[Thise excerpt appeared in At the Piano with Debussy
by Marguerite Long
(English translation by Olive Senior-Ellis), London: Dent, 1972 (French original 1960), page 33.
This web version is dated 11 July 2006.
[A full-page photograph, acknowledging the Radio Times Hulton Picture Library on p.viii,
is not reproduced here.]
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Vladimir de Pachmann was less magnanimous .
He once telephoned me in the middle of the night to accuse me of the theft
of the Chopin Études that his son had lent me. The son, when
he heard about this, laughed heartily, as I did too, but we had
to wait until the morning to straighten matters out.
On the platform Pachmann talked to the public like Planté,
and like Paderewski grew very cross if he saw untoward
movement among the audience. It was not someone waving a
fan , but a score which a listener was following which once
incurred his displeasure. He stopped abruptly and declared
very audibly: 'I don't want controlling.'
What a character! What a pianist! I would never have dared
to imitate him , and yet he was perfectly right. Only once did I
have occasion to stop playing. . . .
Nevertheless, I feel myself to be very far from the pride of those 'sacred giants'. . . .