In this 2003 edition of The Vocal Scene, George Jellinek presents art song recordings by the German baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, who died on May 18 at age 86.
Fischer-Dieskau recorded more art songs than any other artist in history, said Jellinek in his introduction. He began his career logically by recording the song masterpieces of Schubert, Beethoven and Brahms. But as his fame grew his interests widened and eventually took on encyclopedic proportions.
This episode includes songs by Beethoven, Schubert, Meyerbeer, Wolf, Strauss, Brahms, Tchaikovsky and Peter Cornelius in recordings from the 1950s through the '80s.
This show airs on WQXR on Friday at 7 pm and Saturday at 12 pm, and on the Operavore stream on Friday at 7 pm; Saturday at 1 pm and 10 pm; and Sunday at 10 am and 8 pm