This is a wondrously beautiful and touching tribute and farewell to the great accompanist Gerald Moore, by three of the greatest singers of the 20th century. The accoustics alone of the Royal Albert Hall are incomparable, the performances all of the legendary mould, including the genial Gerald Moore himself, whose final words and final notes on the piano are an exceptional tribute in themselves to these 3 great artists and to the role that music has played in his life.
It is notable that Victoria de los Angeles was included in what is largely a German music evening. And the Rossini cat duet, like the other two Rossini duets on this recording, is hardly spoiled by the outbursts of laughter, on the contrary. Not a note is silenced by this suggestive behaviour which makes us, only listeners, curious to know what shenanigans these two great ladies are up to! We smile throughout it all.
I own this recording and am floored every time i put it on, by the magnificent voices themselves, the impeccable interpretations, unsurpassable accoustics and, of course, the pristine yet moving playing by the author of AM I TOO LOUD? There is nothing like this recording. It is pure bliss.
Marya Berry, music critic