P1247. WILLIAM KAPELL: Broadcasts & Concert Performances, 1944-52, incl. Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Schubert, Schumann, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Debussy, de Falla, Granados, Chasins, Napolitano, Palmer, Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich, & Strauss; Interviews with Kapell. 3-Marston 53021, recorded 1944-52. Transfers by Ward Marston, J. Richard Harris, Raymond J. Edwards & Seth B. Winner. Booklet features photos & extensive notes by Bradford Gowen & Raymond Lewenthal. - 638335302126
"William Kapell, 1922-1953, is a name that still resonates with pianophiles more than 60 years after his tragic death in an airplane crash near San Francisco. We are pleased to announce a three-CD set of Kapell performances that have never been issued on CD. In fact more than two thirds of the set is previously unpublished in any form. Among the highlights are two 1952 half-hour studio broadcasts from New York's WQXR that have only recently come to light. The set will also include a 1949 performance of Richard Strauss's 'Burleske', a 1951 performance of Debussy's 'Suite Bergamasque', and Schumann's Piano Quintet in E-flat with the Fine Arts Quartet dating from the same year. The booklet includes several photos that have not previously been published and an unpublished piece on Kapell by pianist Raymond Lewenthal, 1923-1988."
- Ward Marston
“William Kapell was one of the most promising American pianists of the postwar generation, producing a few recordings that have attained legendary status after his untimely death.
He studied in New York with Dorothea Anderson la Follett, and then at the Philadelphia Conservatory with Olga Samaroff, and then went to the Juilliard School when she relocated there. He won the Philadelphia Orchestra's youth competition and the Naumberg Award in 1941. He débuted in New York through his prize from the Naumberg Foundation; this début recital won him the Town Hall Award for the outstanding concert of the year by an artist under 30.
A national recital career quickly developed, leading to a recording contract with RCA. One of his enthusiasms was for the recently composed Piano Concerto in D flat major by Soviet composer Aram Khachaturian, which he frequently played. Because it is an extroverted and flashy work, he gained a reputation as a specialist in such music. His recorded legacy shows that he performed in the appropriate style from graceful renditions of Mozart to powerful Prokofiev.
After World War II, he expanded his touring to cover the world. It was on his return from a tour of Australia that his airplane crashed into King's Mountain near San Francisco.”
- Joseph Stevenson, allmusic.com