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Paderewski

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Day
12
Month
February
Year
1892
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Public Domain
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The lew Vork Wor!J hastlic ■'- ■ L-ing(t0 sa' of i'"(ierewski' the! Lat pjianist who is to give a recital , UniVersity Hall next Monday LeningW the benefit of the Wo' Lan's Apnex to the Waterman Gymnasium: .The first of the three inaugural oncerts given by M. Ignance J. paderewski, assisted by the orchesra of tfe New York symPhony So" .ietv under the direction of Mr. Walter Damrosch, took place at Vlusic Hall yesterday evening, when [ Paderewski made his first appearn'ce before an American audience. Not since Rubenstein's first visit o this country, now nearly twenty Lars ago, has any pianist appeared iere whose coming has been more leralded 'and looked foward to with , .rrcater degree of anticipation and „terest than that of the destinrnished artist and virtuoso who fade his first bow to a representare New York musical audience last ,„1,1. While now well known to he entire artistic world, M. Padeewski's fame'is of so comparatively ecent date, as he only, so it is said can his musical education ten ■ears ago, at the age of twenty-one, nd has been prominently before the ublic as a pianist only since 1884. E native of Russian Poland, he purued his studies mainly under the iirection of his fellow-countryman, Cheodore Leschetizky, the husband ud teacher of Mme. Essipoff, the fell-known pianiste. His career, bough short, has been one series of irilliant successes on the Continent nd in England, and he has won a .orld-wide reputation such as few rtists of the present generation erioy . Mr. Paderewski has also gained listinction as a composer of considiable ability as well as an executant, Ilis compositions including a suit for irchestra in G, a concerto for violin ,nd orchestra in G minor, over ighty songs in the Germán, French nd Polish languages, besides the :oncerto heard last evening, which vas first pl'ayed in America by Mme. Uve-King with the Boston Symihony Orchestra, under the direc1 ion of Mr. Nikisch, a few months iince. It may be said at the outset that ioronce, expectation, though roused lo the highest pitch by all that had ,ieen said of M. Paderewski's phe'iomenal and varied ability, was horoughly realized. M. PaderewJki's playing yesterday evening, was i;onvncing and satisfactory and evry one present realized that all the promiscb made m h"d been amply Surriffëd ann that tht-y were listenlng :o a great artist. One is naturally a little inclined n discount previously heard reports )f a so-called phenominal ability as Un artist. The standard of artistic ixcellence mnst be of commanding ;,nd exceptional talents or genius to ise appreciably above the accepted ilane; but such talents or genius rlr. Paderewski undoubtedly has, :.nd they must be conceded to him ■rithout question or reserve. i The íirst thing that strikes one kbout M. Paderewski's playing is its breadth, repose and unaffectedess. There is an entire absence of . nything like sensationalism or of ííiving after effect by any but strictly legitímate means. Without, perhaps, the leonine ligor of Rubenstein, M. Paderewski las plenty of fojce, where forcé is ieeded,and a touch firm as steel and ret soft as velvet, manly and yet :aressing, which can draw the most ;xquisitely delicate tones from an instrument which, in ordinary hands, kas been termed not only soulless nd irresponsive, but even the modJrn instrument of torture. With an apparently complete mastery oer 11 tehhnical difficulties, M. Paderewski unites a rarely beautiful singing tone and a considered artistic and virile conception. His pianissimo is remarkable, and his execution of even the most dirficult sages is in the main clean and clear, though a tendency to over-exertion in forte passages - perhaps attributable to not unnatural nervousness - was occasionally noticeable last evening. M. Paderewski is eminently qualified as an interpreter of Chopin, as his playing is marked by a tender, poetic sentiment and graceful sympathy, without which the works of this master lose half their charm. It was evident after the first movement of Saint-Saons's Concerto that M. Paderewski had enlisted the sympathies and interest of his audienr-e. Kis reception was cordial trom the first, but after the Concerto had ]eeg finished in master,ly style and the Chopin selections - notably e Ballade and the C sharp minor alse - rendered with exquisite grace and finish, cordiality rapidly grew to enthusiasm until, after a 'superb Performance of his own immensely Ojfficult and interesting Concerto', ''■ Paderewski was greeted with a storm of applause which amounted toan ovation and it was clear that e had an American success to add 'oliis already long list of triumphs."

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