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Schubert: Winterreise / Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Gerald Moore


Release Date: 03/23/2004 
Label:  Emi Great Artists Of The Century Catalog #: 62787   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Franz Schubert
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-DieskauGerald Moore
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

There's no shortage of Fischer-Dieskau's CD versions of the Winterreise--no less than seven, plus whatever underground live recordings are floating around in the pirates' patch. This one, in EMI's new Great Artists of the Century series, dates from 1962. It was preceded by the relatively straight-forward young singer's 1955 version and followed by others through which we easily can trace the progression from interpretation to interventionist mannerism. I've always found this 1962 recording to be the most satisfying of Fischer-Dieskau's takes on the cycle, striking a balance between vocal beauty and depth of feeling. Just a decade later, in a remake for DG with the same accompanist, the voice is slightly drier, the manner more Read more self-conscious, and the fortes edging closer to the hectoring that later became more prominent. Even in 1962, in songs like Wasserflut and Auf dem Flusse, there are little hesitations and stresses that hint at what was to come, but they are few and far between. And for those who came late to Fischer-Dieskau, he displays a tonal beauty and suppleness that help explain why he became the leading lieder singer of his day.


Gerald Moore occupied a similar position among accompanists. But while the singer's 1962 Winterreise is still among the finest, Moore's accompaniments now seem understated, sometimes even casual. A case in point is his gentle rippling in Frühlingstraum compared to Alfred Brendel's infusion of life into every note of the song in his recent Decca version with Matthias Goerne. The 2004 remastering has wiped the cobwebs from the original, the sound coming up with an immediacy dimmed only by a slightly backward piano, although that may reflect Moore's diffident participation.
--Dan Davis, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Winterreise, D 911/Op. 89 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1962 
Language: German 

Sound Samples

Winterreise D911 (2004 Digital Remaster): Gute Nacht
Winterreise D911 (2004 Digital Remaster): Die Wetterfahne
Winterreise D911 (2004 Digital Remaster): Gefrorne Tränen
Winterreise D911 (2004 Digital Remaster): Erstarrung
Winterreise D911 (2004 Digital Remaster): Der Lindenbaum
Winterreise D911 (2004 Digital Remaster): Wasserflut
Winterreise D911 (2004 Digital Remaster): Auf dem Flusse
Winterreise D911 (2004 Digital Remaster): Rückblick
Winterreise D911 (2004 Digital Remaster): Irrlicht
Winterreise D911 (2004 Digital Remaster): Rast
Winterreise D911 (2004 Digital Remaster): Frühlingstraum
Winterreise D911 (2004 Digital Remaster): Einsamkeit
Winterreise D911 (2004 Digital Remaster): Die Post
Winterreise D911 (2004 Digital Remaster): Der greise Kopf
Winterreise D911 (2004 Digital Remaster): Die Krähe
Winterreise D911 (2004 Digital Remaster): Letzte Hoffnung
Winterreise D911 (2004 Digital Remaster): Im Dorfe
Winterreise D911 (2004 Digital Remaster): Der stürmische Morgen
Winterreise D911 (2004 Digital Remaster): Täuschung
Winterreise D911 (2004 Digital Remaster): Der Wegweiser
Winterreise D911 (2004 Digital Remaster): Die Wirthaus
Winterreise D911 (2004 Digital Remaster): Mut
Winterreise D911 (2004 Digital Remaster): Die Nebensonnen
Winterreise D911 (2004 Digital Remaster): Der Leiermann

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