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The Very Best of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau


Release Date: 04/22/2003 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 75922   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Franz SchubertJohannes BrahmsHugo WolfRichard Strauss,   ... 
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-DieskauGerald MooreWolfgang SawallischJacques Neilz,   ... 
Conductor:  George SzellSir Philip LedgerRafael KubelikAlberto Erede,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony OrchestraAcademy of St. Martin in the FieldsBavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in:   
Length: 2 Hours 31 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In the world of Lieder, Fischer-Dieskau was a singular presence, a standard-setting performer. These performances excellently showcase Fischer-Dieskau's unique blend of lyricism and intelligence.

As an entry in the "greatest hits" parade, this release faces a tough challenge; the sheer depth of Fischer-Dieskau's recorded catalog, and the percentage of it that is of outstanding quality, is far too large to represent on a two-disc compilation. It can only hope to whet a few appetites for more of his singing, and when viewed in that light this is an excellent album. Its excellence hangs primarily on the first disc, which contains 15 Schubert Lieder and a handful of songs each by Brahms, Wolf, and Richard Strauss.
Read more Romantic lieder were Fischer-Dieskau's bread and butter, and the music in which he shined most brightly. EMI has done an excellent job selecting performances that showcase Fischer-Dieskau's unique blend of lyricism, intelligence, and soulful exploration of poetry to their fullest; only the somewhat unkempt Brahms selections are outdone by other of his recorded performances. Schubert's Das Lied im Grünen is the one offbeat selection amongst the evergreens, and it is a gem. The second disc, which contains arias by Bach, Handel, Verdi, and Wagner, is less satisfying. Certainly a retrospective of Fischer-Dieskau's career should include some oratorio and operatic recordings, but the Verdi and Wagner in particular cast an unflattering light, asking him to abandon lyricism in favor of bluster, and leaving him sounding outmatched. It is hard to justify their inclusion over, for instance, his outstanding recordings of the Mahler song cycles with orchestra, or excerpts from Ein deutches Requiem of Brahms. The Bach and Handel, which do not demand the same weight vocally, are more successful, though still less convincing than they might be. The bottom line is that, in the world of Lieder, Fischer-Dieskau was a singular presence -- a standard-setting performer. While a respected and succesful presence on the operatic stage, he never achieved the same artistic results in that arena. Bring on the songs.

-- Allen Schrott, AllMusic.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Die schöne Müllerin, D 795/Op. 25: no 1, Das Wandern by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
2.
Die schöne Müllerin, D 795/Op. 25: no 2, Wohin? by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
3.
Die schöne Müllerin, D 795/Op. 25: no 3, Halt! by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
4.
Die schöne Müllerin, D 795/Op. 25: no 4, Dankgesang an den Bach by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
5.
Die schöne Müllerin, D 795/Op. 25: no 7, Ungeduld by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
6.
Das Lied im Grünen, D 917/Op. 115 no 1 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
7.
Der Tod und das Mädchen, D 531/Op. 7 no 3 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Gerald Moore (Piano), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
8.
Heidenröslein, D 257/Op. 3 no 3 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
9.
Die Forelle, D 550 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
10.
Schwanengesang, D 957: no 4, Ständchen by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Gerald Moore (Piano), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
11.
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 
Language: German 
12.
Der Erlkönig, D 328 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
13.
Winterreise, D 911/Op. 89: no 1, Gute Nacht by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
14.
Winterreise, D 911/Op. 89: no 13, Die Post by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
15.
Songs (4), Op. 43: no 1, Von ewiger Liebe by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Wolfgang Sawallisch (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1864; Austria 
Language: German 
16.
Songs (4), Op. 43: no 2, Die Mainacht by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Wolfgang Sawallisch (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1864; Austria 
Language: German 
17.
Songs (5), Op. 49: no 4, Wiegenlied by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Wolfgang Sawallisch (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
Language: German 
18.
Italienisches Liederbuch I: no 1, Auch kleine Dinge by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
19.
Mörike Lieder: no 10, Fussreise by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
20.
Mörike Lieder: no 28, Gebet by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
21.
Mörike Lieder: no 17, Der Gärtner by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Gerald Moore (Piano), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
22.
Mörike Lieder: no 36, Lebe wohl by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
23.
Lieder (4), Op. 27: no 4, Morgen by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Germany 
Language: German 
24.
Lieder (5), Op. 48: no 1, Freundliche Vision by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Language: German 
25.
Lieder (6), Op. 56: no 4, Mit deinen blauen Augen by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Gerald Moore (Piano), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1906; Germany 
Language: German 
26.
Des Knaben Wunderhorn: no 6, Des Antonius von Padua by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892-1898; Hamburg, Germany 
Language: German 
27.
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no 8, Grosser Herr, und starker König by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Conductor:  Sir Philip Ledger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1734-1735; Leipzig, Germany 
Language: German 
28.
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no 47, Erleucht auch meine finstre Sinnen by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Conductor:  Sir Philip Ledger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1734-1735; Leipzig, Germany 
Language: German 
29.
Rinaldo, HWV 7: Cara sposa by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Jacques Neilz (Cello), Robert Veyron-Lacroix (Harpsichord), Jean-Pierre Rampal (Flute),
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1711; London, England 
Language: Italian 
30.
Der fliegende Holländer: Die Frist ist um [Monologue] by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841/1852; Germany 
Language: German 
31.
Die Walküre: Leb' wohl..."Farewell and Magic Fire music" by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
Language: German 
32.
Il trovatore: Il balen del suo sorriso by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Conductor:  Alberto Erede
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Language: Italian 
33.
Rigoletto: Povero Rigoletto...Cortigiani, vil razza dannata! by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Conductor:  Alberto Erede
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Language: Italian 
34.
Don Carlos: Per me giunto è il dì supremo by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Conductor:  Alberto Erede
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867/1884; Italy 
Language: Italian 
35.
Un ballo in maschera: Eri tu che m'acchiave quell' anima by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Conductor:  Alberto Erede
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Italy 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is preceded by the recitative "Alzati!..." 
36.
Otello: Credo in un Dio crudel by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Italy 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is preceded by "Vanne..." 
37.
Otello: Si, pel ciel marmoreo giuro! by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  James McCracken (Tenor), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Italy 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is preceded by "Era la notte..." 

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