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Dietrich FISCHER-DIESKAU: Early Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
BACH cantatas BWV 56 and 82 BWV 4
HANDEL Guilio Cesare (arias and scenes)
BRAHMS Vier ernste Gesänge
WOLF Italiensiches Liederbuch
VERDI Falstaff
ORFF Carmina Burana
SCHUMANN Dichterliebe; 7 Lieder; Kerner-lieder
BRAHMS Die schöne Magelone; Heine-lieder
HENZE Neapolitanisches Lieder
FORTNER The Creation
MARTIN Monologues from Jedermann
GLUCK Orpheus and Eurydike
MEYERBEER Lieder
VARIOUS Goethe settings
REICHARDT Petrach settings
FISCHER-DIESKAU Erzähltes Leben
(full track listing at end of review)
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone)
Karl Engel, Hertha Klust, Jörg Demus, Günther Wiessenborn, Joseph Metternich, Cornelis van Dijk, Maria Stader, Rita Streich
Berliner Philharmoniker, Martin Kraus, Kammerorchester, Karl Ristenpart, Radio Symphonie Orchester, Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay, Sinfonie-orchester des Norddeutschen Rundfunks, Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt.
Various recording dates. Partly mono. AAD/ADD
DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 28947 75270 [9 CDs: 80:10 + 78:10 + 75:58 + 69:48 + 76:41 + 68:49 + 69:43 + 78:59 + 81:10]

 


This nine CD set is a valuable commemoration of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau's inestimable contribution to song. It is a real and genuine tribute, for it gives a true overview of a remarkable career. This is especially important for listeners wanting to learn more about this amazing singer, because it shows his wide range, from baroque to opera to lieder and modern new music.

Fischer-Dieskau was always more than just a lieder singer. His grounding in the whole German tradition is important, because it suffuses all his work with special meaning. Indeed, the set is something of a primer for the history of voice : its value goes beyond the singer alone.

Fundamental to the German tradition is Bach. It could almost be said that Bach's combination of spirituality and art pervades the character of German song. Certainly, Fischer-Dieskau combined public reverence of the music with a distinctly personal intimacy. He brings out the human and universal that underpins what Bach wrote for the church. He senses a link between the baroque and the Romantic. He expresses the individual while contemplating the universal. In the 20th century, the conflict between individual and larger forces like war and society has only been too painful. Fischer-Dieskau's support for modern music arises from this basic worldview. Even as a very young man, he sought out composers who could express something distinctive.

Deutsche Grammophon spotted Fischer-Dieskau's potential almost from the beginning. It is no exaggeration that their partnership has helped to change the way we listen, especially to song. Their archive is a veritable museum. The selections on this set are excellent, some of them among the treasures of vocal art.

Fischer-Dieskau recorded so much, wisely or not, so it is Deutsche Grammophon's own interests to aim for a quality product that does them, as well as the singer, true honour.

Suitably, the set starts with Bach. The first two selections come from the June 1951 live recording at the Jesus-Christus-Kirche, in Berlin-Dahlem. Karl Ristenpart's chamber orchestra helped pioneer a sparer, more authentic Bach style. Fischer-Dieskau was ideally suited to this approach. These versions are fresher and almost as authoritative as later recordings with Richter. They must have sounded like a revelation at the time. Nine years later, in the same church, he recorded Handel's Giulio Cesare with Karl Böhm.

Fischer-Dieskau's very first recording for DG, Brahms' Vier ernste Gesänge, with Herta Klust, is another seminal moment in song history. The singer had barely turned 24 but already captured the profundity of Brahms’ meditation on death.

With Klust again, the selections from Wolf's Italienisches Liederbuch are full of youthful vigour. With Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Walter Legge, Fischer-Dieskau was to bring Wolf's music to widespread popular recognition. Working from text and meaning, their style developed as Wolf's own approach. It was to introduce a whole new era in Wolf interpretation.

Ferenc Fricsay was another early mentor. It is a pleasure to hear him conduct the singer in what was to become one of his "greatest hits" later with Jochum, and compare the difference in approach.

On, next, to 1957 when the complete disc devoted to Schumann was recorded. Fischer-Dieskau was to perform this numerous times, but this, with one of his finest accompanists, Jörg Demus, is particularly lyrical. With Günther Weissenborn, a few weeks earlier, he had recorded the Kerner and other Schumann songs. A few weeks later still, followed Brahms Die schöne Magelone, again with Demus. This disc is a vivid insight into how Fischer-Dieskau was singing that spring – still youthful but already a master.

Hans Werner Henze was a sensationally acclaimed opera composer in these heady post-war years. Fischer-Dieskau pursued him to write for him, thus starting one of the great partnerships of the decade. Henze notably loves writing for voice: his Fünf Neapolitanische Lieder provided the singer with a challenge, stretching the voice in new, beautiful directions. Similarly, Frank Martin himself conducted the Six Monologues from Jedermann, orchestrated less than four years previously. This disc also includes parts of Wolfgang Fortner's The Creation, for baritone and orchestra. New music meant a lot to Fischer-Dieskau, for whom music was meant to be a living, developing form. This disc could be an invaluable introduction to anyone wanting to explore modern music without the trauma that sometimes entails.

In complete contrast, the next two discs are devoted to opera, mainly to Gluck's Orpheus and Eurydike, which Fischer-Dieskau made something of a speciality. At this early stage his Wagner was limited to the Junger Seeman, but here are several charming arias from Pagliacci, Carmen and La Forza del destino. Opera may provide a livelihood for singers, but those like Fischer-Dieskau delight in discovering repertoire off the beaten track. One of the singer's trademarks was to compile programmes that explored ideas and composers, rather than merely to showcase his own talents.

Disc 8 starts with Meyerbeer lieder, which to this day have only been championed by a few such as Thomas Hampson. It also includes a series of settings of Goethe by composers who knew him personally – including Anna Amalia von Preussen herself, and Goethe's musical confidants, Zelter and Reichardt.

The set continues with other Goethe settings, accompanied again by Demus. Still aged only 35, Fischer-Dieskau's life was so filled with incident and interest that he was able to record his own reading of his memoirs, Erzähltes Leben, which concludes the set. Here, it is a very useful complement to the music because he discusses the period up to 1963 when his career was taking off, and when most of the material on this set was recorded. (Why the Goethe session with Demus from 1972 is included, I don't know, except that it fits) Although the reading is over in half an hour, there is no translation, just a summary, and is, in any case, interspersed with music.

While the notable exception is any Schubert, it seems that Deutsche Grammophon is planning a complete series commemorating Fischer-Dieskau's 80th birthday. Schubert would account for a set in itself! Contractual obligations may also explain other omissions from the early work. Nonetheless, this is an excellent collection, greatly to be recommended, particularly to those who want a reliable overview of Fischer-Dieskau's development at this crucial stage in his career. Retailing at £53.00 for nine very worthy discs it also means great value for money.

Anne Ozorio


 
FULL TRACK-LISTING
CD 1: Early Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750)

Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen Cantata, BWV 56
Track 1
1. Aria: "Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen" [8:38]
Track 2
2. Recitativo: "Mein Wandel auf der Welt" [2:12]
Track 3
3. Aria: "Endlich, endlich wird mein Joch" [6:42]
Track 4
4. Recitativo: "Ich stehe fertig und bereit" [1:56]
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Hermann Töttcher, Karl Ristenpart Chamber Orchestra, Karl Ristenpart
Track 5
5. Choral: "Komm, o Tod, du Schlafes Bruder" [1:43]
Hermann Töttcher, Karl Ristenpart Chamber Orchestra, Karl Ristenpart, Berlin Motet Choir
Cantata "Ich habe genug" BWV 82
Track 6
1. Aria: Ich habe genug, ich habe den Heiland [7:27]
Track 7
2. Recitativo: Ich habe genug! Mein Trost ist nur allein [1:27]
Track 8
3. Aria: Schlummert ein, ihr matten Augen [7:19]
Track 9
4. Recitativo: Mein Gott! wann kommt das schöne Nun! [0:59]
Track 10
5. Aria: Ich freue mich auf meinen Tod [3:47]
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Hermann Töttcher, Karl Ristenpart Chamber Orchestra, Karl Ristenpart
Cantata "Christ lag in Todesbanden", BWV 4
Track 11
6. Versus 5: "Hier ist das rechte Osterlamm" [4:21]
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Maria Jung, Bach Festival Orchestra 1950, Fritz Lehmann
George Frideric Handel (1685 - 1759)

Giulio Cesare
Act 1
Track 12
Presto omai l'Egizia terra [2:08]
Track 13
Non è si vago e bello il fior nel prato [3:58]
Track 14
Va tacito e nascosto [2:27]
Act 3
Track 15
Dall'ondoso periglio [9:28]
Track 16
Quel torrente, che cade dal monte [4:20]
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Karl Böhm, Wolfgang Meyer
Total Playing Time: [1:09:27]
CD 2: Early Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)

4 Ernste Gesänge, Op.121
Track 1
1. Denn es gehet dem Menschen [4:43]
Track 2
2. Ich wandte mich und sahe [4:29]
Track 3
3. O Tod, wie bitter bist du [4:27]
Track 4
4. Wenn ich mit Menschen - und mit Engelszungen redete [4:54]
Hugo Wolf (1860 - 1903)

Italienisches Liederbuch, nach Paul Heyse
Track 5
Gesegnet sei, durch den die Welt entstund [1:42]
Track 6
Selig ihr Blinden [2:07]
Track 7
Der Mond hat eine schwere Klag [2:25]
Track 8
Nun lass uns Frieden schliessen [2:05]
Track 9
Hoffärtig seid Ihr [0:45]
Track 10
Geselle, woll'n wir uns in Kutten hüllen [2:23]
Track 11
Und willst du deinen Liebsten [2:04]
Track 12
Heb' auf dein blondes Haupt [2:10]
Track 13
Ein Ständchen euch zu bringen [1:15]
Track 14
Was für ein Lied [2:11]
Track 15
Sterb'ich, so hüllt in Blumen [2:54]
Track 16
Und steht ihr früh am Morgen auf [3:10]
Track 17
Benedeit die sel'ge Mutter [4:25]
Track 18
Wie viele Zeit verlor ich [1:38]
Track 19
Heut' Nacht erhob ich mich [1:40]
Track 20
Nicht länger kann ich singen [1:18]
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Hertha Klust
Giuseppe Verdi (1813 - 1901)

Falstaff
sung in German
Act 2
Track 21
Brav, alter Hans [17:49]
Josef Metternich, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, RIAS Symphony Orchestra Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay
Carl Orff (1895 - 1982)

Carmina Burana
2. In Taberna
Track 22
"Ego sum abbas" [1:39]
Track 23
"Estuans interius" [2:11]
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, RIAS Symphony Orchestra Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay
3. Cour d'amours
Track 24
"Tempus est iocundum" [2:20]
Anny Schlemm, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, RIAS Symphony Orchestra Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay, RIAS Kammerchor
Total Playing Time: [1:18:07]
CD 3: Early Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856)

Dichterliebe, Op.48
Track 1
1. Im wunderschönen Monat Mai [1:34]
Track 2
2. Aus meinen Tränen sprießen [0:58]
Track 3
3. Die Rose, die Lilie, die Taube, die Sonne [0:26]
Track 4
4. Wenn ich in deine Augen seh' [1:34]
Track 5
5. Ich will meine Seele tauchen [0:57]
Track 6
6. Im Rhein, im heiligen Strome [2:26]
Track 7
7. Ich grolle nicht [1:39]
Track 8
8. Und wüßten's die Blumen, die kleinen [1:10]
Track 9
9. Das ist ein Flöten und Geigen [1:19]
Track 10
10. Hör' ich das Liedchen klingen [1:48]
Track 11
11. Ein Jüngling liebt ein Mädchen [1:00]
Track 12
12. Am leuchtenden Sommermorgen [2:14]
Track 13
13. Ich hab' im Traum geweinet [2:30]
Track 14
14. Allnächtlich im Traume seh' ich dich [1:39]
Track 15
15. Aus alten Märchen winkt es [2:28]
Track 16
16 Die alten, bösen Lieder [4:37]
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Jörg Demus
Track 17
Freisinn, Op.25, No.2 [1:07]
Track 18
Schneeglöckchen, op.79, No.26 [1:16]
Track 19
Ständchen, Op.36, No.2 [1:32]
Track 20
Venetianisches Lied I, Op.25, No.17 [1:22]
Track 21
Venetianisches Lied II, Op.25, No.18 [1:26]
Track 22
Des Sennen Abschied, Op.79, No.22 [1:39]
Track 23
Talismane op.25, No.8 [2:02]
Zwölf Gedichte, Op.35
Track 24
Lust der Sturmnacht [1:36]
Track 25
Stirb, Lieb' und Freud'! [5:52]
Track 26
Wanderlied [2:52]
Track 27
Erstes Grün [2:17]
Track 28
Sehnsucht nach der Waldgegend [2:21]
Track 29
Auf das Trinkglas eines verstorbenen Freundes [4:28]
Track 30
Wanderung [1:11]
Track 31
Stille Liebe [3:18]
Track 32
Frage [1:17]
Track 33
Stille Tränen [3:47]
Track 34
Wer machte dich so krank? [2:14]
Track 35
Alte Laute [2:39]
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Günther Weissenborn
Total Playing Time: [1:15:56
CD 4: Early Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)

Die schöne Magelone, Op.33
Track 1
1. Keinen hat es noch gereut [3:29]
Track 2
2. Traun! Bogen und Pfeil sind gut [1:40]
Track 3
3. Sind es Schmerzen, sind es Freuden [5:28]
Track 4
4. Liebe kam aus fernen Landen [4:30]
Track 5
5. So willst du des Armen [1:28]
Track 6
6. Wie soll ich die Freude [5:40]
Track 7
7. War es dir [2:56]
Track 8
8. Wir müssen uns trennen [3:55]
Track 9
9. Ruhe, Süssliebchen [5:27]
Track 10
10. So tönet denn [2:29]
Track 11
11. Wie schnell verschwindet [3:55]
Track 12
12. Muss es eine Trennung geben [3:16]
Track 13
13. Geliebter, wo zaudert [1:53]
Track 14
14. Wie froh und frisch [2:26]
Track 15
15. Treue Liebe dauert lange [5:03]
Sommerabend. Op.85, No.1
Track 16
Daemmernd liegt der Sommerabend [2:38]
Mondenschein, Op.85, No.2
Track 17
Nacht liegt auf den fremden Wegen [2:18]
Fünf Gesänge op.71
Track 18
1. "Es liebt sich so lieblich in Lenze!" [1:40]
Meerfahrt, Op.96, No.4
Track 19
Mein Liebchen, wir sassen beisammen [2:54]
Track 20
"Es schauen die Blumen all" Op.96, No.3 [0:56]
Track 21
"Der Tod, das ist die kühle Nacht" Op.96, No.1 [3:15]
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Jörg Demus
Total Playing Time: [1:09:46]
CD 5: Early Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
Hans Werner Henze (1926 - )

Five Neapolitan Songs (1956) for baritone and chamber orchestra
Track 1
1. Aggio saputo ca la morte vene [1:54]
Track 2
2. A l'acqua de li ffuntanelle [3:29]
Track 3
3. Amaie 'na nenne pe' tridece mise [1:03]
Track 4
4. Amaie 'nu ninno cu' sudore e stiente [6:04]
Track 5
5. Arbero piccerillo, te chiantaie [3:56]
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra - members, Richard Kraus
Wolfgang Fortner (1907 - 1987)

The Creation
Track 6
Langsame Halbe - "And God stepped out on space" [3:03]
Track 7
Poco mosso - "Then God reached out" [1:49]
Track 8
Andante - "The God himself stepped down" [2:06]
Track 9
"And He spat [spread] out the seven seas" - Schnelle Viertel [0:53]
Track 10
Etwas gemächlich und zart - "Then the green grass sprouted" [2:00]
Track 11
Poco lento (marcia sacrale) - "Then God walked around" [2:29]
Track 12
Mäßig bewegte Viertel - "Up from the bed of the river" [2:01]
Track 13
Amen isorythmique [2:50]
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, NDR-Sinfonieorchester, Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt
Frank Martin (1890 - 1974)

Six Monologues from "Jedermann" (1943/49)
Track 14
1. Ist alls zu End das Freudenmahl [4:11]
Track 15
2. Ach Gott, wie graust mir vor dem Tod [3:45]
Track 16
3. Ist als wenn eins gerufen hätt [2:47]
Track 17
4. So wollt ich ganz zernichtet sein [2:17]
Track 18
5. Ja! Ich glaub: solches hat er vollbracht [3:00]
Track 19
6. O ewiger Gott! O göttliches Gesicht! [4:43]
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Berliner Philharmoniker, Frank Martin
Three Excerpts from "Der Sturm" (1952-54)
Track 20
Overture [8:11]
Frank Martin, Berliner Philharmoniker
Track 21
Mein Ariel! [8:15]
Track 22
Hin sind meine Zauberei'n [4:59]
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Berliner Philharmoniker, Frank Martin
Total Playing Time: [1:16:41]
CD 6: Early Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
Christoph Willibald von Gluck (1714 - 1787)

Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice)
Arr. Alfred Doerffel
Track 1
Ouverture [3:08]
Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay
Act 1
Track 2
No. 1 Choeur: "O wenn in diesen dunklen Hainen" [3:58]
Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay, RIAS Kammerchor, Berliner Motettenchor, Günther Arndt
Track 3
No. 2 Récitatif: "O Freunde, dieses Klagen" [0:43]
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay
Track 4
No. 3 Pantomine [2:39]
Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay
Track 5
No. 4 Choeur: "Oh, wenn in diesen dunklen Hainen" [1:44]
Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay, RIAS Kammerchor, Berliner Motettenchor, Günther Arndt
Track 6
No. 5 Récitatif: "Lasst mich allein!" [0:36]
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay
Track 7
No. 6 Ritournelle [1:31]
Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay
Track 8
No. 7 Aria: "So klag' ich ihren Tod" [1:20]
Track 9
No. 8 Récitatif: "Eurydike, teurer Schatten!" [1:49]
Track 10
No. 9 Aria: "Wehklagend irr' ich so" [1:25]
Track 11
No. 10 Récitatif: "Eurydike, dein suesser Name" [2:00]
Track 12
No. 11 Aria: "Weinend gedenk ich dein" [1:27]
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay
Track 13
No. 12 Récitatif: "Grausame Goetter" [1:39]
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Rita Streich, Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay
Track 14
No. 13 Aria: "Deines Harfenspiels Harmonien" [1:16]
Rita Streich, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay
Track 15
No. 14 Récitatif: "Wie, ich soll sie wiedersehn!" [0:59]
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Rita Streich, Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay
Track 16
No. 15 Aria: "Mit Freuden den Willen der Goetter erfuellen" [1:57]
Rita Streich, Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay
Track 17
No. 16 Récitatif: "Was hoer' ich? Ist es wahr?" [2:09]
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay
Act 2
Track 18
No. 18 Danse des furies [1:32]
Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay
Track 19
No. 19 Jeu de harpe, Choeur: "Wer ist der Sterbliche" [0:35]
Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay, RIAS Kammerchor, Berliner Motettenchor, Günther Arndt
Track 20
No. 20 Danse des furies [0:40]
Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay
Track 21
No. 21 Choeur: "Wer ist der Sterbliche" [1:15]
Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay, RIAS Kammerchor, Berliner Motettenchor, Günther Arndt
Track 22
No. 22 Solo avec Choeur: "Ach, erbarmt euch mein!" [1:47]
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay, RIAS Kammerchor, Berliner Motettenchor, Günther Arndt
Track 23
No. 23 Choeur: "Jammernder Sterblicher, was willst, was suchst du hier" [0:54]
Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay, RIAS Kammerchor, Berliner Motettenchor, Günther Arndt
Track 24
No. 24 Aria: "Tausend Qualen, drohende Schatten" [0:38]
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay
Track 25
No. 25 Choeur: "Welch' ungewohnter Trieb" [0:49]
Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay, RIAS Kammerchor, Berliner Motettenchor, Günther Arndt
Track 26
No. 26 Aria: "Todesgoetter, hoeret gnaedig" [0:44]
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay
Track 27
No. 27 Choeur: "Sein sanftes Trauerlied" [1:20]
Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay, RIAS Kammerchor, Berliner Motettenchor, Günther Arndt
Track 28
No. 28 Danse des furies [4:20]
Track 29
No. 29 Ballet [2:48]
Track 30
No. 30 Ballet [4:24]
Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay
Track 31
No. 32 Aria avec Choeur: "Diese Auen sind seligem Frieden und der Ruhe nur geweiht" [5:06]
Maria Stader, Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay, RIAS Kammerchor, Berliner Motettenchor, Günther Arndt
Track 32
No. 33 Aria: "Welch reiner Himmel" [4:29]
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay
Track 33
No. 34 Choeur: "Komm ins Reich beglueckter Schatten" [2:26]
Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay, RIAS Kammerchor, Berliner Motettenchor, Günther Arndt
Track 34
No. 36 Récitatif et Choeur: "O selige, beglueckte Schatten" [0:50]
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay, RIAS Kammerchor, Berliner Motettenchor, Günther Arndt
Track 35
No. 37 Choeur: "Aus dem Reich beglueckter Schatten" [3:13]
Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay, RIAS Kammerchor, Berliner Motettenchor, Günther Arndt
Total Playing Time: [1:08:37]
CD 7: Early Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
Christoph Willibald von Gluck (1714 - 1787)

Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice)
Arr. Alfred Doerffel
Act 3
Track 1
No. 38 Récitatif: "So komm Eurydike, folge mir" [3:20]
Track 2
No. 39 Duo: "Komm und vertrau meiner Treue" [3:43]
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Maria Stader, Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay
Track 3
No. 40 Récitatif: "Ach, warum bleibt er in diesem starren Schweigen?" [1:22]
Maria Stader, Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay
Track 4
No. 41 Aria et Duo: "Welch' grausame Wandlung" [3:03]
Maria Stader, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay
Track 5
No. 42 Récitatif: "Ach, nun erneut sich mein Jammer!" [3:03]
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Maria Stader, Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay
Track 6
No. 43 Aria: "Ach, ich habe sie verloren" [4:21]
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay
Track 7
No. 44 Récitatif: "So mag der tiefe Schmerz mit meinem Leben enden!" [3:01]
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Rita Streich, Maria Stader, Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay
Track 8
No. 45 Choeur et solistes: "Triumph sei Amor" [3:24]
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Rita Streich, Maria Stader, Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay, RIAS Kammerchor, Berliner Motettenchor, Günther Arndt
Georges Bizet (1838 - 1875)

Carmen
Act 2
Track 9
"Votre toast, je peux vous le rendre" - "Toréador, en garde" [4:22]
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay
Charles Gounod (1818 - 1893)

Faust
Act 2
Track 10
Avant de quitter ces lieux [3:36]
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Ferenc Fricsay, Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Georges Bizet (1838 - 1875)

Les pêcheurs de perles
Act 3
Track 11
Tableau 1: No.11 Entr'acte, Récit et Air: "L'orage s'est calmé" [6:27]
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay
Gioacchino Rossini (1792 - 1868)

William Tell
Act 3
Track 12
"Resta immobile" [3:00]
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Ferenc Fricsay, Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Giuseppe Verdi (1813 - 1901)

La forza del destino
Act 3
Track 13
Morir! Tremenda cosa! ... Urna fatale [7:50]
La traviata
Act 2
Track 14
"Di Provenza il mar, il suol" [4:34]
Umberto Giordano (1867 - 1948)

Andrea Chénier, Dramma di ambiente storico in quattro quadri
Act 3
Track 15
Nemico della Patria? ... Traditore! ... La coscienza [5:08]
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay
Ruggiero Leoncavallo (1857 - 1919)

Pagliacci
Prologue
Track 16
"Si può? Signore! Signori!" [7:57]
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Ferenc Fricsay, Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Total Playing Time: [1:09:48]
CD 8: Early Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
Giacomo Meyerbeer (1791 - 1864)

40 Mélodies à une et à plusieurs voix avec acc. de piano (1849)
Track 1
Menschenfeindlich [2:14]
Track 2
Hör ich das Liedchen klingen [1:00]
Track 3
Die Rose, die Lilie, die Taube [2:23]
Track 4
Komm "Du schönes Fischermädchen" [2:04]
Track 5
Der Garten des Herzens [0:52]
Track 6
Le poète mourant [8:36]
Track 7
Ständchen [3:24]
Track 8
Die Rosenblätter [1:17]
Track 9
Le Chant du dimanche [5:29]
Track 10
Sie und ich [2:46]
Track 11
Sicilienne "Fleurs qu'adore la beauté" [3:48]
Track 12
Cantique du Trappiste [6:25]
Track 13
Scirocco [1:29]
Track 14
Mina "Viens, Mina viens" [1:40]
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Karl Engel
Johann Friedrich Reichardt (1752 - 1814)

Track 15
Gott [2:27]
Track 16
Feiger Gedanken [0:59]
Track 17
Die schöne Nacht [2:08]
Track 18
Einziger Augenblick, in welchem ich lebte [1:46]
Track 19
Einschränkung [1:28]
Track 20
Mut [0:40]
Track 21
Rhapsodie (Ach, wer heilet die Schmerzen) [2:28]
Track 22
An Lotte [1:39]
Track 23
Aus Euphrosyne [3:03]
Carl Friedrich Zelter (1758 - 1932)

Track 24
Rastlose Liebe [1:54]
Karl Friedrich Zelter

Track 25
Um Mitternacht [3:21]
Track 26
Gleich und Gleich [1:38]
Track 27
Wo geht's Liebchen [1:20]
Anna Amalie von Preussen

Track 28
Auf dem Lande und in der Stadt [1:54]
Track 29
Sie scheinen zu spielen [1:33]
Karl Friedrich Siegmund von Seckendorff (1744 - 1785)

Track 30
Romance from "Claudine von Villa Bella" [3:59]
Christian Gottlob Neefe (1748 - 1798)

Track 31
Serenad[t]e from "Claudine von Villa Bella" [1:13]
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Jörg Demus
Total Playing Time: [1:18:59]
CD 9: Early Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)

Mit Mädeln sich vertragen WoO 90 - Aria for bass and orchestra
Track 1
For Bass and Piano [2:49]
Conradin Kreutzer (1780 - 1849)

Track 2
Ein Bettler vor dem Tor [1:23]
Johann Nepomuk Hummel (1778 - 1837)

Track 3
Zur Logenfeier [1:47]
Elisabeth Bettina von Arnim Brentano (1785 - 1859)

Track 4
"O schaudre nicht " from Faust [1:08]
Richard Wagner (1813 - 1883)

Sieben Kompositionen zu Goethes Faust, Op.5 WWV 15
Track 5
Lied des Mephistopheles I [0:41]
Track 6
Branders Lied [1:16]
Johann Friedrich Reichardt (1752 - 1814)

Sonette von Francesco Petrarca
Track 7
Canzon, s'al dolce loco la donna nostra vedi [1:20]
Track 8
Erano i capei d'oro [1:19]
Track 9
O poggi, o valli, o fiume, o selve, o campi [1:25]
Track 10
Più volte già dal bel sembiante umano [1:22]
Track 11
Di tempo in tempo mi si fa men dura [1:50]
Track 12
Or ch 'l ciel e la terra, e 'l vento tace [4:14]
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Jörg Demus
('From my Life', first release on CD)

Tracks 13-20
Childhood and Adolescence [10:57]
First Steps in Cantata, Lied and Opera [13:34]
Singing for Wilhelm Furtwängler [9:21]
Programming Lieder Recitals [4:06]
Opera Appearances in the 1950s [4:08]
Accompanists [5:18]
Contemporary Music and the Stage [5:47]
The Horizons and Responsibilities of a Performing Artist [6:12]
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Total Playing Time: [1:21:10]
recorded December 1960; includes numerous musical extracts



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