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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Those who know Novaës primarily from her last recordings may be surprised to see her standing in such august company—but this Music & Arts reissue of the RCA recordings she made in her twenties and thirties reminds us that she was a performer of astonishing spark and volatility. Although the Chopin Mazurka shows her capable of broad and unapologetic rubato, for the most part these readings are more notable for the glitter of their detail (each note of her glistening Waldesrauschen sounds clearly, and her punchy Gnomenreigen has even more flair than Barere's), the snap of her rhythms (listen to the left hand in her Hymne Nationale Bréselien, one of those rare Gottschalk performances to give his bravura its due), and their
often kinetic treatment of accompaniments and inner lines, which can make usually insipid repertoire (for instance, the Spring Song) seem surprisingly vital. She's a bit impatient in the Gluck, and her reading of the Paderewski Nocturne (especially heard right after Paderewski's own account) may seem too abrupt—but this is only the downside of a tough spirit that pays high dividends, for instance, in the snappy recording of the potentially sugary Strauss-Godowsky. Good transfers and notes, too. In sum, a salutary reminder that the canonical Great Performers did not have a monopoly on great performances.
-- Peter J. Rabinowitz, FANFARE [9/1992] Read less
Works on This Recording
Tango brasileiro by Alexandre Levy
Guiomar Novaës (Piano)
Written: 1890; Brazil
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