[This article appeared in
The New Encyclopedia of Music and Musicians
edited by Waldo Selden Pratt (1857-1939),
New York, Macmillan, 1924, page 631.
This web version is dated 4 December 2001.
Pachmann, Vladimir de (Odessa, 1848).
Eminent Russian pianist, pupil of his father and the Vienna University,
in 1869 appearing in Russia, but not again until 1877 (Germany)
and from 1880 (Vienna, Paris),
then becoming known throughout Europe and in England (from 1882),
besides visits to America (from 1891 ).
His technical skill has always been extraordinary,
especially in delicacy and refinement of tone,
and he has keen sympathy with works of romantic sentiment,
but his interpretations tend to be whimsical and uneven at best,
while generally lacking in majesty, profundity and sustained passion.
Many eccentricities of stage-manner, also,
detract from the finest effectiveness.
With all these drawbacks, however, his individuality is impressive.
In 1885 he received the Order of Danebrog from the King of Denmark
and in 1916 the Beethoven medal from the London Philharmonic.
In 1884-95 he was the husband of the Australian pianist Maggie Oakey
(later wife of Fernand Labori), who joined in his first American tour.
In 1912 he intermitted his trips to America (till 1923),
but continued playing in London at intervals.