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Schubert: Goethe-Lieder / Fischer-Dieskau, Demus, Moore


Release Date: 06/15/1999 
Label:  Dg The Originals Catalog #: 457747   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Franz Schubert
Performer:  Jörg DemusDietrich Fischer-DieskauGerald Moore
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Fischer-Dieskau enjoyed the services of many fine accompanists in his career; and though Gerald Moore is the name linked most closely to his, he made some of his best Lieder recordings with Jörg Demus. DG has already reissued, in its "Originals" series, the 1965 Winterreise, a performance of the cycle as close as possible to deserving the adjective "definitive." Now we have the 1959 recital of 14 Goethe settings, recorded when the baritone was at his vocal peak. He begins audaciously, with the two Wandrers Nachtlieder, not grabbing us by the throat but coaxing us gently into his world. The beauty of his soft singing is spellbinding and continues to be so through the first four songs, and yet there are still reserves Read more of sweetness he doesn't tap until he comes to the stanza-endings of Jägers Abendlied. With the more extrovert An Schwager Kronos, he begins to delve further into his arsenal of tonal resources. The variety here is astonishing, the third verse contrasting tellingly with the first two; Demus is particularly sparkling in the fifth, capturing to perfection the evocation of the "sea of fire foaming in my eyes." Meeres Stille is, once again, all repose, but then Prometheus strides heroically onto the stage, proud and defiant without exaggeration or bluster. The third and second Harfenspieler songs (sung in that order) are again staggering in their range of vocal color. When the baritone repeats "Wer nie sein Brot mit Tränen ass" for the second time, the tender raptness of the tone is really surprising, even though we should have known what to expect. Auf dem See is serenely simple, except for the sudden glow at the line "Goldne Träume, kommt ihr wieder — it becomes the jewel at the heart of the poem. Even Der Musensohn, which F-D would attack rather too heartily later in his career, is blithe and unstrained, an upbeat ending to an absorbing program.

To fill out the disc, 10 Goethe songs are borrowed from the huge 1969-70 Schubert collection made with Moore and already reissued. It might have made more sense to rescue from oblivion the six songs with Demus that filled out the LP issue of Winterreise, but I can understand why DG wanted to extend the Goethe theme with such favorites as Nähe des Geliebtens, Heidenröslein, and Erlkönig (though the 1969 account of the last-named is not Fischer-Dieskau's—or Moore's—most exciting and confident).

-- Ralph V. Lucano, FANFARE
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Works on This Recording

1. Wandrers Nachtlied, D 224/Op. 4 no 3 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Jörg Demus (Piano), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1959 
Venue:  Lankwitz Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: German 
2. Wandrers Nachtlied, D 768/Op. 96 no 3 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Jörg Demus (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1824; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1959 
Venue:  Lankwitz Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: German 
3. Ganymed, D 544/Op. 19 no 3 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Jörg Demus (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1959 
Venue:  Lankwitz Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: German 
4. An Schwager Kronos, D 369/Op. 19 no 1 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Jörg Demus (Piano), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1959 
Venue:  Lankwitz Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: German 
5. Meerestille, D 216/Op. 3 no 2 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Jörg Demus (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1959 
Venue:  Lankwitz Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: German 
6. Prometheus, D 674 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Jörg Demus (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1959 
Venue:  Lankwitz Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: German 
7. Gesänge des Harfners no 1, D 478 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Jörg Demus (Piano), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816/1822; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1959 
Venue:  Lankwitz Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: German 
8. Gesänge des Harfners no 2, D 480 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Jörg Demus (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816/1822; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1959 
Venue:  Lankwitz Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: German 
9. Gesänge des Harfners no 3, D 479 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Jörg Demus (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816/1822; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1959 
Venue:  Lankwitz Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: German 
10. An den Mond, D 296 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Jörg Demus (Piano), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1816; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1959 
Venue:  Lankwitz Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: German 
11. Auf dem See, D 543 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Jörg Demus (Piano), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1959 
Venue:  Lankwitz Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: German 
12. Erster Verlust, D 226/Op. 5 no 4 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Jörg Demus (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1959 
Venue:  Lankwitz Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: German 
13. Der Musensohn, D 764/Op. 92 no 1 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Jörg Demus (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1959 
Venue:  Lankwitz Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: German 
14. Rastlose Liebe, D 138/Op 51 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Gerald Moore (Piano), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815/1821; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  UFA Sound Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: UFA Sound Studio, Berlin, Germany (1966 - 1967) 
15. Nähe des Geliebten, D 162 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Gerald Moore (Piano), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  UFA Sound Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: UFA Sound Studio, Berlin, Germany (1966 - 1967) 
16. Wonne der Wehmut, D 260/Op. 115 no 2 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Gerald Moore (Piano), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  UFA Sound Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: UFA Sound Studio, Berlin, Germany (1966 - 1967) 
17. Der Erlkönig, D 328 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Gerald Moore (Piano), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  UFA Sound Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: UFA Sound Studio, Berlin, Germany (1966 - 1967) 
18. Geheimes, D 719/Op. 14 no 2 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1821; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  UFA Sound Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: UFA Sound Studio, Berlin, Germany (1966 - 1967) 
19. Grenzen der Menschheit, D 716 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1821; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  UFA Sound Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: UFA Sound Studio, Berlin, Germany (1966 - 1967) 
20. Am Flusse, D 766 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Gerald Moore (Piano), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  UFA Sound Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: UFA Sound Studio, Berlin, Germany (1966 - 1967) 
21. Wilkommen und Abschied, D 767 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Gerald Moore (Piano), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1822; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  UFA Sound Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: UFA Sound Studio, Berlin, Germany (1966 - 1967) 
22. Jägers Abendlied, D 368/Op. 3 no 4 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Jörg Demus (Piano), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1959 
Venue:  Lankwitz Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: German 
23. Heidenröslein, D 257/Op. 3 no 3 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  UFA Sound Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: UFA Sound Studio, Berlin, Germany (1966 - 1967) 
24. Der König in Thule, D 367/Op. 5 no 5 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  UFA Sound Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: UFA Sound Studio, Berlin, Germany (1966 - 1967) 

Sound Samples

Wandrers Nachtlied, D. 224
Wandrers Nachtlied II, D.768 (Op.96/3)
Ganymed, D. 544 (Op.19/3)
Jägers Abendlied, D. 368
An Schwager Kronos, D. 369
Meeres Stille, D. 216 (Op.3/2)
Prometheus, D674
Harfenspieler I, D. 478: Wer sich der Einsamkeit ergibt
Harfenspieler III, D. 480: Wer nie sein Brot mit Tränen aß
Harfenspieler II, D. 479: An die Türen will ich schleichen
An den Mond, D. 296
Auf dem See, D. 543
Erster Verlust, D. 226
Der Musensohn, D.764 (Op.92/1)
Rastlose Liebe, D. 138 (Op.5/1)
Nähe des Geliebten, D. 162
Heidenröslein, D. 257 (Op.3/3): Sah ein Knab' ein Röslein steh'n
Wonne der Wehmut, D. 260
Erlkönig, D. 328 (Op.1): Wer reitet so spät
Der König in Thule, D. 367
Geheimes, D719 (Goethe)
Grenzen der Menschheit D 716
Am Flusse D 766
Willkommen und Abschied D 767

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