Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau - The Art of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (2005) [DVD9 NTSC]
Actors: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Schubert Schumann Mahler Lieder, Mozart Opera
Format: AC-3, Classical, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, NTSC
Language: Unknown (PCM Stereo)
Subtitles: German, English, Spanish, Chinese, Italian, French
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Number of discs: 2
Studio: Deutsche Grammophon
DVD Release Date: June 14, 2005
Run Time: 178 minutes
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Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (28 May 1925 ñ 18 May 2012) was a German lyric baritone and conductor of classical music, one of the most famous Lieder (art song) performers of the post-war period, described as "one of the supreme vocal artists of the 20th century" and "the most influential singer of the 20th Century". Fischer-Dieskau was ranked the second greatest singer of the century (after Jussi Bjˆrling) by Classic CD (United Kingdom) "Top Singers of the Century" Critics' Poll (June 1999).
The French dubbed him "Le miracle Fischer-Dieskau" and Dame Elisabeth Schwarzkopf called him "a born god who has it all." At his peak, he was greatly admired for his interpretive insights and exceptional control of his soft, beautiful instrument. Despite the small size of his lyric/chamber baritone voice, Fischer-Dieskau also performed and recorded a great many operatic roles. He was the most recorded singer of all time. He dominated both the opera and concert platform for over thirty years.
Recording an astonishing array of repertoire (spanning centuries) as musicologist Alan Blyth asserted, "No singer in our time, or probably any other has managed the range and versatility of repertory achieved by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. Opera, Lieder and oratorio in German, Italian or English came alike to him, yet he brought to each a precision and individuality that bespoke his perceptive insights into the idiom at hand." In addition, he recorded in French, Russian, Hebrew and Hungarian. He was best known as a singer of Schubert's Lieder, particularly "Winterreise" of which his recordings with accompanist Gerald Moore and Jˆrg Demus are still critically acclaimed half a century after their release.
The video and sound quality of "The Art of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau" is not state of the art, but there is much to enjoy here. In Disc 1, about opera, there are excerpts from DFD's role as the Count in Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro", from Jean Pierre Ponelle's 1976 film; footage of live performances of Richard Strauss's "Arabella" and "Die Frau ohne Schatten", both conducted by Joseph Keilberth; a Ferenc Fricsay led "Don Giovanni" (Berlin, 1961); and Aribert Reimann's 1980 atonal opera "Lear" (Munich, 1982). The sound in all but the Mozart Figaro and Reimann Lear is mono, but always pretty good, and not distorted in climaxes. Only those expecting top quality sound will be disappointed. DFD's 2005 interview, in German, but with English subtitles is very interesting, and enlightening. I am thankful DFD appears healthy, and he is still handsome at age 80.
Disc 2, devoted to lieder, is also interesting. Wolfgang Sawallisch as pianist makes a terrific accompanist in various songs of Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Wolf, and Richard Strauss. The video quality of the 1974 Berlin TV film is not the best, and may disappoint some, but the sound is quite good. I enjoyed this DVD, but I love lieder and will overlook poor video more than poor audio! The Mahler Kindertotenlieder with Lorin Maazel (cond.) is also fine, but I didn't find this as interesting as the Sawallisch accompanied lieder. There is another 2005 interview with DFD, in German with English subtitles, which I found fascinating, too.
I hope these DVDs sell well, and that DG will release more DFD material they may have in their vaults. I hope they can do similar DVDs of Hermann Prey (1929-199, Fritz Wunderlich (1930-1966) and Karl Bohm (1894-1981) if there is enough filmed material (preferably in good audio) of them to do similar overviews. In short, I enjoyed this and would recommend it to anyone who likes opera and Lieder of the Romantic and 20th century eras.
PLEASE GIVE AT LEAST WHAT YOU HAVE TAKEN
STAY IN SEED PLEASE
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