Guiomar Novaes

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Brazilian classical pianist (February 28, 1895 - March 7, 1979).
She was married to the composer Octavio Pinto.
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MM-692 Guiomar Novaes - Brazilian Piano Music album art Guiomar Novaës* Brazilian Piano Music(3xShellac, 10", Album) Columbia Masterworks MM-692 US 1947 Sell This Version
Guiomar Novaes - 24 Preludes Opus 28 album art Chopin*, Guiomar Novaes Chopin*, Guiomar Novaes - 24 Preludes Opus 28 VOX (6) US 1950 Sell This Version
Guiomar Novaes - Concerto No. 2 In F Minor For Piano And Orchestra Opus 21 album art Chopin*, Guiomar Novaes, Otto Klemperer, Vienna Symphony Orchestra* Chopin*, Guiomar Novaes, Otto Klemperer, Vienna Symphony Orchestra* - Concerto No. 2 In F Minor For Piano And Orchestra Opus 21 VOX (6) US 1951 Sell This Version
PL 6710 Guiomar Novaes - Schumann*- Carnaval  Opus 9 Chopin*- Nonata No 3 In B Minor Opus 58 album art Guiomar Novaes Schumann*- Carnaval Opus 9 Chopin*- Nonata No 3 In B Minor Opus 58(LP, Album, Mono) VOX (6) PL 6710 US 1951 Sell This Version
PL 6270 Guiomar Novaes - Beethoven Sonata No. 17 In D Minor, Sonata No. 26 In E Flat Major album art Guiomar Novaes Beethoven Sonata No. 17 In D Minor, Sonata No. 26 In E Flat Major(LP, Mono, 200) Vox Productions PL 6270 US 1951 Sell This Version
PL7110 Guiomar Novaes - Piano Concerto In A Minor album art Robert Schumann, Guiomar Novaes, Otto Klemperer Robert Schumann, Guiomar Novaes, Otto Klemperer - Piano Concerto In A Minor(LP, Album, Mono) VOX (6) PL7110 US 1951 Sell This Version
Guiomar Novaes - A Chopin Recital album art Chopin* - Guiomar Novaes Chopin* - Guiomar Novaes - A Chopin Recital (Album) Vox (6) US 1952 Sell This Version
Guiomar Novaes - Concerto No. 4 For Piano And Orchestra In G Major, Opus 58 album art Beethoven* / Guiomar Novaes, Otto Klemperer, Vienna Symphony Orchestra* Beethoven* / Guiomar Novaes, Otto Klemperer, Vienna Symphony Orchestra* - Concerto No. 4 For Piano And Orchestra In G Major, Opus 58 (Album) VOX (6) UK 1952 Sell This Version
Guiomar Novaes - Sonata No. 2, Op. 35 / Sonata No. 3 Op. 58 album art Chopin* - Guiomar Novaes Chopin* - Guiomar Novaes - Sonata No. 2, Op. 35 / Sonata No. 3 Op. 58 Vox (6) US 1952 Sell This Version
STPL 7810 Guiomar Novaes - A Chopin Recital album art Chopin* - Guiomar Novaes Chopin* - Guiomar Novaes - A Chopin Recital(LP) Vox (6) STPL 7810 US 1952 Sell This Version
PL 7500 Guiomar Novaes - Guiomar Novaes Encores album art Guiomar Novaes Guiomar Novaes Encores(LP, Album, Mono) VOX (6) PL 7500 US 1952 Sell This Version
Guiomar Novaes - Waltzes (Complete) album art Chopin*, Guiomar Novaes Chopin*, Guiomar Novaes - Waltzes (Complete) (Album) VOX (6) US 1953 Sell This Version
Guiomar Novaes - Mazurkas album art Chopin* - Guiomar Novaes Chopin* - Guiomar Novaes - Mazurkas (Album) VOX (6) US 1953 Sell This Version
PL 7560 Guiomar Novaes - Etudes Opus 25 Trois Nouvelles Etudes album art Guiomar Novaes Etudes Opus 25 Trois Nouvelles Etudes(LP) VOX (6) PL 7560 US 1953 Sell This Version
Guiomar Novaes - Piano Concerto No. 20 In D Minor, K.466 / No.9 In E Flat Major, K.271 album art Mozart* / Guiomar Novaes, Hans Swarowsky Mozart* / Guiomar Novaes, Hans Swarowsky - Piano Concerto No. 20 In D Minor, K.466 / No.9 In E Flat Major, K.271 Vox (6) France 1954 Sell This Version
Guiomar Novaes - Grieg: Piano Concerto In A Minor, Opus 16 - - - De Falla: Nights In The Garden Of Spain album art Guiomar Novaes, Grieg*, De Falla* Guiomar Novaes, Grieg*, De Falla* - Grieg: Piano Concerto In A Minor, Opus 16 - - - De Falla: Nights In The Garden Of Spain (Album) VOX (6) US 1954 Sell This Version
Guiomar Novaes - Sonata No. 11 In a Major, K.331 - Sonata No. 15 In C Major, K.545 / Sonata No. 5 In G Major, K. 283 - Rondo In A Minor, K.511 album art Mozart* - Guiomar Novaes Mozart* - Guiomar Novaes - Sonata No. 11 In a Major, K.331 - Sonata No. 15 In C Major, K.545 / Sonata No. 5 In G Major, K. 283 - Rondo In A Minor, K.511 VOX (6) Germany 1955 Sell This Version
PL 9070 Guiomar Novaes - Etudes, Opus 10 (Complete) / Scherzo No. 1, B. Minor, Opus 20 album art Chopin*, Guiomar Novaes Chopin*, Guiomar Novaes - Etudes, Opus 10 (Complete) / Scherzo No. 1, B. Minor, Opus 20(LP, Album) VOX (6) PL 9070 US 1955 Sell This Version
Guiomar Novaes - Concerto N°5 En Mi Bémol Majeur Pour Piano & Orchestre "Empereur" album art Beethoven* / Guiomar Novaes, Jonel Perlea, Bamberg Symphony* Beethoven* / Guiomar Novaes, Jonel Perlea, Bamberg Symphony* - Concerto N°5 En Mi Bémol Majeur Pour Piano & Orchestre "Empereur" VOX (6) US 1957 Sell This Version
Guiomar Novaes - Chopin: Nocturnes (Complete) Vol. II album art Guiomar Novaes / Chopin* Guiomar Novaes / Chopin* - Chopin: Nocturnes (Complete) Vol. II (Album) Vox (6) US 1957 Sell This Version
Guiomar Novaes - Preludes, Book I album art Debussy*, Guiomar Novaes Debussy*, Guiomar Novaes - Preludes, Book I (Album) VOX (6) US 1957 Sell This Version
Guiomar Novaes - Chopin: Nocturnes (Complete) Vol. I album art Guiomar Novaes / Frédéric Chopin Guiomar Novaes / Frédéric Chopin - Chopin: Nocturnes (Complete) Vol. I (Album) Vox Productions US 1957 Sell This Version
Guiomar Novaes - Symphonic Etudes, Op. 13 / Fantasiestuecke  Op. 12 album art Guiomar Novaes, Schumann* Guiomar Novaes, Schumann* - Symphonic Etudes, Op. 13 / Fantasiestuecke Op. 12 Vox (6) US 1957 Sell This Version
PL 9632 Guiomar Novaes - Nocturnes (Complete)  album art Chopin*, Guiomar Novaes Chopin*, Guiomar Novaes - Nocturnes (Complete) (2xLP, Gat) VOX (6) PL 9632 US 1957 Sell This Version
Guiomar Novaes - Etudes Op. 10 & Op. 25 album art Chopin*, Guiomar Novaes Chopin*, Guiomar Novaes - Etudes Op. 10 & Op. 25 Yorkshire Records Canada 1958 Sell This Version

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mjb

mjb

October 24, 2012
edited over 6 years ago
I probably couldn't name more than a couple well-known pianists if my life depended on it, but I can name exactly one great one: Guiomar Novaes. She lived in a time when women were not taken as seriously as men (and in some ways, we are still in that time), so she wasn't given the accolades she deserved. But if you aren't simply looking for representative recordings of classical piano works (especially those of Frédéric Chopin), but rather are seeking out the best performances, you absolutely need to check out Novaes.

What makes her special? Well, let me put it this way:

The loudness wars aren't confined to the mastering of modern pop music; people also tend to like classical music that's played loud, "hard", and fast. This even applies to the quietest of piano works, which are often performed with the tension of a crossbow, on the most utilitarian of instruments. The performance may be precise and technically superb, but 99% of the time, it's not "right", to my ears. For me, the difference between "right" and "wrong" depends both on the quality and tonality of the piano, and the performer's technique, which is a product of personal style and the pianist's learning method.

The first half of the 20th Century was the golden age on both counts; the pianos sounded great, and the technique was unsurpassed. Unfortunately, recording technology wasn't very mature back then, and recordings in general weren't taken seriously until the Hi-Fi age, by which time the quality of instruments had declined and so much music had taken a turn away from Romantic, Victorian-era beauty and flourish, and more toward what I would call brash, sometimes gaudy ham-fistedness, which has its own appeal, but isn't ideal for older compositions. Modern piano performances, at least on CD, almost invariably tend toward the latter—acoustically pristine captures of mediocre performances on generic pianos. With Guimoar Novaes recordings, though, you get engrossing, emotive, nuanced performances on pianos appropriate for music of that era. The sound quality may not be "modern" but it's more than adequate to appreciate the superiority of her interpretations of the classics.

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