There is Home: Mahler, Britten, Haas, Mussorgsky & Improvisations | Supraphon SU43292

There is Home: Mahler, Britten, Haas, Mussorgsky & Improvisations


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Label: Supraphon

Cat No: SU43292

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 8th September 2023



Where is home? Is it where we were born? What if we can never return there? Is it in our memories? Is it where we choose to live?

Bella Adamova explores these questions together with pianist Michael Gees in a very personal programme where European art song is intertwined with improvisations. It is an invitation into the artists’ inner world, where every word is filled with deep meaning.

“My true home, a place where I am most myself is in my songs – in my improvisations.”

Bella Adamova can briefly be characterised through her triumphs at competitions (e.g. laureate of the International Robert Schumann Competition, Zwickau, 2021; winner of the Franz Schubert and Modern Music Competition, Graz, 2022; Oratorio Prize at the International Vocal Competition, ’s- Hertogenbosch, 2022). Or as a young Chechen woman who left her country as a child shortly before the war and found a new home in Prague. She has learned from many acclaimed singers (e.g. von Otter, Hampson, Prégardien) in England, Switzerland, and Germany. She speaks several languages, but she never learned Chechen. She could also be described as a contralto with an extraordinary sensibility in the song repertoire and with a deep, beautifully coloured voice. Or as an improviser who – in rare harmony with pianist Michael Gees – creates spontaneous compositions on texts of their favourite poets.

The theme of this album is the search for home and the knowledge of a place where one belongs. Bella Adamova narrates the songs as her own story, at the same time accentuating the life stories of the composers as well as their relationship to their home or their feeling of being outcast. Rather than a typical song recital, this recording is an invitation to the musicians’ own world where every word, no matter what language it is sung in, has its deep meaning.

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