Concert at Algus Greenspon Gallery, New York, 2011, with Pete Drungle and Ensemble, Emily Sundblad (voc.), 4.10 min.
Film: Loretta Fahrenholz
The music and lyrics of Sundblad’s musical performances are usually cover versions of love ballads, country songs, or hits from American folk music. But the artist also reinterprets classical compositions, such as the second movement of Franz Schubert’s Piano Trio D 929 in E flat major op. 100 (Andante con moto).
The haunting melody, known from Michael Haneke’s film The Piano Teacher (2001) or Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon (1975), is a symbol of blazing desire. The singer, Sundblad, then overlays the no less love-sick lyrics of »Love Hurts« by the Everly Brothers from the year 1960 to Schubert’s piece. Accompanied by Pete Drungle and two violinists, she gives an intimate chamber concert, which celebrates love in a classically romantic way, but whose illusory character cathartically smashes her new interpretation. After the disappointed rapture, the song ends with the insight that love is just a destructive self-deception:
»I know it isn’t true, I know it isn’t true
Love is just a lie made to make you blue
Ooh love hurts«
(Love Hurts, 1957. Text: Boudleaux Bryant)