[This excerpt appeared in London Symphony: Portrait of an Orchestra
by Hubert Foss and Noel Goodwin, London, The Naldrett Press, 1954,
This web version is dated 8 May 2003.
[Pachmann's Concert with Beecham]
(London, between February and May 1916)
by Hubert Foss & Noel Goodwin
p.84 Beside me now is a yellowed and faded
cutting from the Pall Mall Gazette reviewing this concert
[in London, December 1915, conducted by Wassily Safonoff (1852-19??)].
The critic [wrote that]
. . . De Greef's performance of the Chopin [F minor] Concerto combined
"a vein of tender sentiment with a certain formal primness . . .
It suggested 'A Professor's Love Story'."
. . . Beecham assumed direction of the remaining concerts in the following February
 . . .
[In Beecham's remaining concerts in London this 1915-1916 season]
Chopin's F minor Piano Concerto appeared again, but the soloist this time was
Pachmann. Gone was the "tender sentiment" and "formal
primness" of de Greef; instead the Pall Mall Gazette now reports
of Pachmann: "Within the restrictions imposed by the accompaniment
he was his own irrepressible self, as amusing in his
antics but as perfect as ever in his performance. In response
to the applause he added a couple of Etudes, the second of which
ran into the O flat Waltz [sic], which apparently expressed the
pianist's delight at his cordial reception—he all but danced it."
Of Beecham, the Gazette reports that his "beautiful
imparted dignity to the cumulative effect of the entire concert".