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Heritage Vocal

Schubert Song Cycles: Fischer-Dieskau

Dietrich Fischer-DieskauSchubert Song Cycles: Fischer-Dieskau

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Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau was the most celebrated performer of Schubert’s great song cycles throughout the second half of the 20th century. The recordings presented here were his first of each work, Die schöne Müllerin recorded in 1951, Winterreise in 1955. Fischer-Dieskau was 26 in 1951 and 30 in 1955, and so made these recordings at the same age that the composer wrote them. His approach is relatively straightforward in its sentiment, but the performances are filled with subtleties of nuance and inflection. There is a spontaneity and freshness we hear in the 1950s which is absent in his later recordings. These versions, therefore, represent the first steps in the singer’s own personal journey with the two works that would continue for another 40 years, until his final recording of Winterreise in 1990 and Die schöne Müllerin in 1991.

Performance: *****
Recording: ***
‘With the marvellous Moore at the piano, Fischer-Dieskau’s earliest recordings of Die schöne Müllerin (1951) and Winterreise (1955) remain invaluable documents of his art.’
– George Hall, BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2015

‘His [Fischer-Dieskau’s] voice was fresh and youthful… Moore’s piano-playing is pure joy.’
– Gramophone Awards Issue, September 2015

‘Fischer-Dieskau lives the part of the young miller intensely from the first note he sings to the last… He gives an impression of utter spontaneity, as if not a note had been written down, but as if everyone was being created there and then : a wonderful instance of art concealing art.’
– Gramophone

‘A very special sense of verbal values and a wide command of tone-colour.’
– Gramophone

Track Listing

SCHUBERT
DIE SCHONE MULLERIN, Op. 75 D. 795 (Recorded in 195)
WINTERREISE, Op. 89 D. 911 (Recorded in 1955)

 

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone), Gerald Moore (piano)