Duo Lamprecht - Anne Enßle und Phillip Lamprecht

The anonymous lover

After years of dealing with the anonymous figure of the "Monk of Salzburg", we are very pleased to present a CD which unites the most beautiful love songs of this "Monk". In addition to a hand-picked instrumentation that reflects the diversity of medieval sounds, we would like to emphasize above all the high proportion of arrangement, improvisation of the musical material, which – in our opinion – opens up a new approach to this music.

In this production we literally follow the "monk", who coined the term "singing over" in the sense of "singing along" one or more voices to a given melody. Thus, the present recording contains, among other things, polyphonic arrangements of monophonically preserved melodies as well as instrumental movements derived from this material.

The CD is available HERE.

Monk of Salzburg - The anonymous lover

The anonymous lover

As a small formation, a duo opens numerous possibilities with regard to instrumentation and a large variety of combinations. The musical range of Duo Enßle-Lamprecht spans from virtuoso monophony and the touching melodies of the Middle Ages, which the duo arranges for the two instruments in artful ways, to the almost orchestral complexity of contemporary chamber music. In the latter context, the duo’s inspiration comes from immediate collaborations with composers of our time.

Philipp: With this duo, I have the chance to tap into my full potential and range as a musician. Every piece has its own specific demands. One day, I am a virtuoso on the vibraphone; another time, I play a delicate accompaniment on the Italian tamburello; on another occasion, I explore subtle polyphony on Romanesque beehive-shaped bells. Yet another time, I function as a solo singer, giving expressing the emotional world of medieval poets. Where else would I be able to do all these things?

Anne: Complex contemporary chamber music on the one hand and the complete creative freedom that we experience in improvised music on the other hand – this polarity, which forms the basis of our duo’s musical work, fascinates me over and over again. Being part of this ensemble is incredibly enriching, and we have not lost our curiosity and passion for seeking and rediscovering new pieces, possibilities, and sounds even after 10 years of playing together.