On May 20th I repeated Liszt's Dante
Symphony, when I think it was better understood by the public.
Previous to this concert I had seen in the Times that a new
Russian pianist, M. Vladimir de Pachmann, had made a great sensation
at a concert in Paris at the Salle Erard.
I wrote at once to Messrs. Erard to offer him an engagement at this concert,
which he accepted, and made his first English appearance under my direction.
He played Chopin's
Concerto in F minor splendidly, and some solos,
and at once established his reputation as a Chopin player par excellence.
Since he first played at my concerts he has
acquired certain mannerisms which amuse the
public and do no harm. When I spoke to him
about them he said he wished to imitate Von
Bülow, who was his beau idéal. I have
mentioned Von Bülow's curious mannerisms in
another part of this book, and explained that they
are due to short sight, and partly to his being
overcome by his feelings. In fact he does not
know what he is doing, but Pachmann does
know, and, I think, looks about him and
converses with the audience for the fun of the thing.
But I may be wrong, and my readers will have
their own opinions. Anyhow, he is a very great
artist and a magnificent player.
. . . p.152
The fifth and last concert of the season took
place on June 17th. I had engaged M. de
Pachmann again and had selected Beethoven's
Concerto in G major for him to play, and he
again played some Chopin most beautifully. I
had also arranged to play a duet with him, on
two pianos—variations on the Gypsy March
from Weber's Preciosa, arranged by Mendelssohn
and Moscheles, which pleased immensely, and
we were both recalled. The orchestral accompaniments
were conducted by my leader,
Herr Adolph Pollitzer.
"Der Freischütz" overture
concluded the program.