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Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

Born in 1925, baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau trained in his native Berlin until his studies were interrupted by conscription in the early 1940s, and was held in an American prisoner-of-war camp in Italy for two years where he continued to perform Schubert for his fellow inmates. Shortly after his release, he made his operatic debut as Posa in Berlin in 1948 and went on to become an imposing presence on major opera stages, winning particular acclaim as Mandryka, Kurwenal, Barak and Mozart's Count Almaviva but also encompassing heavyweights including Jokanaan, Wotan, Amfortas, Hans Sachs and The Dutchman. He has also championed new repertoire in the concert-hall and opera-house alike, having sung in the world premieres of many works including Britten's War Requiem, Henze's Elegie für junge Liebende and works by Rihm, Reimann and Matthus.

But he became best known as a master of German song: widely regarded as the finest lieder-singer of the last century, his recital repertoire numbers over 3000 songs by more than 100 composers (including all of the baritone songs of Schubert, Schumann and Wolf), and his interpretative originality, textual sensitivity and seemingly infinite palette of vocal colours arguably remain unequalled today. He did much to revive neglected works and the tradition of the song recital itself, and his masterful interpretations of lieder remain a benchmark for singers, pianists and audiences alike. Since his retirement in 1992, his incomparable influence in this realm continued through his recordings, writing and busy teaching schedule.

He passed away on 18th May 2012 just 10 days before his 87th birthday.

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The Bruno Monsaingeon Edition Vol. 1: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

The Bruno Monsaingeon Edition Vol. 1: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau


Documentary “Autumn Journey” | Schumann Recital: Dichterliebe & Liederkreis Op. 24 | Le maître chanteur leçon 1 – Robert Schumann | Schubert Recital: 23 Lieder Le maître chanteur leçon 2 - Franz Schubert | Schubert: Die Schöne Müllerin | Le maître chanteur leçon 3 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart | Schubert en vrac - an additional masterclass | Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau – Last Words


Bruno Monsaingeon - one of the greatest writers and directors of music documentaries of our time and mostinspiring all-rounder will be celebrating his 70th birthday on 5 December, 2013. In honour of this occasion the Bruno Monsaingeon Edition consisting of various individual editions with films by the director will be published.

The first edition including six DVDs is dedicated to the sensational lifetime achievement of none other than the once-in-a-century singer Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. Besides his extraordinarily long stage career of over 50 years Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau was also a conductor, writer, painter, reciter and teacher.

Includes several recitals with Lieder by Schumann and Schubert, the documentary “Autumn Journey”, severalmaster classes as well as a world premiere: In 2008/2009 Bruno Monsaingeon had the rare opportunity to capture Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau in a very intimate light during many hours of most personal conversations which turnedout to be the last filmic captured encounter.

Comes in luxury box with hardcover book (204 pages).

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Subtitles: English, German, French, Japanese

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 695 mins German FSK: 0


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Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau: Schubert & Schumann Recitals

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau: Schubert & Schumann Recitals

Two Films by Bruno Monsaingeon


Schubert:

An Schwager Kronos, D369

Hoffnung, D637

Auf der Donau, D553 (Mayrhofer)

Der Strom, D565 (poet unknown)

Der Wanderer, D489

Die Gotter Griechenlands D677 (Schiller)

Freiwilliges Versinken D700 (Mayrhofer)

Der Zwerg, D771 (Collin)

Wehmut, D825

Totengräbers Heimwehe D842 (Craigher)

Auf der Bruck, D853

Des Sängers Habe D832 (Schiechta)

Am Fenster, D878

Fischerweise, D881 (Schlechta)

Das Zugenglocklein D871 (Seidl)

Der Kreuzzug D932 (Leitner)

Des Fischers Liebesgluck, D933 (Leitner)

Die Sterne, D939 (Leitner)

Der Einsame, D800

Aus 'Heliopolis' - II D754 (Mayrhofer)

Geheimes, D719 (Goethe)

Im Abendrot, D799

Abschied D475 (Mayrhofer)

Schumann:

Mein Wagen rollet langsam, Op. 142 No. 4

Es leuchtet meine Liebe, Op. 127 No. 3

Abends am Strand, Op. 45 No. 3

Liederkreis, Op. 24

Dichterliebe, Op. 48

Du bist wie eine Blume, Op. 25 No. 24

Der Kontrabandiste, Op. 74 No. 10

Erstes Grün, Op. 35 No. 4

Schöne Fremde (No. 6 from Liederkreis, Op. 39)

Sitz'ich allein, Op. 25, No. 1

SCHUBERT RECITAL (1992)

SCHUMANN RECITAL (1991)


Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone) & Hartmut Höll (piano)

This DVD release celebrates the life of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, German lyric baritone and one of the most acclaimed Lieder performers of the late 20th century. Elisabeth Schwarzkopf called him ‘a born god who has it all’. He performed and recorded a great many operatic roles and dominated both the opera and concert platform for over thirty years, being regarded as one of the finest lyrical vocalists of his generation.

In these two concerts from the Opera Theatre of Nuremberg, recorded in 1991 and 1992, Fischer-Dieskau performs beautiful and dramatic Lieder by Franz Schubert and Robert Schumann.

157 MINS • ALL REGIONS • NTSC 4:3 • COLOUR • L-PCM STEREO

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Strauss, R: Elektra

Strauss, R: Elektra

(includes Documentary on Disc 2)


Leonie Rysanek (Elektra), Astrid Varnay (Klytaemnestra), Catarina Ligendza (Chrysothemis), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Orest), Hans Beirer (Aegisth), Kurt Böhme (Ein alter Diener), Christopher Doig (Ein junger Diener)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm

Subtitles: German (original language), English, French, Spanish, Chinese

Recorded in 1981

Staged and Directed by Götz Friedrich

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Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K492

Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K492


Hermann Prey (Figaro), Mirella Freni (Susanna), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Count), Kiri Te Kanawa (Countess), Maria Ewing (Cherubino), Paolo Montarsolo (Bartolo), Heather Begg (Marcellina), John van Kesteren (Basilio), Willy Caron (Curzio), Hans Krämer (Antonio), Janet Perry (Barbarina)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm, Jean-Pierre Ponnelle (dir.)

Subtitles: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese

“a visual treat, but having some solos delivered as interior monologues is distracting” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2011

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Overture 1912: Deutsche Oper Berlin

Overture 1912: Deutsche Oper Berlin

A Film by Enrique Sánchez Lansch


featuring Karan Armstrong, Götz Friedrich, Josef Greindl, René Kollo, Jesús López Cobos, Christa Ludwig, Barry McDaniel, Hans Neuenfels, Aribert Reimann, Donald Runnicles, Dietmar Schwarz, Júlia Várady and the last interview with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau in 2012

In 2012 the Deutsche Oper in Berlin had its centennial celebrations. Although today’s building was not opened until 1961, the history of the house on the Bismarckstrasse goes further back: it was built in 1912 and opened as Deutsches Opernhaus upon the initiative of a group of people from Berlin–Charlottenburg as the citizen’s opera in opposition to the Königliche Hofoper, now Staatsoper Unter den Linden. The fi lm illustrates all facets of the different eras of this Berlin opera institution from the beginnings until today through interviews with artists closely connected to the Deutsche Oper Berlin as well as a large variety of archive footage that also includes documentations of rehearsals and performances from the last 100 years.

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Audio Language: Deutsch

Subtitle Languages: GB, FR

Running Time: 89 mins

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Schubert: Winterreise & Die schöne Müllerin

Schubert: Winterreise & Die schöne Müllerin

Recorded at the Siemensvilla, Berlin, 1979 & Recorded live at the Montforthaus, Feldkirch, Schubertiade 1991


Schubert:

Winterreise D911

with Alfred Brendel (piano)

Die schöne Müllerin, D795

with András Schiff (piano)


Franz Schubert’s song cycle Winterreise was written late in his life. It is regarded both as a highlight of the genre and as the touchstone by which lieder singers are judged. To succeed in interpreting Winterreise is the artistic equivalent of a patent of nobility for a singer. The song cycle certainly became one of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau’s calling cards and it is probably this work that made the baritone an international household name. In this recording made for the Sender Freies Berlin in January 1979, we see two of the leading musicians of their day in the prime of their lives and at the very peak of their art and experience appearing together in the service of Schubert’s Winterreise. Both the experienced Schubert lieder singer and the Austrian pianist Alfred Brendel, known throughout the world for his authoritative interpretations of Schubert’s piano music – had performed Winterreise together frequently between 1975 and 1989.

In 1991, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau finally agreed to perform Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin at the Feldkirch Schubertiade - he had not sung the song-cycle in public for twenty years. The great baritone belonged to the innermost circle of artists who give this unique, Austrian festival of chamber music its distinctive character. He had performed Schubert there on many occasions, but never Die Schöne Müllerin. The pianist András Schiff was another long-standing member of the inner circle, but this was the artists’ first collaboration in Feldkirch – and so Austrian Television (ORF) recorded the concert.

BONUS: The Rehearsal & Fischer-Dieskau in conversation

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Subtitle Languages: DE (Original Language), GB, FR, IT, ES

Running Time: 135 mins (performance) + 76 mins (bonus)

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Deutsche Oper Berlin: 100 Years 1912-2012

Deutsche Oper Berlin: 100 Years 1912-2012


Beethoven:

Fidelio, Op. 72

Christa Ludwig (Leonore), James King (Florestan), Walter Berry (Pizarro), Josef Greindl (Rocco), Lisa Otto (Marzelline), Donald Grobe (Jaquino), William Dooley (Fernando), Barry McDaniel (Erster Gefangene)

Artur Rother

Cimarosa:

Il matrimonio segreto

sung in German as 'Die heimliche Ehe'

Josef Greindl, Erika Koth, Lisa Otto, Patricia Johnson, Barry McDaniel, Donald Grobe

Lorin Maazel

Mozart:

Don Giovanni, K527

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Don Giovanni), Elisabeth Grümmer (Donna Anna), Donald Grobe (Don Ottavio), Pilar Lorengar (Donna Elvira), Walter Berry (Leporello), Josef Greindl (Il Commendatore), Ivan Sardi (Masetto), Erika Köth (Zerlina)

Ferenc Fricsay

Verdi:

Otello

Hans Beirer (Otello), Renata Tebaldi (Desdemona), William Dooley (Iago), Mario Ferrara (Cassio), Karl-Ernst Mercker (Rodrigo), Ivan Sardi (Lodovico), Pecca Salomaa (Montana), Sieglinde Wagner (Emilia)

Giuseppe Patané

Don Carlo

James King (Don Carlo), Pilar Lorengar (Elisabetta), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Rodrigo), Josef Greindl (Filippo), Patricia Johnson (Eboli), Martti Talvela (Grand Inquisitor)

Wolfgang Sawallisch


For its 100th anniversary the Deutsche Oper Berlin presents a special edition of live recordings – from the beginnings of television broadcasts from the opera house.

This special edition box contains the live recordings from the 1960s – treasures in black and white featuring the greatest opera stars of the 20th century in unforgotten roles and settings.

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Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin, D795

Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin, D795

Live Recording from The Schubertiade, Feldkirch, 1991


In 1991, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau agreed to perform Schubert‘s Die Schöne Müllerin at the Feldkirch Schubertiade - he had not sung the song-cycle in public for twenty years. The great baritone belonged to the innermost circle of artists who give this unique, Austrian festival of chamber music its distinctive character. He had performed Schubert there on many occasions, but never Die Schöne Müllerin. The pianist András Schiff was another long-standing member of the inner circle, but this was the artists‘ fi rst collaboration in Feldkirch - and so Austrian Television (ORF) recorded the concert. During another Schubertiade a few years earlier, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau was interviewed by music journalist Franz Zoglauer. The resulting documentary of singer, painter and private person augments the concert presented on this DVD. The singer speaks of his affinity to Schubert and the composer‘s influence on the whole Lieder repertoire. This is a unique occasion, not only for the listeners in the hall but also for the two artists, who experienced their collaboration on the podium as something quite exceptional. The viewer can see this in the artists‘ animated give and take, their spontaneous mutual reactions, the creative excitement and a rare artistic vivacity. Both remember the evening as a special event, and without any hesitation consented to the recording being issued on DVD to make it available to a wider public.

SPECIAL FEATURE: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau in conversation

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Running Time: 83

“Recorded towards the end of the great German baritone's career, one can only sit in wonder at his vocal mastery and penetrating insight as he takes us on the Miller's lovelorn journey.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2014 *****

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Verdi: Don Carlo

Verdi: Don Carlo

Live Recording from The Deutsche Oper Berlin, 1965

Sung in German


James King (Don Carlos), Pilar Lorengar (Elisabetta), Josef Greindl (Philip II), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Posa), Patricia Johnson (Eboli), Martti Talvela (Grand Inquisitor) & Lisa Otto (Heavenly Voice)

Deutsche Oper Berlin, Wolfgang Sawallisch (conductor) & Gustav Rudolf Sellner (stage director)

Set & Costumes by WILHELM REINKING

In 1964 Deutsche Oper Berlin still had no General Music Director. But Artistic Director Gustav Rudolf Sellner made a virtue out a necessity and – in addition to the permanent conductor Heinrich Hollreiser and the regular guest conductor Karl Böhm – brought in further conductors from home and abroad for individual productions. For Don Carlos he invited Wolfgang Sawallisch, who since 1957 had been making a name for himself at the Bayreuth Festival, above all with Tannhäuser and the Flying Dutchman and since 1960 had been acting General Music Director in Hamburg. He had at his disposal an ensemble of outstanding soloists. In addition to Josef Greindl and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, they included James King in the title role, Pilar Lorengar, Martti Talvela, Patricia Johnson and Lisa Otto as the Voice from Heaven.

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“This black-and-white version in German is a document of a great style, with Fischer-Dieskau in his best operatic role. Fiery conducting from Wolfgang Sawallisch.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2012 ****

“[Fischer-Dieskau is] in marginally better voice than on his famous studio recording of the work for Decca, though it's the subtle physicality of his acting that is the real revelation here. He's by no means the only reason for watching: Pilar Lorengar is immensely touching as Elisabeth...and there's grand, intense conducting from Wolfgang Sawallisch.” The Guardian, 13th December 2012 ****

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Mozart: Don Giovanni, K527

Mozart: Don Giovanni, K527

Opening Performance of The Deutsche Oper Berlin, 1961

Sung in German


Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Don Giovanni), Elisabeth Grümmer (Donna Anna), Pilar Lorengar (Donna Elvira), Donald Grobe (Don Ottavio), Josef Greindl (Il Commendatore), Walter Berry (Leporello), Erika Köth (Zerlina), Ivan Sardi (Masetto)

Deutsche Oper Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay (conductor) & Carl Ebert (stage director)

Set & Costumes by GEORG WAKHEVITCH

The opening of the Deutsche Oper Berlin on 24 September 1961 is always seen in the context of partition of Germany, cemented six weeks earlier, and the construction of the Berlin Wall. The coincidence of the two events did not go unnoticed in the many press reports at the time, with most citing remarks about the city’s circumstances by the then Governing Mayor of Berlin, Willy Brandt: “Having experienced more in the last few weeks than in an entire generation, a city divided by a wall of coercion and shame is once again making music, producing theatre, staging fine international exhibitions and can at last open the doors of its long-awaited new opera house.” For almost twenty years – since the destruction of the former “Deutsches Opernhaus” in November 1943 – Berlin had had to make do with a makeshift stage. Although already in the early stages of a terminal illness, Ferenc Fricsay conducted the inaugural performance. Fricsay died in 1963. Staged by Carl Ebert, the performance featured a cast of singers unparalleled to this day, including Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau in the title role, Elisabeth Grümmer and Pilar Lorengar as Donna Anna and Donna Elvira, Donald Grobe, who stepped in at short notice and built an international career on his performance, Walter Berry as Leporello and Erika Köth as Zerlina.

The inaugural performance of Don Giovanni at the Deutsche Oper Berlin is available here for the first time on DVD. The recording of the dress rehearsal on 23 September 1961 was broadcast on German national television simultaneously with the premiere on 24 September.

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Running Time: 176 mins

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“The Berlin Wall had been constructed only weeks before, and you can sense a jitteriness in the air...The production shows its age, owing in part to Georges Wakhévitch's frilly period designs, though Ebert's direction is wonderfully unfussy and psychologically astute. Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau is the charming Don...The great performances, though, come from Donald Grobe's strikingly tough Ottavio and Walter Berry's bitterly funny Leporello.” The Guardian, 8th December 2011 ****

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