Richard Farrell Volume 2

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Richard Farrell

Richard Farrell 1926 – 1958

Volume 2: The Complete Recordings
Richard Farrell 1926 – 1958

Richard Farrell plays Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, Granados, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Rachmaninov, Schumann

Volume 2 in the Richard Farrell series is comprised of the remainder of Farrell's known studio recordings, recently (2009) transferred at Abbey Rd Studios from the original Pye masters, and sympathetically remastered by Atoll. It includes three previously unreleased Chopin tracks. Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, Granados, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Rachmaninov.

"What we have here are some of the most beautiful recorded performances of the time bathed in what I can only describe as that warm, intimate piano tone familiar from the LP era now all too often lost to clinical digitisation: the Grieg Concerto (as poetic and full-blooded as they come), the four Brahms Ballades (straight to the top of my personal favourites) and 16 Waltzes (ditto), Grieg's Ballade (perhaps the most convincing version on disc f this awkward, flawed work), nine popular Lyric Pieces (how one wishes there were more) and Liszt's E flat Concerto (a magisterial "first movement", an unusually limpid quasi adagio and a thrilling finale). Buy this release. You'll be richly rewarded.”

Jeremy Nicholas, Gramophone July 2009

Remastered from the original PYE master tapes.

cd1

RACHMANINOV**

1
Variations on a Theme of Corelli Op.42
18:26
2
Prelude in C-sharp Minor Op.3 No.2
3:37
3
Prelude in D Major Op. 23 No.4
5:52
4
Prelude in G minor Op.23 No.5
4:04
5
Prelude in E-flat Major Op.23 No.6
3:11
6
Prelude in G Major Op.32 No.5
3:49
7
Prelude in G-sharp Minor Op.32 No.12
2:40

CHOPIN

8
Scherzo No.1 in B Minor Op.20
8:48
9
Mazurka No.10 in B-flat Op.17 No.1
2:32
10
Mazurka No.41 in C-sharp Minor Op.63 No.3
2:19
11
Etude in E Major Op.10 No.3 *
5:05
12
Etude in C-sharp Minor Op.10 No.4 *
2:07
13
Etude in G-flat Major Op.10 No.5 “Black Key”
1:48
14
Etude in A-flat Major Op.10 No.10 *
2:28
15
Etude in A Minor Op.25 No.11 “Winter Wind” *
3:33
16
Nocturne No.4 in F Op.15 No.1
5:11
17
Waltz No.14 in E Minor Op. posth.
2:45
18
Polonaise in A-flat Op.53 “Heroic” *
6:31
Total Duration: 85:00

* Previously unreleased
** First ever stereo release


cd2

BRAHMS

1
Variations on a Theme of Corelli Op.42
18:26
2-5
Four Piano Pieces Op.119

2. Intermezzo in B Minor
3. Intermezzo in E Minor
4. Intermezzo in C Major
5. Rhapsody in E-flat Major

 

4:11
4:38
1:46
5:10

6
Rhapsody in G Minor Op.79 No.2
4:50

LISZT

7
Rigoletto Paraphrase (Verdi-Liszt)
7:15
8
Liebeslied /Widmung (Devotion) (Schumann-Liszt)
3:55
9
Hulanka (Drinking Song) (Chopin-Liszt)
2:00

SCHUMANN

10
Arabeske Op.18
7:17

MENDELSSOHN

11
Duetto in E-flat Op.38 No.6
from “Songs Without Words”
5:51

DEBUSSY

12
Clair de lune
from “Suite Bergamasque”
4:41

GRANADOS

13
Quejas O La Maja Y El Ruisenor
“The Maiden and the Nightingale” – from Goyescas
6:38
Total Duration: 83:40