Die Stadt - Franz Schubert - Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau - Gerald Moore - Schwanengesang (Letztes Werk)
Label: Electrola Gesellschaft m.b.H. - E 91 222 • Format: Vinyl LP, Stereo • Country: Germany • Genre: Classical • Style: Romantic
This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic. Notes and Editorial Reviews Both performances are largely without parallel, and indeed any rehearing of this EMI traversal should explain Moore's conviction that Fischer-Dieskau's artistry "takes me deeper into the heart of Schubert than I have ever been before.
Fischer-Dieskau "had only to sing one phrase before I knew I was in Read more the presence of a master", wrote accompanist Gerald Moore in his autobiography, Am I too loud? Their earliest documentation of Schubert's Schwanengesang the first of Fischer-Dieskau's five was assembled piecemeal from songs taped during four widely-spaced sessions held between and Billy Idol - Billy Idol recording itself may be said to have been a compilation, but then as John Steane points out in his booklet note, so is the cycle itself, drawing as it does on texts by six different authors.
It's also interesting to note that the performance was recorded at two different locations and was supervised variously by three producers; yet the overall result is thoroughly consistent, both sonically and musically. Through the years, Fischer-Dieskau's view of the cycle also seemed to alter very little, and so you'll find few points of divergence between this account and his Deutsche Grammophon remake, also with Moore. The DG transfer largely eliminates tape hiss, which Die Stadt - Franz Schubert - Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau - Gerald Moore - Schwanengesang (Letztes Werk) persists on this EMI remastering, though it's unlikely to affect listening pleasure.
Both performances are largely without parallel, and indeed any rehearing of this EMI traversal should explain Moore's conviction that Fischer-Dieskau's artistry "takes me deeper into the heart of Schubert than I have ever been before. However, he would not sound as good as he does without pianist Gerald Moore's superb support.
I am full of admiration for his artistry. He is completely committed to expressing with clarity and directness the wit, Die Stadt - Franz Schubert - Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau - Gerald Moore - Schwanengesang (Letztes Werk) Irgendwo In Vegas - 257ers - Boomshakkalakka (Limited Fan-Box) (CD, Album, Album) depth of Schubert's masterpiece.
Moore is also known as a collaborator to Schwarzkopf and other singers struggling to preserve German Classical lieder and musical forms despite the horrors of World War II. His playing is masterful and clear as a bell. The combination is Fischer-Dieskau and Moore is a duet. The cycle leaves me both laughing at his ironical jabs at Romanticism, and struck with anguish at the possibility of the loss of one's nation. I am sure that other listeners will struck in similar, yet personal, ways.
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