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Schubert: Schwanengesang, Lieder / Fischer-Dieskau, Moore


Release Date: 04/10/2001 
Label:  Emi Great Recordings Of The Century Catalog #: 67559   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Franz Schubert
Performer:  Gerald MooreDietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

CD not available: This title is currently only available as an MP3 download.  

This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Both performances are largely without parallel, and indeed any rehearing of this EMI traversal should explain Moore's conviction that Fischer-Dieskau's artistry "takes me deeper into the heart of Schubert than I have ever been before."

This EMI "Great Recordings of the Century" reissue contains a classic performance of Schubert's song cycle Schwanengesang D.957, and a further group of four songs, "Erlkönig" (D.328), "Ständchen" (D.957), "Nacht und Träume" (D.827), and "Du bist die Ruh" (D.776), performed by baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau with Gerald Moore at the piano. Fischer-Dieskau "had only to sing one phrase before I knew I was in
Read more the presence of a master", wrote accompanist Gerald Moore (in his autobiography, Am I too loud?), referring to the first of his many recording sessions with Fischer-Dieskau in October 1951, a session that produced a number of the tracks on this recording. Their earliest documentation of Schubert's Schwanengesang (the first of Fischer-Dieskau's five) was assembled piecemeal from songs taped during four widely-spaced sessions held between 1951 and 1958. The recording itself may be said to have been a compilation, but then as John Steane points out in his booklet note, so is the cycle itself, drawing as it does on texts by six different authors.

It's also interesting to note that the performance was recorded at two different locations and was supervised variously by three producers; yet the overall result is thoroughly consistent, both sonically and musically. Through the years, Fischer-Dieskau's view of the cycle also seemed to alter very little, and so you'll find few points of divergence between this account and his 1971 Deutsche Grammophon remake, also with Moore. The DG transfer largely eliminates tape hiss, which still persists on this EMI remastering, though it's unlikely to affect listening pleasure. Both performances are largely without parallel, and indeed any rehearing of this EMI traversal should explain Moore's conviction that Fischer-Dieskau's artistry "takes me deeper into the heart of Schubert than I have ever been before."

--Michael Jameson, ClassicsToday
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Works on This Recording

1.
Schwanengesang, D 957 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Gerald Moore (Piano), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1951-58 
Length: 48 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: This selection was recorded at EMI Abbey Road Studio no 3, London and
at Gemeindehaus, Berlin-Zehlendorf. 
2.
Der Erlkönig, D 328 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Gerald Moore (Piano), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1951 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 3, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: German 
3.
Schwanengesang, D 957: no 4, Ständchen by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1951 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 3, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: German 
4.
Nacht und Träume, D 827 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Gerald Moore (Piano), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1951 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 3, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: German 
5.
Du bist die Ruh, D 776/Op. 59 no 3 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1951 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 3, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: German 

Sound Samples

Schwanengesang, D.957 (2001 Digital Remaster): I: Liebesbotschaft (Rellstab)
Schwanengesang, D.957 (2001 Digital Remaster): II: Kriegers Ahnung (Rellstab)
Schwanengesang, D.957 (2001 Digital Remaster): III: Frühlingssehnsucht (Rellstab)
Schwanengesang, D.957 (2001 Digital Remaster): IV: Ständchen (Rellstab)
Schwanengesang, D.957 (2001 Digital Remaster): V: Aufenthalt (Rellstab)
Schwanengesang, D.957 (2001 Digital Remaster): VI: In der Ferne (Rellstab)
Schwanengesang, D.957 (2001 Digital Remaster): VII: Abschied (Rellstab)
Schwanengesang, D.957 (2001 Digital Remaster): VIII: Der Atlas (Heine)
Schwanengesang, D.957 (2001 Digital Remaster): IX: Ihr Bild (Heine)
Schwanengesang, D.957 (2001 Digital Remaster): X: Das Fischermädchen (Heine)
Schwanengesang, D.957 (2001 Digital Remaster): XI: Die Stadt (Heine)
Schwanengesang, D.957 (2001 Digital Remaster): XII: Am Meer (Heine)
Schwanengesang, D.957 (2001 Digital Remaster): XIII: Der Doppelgänger (Heine)
Schwanengesang, D.957 (2001 Digital Remaster): XIV: Die Taubenpost (Seidl)
Erlkönig D328 (2001 Digital Remaster)
Ständchen (Horch! Horch! die Lerch) D889 (2001 Digital Remaster)
Nacht und Träume D827 (2001 Digital Remaster)
Du bist die Ruh' D776 (2001 Digital Remaster)

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 From the pianist's point of view March 5, 2013 By Karen Kushner (Kansas City, MO) See All My Reviews "That Fischer-Dieskau is a remarkable interpreter of Schubert lieder goes without saying. However, he would not sound as good as he does without pianist Gerald Moore's superb support. Moore is masterful throughout, from the delicacy of his touch in Liebesbotschaft to the urgency of Aufenthalt to the despair of Der Doppelgänger. I am full of admiration for his artistry." Report Abuse
 Moore and Fischer-Dieskau: Schwanengesang December 25, 2012 By J. Smith (Seabeck, WA) See All My Reviews "Fischer-Dieskau is arguably one of the best baritones of the 20th century. He is completely committed to expressing with clarity and directness the wit, irony and depth of Schubert's masterpiece. Moore is also known as a collaborator to Schwarzkopf and other singers struggling to preserve German Classical lieder and musical forms despite the horrors of World War II. His playing is masterful and clear as a bell. The combination is Fischer-Dieskau and Moore is a duet. The cycle leaves me both laughing at his ironical jabs at Romanticism, and struck with anguish at the possibility of the loss of one's nation. I am sure that other listeners will struck in similar, yet personal, ways." Report Abuse
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