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GUIOMAR NOVAES PLAYS CONCERTI



Here Guiomar Novaes plays concerti by a number of different composers.  Both of Chopin's piano concerti, the Schumann and Grieg concerti and Manuel de Falla's wonderful Nights in the Gardens of Spain are offered in complete recordings, beautifully conceived and played.  Regrettably, conductor George Szell felt the need to "improve" on Chopin's original orchestration, and the delicacy of the accompaniment, so often and so incorrectly thought to be flawed due to the composer's inability to orchestrate but more often due to the inability of the conductor to understand Chopin's intent, is blurred.  We are lucky to have a second performance of this concerto, also beautfully played by Guiomar Novaes, though I'm afraid the slower pace taken by Klemperer is a tad less satisfying.

But to begin with, Guiomar Novaes plays concerti by Beethoven.  There are several recordings of the master's 4th concerto, and one of the 5th conducted by the great and unsung Jonel Perlea.  This herculean concerto is played with such expressive delicacy and is something to behold.   Just listen to the last runs of the piano before the end of the first movement.  The shaping is extraordinary.  By this point most pianists are racing for the barn, desperately hoping to just to get there. Viva Novaes!



Beethoven  Piano Concerto 4 in G major, Op 58
i Allegro moderato
16:30ii Andante con moto
21:18iii Rondo (Vivace)
George Szell conducting the New York Philharmonic Orchestra

recorded live in 1952




Beethoven  Piano Concerto 4 in G major, Op 58
i Allegro moderato
17:58ii Andante con moto
22:02iii Rondo (Vivace)
Hans Swarowsky conducting the Vienna Pro Musica




Beethoven  Piano Concerto 4 in G major, Op 58
Otto Klemperer conducting the Vienna Symphony Orchestra


i Allegro moderato



ii Andante con moto



iii Rondo (Vivace)




Beethoven  Piano Concerto 5 in E♭ major, Op 73 "Emperor"
Jonel Perlea conducting the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra

recorded in 1957


i Allegro



ii Adagio un poco mosso
08:32
➢ iii (Attaca) Rondo: Allegro ma non troppo




Chopin  Piano Concerto 1 in E minor, Op 11
i Allegro maestoso
20:31ii Romance - Larghetto
32:36iii Rondo (Vivace)
Jonel Perlea conducting the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra

recorded in 1950




Chopin  Piano Concerto 2 in F minor, Op 21 (orch. Szell)
i Maestoso
11:25ii Larghetto
20:10iii Allegro vivace
George Szell conducting the New York Philharmonic Orchestra

recorded live in 1950




Chopin  Piano Concerto 2 in F minor, Op 21
i Maestoso
13:59ii Larghetto
23:08iii Allegro vivace

Otto Klemperer conducting the Vienna Symphony Orchestra

recorded in 1950




Schumann  Piano Concerto in A minor, Op 54
i Allegro molto moderato
13:14ii Adagio
19:15iii Allegro marcato

Otto Klemperer conducting the Vienna Symphony Orchestra

recorded in 1951




Grieg  Piano Concerto in A minor, Op 16
i Allegro molto moderato
13:14ii Adagio
19:15iii Allegro marcato

Hans Swarowsky conducting the Vienna Symphony Orchestra

recorded in the early 1950s




de Falla  Nights in the Gardens of Spain
Hans Swarowsky conducting the Vienna Pro Musica

recorded in 1954


i "En el Generalife"



ii "Danza lejana"



iii "En los jardines de la Sierra de Córdoba"










For those of you who enjoy murder mysteries, here is my first with a strong musical polemic as background

Murder in the House of the Muse

which is also available as an audiobook.



And this is the more recently published second mystery in the series:

Murder Follows the Muse



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