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Touched by Love

Touched by Love by Bernward Koch

Deftly woven, gently played selections; Koch’s reputation as a new age master is shown to be well deserved here.” —Midwest Record

Pulled from a treasure chest of over 100 previously released tracks and including 2 brand new gems, Touched by Love invites you into a world of innocence inspired by nature. Mostly dreamy, some enriched with light rhythm, Koch’s mix of keyboards, flute, and soft percussion impart a sense of wonder, the perfect environment in which one’s own inspiration can awaken.

Watch the video for “Back to Myself” from this album
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Tracks

1. Walking through Clouds (Walking through Clouds) 2:40
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2. Touched by Love (Walking through Clouds) 3:23
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3. Long Way Home (Journey to the Heart) 4:12
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4. Back to Myself (Gentle Spirit) 3:45
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5. Memories of a Cherry Tree (New) 4:02
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6. Softly Awakening (Silent Star) 4:53
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7. Simply Great (Walking Through Clouds) 5:19
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8. The Enchanted Path (Day of Life) 4:15
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9. A Time Ago (Gentle Spirit) 3:07
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10. Bekoflow (Walking Through Clouds) 3:03
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11. Ever Returning (Flowing) 5:26
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12. Hope (New) 5:36
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13. Floating Feather (Remembering) 6:25
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14. The Blue Light (Day of Life) 5:06
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15. Distant Memories (Silent Star) 5:28
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16. Little Moritz (Journey to the Heart) 3:04
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17. Remembering (Remembering) 4:25
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More Music By This Artist

Filled with Light by Bernward Koch
Remembering by Bernward Koch
Day of Life by Bernward Koch
Silent Star by Bernward Koch
Gentle Spirit by Bernward Koch
Walking Through Clouds by Bernward Koch
Journey To The Heart by Bernward Koch
Flowing by Bernward Koch

Press Acclaim

Michael Debbage

This classically trained pianist from Germany has been creating music for several decades. A good portion of his recordings are well represented by Real Music dating back to 1998 with a total of six recordings with the label. While there have been other recordings predating 1998, Touched by Love is an effort to give you a good overview of the six released on the Real Music label, plus there are two new, previously unreleased tracks, “Memories of a Cherry Tree” and “Hope,” both consistent with Koch's inconspicuous, pastoral and uncluttered nature of music.

Whether or not the two new songs will be enough to entice fans to make this purchase, those not familiar with his music will find this a great place to start. If you're looking to escape, then Koch's uncomplicated soundscapes found here is your perfect getaway.

Steve Sheppard

Now here is a man who has had an expansive career. His first album was released back in 1989 and today we celebrate with Bernward Koch, a musical journey that has led us to 2016, with some of the most beautiful and pleasant sounding moments on the piano and keyboards you would ever wish to hear.

This collection of Bernward Koch goodies starts with a couple of tracks from what I like to call the golden years of New Age music, and a stunning reminder of class and beauty with the lush Walking through Clouds and emotive Touched by Love.

The album Walking through Clouds we’ll feature later on, but next up we are given a few more memories of peace filled music with songs from the albums Journey to the Heart and Gentle Spirit, the pieces “Long Way Home” and “Back to Myself.”  Time seems to have stood still since 1999, when “Long Way Home” first surfaced, and it’s as good as ever and still draws a beautiful landscape of a journey over many miles to one who is loved and much missed. “Back to Myself” has a little added percussion to deliver a bit more energy to the composition, but retains that modern beat that can still be found today in the chill-out genre. But Koch’s skill here is to wipe away the years and remind us that time is meaningless, if the music is good, and it certainly is.

Now it’s time to give you a little treat, and move out of our musical time machine and bring you a brand new offering. This one is called “Memories of a Cherry Tree”. Now I mentioned time a moment ago, but this track does remind me in style and emotive creation of the great classic “Memories of Green” from Bladerunner, composed by Vangelis. The arrangement and songs are of course different, but Koch has created something beyond beauty with this one, that reminds me of that lost love and a desperation to stop time. When the bass and percussion kick in, it becomes even more apparent that this is, or should be an all-time classic and is my favourite piece off the album.

From the original album Silent Star we have a gentle piano piece called “Softly Awakening”. Redolent of an early sunrise, “Softly Awakening” flows majestically into the track “Simply Great”, a sensitive but rhythmic composition guaranteed to chill your day out completely, which was featured on the album Walking through Clouds.

Koch has a style that will ease your furrowed brow and relax you. Listen to the next two tracks entitled “The Enchanted Path” and “A Time Ago”, respectively from the albums Day of Life and Gentle Spirit, and you will see exactly what I mean. I must admit I hadn’t heard these two marvelous compositions for a while and it was so great to reconnect with them once more, especially so with “The Enchanted Path,” a song that although released in only 2013, still had that same new age ethic as Terry Oldfield’s Illumination album did in the early 90’s.

The final reminder of smooth genius comes again from Walking through Clouds, in the guise of the track “Bekoflow.” With a sweet melody and an angelic like presence, it’s as beautiful today as ever, as is “Ever Returning,” originally from the album Flowing, and takes us back to 1989. Still those memories flow, a little classy piano that has a slight Jazz motif in the mix, as rhythmic and as charming today as back then.

Fans of Koch are going to be thrilled with this release, but the album also offers two new tracks and the one called “Hope” is the second of those masterful arrangements. A slow downbeat tempo, hinting of a little night time magic, floats from Koch’s keyboards and manifests energies of peaceful hope within the heart of us, the eager listener.

Koch’s last album was called Remembering, released last year, and you can enjoy once more the refrains of the track F“loating Feather.” This is the longest song off the release, well over six minutes of bliss. We then literally drift into an equally tranquil composition called the “Blue Light,” bringing back memories of the album Day of Life once again.

Touched by Love is an album you will be able to spin on repeat for as many times as you like and rest peacefully knowing you have just listened to some of the most tranquil music of all time, like the track entitled “Distant Memories,” originally from the Silent Star release, that carries well its slight Celtic ethic.

The penultimate piece is originally from the album Journey to the Heart, a soft and serene offering called “Little Moritz.” And finally, to round off a superb new release of many reminiscences, is the last track, the title signature piece off Koch’s last album Remembering. With this final closing opus of mastery, Koch peacefully waves to us goodbye for now with another little reminder of that last stunning release.

Touched by Love is a superb collection of tracks that have been lovingly released by the master himself over the last, nearly 30 years. There can be no doubt that Bernward Koch can stand proud as one of the finest composers of genuine New Age music around today.  His originality and tenderness in composing, has over the years raised the bar for those to follow, and on Touched by Love, you have two new tracks to add to your collection as well, to round off yet another incredible moment of musical ecstasy for you to enjoy for many years.

James McQuiston

Touched by Love, the new Bernward Koch release on the Real Music label, pulls from Koch’s considerable discography to showcase his strongest love-themed compositions, and includes two new efforts — “Memories of a Cherry Tree” and “Hope.”

“Walking through Clouds” is contemplative music that showcases the considerable possibility of paths that Koch can take with each effort on Touched by Love. “Long Way Home” is able to utilize a slower and much more planned sound which adds considerably to the overall gravitas of the composition. “Memories of a Cherry Tree” has a resounding feel to it owing to the reverberations of each note. During this track, Koch harkens back to classical compositions while having a vibrant and contemporary new age flair. The large amount of ground that he is able to cover within this four minute track ensures that Touched by Love has considerable replay value. “The Enchanted Path” is a track that possesses considerable narrative qualities. The ability of each element in the composition to shine on its own, as well as contribute to such an effect is rare. The placement of “The Enchanted Path” at the midway point during Touched by Love will give listeners the invigoration that they need to complete the album with as much gusto as they began it. “Hope” is one of this release’s longest tracks, but the measured approach that Koch takes here will have fans hanging on every note. The inclusion of a synthesizer during the second half of “Hope” allows for an entirely different set of relationships to be fostered between the instruments.

With Touched by Love, Koch is able to make a number of classic tracks sound new again, all while providing additional worth to buyers through the inclusion of “Memories of a Cherry Tree” and “Hope.”

Top Tracks:  “Memories of a Cherry Tree” and “The Enchanted Path”

Rating:  8.6/10

Kathy Parsons

Touched by Love is the eighth album from German pianist/composer Bernward Koch on the Real Music label. The album contains fifteen selections from Koch’s previous releases plus two new pieces — a whopping seventeen tracks and 75 minutes of blissful music! There are four tracks from Walking Through Clouds (2006), two each from Journey to the Heart (1999), Gentle Spirit (2009), Silent Star (2011), Day of Life (2013), and Remembering (2015), and one from Flowing (1997), Koch’s Real Music debut. His music has also been included on many of Real Music’s compilation albums. Koch’s signature sound is distinctive and his music has become a mainstay in the new age music genre as well as on the Real Music label. It tends to be very gentle and dreamy and lends itself beautifully to relaxation, spas, meditation, quiet life moments, and anytime you want music that is soothing and uplifting. Koch is best-known as a pianist and keyboard player, but he also appears on this album playing synthesizer, guitar, bass guitar, cymbals, claves, gongs, and glockenspiel. His wife, Christiane Boehm appears regularly playing flute — also part of Koch’s distinctive sound — and his brother, Christoph plays 12-string guitar, percussion, and drums.
 
Koch is a classically-trained musician and because his music is so peaceful and easy to listen to, his albums flow effortlessly from one song to the next without any jarring transitions. If you are looking for an hour and a quarter of musical heaven, Touched by Love is a sure thing.
 
The first of the two new pieces is “Memories of a Cherry Tree.” The sublimely simple keyboard/piano melody comes from the heart, enhanced by washes of strings and sparkling bells. Poignant and bittersweet, this is sure to become a Bernward Koch classic. The second new piece, “Hope,” is equally affecting and is somewhat more orchestrated. Delicate and gently-flowing, the soulful piano/keyboard melody floats above the strings and other instrumentation. Sigh…  If you already have all of Bernward Koch’s earlier albums, at least check out these two compositions!