The Brazilian pianist, Guiomar Novaës (1896-1979) lived in New York for about half a century. It was the utter naturalness, freshness and spontaneity of her playing which endeared her to audiences and critics alike. In the New York Times, critic Harold C. Schonberg admirably summed up Novaës' contribution to the music world: "The sheer beauty of her playing managed to transcend any other considerations; it was its own reward. There may have been more monumental pianists, more intellectual pianists, but it is hard to think of a pianist whose playing gave as much sheer pleasure as that of Guiomar Novaës… Her very best recordings were the acoustics she made for Victor in the early 1920s".
| Schonberg also singled out the early Novaës discs in his book The Great Pianists as "supreme treasures of the early piano discography". British critic James Methuen-Campbell praised the early discs reproduced here as "by far the most impressive examples of her art".
Robert M. Connelly, in American Record Guide, writes: "if you are a piano specialist, I cannot recommend this too highly. If you are not and wish to explore a comparatively unknown artist and some comparatively unknown music…then again this is for you. I love it!"
GUIOMAR NOVA?S – THE COMPLETE VICTOR 78s, 1919-1927. TWENTY 78 rpm recordings of works by GOTTSCHALK, CHOPIN, LISZT, PADEREWSKI, MOSZKOWSKI, GLUCK, BEETHOVEN, MENDELSSOHN, et al.
Produced by Don Manildi. Total Time: 71:52 (ADD)