Schubert: Song Cycles - Dietrich Fischer Dieskau
Classical Periods: Romantic
Composers: Franz Schubert
Performers: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Gerald Moore
Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Die Schone Mullerin, Op. 75 D.795
Winterreise, Op. 89 D. 911
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone
Gerald Moore, piano
2CD set of the 1951 and 1955 debut recordings
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau was the most celebrated performer of Schubert's great song cycles throughout the second half of the 20th century. The recordings presented here were his first of each work, Die schone Mullerin recorded in 1951, Winterreisse in 1955. Fischer-Dieskau was 26 in 1951 and 30 in 1955, and so made these recordings at the same age that the composer wrote them. His approach is relatively straightforward in its sentiment, but the performances are filled with subtleties of nuance and inflection. There is a spontaneity and freshness we hear in the 1950s which is absent in his later recordings. These versions,therefore, represent the first steps in the singer's own personal journey with the two worl=ks that would continue for another 40 years, until his final recording of Winterreise in 1990 and Die schone Mullerin in 1991.
Fischer-Dieskau lives the part of the young miller intensely from the first note he sings to the last...He gives an impression of utter spontaneity, as if not a note had been written down, but as if everyone was created there and then; a wonderful instance of art concealing art.
Gramophone on Die Schone Mullerin
A very specialsense of verbal values and a wide command of tone-colour.
Gramophone on Winterriese