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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

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Jed Distler is Artist-in-Residence for The Classical Network and program host of Between the Keys, Tuesdays at 10 pm.