Sunday, March 19, 2017

Guiomar Novaes - The Complete published 78-rpm Recordings

Guiomar Novaes : The Complete Published 78rpm Recordings consists largely of those short-but-sweet encore pieces that had her adoring audiences (notably in America) eating out of her hand. For one critic these discs ‘are among the supreme treasures of piano discography’, the playing that of ‘a musician by the grace of God’. All this is complemented by memories of Novaes’s first New York recital, which ‘threw the critics into a tizzy’. Novaes was to Brazil as, say, Annie Fisher was to Hungary, held in awe and affection by her musical compatriots. Her technique, ‘extraordinary in its suppleness’, supported a musical personality of a beguiling charm, a quality rarely encountered in today’s more severe musical climate ; a climate associated with an absence of joie de vivre long lamented by Arthur Rubinstein. You are reminded, too, of a naturalness and insouciance far removed from so many of today’s recordings, where over-editing can suck the very lifeblood out of a performance.
Novaes opens and closes with two performances of Gottschalk’s Grande fantaisie triomphale sur l’hymne national brésilien, a sort of Alkan-goes-to-Brazil oddity that, understandably, she made her own. At the other end of the spectrum, what poise and lucidity in Bach’s D major Toccata before she wings us away to the music of her native land, to Villa-Lobos and Guarnieri (the latter’s Toccata too easily carried away in its own busy small-talks). Novaes can be brisk, even brusque in Mozart’s A minor Rondo, as if to avoid a bittersweet prophecy of Chopin, while two items from Albéniz’s Iberia find her turning their languor and ferocity into comfortable salon proportions. But elsewhere there is vertiginous Scarlatti and a delightful tribute to Novaes’s husband, Octávio Pinto, who takes his line very much from Mompou and Villa-Lobos.
Playing then of another age and time, a sheer magic beautifully presented and with outstanding transfers.
Bryce Morrison

Source : https://www.gramophone.co.uk/review/guiomar-novaes-the-complete-published-78-rpm-recordings

Guiomar Novaes
The Complete published
78-rpm Recordings

Tracks

Cd. 1

Louis Moreau Gottschalk
(1829-1869)

1 Grande Fantaise triomphale sur l'hymne national brésilien, Op. 69  8:00
(Rec. April 3, 1920 & June 12, 1923)

Christoph Willibald Gluck
(1714-1787)

2 The Dance of the Blessed Spirits (from 'Orfeo') (arr. Ignaz Fridman)  2:53
(Rec. June 12, 1923
3 Gavotte in A Major ('Iphigenia en Aulide') (arr. Brahms)  4:08
(Rec. April 9, 1920)

Ludwig Van Beethoven
(1770-1827)

4 Turkish March (from 'The Ruins of Athens', Op. 113) (arr. Rubinstein)  2:03
(Rec. April 9, 1920)

Anton Rubinstein
(1829-1894)

5 Nocturne in G Major, Op. 75 n° 8  4:32
(Rec. June 12, 1923)

Moritz Moskowski
(1854-1925)

6 Guitarre, Op. 45, n° 2  3:24
(Rec. April 9, 1920)
7 La Jongleuse, Op. 52, n° 4  1:48
(Rec. June 12, 1923)

Ignace Jan Paderewski
(1811-1886)

8 Nocturne in B-Flat Major, Op. 16, n° 4  4:39
(Rec. April 3, 1920)

Frédéric Chopin
(1810-1849)

9 Mazurka in D Major, Op. 33, n° 2  2:38
(Rec. April 9, 1920)

Félix Mendelssohn
(1809-1947)

10 Spring Song (from 'Song Without Words', Op. 62 n° 6)  2:43
(Rec. April 9, 1920)

Franz Liszt
(1811-1886)

11 Gnomenreigen (Etude de Concert, S 145, n° 2)  3:02
12 Waldesrauschen (Etude de Concert, S 145, n° 1)  4:40
(Rec. June 11, 1923)

Edward McDowell
(1860-1908)

13 Witche's Dance (Hexentanz), Op. 17, n° 2  2:48
(Rec. June 12, 1923)

Isidor Philipp
(1863-1958)

14 Feux-Follets (Jack o'Lanterns), Op. 24 n° 3  2:18
(Rec. June 27, 1919)

Alexander Levy
(1864-1892)

15 Tango Brazilian  2:19
(Rec. April 1, 1920)

Isaac Albéniz
(1860-1909)

16 Tango in D Major, Op. 165 n° 2 (arr. Godowski)  3:40
(Rec. April 8, 1927)

Richard Strauss
(1864-1949)

17 Ständchen, Op. 17 n° 2 (arr. Godowski)  2:53
(Rec. April 8, 1927)

Heitor Villa-Lobos
(1887-1959)

18 O Polichinelo (from 'Prole do Bébé', Book 1, n° 7)  1:51
(Rec. April 8, 1927)

Jacques Ibert
(1890-1962)

19 The Little White Fonkey (from 'Histoires')  1:53
(Rec. April 8, 1927)

Louis Moreau Gottschalk
(1829-1869)

20 Grande Fantaise triomphale sur l'hymne national brésilien, Op. 69  8:51
(Rec. April 8, 1927)

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Cd. 2

Isidor Philipp
(1863-1958)

1 Feux-Follets (Jack o'Lanterns), Op. 24 n° 3  1:54
(Rec. January 3, 1947)

Federico Mompou
(1893-1987)

2 Jeunes filles au jardin (from 'Scènes d'enfants')  2:30
(Rec. February 20, 1947)

Domenico Scarlatti
(1685-1757)

3 Sonata in G Minor, Kk 450 (L 338)  1:27
4 Sonata in G Major, Kk 125 (L 487)  1:37

François Couperin
(1668-1733)

5 La Tendre Nanette (from 'Pièces de clavecin', Book 1, 1er Ordre)  1:45

Louis-Claude Daquin
(1694-1772)

6 L'Hirondelle (from 'Pièces de clavecin', 2e Suite)  1:42
(Rec. March 29, 1940)

Johann Sebastian Bach
(1685-1750)

7 Toccata in D Major, BWV 912  11:15
(Rec. November 21, 1946)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
(1756-1791)

8 Rondo in A Minor, K 511  8:19
(Rec. July, 2, 1941)

Frédéric Chopin
(1810-1849)

9 Ballade n° 3 in A-Flat Major, Op. 47  7:04
(Rec. November 22, 1946)

Christoph Willibald Gluck
(1714-1787)

10 Caprices sur les airs de ballet d'Alceste (arr. Saint-Saëns)  7:16
(Rec. January 3, 1947)

Heitor Villa-Lobos
(1887-1959)

Popular Brazilian Children's Songs
(from 'Guia prático')
11 O' Ciranda, O' Cirandinha (Circla Dance)  0:30
12 Come Here, Vita  0:44
13 In Bahia  0:44
14 Garibaldi Want to Mass  0:49
15 Throw the Ball  0:20
16 Blind Man's Buff  0:51
17 Let Us Go, Maruca  0:31
18 Pease Porridge Hot  0:39
19 Hurray For the Carnival  0:47

As Três Marias
(The Three Marys)
20 Alnitah  0;49
21 Alnilam  1:31
22 Mintika  0:49
(Rec. November 22, 1946)

Prole do Bebê
(The Baby's Family, book. I, excerpts)
23 N° 1 Branquinha (China Doll)  2:07
24 N° 6 Probrezinha (Rag Doll)  1:40
25 N° 2 Moreninha (Cardboard Doll)  1:27
(Rec. March 29, 1940)

Octávio Pinto
(1890-1950)

Scena Infantis
(Memories of Childhood)
26 Run, Run !  1:07
27 Ring Around the Rosy  0:44
28 March, Little Soldier  0:56
29 Sleeping Time  1:29
30 Hobby-Horse  0:50
(Rec. November 22, 1946)

Camargo Guarnieri
(1907-1993)

31 Toccata  2:28
(Rec. February 20, 1947)

Isaac Albéniz
(1860-1909)

32 Evocación (from 'Iberia, book. 1, n° 1)  4:25
33 Triana (from 'Iberia, book. 2, n° 3)  4:07
(Rec. February 6, 1941)

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Guiomar Novaes - p

Recorded between June 27, 1919 & February 20, 1947

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Angelo said...

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marcusr said...

Merci beacoups!
Она замечательно акцентирует музыку так, что получается очаровательно свежее звучание!
Еще раз спасибо за чудный подарок!
Cordially yours, MarcusR