Notes and Editorial Reviews
In this performance, Fischer-Dieskau recaptures some of the freshness which marked his earliest encounters with the cycle. If that kind of innocence must fade with interpretative experience, so it can only be recaptured by the truly mature artist.
Fischer-Dieskau's performance of Die schöne Müllerin with Gerald Moore has gone through a good many versions and formats by now, starting with a sixteen-side 78 rpm set (HMV DB21388-95, 2/52) and now emerging from the third volume of their mammoth Schubert enterprise as a separate reissue. It seems to me that in this latest performance, Fischer-Dieskau has recaptured some of the freshness which marked his earliest encounters with the cycle, and which at one stage
was, if never wholly lost, at any rate touched with a certain self-consciousness. If that kind of innocence must fade with interpretative experience, so it can only be recaptured by the truly mature artist; for just as it is often the very young or the very old who give the most moving Mozart performances, so there is something in Schubert that must be found and then only after a long journey rediscovered by the greatest of his interpreters. Fischer-Dieskau's art has been entering a new phase, in the natural processes of the change in his voice with time, of his own maturing, and not least of his constant re-exploration of these songs. For Gerald Moore, as he writes movingly in his recent book The Schubert Song-Cycles, Schubert cannot be left alone: he grows fresher, not staler, with time. Mr Moore's touch is as sure as ever, his imagery as true and unforced, his grasp of the songs in all their difficult simplicity perhaps still more perceptive. There will always be something to treasure in these two artists' first LP of the Schöne Müllerin (HMV mono ALP 1036-7, 4/53); but I would not want to be without this one, either.
-- Gramophone [8/1975]
reviewing the original LP release, DG 2530 544
Works on This Recording
Die schöne Müllerin, D 795/Op. 25 by Franz Schubert
Gerald Moore (Piano),
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria
Date of Recording: c1972
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