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Requiem [Original recording remastered]

Emile Naoumoff , Faure Gabriel Audio CD
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5.0 out of 5 stars Music for the soul Oct. 12 2002
Format:Audio CD
Emile Naoumoff plays beyond the piano , he becomes the music he plays.
The Requiem by Faure here reaches the mystical heights of the often transcribed Bach Choral Preludes by a great number of pianists with vision such as Busoni , Kempf , Dame Myra Hess or Lipatti.
Naoumoff offers us here a gem , and I encourage all of you to listen to it . These few minutes of introspection are necessary for our souls.
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3.0 out of 5 stars FOR WHAT REASON? Sept. 29 2002
Format:Audio CD
There is no question in my mind that Gabriel Faure's REQUIEM is one of the glories of spiritual music. (although Faure, himself, is said to have stated that his REQUIEM was written "for pleasure only.") Faure composed it for soprano, baritone, chorus and orchestra and there are several first rate recordings of it. My favorite happens to be the one conducted by Philippe Herreweghe on the Harmonia Mundi label.
Emile Naoumoff has transcribed this wonderful music for piano solo and although he plays well, there is simply no reason for the reduction. Music of great inspirational and meditative value has now been reduced to just another "new age-y," office background solo piece.
Much more interesting and valuable are the NOCTURNES and three MELODIES Naoumoff has included on the CD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Music for the soul Oct. 12 2002
By Jason Palanti - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Emile Naoumoff plays beyond the piano , he becomes the music he plays.
The Requiem by Faure here reaches the mystical heights of the often transcribed Bach Choral Preludes by a great number of pianists with vision such as Busoni , Kempf , Dame Myra Hess or Lipatti.
Naoumoff offers us here a gem , and I encourage all of you to listen to it . These few minutes of introspection are necessary for our souls.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh insight to a great work April 19 2014
By Jaime - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
While some listeners and critics may disagree with an "unnecessary" reworking of this beautiful music, I believe a good transcription is a different manner of understanding and appreciating music. Great composers like Bach and Liszt championed the art of transcription - for whatever reason (practical, artistic or even commercial) and thanks to that we are left with a number of great works in versions that were never intended by the original composers. Fauré's Requiem is a work of great beauty and serenity, and this piano reduction makes it even more intimate. I own a large number of Fauré's Op.48 on disc, LP and tape, and can highly recommend this new take by Émile Naoumoff, enriched by his interpretation of some lesser-known piano works.
4.0 out of 5 stars Movie Maven's review Dec 13 2013
By Irving Boozalini - Published on Amazon.com
Regarding Movie Maven's comment "there is simply no reason for the reduction..." I would beg to differ.
People don't do things without a reason; he simply doesn't KNOW the transcriber's reason. That doesn't mean there was no reason.
3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars FOR WHAT REASON? Sept. 29 2002
By MOVIE MAVEN - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
There is no question in my mind that Gabriel Faure's REQUIEM is one of the glories of spiritual music. (although Faure, himself, is said to have stated that his REQUIEM was written "for pleasure only.") Faure composed it for soprano, baritone, chorus and orchestra and there are several first rate recordings of it. My favorite happens to be the one conducted by Philippe Herreweghe on the Harmonia Mundi label.
Emile Naoumoff has transcribed this wonderful music for piano solo and although he plays well, there is simply no reason for the reduction. Music of great inspirational and meditative value has now been reduced to just another "new age-y," office background solo piece.
Much more interesting and valuable are the NOCTURNES and three MELODIES Naoumoff has included on the CD.
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