Watch the Recital Video Here

Enjoy this very rare kinescope of a recital by William Kapell; and especially the second piece, Chopin’s Nocturne in E-flat Major, Op. 55 No. 2 (1835) appearing from 3′ 28″ to 8′ 14.” This extraordinary rendering from Alistair Cooke’s “Omnibus” series (CBS-TV) was recorded live March 15, 1953 at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. This is the only known video of any performance by Kapell who died tragically seven months later, and was mourned by the musical illuminati of the time. We also suggest a wonderful three part tribute to Kapell here:  Part 1; Part 2; and Part 3.

And for our visitor who remembers Alistair Cooke’s superb introductions for PBS’ Masterpiece Theatre (or those who recall his earlier Letter From America for the BBC), we commend the wonderfully revealing homage entitled The Unseen Alistair Cooke. It is accessible through PBS stations around the country and for viewing online now.