We regret to record the following deaths:
VLADIMIR DE PACHMANN, the famous pianist and
interpreter of Chopin's music, at Rome, on January 6.
He was born at Odessa on July 27, 1848, the son of a
professor at the University, who was also an amateur
violinist. At the age of eighteen he went to the
Conservatorium at Vienna, where he studied for two
years under Dachs and was awarded a gold medal.
On returning to Russia in 1869 he played several
times in public, apparently with the greatest success.
He was, however, dissatisfied with his performances,
and retired from the concert-platform with a view to
further study. Eight years passed before he resumed
his public career. Even then, though hailed as a
master, he considered that he had not yet attained
his ideal, and he retired again for two years. His
universal fame dates from his reappearance, after
this period, at Vienna and Paris. He was first heard
in London on May 20, 1882, when he played Chopin's
Concerto in F minor at a concert conducted by
Wilhelm Ganz. For the next twenty-five years or
so he was held in universal and unmixed esteem as an
interpreter of Chopin's music, to which he devoted
himself almost exclusively. It was only in his later
years, when his playing had greatly weakened, that
he adopted the eccentricities of platform manner
by which he was chiefly known to present-day
audiences. On January 31, 1916, he was given the
gold medal of the Philharmonic Society. He made
his last appearance in public at the Albert Hall on
May 20, 1928. An article on Pachmann by Mr. Erik
Brewerton will be found on p. 125.
We quote the following from the Musical Times of
'At this concert a Russian pianist, M. Vladimir
de Pachmann, made his debut with Chopin's
Concerto in F minor, playing also pieces by
Haydn, Field, and Liszt. M . de Pachmann made
a decidedly favourable impression, and justified
the honours he has recently enjoyed in Paris. He
plays with great fluency and command over the
resources of the instrument, but we must, of course,
hear him in a leading pianoforte classic before
venturing to give a precise estimate of his powers.
M. de Pachmann will probably be satisfied to have
excited genuine interest, and obtained very warm
applause at the outset of his career in England.'