[This excerpt appeared in Sir Thomas Beecham: A Memoir
by Neville Cardus (1889-1975), London, Collins, 1961, page 47.
This web version is dated 18 November 2001,
revised 1 February 2003.
addressed the audience in these words—" . . .
I am reminded of the occasion
when the honour and privilege were mine
to present the Gold Medal of the Royal Philharmonic Society to M. Pachmann
. . .
At this concert we were performing one of the Chopin piano
concertos—I forget which—and Pachmann was playing
with that felicity of touch now legendary;
and I was conducting as well as it is humanly possible to conduct
a Chopin Piano Concerto
. . .
In the middle of the slow movement, Pachmann stopped dead, stopped playing,
and, leaning over the keyboard towards me, said
'Isn't it lofely?'
And I replied, 'Indeed it is lovely, M. Pachmann—but would you
mind going on?' "