Remembering the definitive accompanist, Gerald Moore
Maybe it was that list the other day of most-searched stuff on a classical music download site that got me thinking about art songs again -- it was encouraging to see that solo vocal music would register on one of those lists. Then, I noticed that Thursday was the 110th anniversary of the birth of Gerald Moore, the most revered of accompanists.
So, naturally, I started digging around YouTube for some Gerald Moore clips. I could have gone on clicking for hours and hours, but I settled on two that I wanted to share.
First up is the wonderful tenor
Nicolai Gedda singing a song I never knew he sang, "Down By the Salley Gardens," one of my all-time favorite folk songs, in the spare Britten arrangement. Then, elegant and eloquent soprano Victoria de los Angeles sings Schubert's sublime An die Musik, the perfect summation of any musical artist's life. Both of these videos find Gerald Moore revealing, with his usual, calm authority, the art of accompaniment.