[Anton] Rubinstein, with his Beethoven head, thundered and pounded his pianos to splinters, the very image of the Romantic Titan; de Pachmann explained to his audience that the waistcoat he was wearing had belonged to Chopin, and then proceeded to speak asides throughout his performance; but Paderewski would walk on diffidently and play with a minimum of physical motion, and with his eyes nearly closed.