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Subject: German baritone singer Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau dies

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/18/12 at 3:39 pm

The respected German baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau has died, aged 86.

Once described as "the most influential singer of the 20th Century", he was famed for his performances of Winter's Journey (Winterreise) by Schubert.

Born in Berlin in May 1925, he emerged as a performer after World War II and was swiftly recognised as one of his generation's finest lyrical vocalists.

Benjamin Britten personally asked him to perform in the first performance of his War Requiem in May 1962.

The premiere famously took place in the rebuilt Coventry Cathedral, which had been destroyed in a bombing raid in 1940.

"To my generation, he was something so special that one was always awestruck," the English mezzo-soprano Dame Janet Baker told Sean Rafferty on Radio 3's In Tune programme.

"One just bows before the artistry and the sheer beauty of the sound he made."

Subject: Re: German baritone singer Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau dies

Written By: MaxwellSmart on 05/18/12 at 6:40 pm

R.I.P.  Dietrich.

I heard of his passing on NPR this morning.

Here is Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau giving one of his legendary Schubert performances, one of my favorite lieder, Der Erlk├Ânig --

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cOXbQSEQ0M

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