[This announcement appeared in The Times
, London, 28 May 1887, page 11.
The review appeared in The Times
, London, 3 June 1887, page 7.
The author is not identified.
This web version is dated 5 March 2003.
M. de Pachmann's Recital
(London, Thursday 2 June 1887)
The date of M.
de Pachmann's pianoforte recital, being his only appearance
this season, has been fixed for Thursday afternoon
next, when the programme will, among other interesting
things, include Grieg's "Ballade en forme de Variations",
M. Vladimir de
Pachmann, one of our leading pianists, gave a well-attended
recital at St. James-hall yesterday afternoon, when his
programme, as is usual on such an occasion, consisted of a
miscellaneous selection, to the exclusion, however, of
Beethoven or any of the so-called classical masters.
Commencing with Weber, the artist gave a passing glance at
Schumann, and after having turned to Edvard Grieg, the
Norwegian, Liszt ("Au Bord d'une Source"), and Henselt, he
plunged into Chopin, his favourite composer, in the interpretation
of whose works he is without a living rival. A
nocturne, the mazurka, op. 67, No. 4, the A-flat impromptu,
op. 29, and other pieces, were gone through with
a mastery of technique and an exquisite refinement of
touch which fully deserved the applause they elicited.
Grieg's little-known "Ballade en forme de Variations",
full of the weird charm of northern music, was
another interesting feature of the programme.