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Felix Mendelssohn, Johann Sebastian Bach

Michael Gees

Bach - Mendelssohn - Metamorphosis

  • Type CD
  • Label Challenge Classics
  • UPC 0608917275124
  • Catalog number CC 72751
  • Release date 08 September 2017
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Michael Gees: How can a musical idea develop over and above what has been written down? What would Bach have thought about Mendelssohn? What would have happened had they been able to encourage each other to extemporise on their compositions?
It is considerations such as these that lead me to explore the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy by way of adaptational improvisations. In this context, I want to mention the term historical performance practice. Once upon a time – long before the invention of jazz – it was desired of, and common for, performers to treat the prescribed material creatively, improvising on the works in front of them, not only playing them, but also playing with them.

A grammy nomination for Winterreise by Prégardien & Gees!


image We are proud to announce that the outstanding recording of Winterreise by Christoph Prégardien and Michael Gees was nominated for the 56th Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Solo! You can watch the trailer by clicking on this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-7BLF0uKJ4 Winterreise Prégardien and Gees have performed Winterreise numerous times together and Prégardien has released Winterreise before with Andreas Staier on fortepiano in 1996. The release won multiple awards. Nonetheless, this new release of Winterreise adds in many ways to this former release. Prégardien’s ...

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