Gees & Adamova: Blooming | Challenge Classics CC72818

Gees & Adamova: Blooming


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Label: Challenge Classics

Cat No: CC72818

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 29th November 2019



Michael Gees (piano)
Bella Adamova (mezzo-soprano)


Michael Gees (piano)
Bella Adamova (mezzo-soprano)


Michael Gees and Bella Adamova improvise on the poetry of Marie Howe, Marina Tsvetaeva, Alexander Blok, Bella Adamova, Joseph von Eichendorff, Paul Verlaine, Yakov Polonsky as well as a Moravian and a Spanish folk song.

There are some encounters in life about which one could say that they were simply destined to happen. The meeting of the two musicians in question is, without a doubt, one of them, because Michael Gees and Bella Adamova have a very rare talent: they are both exceptionally gifted improvisers. This is no quirk of a narcissistic piano virtuoso but rather the continuation of an old and venerable tradition. In the 18th and 19th centuries it was, to some measure, expected that a pianist could also perform something extemporaneously. Bella Adamova follows the same path.

This is the basis from which the current CD with collaborative improvisations arose. Ten poems from different authors form the starting point for the musical expedition. The choices came completely from Bella Adamova. In their collaboration, Adamova and Gees have a vast stylistic range at their disposal which expands from folklore and classical to jazz and contemporary music. This includes a conceivably wide spectrum of musical resources, where one can find sprechgesang as well as arioso lines, and the piano can grow from a rustling cantabile to a hammered martellato.

1. winter refuses
2. ich wittre morgenluft
3. what the living do
4. kogda usnet trevoga
5. ve dne v noci vrkůtala
6. lucerito
7. the spring sun
8. ja budu pet', zemnaja i cuzaja
9. schon zucken strahlen
10. quoi? nulle trahison
11. Music
12. pust'...

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