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Fischer Dieskau sings Schutz (SWR Recordings)


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During a career that spanned nearly five decades, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau established himself as one of the most accomplished performing artists of the twentieth century. He is widely considered to have been the finest modern interpreter of German lieder, and his extensive operatic career was noted for fine musicianship and powerful characterization. He has also made important contributions ... Read more in Amazon's Dietrich Fischer Dieskau Store

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Listen  1. Symphoniarum sacrarum secunda pars, Op. 10, SWV 341-367: Frohlocket mit Handen, SWV 349Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 4:50£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Symphoniarum sacrarum secunda pars, Op. 10, SWV 341-367: Der Herr ist meine Starke, SWV 345Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 4:31£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Die sieben Worte Jesu Christi am Kreuz, SWV 478Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau21:19Album Only
Listen  4. Symphoniae sacrae, Op. 6, SWV 257-276: Venite ad me, SWV 261Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau10:10Album Only
Listen  5. Kleine geistliche Concerte, Part I, Op. 8, SWV 282-305: Kleiner geistlichen Concerten, Part I, Op. 8, SWV 282-305: No. 1. Eile mich, Gott, zu erretten, SWV 282Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 3:52£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Kleine geistliche Konzerte, Part II, Op. 9, SWV 306-337: Kleiner geistlichen Concerten, Part II, Op. 9, SWV 306-337: O misericordissime Jesu, SWV 309Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 5:48£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Symphoniae sacrae, Op. 6, SWV 257-276: Fili mi, Absalon, SWV 269Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 6:16£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Symphoniarum sacrarum secunda pars, Op. 10, SWV 341-367: Singet dem Herren ein neues Lied, SWV 342Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 5:25£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Kleine geistliche Konzerte, Part II, Op. 9, SWV 306-337: Kleiner geistlichen Concerten, Part II, Op. 9, SWV 306-337: Ich liege und schlafe, SWV 310Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 3:40£0.59  Buy MP3 

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Rare recorded documents of Fischer-Dieskau singing Heinrich Schutz (no sung texts included, though) 11 Nov 2012
By G.C. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau left a tremendous legacy of recordings, primarily in the Lieder repertoire, as classical music fans know. However, one composer not noted among his recorded legacy is Heinrich Schutz, as according to the liner notes of this Hanssler Classic CD, Fischer-Dieskau made only one commercial recording of Schutz's music, for Deutsche Grammophon, which has never been re-released on CD. A quick check of DG's website reveals that is still the case with that recording. So these recordings of radio concert performances by Fischer-Dieskau of music of Schutz become of special interest for fans in both realms, either Fischer-Dieskau or Schutz.

These recordings date from the period of 1953-1959, so that we have the young Fischer-Dieskau captured here. The notes by Peter T. Koster (translated by Wieland Hoban) mention "forceful text declamation" as one notable artistic property of Fischer-Dieskau. That certainly comes across in these selections, which take their texts from the Bible or are inspired by Biblical texts. Sometimes his "forceful text declamation" can somehow seem a touch mannered, which was one criticism directed at him during his lifetime. It's hard to explain without actually listening to the selections. I need to note that the sung texts are not included in the booklet, although the notes make general references to the particular Bible passages or sections which Schutz set. So with a Bible on hand, you can get a rough idea of the text being sung, in several cases. Otherwise, you might have to refer to other recordings.

For the most part, the works tend to be somewhat slower and more contemplative than fast and energetic, fitting given the nature of the sacred texts as inspiration. The instrumental forces are not period instrument, but they are small-sized and far from grandiose, in anticipation of "period instrument" use of downsized forces. The sound is clean 1950's mono quality. The one "complete" work is track 3, "Die Sieben Worte unseres lieben Erlosers und Seeligmachers Jesu Christi" ("The Seven Words of Our Dear Saviour and Redeemer Jesus Christ"), while the others are selections from his Symphonie sacrae I and II, and his "Kleine Geistliche Konzerte", Books I and II.

If you're a Fischer-Dieskau fan and want to catch him in early phase, in repertoire not associated with him and of which recorded documents are very rare, this CD may interest you.
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