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.