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'Love Songs': 'Dedicated to Ensemble Recherche'

Magazine article Gramophone

'Love Songs': 'Dedicated to Ensemble Recherche'

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'Love Songs'

'Dedicated to Ensemble Recherche' Abrahamsen Liebeslied M Andre iv 9 Bauckholt Liebeslied Claren MBRMMPP Czernowin Lovesong C Fox Lines of desire GF Haas Drei Liebeslieder Huber An die Musik Kroll mit innigster Empfindung Lazkano Lied ohne Worte E Mendoza Liebeslied fur recherche Mozart Adagio, K356 (arr Sciarrino) Nieder Der SCHUH auf dem WEG zum SATURNIO: Ein Liebesgesang in drei Bildern Parra Love to recherche Poppe Schweiss A Richard Y al volver la vista atras se ve ... Riehm Ein Liebeslied Ronchetti Rosso pompeiano Sarhan scenes d'amourSchollhorn Chanson: Ein Liebeslied mit Ernst Jandl Schwehr Notturno amoroso Smolka AMarcORdOSO Staud Chant d'amour Steinke fur dich CJ Walter Angelorum Psalat J Widmann Liebeslied Winkler Liebes-Lied (Lied ohne Worte I) Zagaykevych Blicke der Verliebten Zender Alfabet (Kamasutra) W Zimmermann AFUGAPE Ensemble Recherche Wergo [F][2] WER6792-2 (146' * DDD)

Nothing here need give Elton John or James Blunt any sleepless nights. For starters, none of these 30 love songs have any words. When the Freiburg-based Ensemble Recherche asked a selection of their favourite composers to write them a short love song to mark their 25th anniversary in 2010, the brief was to compose an instrumental work that teased with the idea that, since the emergence of the post-war avant-garde, the love song had become an aesthetic no-no; 'instead the subject was left to pop, rock and other types of commercial music,' the booklet-notes tells us. …

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