[This annotation appeared on the cover of the LP Great Pianists of the Past
(Re-recorded from Piano Rolls), Delta, TQD 3050, 1964. The author is Jean Cuisenier (1927 - )
This web version is dated 3 August 2007.
Vladimir de Pachmann (1848-1933) throughout his life as a
solo pianist was a perfectionist, returning for long periods to study
and develop both technique nad interpretation, in consequence of
which he stood very high in the estimation of the discerning musical
public throughout the world. La Fileuse as written by Raff can
easily be degraded into mere sentimentalism but modified by Henselt
becomes a smooth-flowing little tone-poem which forms a perfect
vehicle in evenness of touch so difficult to achieve which was typical
of de Pachmann's style.