Par 1 On May 20th [1882] I repeated Liszt's Dante Symphony, when I think it was better understood by the public. Previous to this concert I had seen in the Times that a new Russian pianist, M. Vladimir de Pachmann, had made a great sensation at a concert in Paris at the Salle Erard. I wrote at once to Messrs. Erard to offer him an engagement at this concert, which he accepted, and made his first English appearance under my direction. He played Chopin's p.151 Concerto in F minor splendidly, and some solos, and at once established his reputation as a Chopin player par excellence.
Par 2 Since he first played at my concerts he has acquired certain mannerisms which amuse the public and do no harm. When I spoke to him about them he said he wished to imitate Von Bülow, who was his beau idéal. I have mentioned Von Bülow's curious mannerisms in another part of this book, and explained that they are due to short sight, and partly to his being overcome by his feelings. In fact he does not know what he is doing, but Pachmann does know, and, I think, looks about him and converses with the audience for the fun of the thing. But I may be wrong, and my readers will have their own opinions. Anyhow, he is a very great artist and a magnificent player.
Par 3 . . . p.152 The fifth and last concert of the season took place on June 17th. I had engaged M. de Pachmann again and had selected Beethoven's Concerto in G major for him to play, and he again played some Chopin most beautifully. I had also arranged to play a duet with him, on two pianos—variations on the Gypsy March from Weber's Preciosa, arranged by Mendelssohn and Moscheles, which pleased immensely, and we were both recalled. The orchestral accompaniments were conducted by my leader, Herr Adolph [Adolf] Pollitzer. "Der Freischütz" overture concluded the program.