Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

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Fischer-Dieskau, Dietrich

(dē`trĭkh fĭsh`ər-dēs`kou), 1925–2012, German baritone. Possessed of a sensitive voice capable of a wide variety of range and expression, Fischer-Dieskau was the 20th cent.'s finest interpreter of art songs, or lieder. He was particularly noted for his interpretations of the songs and song cycles of Brahms, Schubert, Schumann, and Wolf. He also performed in German and Italian opera. He made his concert debut in Berlin in 1943, singing Schubert's Winterreise, won sudden fame with his performance of Brahms's German Requiem in 1947, and made his operatic debut at the State Opera in Berlin in 1948, singing Rodrigo in Verdi's Don Carlo. He gave his farewell concert in 1992. Fischer-Dieskau was also a conductor and a longtime teacher. In addition, he wrote a number of books, including studies of Wagner and Nietzsche, and was a widely exhibited painter.


See his memoirs, Reverberations (tr. 1989); biography by H. A. Neunzig (1995, tr. 1998); study by K. S. Whitton (1981).

Fischer-Dieskau, Dietrich


Born May 28, 1925, in Berlin. German (Federal Republic of Germany) baritone.

Fischer-Dieskau graduated from the Higher Music School in Berlin. He was a student of G. Walter and H. Weissenborn. Fischer-Dieskau’s highly expressive voice has an exceptionally wide range. His masterly technique, excellent musicianship, and sense of style allow him, with an equal degree of perfection, to perform roles from classical and contemporary operas; many contemporary works owed their success to his interpretation. Fischer-Dieskau is a member of the Berlin Academy of Arts and an honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm. Fischer-Dieskau has performed at many important European music festivals. His superb recordings, including his collection of songs by F. Schubert, have received popular acclaim.

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This DVD showcases the inimitable vocal talent of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, German lyric baritone and one of the most acclaimed Lieder performers of the Twentieth Century.
Renowned Turkish Huseyin Sermet will also appear in a concert conducted by Martin Fischer-Dieskau, the son of noted German singer Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau with the Presidential Symphony Orchestra.
My favorite recording of Die Schoone Muullerin is by the Danish tenor, Aksel Schiotz, accompanied by Gerald Moore--but there is also a fine 1961 performance by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, also accompanied by Gerald Moore.
On the advisory board of Andante are several distinguished musicologists (Henry-Louis de La Grange, Jean-Jacques Nattiez), as well as eminent musical artists such as Pierre Boulez and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.
It is fitting that the retiring Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and the rising young tenor Ian Bostridge appear in the same recording.
Previous Laureates have included Leonard Bernstein, Ingmar Bergman, Willem de Kooning, Frank Gehry, Arthur Miller, Akira Kurosawa, Robert Rauschenberg, Jean-Luc Godard, Rem Koolhaas, Mstislav Rostropovich, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Norman Foster and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.
Balancing out these accounts are heartfelt reminiscences by such colleagues as Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, David Oistrakh, and Mstislav Rostropovich.
More than anything, this sad outing reminded one of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau in decline, when the once great singer would bark rather than emote or interpret.
At the time he was nearing the completion of his ``Ring'' cycle, with an extraordinary cast that included Birgit Nilsson, Kirsten Flagstad, Regine Crespin, Wolfgang Windgassen, Set Svanholm, James King, George London, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Hans Hotter.
Framed between these were songs by Ivor Gurney, heartbreaking in their disintegration of the fragile borderline between genius and mania, Britten's chilling Songs and Proverbs of William Blake (Williams refreshingly revealing a visionary Peter Pears-like timbre instead of settling for the heavier tones of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, who premiered the work), and the Rellstab settings from Schubert's Schwanengesang, Williams and Allan so responsive to every aspect of these disturbing songs.
Here Rob-bin and Lichti, who have sung together for decades, have settled on an order and distribution favored by Irm-gard Seefried and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau for a recital they gave at the Salzburg Festival in 1958.