He gave one the impression of possessing an almost terrible mastery over every imaginable variety of passage – especially in leaping intervals so wide apart, that to play them with ease is as nearly as possible like being in two different places at the same time. I have listened to him twice in the “Patineurs,” and a cold shiver has passed through me, not so much at what he actually bestowed on us, as what he suggested as having still in reserve. To his interpretations of Chopin – three of whose Ballades, many of the Preludes, several Etudes, three Polonaises, and one Concerto, I heard him play in Weimar – I have listened with delight mingled with awe.

Bettina Walker on the 74-year old Liszt