My choice will come as no surprise. I considered nominating several others: I love Bengt Forsberg's partnering of anything Von Otter does; I admire Malcolm Martineau's work enormously; Benjamin Britten is as wonderful an accompanist as he is a composer; I adore the playing of Jacqueline Bonneau on early Souzay recordings. But I must stick to my very first thought: Gerald Moore. He is the master of tone-control, understatement, elegance, dexterity. Schubert's accompaniments, which can be so mechanical in lesser hands, turn into endlessly fascinating canvases in Moore's, and straddle that delicate balance of classic and romantic so perfectly.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Thanks, to the new Gramophone Archive, there are a huge number of articles about the world of classical music that are now online and searchable. Here's one fascinating article from page 38 of the February 2006 issue--The Expert's Expert: Essential Accompanists, in which many of the world's top collaborative pianists talk about their own favorite collaborators. Here's Martin Katz's contribution: