Music: Unashamed Accompanists

"But I've been talking too much about myself," says the baritone to the accompanist. "Let's talk about you. Have you heard any of my new records?" That well-seasoned musical fable has grated on the ears of accompanists for years. Fretting under a cloak of near anonymity, they have traditionally been regarded by the public as the perpetual subordinates of the musical world. Singers and other soloists of course know better, and so last week did the audiences flocking to hear Soprano Victoria de Los Angeles launch a German recital tour. At the piano behind her was one of the most...

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