Chopin's Prophet: The Life of Pianist Vladimir de Pachmann by Edward Blickstein,Gregor Benko

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By Edward Blickstein,Gregor Benko

Vladimir de Pachmann was once probably history’s such a lot infamous pianist. generally considered as the best participant of Chopin’s works, Pachmann embedded comedic elements—be it fidgeting with his piano bench or flirting with the audience—within his vintage piano recitals to relieve his personal anxiousness over appearing. yet this wunderkind, whose admirers incorporated Franz Liszt and tune critic James Gibbons Huneker (who cheekily nicknamed Pachmann the “Chopinzee”), may via the flip of the century locate his antics at the live performance level scorned through critics and out of favor with listeners, burying his pianistic legacy.

In Chopin’s Prophet: The lifetime of Pianist Vladimir de Pachmann, the 1st biography ever of this awesome determine, Edward Blickstein and Gregor Benko discover the personal and public lives of this grasp pianist, surveying his achievements in the context of up to date severe opinion and maintaining his legacy as one of many final nice Romantic pianists of his time. Chopin’s Prophet paints a colourful portrait of classical piano functionality and megastar on the flip of the 20th century whereas additionally documenting Pachmann’s allure to males, which finally ended his marriage yet used to be neglected via his audiences. because the authors illustrate, Pachmann lived in a appreciably diverse international of track making, one within which eccentric character and behaviour healthy right into a even more versatile, and occasionally mysterious, musical group, one the place criteria have been set no longer by way of qualified specialists with levels yet through the musicians themselves. Detailing the evolution of live performance piano enjoying variety from the period of Chopin until eventually international conflict I, Chopin’s Prophet tells the wonderful and precise tale of an artist of and after his time.

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