De Pachmann and Mme. Sembrich Rouse Enthusiasm
Mme. Marcella Sembrich and Vladimir
de Pachmann were the stars that
illumined Mechanics Hall yesterday
and, like them, the audiences were of
the first magnitude.
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In the afternoon De Pachmann played
with all the inspiration of his peculiar
genius . . .
DE PACHMANN AND CHOPIN
Miss Florence and Mr. Converse's Symphony Also in Afternoon Program.
Of course, Vladimir de Pachmann's
pianistics and calisthenics constituted
the masterpiece of the afternoon concert.
To say that he is unique, inimitable
and in his way wonderful, is to
state but a platitude. Naturally, he
chose a Chopin concerto—in this case
the more familiar one in F minor—for
his reappearance in Worcester. There
is supposed to be peculiar propriety in
this, because De Pachmann is esteemed
a gifted exponent of the great Pole,
but it will have to be admitted that
every pianist is his own Chopin. One
hears a different kind of Chopin,
according as one listens to Paderewski,
Rosenthal, D'Albert, Joseffy or De
But there is no occasion for
comparisons now. Sufficient unto the
day is the pianist thereof. He was
superb, and conspicuous among his
admirable traits were his superlatively
clear and pure tones and his wonderfully
delicate finger work. Apparently
he never strikes an unmusical note,
even in his fortissimo, and his runs are
as the rippling of a brook. Others may
excel him in fire and abandon, but he
is surpassed by none in the qualities
first named. There was infinite variety
of sensuous tone color in the fanciful
tracery of the piano part, and one did
not complain because he did not tear
a passion to tatters. Truth to say, this
concerto was not a subject for a
violent exhibition of piano gymnastics,
though others might have made it
such. In Chopin's concertos the piano
part is "the whole thing," and with
De Pachmann at the solo instrument,
there is absorbing entertainment for
both eye and ears. Sentiment and
poetry there were, after the pianist's
own kind, though not the sort that
some of his rivals might have put into
the music. That it was convincing and
complete, was evidenced by the fervor
of the applause.
De Pachmann returned not unwillingly
after two recalls, and caressed and
coaxed the piano for an exquisite
performance of the Chopin A flat ballade.
This only intensified the popular excitement,
and out he came again, this time
with the D flat waltz, which was most
delightfully done. Mr. Kniesel
conducted the orchestra during the concerto.
[From an Interview with Mr. Wolfsohn, of the Wolfsohn Musical Bureau:]
Mr. Wolfsohn says "Of course one of
my most popular stars will be De
Pachmann, the wonderful Chopin
player. I have booked him for forty
concerts already, and this at the
beginning of the season.