Schubert's "An Schwager Kronos" will yield slightly different pleasures depending on whether it is Kipnis, Hotter, Fischer-Dieskau
, Prey, or Hampson singing it.
Finley's issue consists of the composer's works for baritone and piano, the centrepiece being the challenging Songs and Proverbs of William Blake cycle, composed for Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
and premiered in 1965.
Will Crutchfield maintained in the New York Times (15 July 1999) that Hugo Wolf and others "had to wait a century or more for Fischer-Dieskau
to show that [their lieder] held more than specialized appeal.
Don't darken a vowel because Fischer-Dieskau
does, but because text, subtext, and/or context may suggest it to you.
The Russian Galina Vishnevskaya was to be the soprano soloist, Peter Pears the tenor, and the German Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
(who sadly died last Friday, adding an extra layer of poignancy to this event) the baritone.
And it was because I was listening to Fischer-Dieskau
and trying to be like him.
Among the singers are George London (and later Hans Hotter) as Wotan, Kirsten Flagstad as Fricka, Birgit Nilsson as Brunhilde, Joan Sutherland as the Wood Bird, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
as Gauter, and Christa Ludwig as Waltraute.
For art song there are books by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
, Berton Coffin, Phillip L.
At the dress, the way Fischer-Dieskau
breathed out the last "Ewig, ewig, ewig" of Der Abschied silenced even the Vienna Philharmonic for several moments of held-breath magic.
There are good descriptions of conducting technique, advice for pianists, reflections on the internationalization of the music world, a trend that Barenboim celebrates and that his career embodies, and appreciations of some of Barenboim's favorite colleagues such as Pierre Boulez, Zubin Mehta, and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Mirella Freni, Angela Gheorghiu, Grace Bumbry, sopranos; Jon Vickers, Nicolai Gedda, Roberto Alagna, Giuseppe di Stefano, tenors; Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
, baritone; Ruggero Raimondi, Sir John Tomlinson, basses; Evgeny Kissin, piano; Mstislav Rostropovich, cello; Antonio Pappano, conductor, Jon Tolansky, narrator.
Because he didn't have time to get a piano sonata up to speed, he had to fall back on his voice, learning Schubert's "Die Forelle" ("The Trout") in German from one of his father's Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau