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Faure's 13 nocturnes for piano span most of his life as a composer, straddling the 19th and 20th centuries. In an impressionistic current with eddies of romantic turbulence, they depart from Chopin and Schumann, heading toward Debussy and Ravel. Pianist Emile Naoumoff, here playing Nocturnes nos. 2, 6, 7, and 13, approaches them as a progression: in his hands the uneasy tenderness of the First Nocturne's opening is a premonition of the last's desolation. Naoumoff, so persuasive in this neglected music, can trace his affinity back to one of the 20th century's musical forces, Nadia Boulanger--a student of Faure--who took him on as a student when he was eight. Also an accomplished composer, he's recorded his striking transcription for piano of Faure's Requiem. This 45-minute concert, broadcast live on WFMT, will include commentary by the pianist. a 12:15 PM, Pianoforte Chicago, Fine Arts Building, 410 S. Michigan #825, 312-291-0291, reservations required. F A --Steve Langendorf

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