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[This article appeared in The Musical Times, No. 1080, Vol. 74, February 1933, page 177.
This web version is dated 21 November 2005.]

Obituary: Vladimir de Pachmann

Par 1 We regret to record the following deaths:
Par 2 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.
Par 3 We quote the following from the Musical Times of June, 1882:
Par 4

'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.'