For some reason I love Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau singing Schubert's Winterreise. But this recording is much neglected among his recordings of it!
I must say without hesitation that this Winterreise with Daniel Barenboim (made in 1979) is his finest of them all! I have listened to every recording of his...His EMI mono and stereo versions with Moore, his DG versions with Demus and Moore, his one with Brendel on Philips, and the one on Sony with Perahia...(i've also heard his early ones from the late 40's...which are quite intense and inspiring actually).
The one here with Barenboim is by far the most revelatory and profound, and has the most sponteneity and inspiration of all his recordings of it!
I have never loved Dieskau's Winterreise more than this one, so much so that I can listen to it continuously without end, it's that revelatory! The sound quality is in the demonstation quality category and is the best of all his recordings.
Daniel Barenboim is equally as profound and inspired as Dieskau and provides the most insights into the piano parts i've heard since Benjamin Britten.
I'm shocked that no one has praised this recording yet on amazon! I have the CD version that is from the "Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau Edition", which has a wonderful write-up on the recording with Barenboim as well as a brief history of Dieskau singing Winterriese, as well as full texts and translations.
This particular CD that I'm reviewing for has no liner notes or text tranlsations. If you can, you should try to find the full official release of this Winterriese and get that edition than this budget one...in any case as long as you have the one with Barenboim, your laughing!
A true wonder and miracle of Winterreises!