The legendary pianist and composer writes a one page letter to the pianist, composer and fellow Liszt pupil Eugen D'Albert, Hamburg, April 12, 1891. With a postcard portrait.
Hamburg 12. April 91
My dear Sir and Colleague,
After you which means with you. The question, if with or without V.S. can we discuss and try to settle on Friday morning at Johannes Street 6 - at what time can you meet and let me know on Thursday evening when I will arrive in the Askanischen Hof. Always with heartfelt sympathy and...
Hans von Bülow
P.S. Carlsbad sometimes makes for confusion, which does not need to be excused in the attendance of Patti.
Bulow considered D'Albert the greatest pianist in Europe after himself and his natural successor. Both had been pupils of Franz Liszt and von Bulow was especially fond of D'Albert's interpretation of Brahms, whom he considered to be the greatest living composer. The pair played several concerts in New York in 1890. In an undated letter to his daughter Daniela he wrote, D'albert played delightfully in Berlin the dayn before yesterday. It was an ideal, an intrinsically finished performance......I tell you, he's no end of a fellow. I may still be able to learn something from him, since I feel vigorous enough to admire him.
In another undated letter to Daniela he wrote, I am in a good mood for once, induced by nD'Albert, who has been playing in a way that transcends the imagination. A phenomenal fellow! Thank God, he has definitely cured me of any velleity to tinkle in public. There is indeed no one worth listening to besides himself and occasionally Joachim.
Citation for the two un-dated letters to Daniela, Letters of Hans von Bulow, Richard Count du Moulin Eckart editor and translated by Scott Goddard, Vienna House, New York, 1972.
The reference to Adelina Patti is curious, as the major documented story about the pair took place in the 1870's when they had adjoining rooms at a hotel in St. Petersburg and von Bulows practicing scales annoyed her while she tried to take a nap.