[This excerpt appeared in Myra Hess: A Portrait
by Marian C. McKenna, London, Hamish Hamilton, 1976, page 169.
This web version is dated 23 November 2001,
revised 1 February 2003.
by Marian C. McKenna
When the great Chopin player Vladimir de Pachmann
was presented with it
he bit the medal in public to make certain it was pure gold.