The Essential Pachmann - 1907-1927: Early and Unissued Recordings
2004 release. A troll-like gnome, pianist Vladimir de Pachmann seduced audiences with the intense beauty of his pianism, so unlike his appearance. His art was held up as being similar to Chopin's own. Many of his performances were captured on the horn, before the electric recording mic had been invented. Arbiter surmounted the daunting task of making intelligible his shellac discs cut from 1907-1927. Pachmann's legacy inspired a series of skirmishes in the collectors underground as factions battled over access to his discs and legacy. Arbiter's second disc of Pachmann recordings -- following 2002's Pachmann: The Mythic Pianist - 1907-1927 Recordings (ARB 129CD) -- fills out his art by resurrecting lost sounds made by an artist born in 1848, one year before Chopin's death. Notes fill out the background that made Pachmann develop his hypnotic art -- a background that he exaggerated and falsified when teasing the gullible press. Famous for insulting colleagues at his concerts and theirs, Pachmann's pure spirit is captured here, one that lay undisturbed beneath the surface of an uncontrollably eccentric imp whose pranks infuriated and delighted the public. Includes performances of compositions by Chopin, Giuseppe Verdi, Franz Liszt, Felix Mendelssohn, and Robert Schumann.