Richard Farrell plays Brahms Rhapsody in E-Flat Major, Op.119 No.4





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Published on Mar 10, 2011

New Zealand pianist Richard Farrell in a late 1950s recording for the PYE label, made by EMI, of Brahms' Rhapsody Op. 119 No.4 [apologies for having mislabeled it in the video]. Farrell had been quasi-discovered by William Kapell when both were in Australia, and secured by telephone for Farrell a scholarship to study at Julliard with his own teacher, Olga Samaroff.

He lived in London for many years, performing with all the major British conductors - Barbirolli, Sargent, Boult, Susskind, and Beecham. Artur Rubinstein is reported to have said, "There are three pianists: William Kapell, Richard Farrell, and me."

Farrell died tragically young in a car accident on the night of May 27, 1958, at the age of 31.

Farrell's complete recorded legacy is being released on the 'atoll' label - volumes one and two are available now. Please see http://www.atollcd.com/catalog_detail... for more information on disc contents and to order.

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