[These excerpts appeared in
How to Enjoy Music
C. (Cecil) Whitaker-Wilson (1886-19??),
Kingswood, Surrey, The World's Work, 1956, pages 83, 85.
This web version is dated 7 June 2002,
revised 1 February 2003.
by C. Whitaker-Wilson
Pachmann was the greatest exponent of Chopin in my lifetime;
and I must have heard him play more times than the number of years I have lived.
No-one ever produced quite the tone he was capable of producing.
He never hit a chord too hard—at least, not in my hearing;
he never forgot the limits of the tonal resources of a piano,
the instrument of the home rather than of the concert hall.
Pachmann used to play it
in a way that always made me feel he had some innate power
that bewitched the tone of the piano.