p.4 Par 1 The concert of M. and Mme. de Pachmann at Chickering Hall last evening, which was attended by a large and remarkably demonstrative audience, was an uncommonly interesting entertainment. Possibly it might have been made more delightful by a more compact programme, but, as as every number had attractions, there is not much ground for complaint on this score. The entertainment served to introduce to this public Mme. de Pachmann, who is a pupil of her husband. She selected for her introduction to New York Liszt's familiar concerto in E flat, a work which calls for a wide range of technical ability. Mme. de Pachmann has been praised for her work in many of the most musical cities of Europe, and her appearance here was awaited with interest.
Par 2 Being a lady of delicate physique, as well as a pupil of her husband, it is not strange that her playing was distinguished by grace, delicacy, and finesse rather than by breadth, brilliancy, and power. Her technique is delightful in its clearness and smoothness, and her phrasing is refined and thoughtful. She has acquired a good deal of M. de Pachmann's mastery of cantilena and not a little of his phenomenally smooth and beautiful scale playing. The perfection of her enunciation and the polish of her shading were exhibited in a high light in Henselt's "Danklied nach dem Sturm" and Mendelssohn's "Rondeau Brillant," which were her unaccompanied solos. Her performance of the Liszt number, while it was musical and finished, lacked dash and vigor and tonal strength.
Par 3 M. de Pachmann played Chopin's concerto in F minor. His rendering of the second movement was a lovely piece of singing on the piano, but he was not uncommonly successful with the first and third movements. Indeed, it is safe to say that none of our resident pianists could have won as much applause with a similar performance. Familiarity breeds contempt in music as well as in other things, and we are prone to look through magnifying glasses at those who come from afar. M. de Pachmann has done far better work at his recitals than he did in the concerto, and it is a pleasure to announce that this highly-gifted and accomplished player is to be heard again in that form of entertainment. Besides the concerto, his scheduled numbers were Schumann's Romanze, Opus 32, his wife's "Rêverie du Lac," Raff's "La Fileuse," and Saint-Saëns's scherzo, Op.87, for two pianos, in which Mme. de Pachmann assisted him. The orchestra, under Frank Van der Stücken, played a number of interesting compositions, including two selections by the conductor.