In my opinion, the greatest Baritone ever to have brought joy to the world with his perfect diction and purity of tone, has passed away. I had the great honour of speaking to him backstage, experiencing his immense modesty and grace, and an even greater honour to hear him sing. Schubert’s “Winterreise” at the Liederhallen in Stuttgart in 1978 comes to mind. I weep as I write for the world has lost one of its greatest artists.
Howard Gamble, 18th May 2012