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Richard Farrell - Volume 1 of the Complete Recordings



Volume 1, in a three volume series of the complete recordings, re-mastered from the original PYE recordings, of legendary mid- twentieth century pianist Richard Farrell whose life was cut short by a car accident in 1956. The recordings were made at Abbey Road studios in the UK and Volume 1: The Complete Works, includes the Grieg and Liszt E-flat concertos in which he was partnered by the Halle Orchestra under George Weldon. The CD has a 20pg booklet with photographs and biographical information.

Richard Farrell - Volume 1 of the Complete Recordings


"I'm afraid that there are not enough adjectives in the language to fully describe the feeling of well-being and euphoria in Farrell's music making which I believe to be peerless. The composers on these discs are all of the Romantic era, from Chopin to Rachmaninov. The sensitivity and clarity of his playing is immediately engaging, with the listener (this one) hanging on every note. He had a measure of personal touch which was always at the service of the composer, now delivering to the listener of these recordings music-making of the very highest order. Richard Farrell brings new excitement and insights to familiar repertoire making listening an experience of rewarding re-discovery." (

“This music is wonderfully inventive, and Farrell brings out all the poetry and melancholy and humour in a performance that could hardly be bettered.” GRAMOPHONE April 1959 on Grieg’s Ballade

“I enjoyed his playing very much, for he has what is today the rare virtue of being able to play slowly. Though he often tosses off quick passages at conventional speeds (and he has plenty of technique), he always plays slow movements and slow sections of movements considerably slower than almost every other pianist listed above. And yet he is neither sentimental nor dull ; his playing, on the contrary, is movingly contemplative and poetic.” GRAMOPHONE July 1957 on the Grieg Piano Concerto.