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Schumann: Liederkreis Op. 24 & Op. 39 / Fischer-Dieskau, Moore, Klust


Release Date: 04/06/2004 
Label:  Emi Great Recordings Of The Century Catalog #: 62771   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Robert Schumann
Performer:  Hertha KlustDietrich Fischer-DieskauGerald Moore
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

There remains no doubt, surely, that Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau at the height of his powers was one of the greatest and most influential of all twentieth-century Classical musicians. At one point, critical reception in some circles seemed such that he could do no wrong. Yet time can put a different slant to matters and so the reappearance of some of the greatest of Schumann’s Lieder in a recital that lasts one hour twenty minutes (minus a second or so) and dwells mostly on songs from Schumann’s miraculous year of 1840 is particularly welcome.

Gerald Moore’s accompanying always inspires joy in its preternatural sensitivity, not only to the singer’s minuscule manipulations of accent, tempo, etc, but in his grasp of what is
Read more required to set up the atmosphere of any particular Lied. So it is with the first of Schumann’s Op. 39, ‘In der Frende’, Moore’s warm sound setting up a bed of sound over which Fischer-Dieskau spins his line. Almost immediately Fischer-Dieskau’s shading of text comes into play, at the third line, ‘Aber Vater und Mutter sind lange tot’.

Fischer-Dieskau’s legato is one of his defining strengths and it is even more in evidence in the second Lied, ‘Intermezzo’, which emerges like a musical held-breath. The voice is softened here, not only in reflection of this text, but also to contrast with the stern hardening of tone for the first stanza of the third Lied, ‘Waldgespräch’ (interestingly translated as ‘Colloquy in the forest’), a lied here almost promoted to the ranks of vocal tone-poem. Fischer-Dieskau realises the massive variety of mood in this work, raising a smile at the words ‘’Ich wünscht’, ich wär’ ein Vöglein’ and deploying one of his favourite effects, that of floating the line, sparingly and carefully. Singer and pianist make No. 7, ‘Auf einer Burg’ sound well ahead of its time in its still disquiet. In stark contrast, the following ‘In der Fremde’ is taken at a tempo that perfectly evokes forest murmurs. Only in No. 10, ‘Zwielicht’ does melodrama encroach (the stage whisper of ‘Was will dieses Grau’n bedeuten?’).

Always Fischer-Dieskau’s attention to diction is in evidence, nowhere more so than in the lieder that require somewhat rapid enunciation. Olaf Bär at the Wigmore last year brought a different slant – there were moments when Bär’s enjoyment of the pure sound of the words was in evidence, whereas Fischer-Dieskau seems ever preoccupied with meaning. An interesting point of comparison.

It is a tribute to the stature of this interpretation that the final song emerges as the satisfying climax that Schumann intended.

Schumann’s Op. 24 Liederkreis is perhaps not as intense a work as Op. 39. It breathes a serenity that Fischer-Dieskau (accompanied here by Hertha Klust) is anxious to project throughout (excepting an almost violent, certainly very dramatic ‘Warte, warte, wilder Schiffmann’). Klust accompanies well, if not with the authority of Moore. The highlight is the Winterreiseisch third Lied, ‘Ich wandelte unter den Bäumen’. The next Lied, ‘Du bist wie eine Blume’ from Myrthen, acts as a beautiful ‘encore’.

Throughout Fischer-Dieskau is unafraid of using whatever effects he can for wrenching meaning from the text. So, in the third stanza of ‘Der Schatzgräber’, Op. 45 No. 1, he veers dangerously close to Schoenbergian Sprechgesang in his portrayal of menace, all of which contrasts magnificently with the folk-like ‘Frühlingsfahrt’ (Moore is always superb at these happy-go-lucky folksy accompaniments). A pity Klust’s ornaments are not perfectly clear at the close of ‘Entflieh’ mit mir’ (from Op. 64), but the successful projection of bleak desolation of the ensuing ‘Es fiel ein Reif’ goes a long way to making up for it.

The Lieder from Op. 53 flow together as a well-contrasted group, the more advanced harmonic workings of ‘Mein Wagen rollet langsam’ contrasting well (here Fischer-Dieskau, the story-teller is very much in evidence).

‘Die beiden Grenadiere’ is surely one of Schumann’s most famous songs, and F-D relishes every note. Moore is once more the pianist for this and the partnership seems here at its greatest. Everything seems right, far more than in its companion piece, ‘Die feindlichen Brüder’, where the singer comes close to shouting.

The choice of Balsatzar as the concluding lied is a strange one. Klust’s pedal-free playing just sounds arid and, despite beginning with a liquid legato, Fischer-Dieskau goes into his ‘heightened speech’ (and if one listens to the recital straight through, this effect is beginning to lose its appeal by now). It is a strange, inconclusive way to end a disc that contains much to admire.

This GROC acts as a timely reminder of Fischer-Dieskau’s art, warts and all.

-- Colin Clarke, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Liederkreis, Op. 24 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Hertha Klust (Piano), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Language: German 
2.
Liederkreis, Op. 39 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Language: German 
3.
Romances and Ballades i, Op. 45: no 1, Der Schatzgräber by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Language: German 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording. 
4.
Romances and Ballades i, Op. 45: no 2, Frühlingsfahrt by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Language: German 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording. 
5.
Romances and Ballades i, Op. 45: no 3, Abends am Strand by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Hertha Klust (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Language: German 
6.
Myrthen, Op. 25: no 24, Du bist wie eine Blume by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Hertha Klust (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Language: German 
7.
Romances and Ballades iv, Op. 64: no 3a, Tragödie - Entflieh mit mir und sei mein Weib by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Hertha Klust (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
Language: German 
8.
Romances and Ballades iv, Op. 64: no 3b, Tragödie - Es fiel einr Reif in der Frühlingsnacht by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Hertha Klust (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
Language: German 
9.
Romances and Ballades iii, Op. 53: no 3, Der arme Peter by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Hertha Klust (Piano), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Language: German 
10.
Romances and Ballades ii, Op. 49: no 1, Die beiden Grenadiere by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Language: German 
11.
Romances and Ballades ii, Op. 49: no 2, Die feindlichen Brüde by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Hertha Klust (Piano), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Language: German 
12.
Belsatzar, Op. 57 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Hertha Klust (Piano), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Language: German 

Sound Samples

Liederkreis Op. 39 (2004 Digital Remaster): I: In der Fremde
Liederkreis Op. 39 (2004 Digital Remaster): II: Intermezzo
Liederkreis Op. 39 (2004 Digital Remaster): III: Waldesgespräch
Liederkreis Op. 39 (2004 Digital Remaster): IV: Die Stille
Liederkreis Op. 39 (2004 Digital Remaster): V: Mondnacht
Liederkreis Op. 39 (2004 Digital Remaster): VI: Schöne Fremde
Liederkreis Op. 39 (2004 Digital Remaster): VII: Auf einer Burg
Liederkreis Op. 39 (2004 Digital Remaster): VIII: In der Fremde
Liederkreis Op. 39 (2004 Digital Remaster): IX: Wehmut
Liederkreis Op. 39 (2004 Digital Remaster): X: Zwielicht
Liederkreis Op. 39 (2004 Digital Remaster): XI: Im Walde
Liederkreis Op. 39 (2004 Digital Remaster): XII: Frühlingsnacht
Romanzen und Balladen I, Op.45 (2004 Digital Remaster): 1.Der Schatzgräber
Romanzen und Balladen I, Op.45 (2004 Digital Remaster): 2.Frühlingsfahrt
Romanzen und Balladen I Op. 45 (2004 Digital Remaster): No. 3, Abends am Strand (wds. Heine)
Liederkreis Op. 24 (2004 Digital Remaster): No. 1, Morgens steh' ich auf und frage
Liederkreis Op. 24 (2004 Digital Remaster): No. 2, Es treibt mich hin
Liederkreis Op. 24 (2004 Digital Remaster): No. 3, Ich wandelte unter den Bäumen
Liederkreis Op. 24 (2004 Digital Remaster): No. 4, Lieb' Liebchen, leg's Händchen
Liederkreis Op. 24 (2004 Digital Remaster): No. 5, Schöne Wiege meiner Leiden
Liederkreis Op. 24 (2004 Digital Remaster): No. 6, Warte, warte, wilder Schiffmann
Liederkreis Op. 24 (2004 Digital Remaster): No. 7, Berg und Burgen schau'n herunter
Liederkreis Op. 24 (2004 Digital Remaster): No. 8, Anfange wollt' ich fast verzagen
Liederkreis Op. 24 (2004 Digital Remaster): No. 9, Mit Myrten und Rosen
Myrthen Op.25 (2004 Digital Remaster): Du bist wie eine Blume (wds. Heine)
Romanzen und Balladen IV Op. 64 (2004 Digital Remaster): No. 3a, Tragödie - 'Entflieh mit mir' (Heine)
Romanzen und Balladen IV Op. 64 (2004 Digital Remaster): No. 3b, Tragödie - 'Es fiel ein Reif' (Heine)
Der Arme Peter (Romanzen und Balladen III, Op.53 No.3) (2004 Digital Remaster): No. 1, Der Hans und die Grete
Der Arme Peter (Romanzen und Balladen III, Op.53 No.3) (2004 Digital Remaster): No. 2, In meiner Brust
Der Arme Peter (Romanzen und Balladen III, Op.53 No.3) (2004 Digital Remaster): No. 3, Der arme Peter
4 Gesänge Op. 142 (2004 Digital Remaster): No. 4, Mein Wagen rollet langsam (wds. Heine)
Romanzen und Balladen II Op. 49 (2004 Digital Remaster): No. 1, Die beiden Grenadiere (wds. Heine)
Romanzen und Balladen II Op. 49 (2004 Digital Remaster): No. 2, Die feindlichen Brüder (wds. Heine)
Belsatzar Op. 57 (2004 Digital Remaster)

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