"a lyrical, introspective singer whose effect on listeners was not to nail them to their seat backs, but rather to draw them into the very heart of song…. Onstage he projected a masculine sensitivity informed by a cultivated upbringing and by dispiriting losses in World War II: the destruction of his family home, the death of his feeble brother in a Nazi institution, induction into the Wehrmacht when he had scarcely begun his voice studies at the Berlin Conservatory. His performances eluded easy description. Where reviewers could get the essence of a Pavarotti appearance in a phrase … a Fischer-Dieskau recital was akin to a magic show, with seamless shifts in dynamics and infinite shadings of coloration and character."biography, which also features an introduction to the major works.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Transcendent Mozart & Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau; Help us choose our fall catalog cover?
Haydn & Mozart Discoveries (a recital of lesser known arias) and L'Oca del Cairo; Lo sposo deluso (two early comic operas by Herr Mozart)—both featuring the famed German baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, who recently died. Alex Ross marked the passing of this "magisterial" singer in The New Yorker with these observations: "He was an explosively nuanced interpreter of Lieder, oratorio, and opera.... He refined the singing profession, shaping his career as an intellectual quest.... As with Maria Callas, the act of re-creation became a form of creative genius." The New York Times characterized him thus: