a beautiful track. Einaudi has been my continuous music choice for my revision over the past month and I'm so glad to hear the track and Einaudi has been getting a good reaction and the recognition his music deserves

  • Comment number 14.

    The first time i ever heard this song played on radio one I was sitting next a waterfall. Pretty good mix.

  • Comment number 15.

    I have every album by Einaudi - his music is beautiful. And if I ever need to just get lost within the world of music, it's Einaudi's music I listen to.

    Le Onde and Divenire are my most listened to albums ever.

    Stunning music.

  • Comment number 16.

    When i first heard this played i instantly loved it. I downloaded it and can now play it on the piano myself. so so so so good, thank you it's helped me through my revision, i love it. x

  • Comment number 17.

    I'm so pleased you played this, everytime I hear it on the advert I love it and I have tried so hard to find out what it is! have downloaded it today!

  • Comment number 18.

    Wonderful piece of music. I not only downloaded the recording, but I have just bought the sheet music too as I want to play it on my piano.

  • Comment number 19.

    Greg, this song blew me away while i was driving in the sunshine earlier, i was mesmerized by how beautiful it was! Made me forget about any worries i had, and for those 6minutes it was on for i was in another world. Thank you so much for introducing so many people at the time you played it to something so breathtakingly different and beautiful, so hope this makes the chart and i cant wait to find more of his work!! Thanks, Abbi

  • Comment number 20.

    thank you thank you thank you . I have now spent money on 4 albums on a certain site in a rain forest because of you . I am now addicted to this fella and his piano! but a bloody big thanks for sharing this as i would never had known i liked this music CHEERS GREG YOU STAR!

  • Comment number 21.

    wow thanks greg ! i have now ordered 4 albums from that rain forest site as i am me truely loving this , i may book tickets to take my nan to his next gig in london! cheers fella!

  • Comment number 22.

    oh my word Greg thank you so much for introducing this song to me i love it. was so shocked to hear such an amazing beautiful song on radio 1. lots of love.

  • Comment number 23.

    Love it. Try Jim Brickman: Lake Erie Rainfall.... xXx

  • Comment number 24.

    So glad that people are getting the chance to here this guy's music. Loved it for the last four years now and seen him live a few times. He played with a string section at the Royal Albert Hall in February 2010 and it was absolutely unforgettiable....strings added so much depth to his music. It was recorded and is sold on CD - buy it!

  • Comment number 25.

    Just want to say a massive thank you for playing this on friday, only getting to a pc now to get registered on here.
    I discovered ludovico einaudi about 6 years ago when i accidentally kicked my younger brothers cd player (it was lying in the middle of the floor) the cd started playing and i was hooked right away.

    Such a beautiful piece of music, when i heard it it brought a smile to my face and made my drive home so much nicer :)

  • Comment number 26.

    First heard LE on Classic FM playing "Melodia Africana III" when it was released, and I was immediately hooked. The album (Echoes) is just so calming and is my album of choice when flying. I Giorni (The Days) is beautiful, but take a listen to Giorni Dispari (Odd Days), and I guarantee you will be downloading the album before the track finishes.

    Great to see an artist and track like this mixed in with the trash that poisons our music culture. Maybe this is a beginning of a change?

  • Comment number 27.

    I think It's awesome that this piece is now at 32 in the charts, I hope it goes even higher. I discovered Ludovico about a year ago, and instantly loved his music. It was certainly nice to listen to through A Level revision! Hopefully this will lead more people to discover this music, it would be nice to see this kind of thing in the more mainstream market.


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