[This review appeared in the New York Times
, 15 April 1908
and was reprinted in Concert Life in New York 1902-1923
by Richard Aldrich (1863-1937), New York, Putnam's Sons, 1941, page 224.
This web version is dated 2 July 2003.
April 15 Vladimir de Pachmann as a spectacle has always had an
interest aside from Vladimir de Pachmann as a pianist. Yesterday
afternoon at his recital in Carnegie Hall half the audience was armed
with opera glasses, which made it possible to view the grimaces and
antics of the performer at near range. Those who went to see Mr. de
Pachmann make faces were not disappointed.
Those who went to hear him play might have had cause to find fault.
His tone, as it always has been, was of a beautiful quality, and the
delicacy of his playing, the shades of his pianissimos, exquisite. But
it has always pleased Mr. de Pachmann to distort the compositions he
Yesterday he played what was called on the program Beethoven's
Sonata in C major, Opus 53. To those who had heard this sonata
before, the music coming from under the pianist's fingers must have
sounded like a novelty. In fact, Mr. de Pachmann almost composed
a new andante movement out of the rondo.
On the other hand, nothing could have been more beautiful than his
playing of the G sharp minor etude of Chopin.
It is to be regretted that dignity and thought have no place in Mr.
de Pachmann's playing, which has so many other elements which
combine to make enjoyment. The concert yesterday was announced
as the "last New York recital."