on September 29, 2002
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.
on October 12, 2002
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.