The Art of Richard Farrell
Legend has it that Arthur Rubinstein said words to the effect that there were only three pianists in the world: William Kapell, Richard Farrell and himself.
While Rubinstein enjoyed a long life and career, Kapell tragically perished in a 1953 plane crash at the age of 31. Farrell, too, was only 31 when a 1958 automobile accident claimed his life.
Fortunately Farrell left behind a strong recorded legacy, which the New Zealand-based Atoll label has painstakingly restored. On this week's episode of the ASCAP Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys, the Classical Network's Artist-in Residence Jed Distler explores Farrell's formidable and individual piano artistry in works by Brahms, Mendelssohn, Grieg, Liszt, Rachmaninov and Chopin.
Tune in to Between the Keys Friday at 3:00 PM, with the rebroadcast Saturday at 6:00 PM, exclusively on The Classical Network and WWFM.org