Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau sings Mahler & Schumann

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Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau sings Mahler & Schumann



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1st Sept 2008




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Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau sings Mahler & Schumann


Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (4 songs, complete)

Recorded 24th-25th June,1952 in Kingsway Hall, London

Philharmonia Orchestra, Wilhelm Furtwängler


Recorded 20th-21st June, 1955 in Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Rudolf Kempe


Liederkreis, Op. 39

Recorded 10th March, 1954 in EMI Abbey Road Studio 3, London

Gerald Moore (piano)



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One the finest Lieder singers and one of the most prolific recording artists of his generation, the great German baritone, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, possessed a virtually flawless vocal technique, a remarkable ability to convey the right tonal colour and nuance of a musical phrase, as well as a wonderful command of rhythm.

This re-issue brings together three of Fischer-Dieskau’s most famous recordings, that of Schumann’s Liederkreis with the pianist Gerald Moore, a partnership which would produce a remarkable artistic and creative fusion over the next quarter century.

The 1952 recording of the song-cycle Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, conducted by Furtwängler, was made at a time when the music of Mahler was little known or heard outside German-speaking countries, a bold and inspired choice.

Gustav Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Song of a Wayfarer)

I. Wenn mein Schatz Hochzeit macht

II. Ging heut' morgen ubers Feld

III. Ich hab' ein gluhend Messer

IV. Die zwei blauen Augen

Gustav Mahler: Kindertotenlieder

I. Nun will die Sonn' so hell aufgeh'n

II. Nun seh' ich wohl

III. Wenn dein Mutterlein

IV. Oft denk' ich, sie sind nur ausgegangen

V. In diesem Wetter, in diesem Braus

Robert Schumann: Liederkreis, Op. 39

No. 1. In der Fremde (In Foreign Parts)

No. 2. Intermezzo

No. 3. Waldesgesprach (Colloquy in the Forest)

No. 4. Die Stille (Quietness)

No. 5. Mondnacht (Moonlit Night)

No. 6. Schone Fremde (Fair Foreign Land)

No. 7. Auf einer Burg (On a Fortress)

No. 8. In der Fremde (In Foreign Parts)

No. 9. Wehmut (Melancholy)

No. 10. Zwielicht (Twilight)

No. 11. Im Walde (In the Forest)

No. 12. Fruhlingsnacht (Spring Night)

BBC Music Magazine

January 2009


“In Kindertotenlieder the young Fischer-Dieskau is a perfect foil for the aging Furtwängler. Schumann's Liederkreis, Op. 39, an early collaboration with Gerald Moore, will melt the stoniest heart.”

Gramophone Magazine

(on the EMI reissue)

“Together [Fischer-Dieskau and Furtwangler] recorded what remains an unsurpassed version of the Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, the singer spontaneously overwhelmed by the meaning of the text, the conductor revealing more of the inner workings of the score than any of his successors and drawing a sensuous response from the young Philharmonia. The recording, amazingly, hardly shows its age and comes up on CD sounding natural, refined and as beautiful as the performance.”

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