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Fischer-Dieskau Edition Vol 4 - Brahms, Beethoven


Release Date: 10/14/2008 
Label:  Audite   Catalog #: 95601   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenJohannes BrahmsWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Hertha KlustDietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 0 Hours 59 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



BEETHOVEN Maigesang. Marmotte. Ich liebe dich. In questa tomba oscura. Neue Liebe, neues Leben. Andenken. Aus Goethes Faust. Wonne der Wehmut. Sehnucht. An die Hoffnung. BRAHMS Heimkehr. Ein Sonnett. Wie rafft ich mich. Botschaft. Abenddämmerung. Es träumte mir. Eine gute, gute Nacht. Dein blaues Auge halt. Sommerabend. Mondenschein. Ständchen Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (bar); Herthe Klust (pn) AUDITE 95.601, mono (58:46 Text, no Read more Translation) Broadcast: Berlin 1951–1952


This is yet another entry in Audite’s recent series of early DFD recital broadcasts. The program is more centrist than his broadcast of Brahms’s Die schöne Magdelone, which I reviewed in Fanfare 31:5, containing some better-known Brahms songs as well as the Lieder of Beethoven, which he was among the first to revive.


But this program is sung and played differently from many of his later recordings. In these performances, Fischer-Dieskau sings with much more rhythmic freedom, more in the mold of such artists of the older generation as Karl Erb, Leo Slezak, Gerhard Hüsch, and Herbert Janssen. There are touches of portamento in addition to more rubato and ritards than he used in later performances, whether this was his way at the time or a temporary diversion. Perhaps the playing of Herthe Klust, which is more lyrical, less rhythmically aggressive, and more in the background than that of Gerald Moore with whom he was often partnered from the mid 1950s to the late 1960s, had much to do with it. I know little to nothing about Klust, but to my ears she is a very old-fashioned pianist and not a particularly interesting Lieder partner.


Ah, but the singing—that is in a world of its own. Fischer-Dieskau sings what is certainly the most intimate and touching performance of that old war-horse, In questa tomba oscura , that I have ever heard, and even with the ritards and rubato his version of Brahms’s Ständchen is one of the most delightful you’ll ever hear. In those years, virtually everything DFD sang was golden in either voice, interpretation, or both, and this recital is no exception.


I would be remiss if I did not praise Ludger Böckenhoff for the superlative job he did in remastering these tapes. In addition to keeping both piano and voice forward, Böckenhoff has done himself and the label proud. His remastering process, professional and musically sensitive, has uncovered previously obscured details of DFD’s interpretations. This one is unique, a disc one can compare interpretively to his famous LP of Strauss songs with pianist Gerald Moore. Highly recommended.


FANFARE: Lynn René Bayley
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Works on This Recording

1. Songs (8), Op. 52: no 4, Maigesang by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Hertha Klust (Piano), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1796; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1951-1952 
Length: 2 Minutes 17 Secs. 
2. Songs (8), Op. 52: no 7, Marmotte by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Hertha Klust (Piano), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Period: Classical 
Written: circa 1790-1792; Bonn, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1951-1952 
Length: 0 Minutes 30 Secs. 
3. Zärtliche Liebe, WoO 123 "Ich liebe dich" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Hertha Klust (Piano), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1794-1795; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1951-1952 
Length: 2 Minutes 10 Secs. 
4. In questa tomba oscura, WoO 133 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Hertha Klust (Piano), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1951-1952 
Length: 3 Minutes 38 Secs. 
5. Andenken, WoO 136 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Hertha Klust (Piano), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1951-1952 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
6. Songs (6), Op. 75: no 2, Neue Liebe, neues Leben by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Hertha Klust (Piano), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1951-1952 
Length: 2 Minutes 56 Secs. 
7. Songs (6), Op. 75: no 3, Aus Goethes Faust by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Hertha Klust (Piano), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1951-1952 
Length: 2 Minutes 4 Secs. 
8. Songs (3), Op. 83: no 1, Wonne der Wehmut by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Hertha Klust (Piano), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1810; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1951-1952 
Length: 2 Minutes 53 Secs. 
9. Songs (3), Op. 83: no 2, Sehnsucht by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Hertha Klust (Piano), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1810; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1951-1952 
Length: 2 Minutes 24 Secs. 
10. An die Hoffnung, Op. 94 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Hertha Klust (Piano), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1815; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1951-1952 
Length: 8 Minutes 21 Secs. 
11. Songs (6), Op. 7: no 6, Heimkehr: O brich nicht, Steg by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Hertha Klust (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1852; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1951-1952 
12. Songs and Romances (8), Op. 14: no 4, Ein Sonett by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Hertha Klust (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1858; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1951-1952 
13. Songs (9), Op. 32: no 1, Wie rafft ich mich auf in der Nacht by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Hertha Klust (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1864; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1951-1952 
14. Songs (5), Op. 49: no 5, Abenddämmerung by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Hertha Klust (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1951-1952 
15. Songs (8), Op. 57: no 3, Es träumte mir, ich sei dir teuer by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Hertha Klust (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1951-1952 
16. Songs (8), Op. 59: no 8, Dein blaues Auge by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Hertha Klust (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1951-1952 
17. Songs (8), Op. 59: no 6, Eine gute, gute Nacht by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Hertha Klust (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1951-1952 
18. Songs (6), Op. 85: no 1, Sommerabend by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Hertha Klust (Piano), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1951-1952 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
19. Songs (6), Op. 85: no 2, Mondenschein by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Hertha Klust (Piano), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1951-1952 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
20. Songs (5), Op. 47: no 1, Botschaft by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Hertha Klust (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 1951-1952 
21. Songs (5), Op. 106: no 1, Ständchen by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Hertha Klust (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1888; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1951-1952 

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