[These brief mentions of Pachmann appeared in "Confessions of a Musical Critic" (1923), published in
Testament of Music: Essays and Papers
by Ernest Newman
(pseudonym for William Roberts, 1868-1959), edited by Herbert Van Thal,
New York, Knopf, 1963, pages 1 and 40.
This web version is dated 25 May 2007.
Confessions of a Musical Critic
by Ernest Newman (1923)
... Nobody loves the musical critic; and when I come to
think of it I can't see any reason why people should. He is, in the
popular estimation, one of those objectionable fellows who
profess to be able to tell you how to do everything without being
able to do it himself.
Pachmann, Kreisler, Cortot, Casals, Wood – he can put them all
in their places.
. . . . . .
... His first Tristan, his first Eroica, his first Pachmann,
draws the burning words from him without the least effort on
A few years later he becomes the musical equivalent
of these melancholy men the professional 'tasters' of teas and
They have long ago lost all stomach for
the beverage; their one concern now is not to let their palate
be corrupted any more than it is already.