I'm fascinated with these vestiges of a lost golden age. The 1925 recording passion and embellishments are wonderful. Thanks for finding these and posting them.
Such delicious phrasing!
Remember that he was 77 years old in this last shot(1925)!!!
Thanks for uploading these fascinating historical [and enjoyable] recordings.
@SophieMenter … one of the reasons Liszt went to London [shortly before his death as it turned out] was to hear de Pachmann play. The other reason, of course, to repay Walter Bache for his efforts in promoting Liszt's music in England – not very successfully in the early days.
I think Schonberg was a great critic and writer but he went off
the deep end when he savaged Pachmann
Thanks for posting. And thanks for all the information!
Pachmann was considered by Liszt to be Chopin's greatest player. This is no nonsense when we take into consideration that Liszt himself was well acquainted with Chopin's music and had even heard him playing many times.
Harold Schoenberg in his book "The great Pianists" is responsible, I think for this pianists awful reputation. Pachmann's playing belies such nonsense. I think that he was very great indeed.
Wonderful interpretations, and thanks for the detailed description, too, very helpful!
Great video! *****
I really like how you put so much info about the artist in the description of your videos. Great idea
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