Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop Black Friday Deals Week in Fashion Cloud Drive Photos Shop now Amazon Fire TV Shop now DIYED Shop now Shop Fire Shop Kindle Paperwhite Listen in Prime Shop now Shop now

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars7
4.3 out of 5 stars
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
Your rating(Clear)Rate this item

There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 3 May 2013
Nachtviolen with which Dietrich Fischer Dieskau frequently closed or encored his Schubert recitals is, given his passing last year, a great joy to hear in this recital. In fact. all of these artists are no longer living, so the title is anachronistic. But this is a fine testament to their legendary vocal gifts. This recital was most strong in the individual segments. The Nachtviolen as mentioned above contained in the Schubert segment from Fischer Dieskau is superb, I really think his account of Im Abendrot is his best on record. However, though sadly omitted from this CD, in Abschied he gladly allows Gerald Moore to gallop away on the piano, after all it was the latter's grand retirement bash. Again, Fischer Dieskau is far more impressive here than in his numerous studio recordings for DG or EMI, though, as with the other singers, DFD can occasionally be caught straining to project himself in the inappropriately large and horribly dry acoustic of the RFH, the miracle of the great singer is their ability to overcome such problems so that every nuance and vocal inflection is projected clearly, which is the case here. His Orfeo series of live liederabend from the Salzburg Festival in the 1950s, seem to be crushed by the weight of the occasion and the solemn serious nature of the songs chosen, whereas here at the RFH the singing shines with joy and celebration - with moderate audience enthusiasm and support, never intrusive - adding to the atmosphere of this live recording. The words "legacy" and "testament" or "historic" have been used so indiscriminately by record companies plugging their products, even by reviewers and Amazon itself, so as to lose value, however, THIS document is the real thing: and an immense pleasure to listen throughout.

Victoria de los Angeles in Brahms is an absolute delight (though her fabulous Der Mainacht is omitted here as it was from the LP set) while Schwarzkopf in Wolf and in particular Kennst du das Land is simply stupendous! With such giant voices it is no surprise the duets and trios produce mixed results.

So the DFD/Schwarzkopf Schumann duets are weaker however, though still interesting. Not a patch on the live recording of various romantic duets (Haydn, Schumann, Cornelius, Mendelssohn and Brahms) Fischer Dieskau and Janet Baker cut for EMI a few years later (1970?) in the more intimate acoustic of London South Bank's beloved Queen Elizabeth Hall. Here the natural impetuosity of the baritone eager to emote and dramatise in these duets is suitably reigned in by a partner whose "English" mezzo-soprano is even smoother and more finely regulated than his own wonderful baritone! If you want to hear a great selection of duets performed "just right" (with Daniel Barenboim accompanying on the piano) then I urge you to seek out a copy of this recording on LP, because unfortunately and for no apparent reason it has never been transferred to CD apart from a couple of Brahms songs on a Janet Baker/Barbirolli Ravel/Chausson two-fer (presumably as a filler) how odd? The same recording engineer was responsible for this disc and the RFH concert under review: Suvi Raj Grubb who started as an assistant to the great Walter Legge, the EMI boss who was responsible for bringing all three singers into the EMI house after World War Two and marrying one of them! Full marks to him! Again there is a fine DG CD of Schumann duets featuring DFD and his then wife, Julia Varady the Hungarian soprano, and Peter Schreier in some songs,but again the very warm and atmospheric Queen Elizabeth Hall concert completely outshines this DG disc which is strangely unromantic and cold although it is a well produced studio recording with a great booklet and translations. So much for the sterile studio disc!

Before this single budget CD was brought out, I do believe there was double CD full price transfer of the 2LP original commemorative issue in 1967. However, even that contained a number of omissions at the request of the artists.

However, the sound is surprisingly excellent (the EMI engineers including Suvi really worked miracles on that rotten dry Festival Hall acoustic) the individual and ensemble singing finer than any you are likely to experience now, anywhere either on disc or in concert, in short historic then, and doubly historic now with the passing of all these great musicians.

This disc is a great introduction to the art of song (and you chase up better records of individual items and especially the Schumann duets as mentioned) as well as being essential for any collection of vocal music.

These live performances contain that extra atmospheric zest where music making virtually ignites and not one iota of vocal technique is lost in the occasion, so different and superior to the studio recordings however perfect they seem.

The background to the creation of this concert involving various managements (an enquiry by Ibbs and Tillet about the usual insurance arrangements if one or two artists cancelled was laughed off by Legge, but he WAS taking a risk!) is of interest in itself. In the event, it went off perfectly. It sold out; the choir at the back of the stage was full and there was even seating on the platform!

The CD cuts Mr Moore's self-efacing obligatory thankyou speech (which by todays's standards sounds cringeworthy!) and gently closes with his piano arrangement of An Die Musik. When he left the stage he left for good. He really retired. And he was the real retiring star of the night.

The liner notes are good and full song texts and English translations are included.

Unmissable, especially at this small price, to have three of the greatest classical singers of the C20 singing in your living room accompanied by the greatest singer's partner on the piano for half a century...Gerald Moore.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 29 June 2006
This is a wondrously beautiful and touching tribute and farewell to the great accompanist Gerald Moore, by three of the greatest singers of the 20th century. The accoustics alone of the Royal Albert Hall are incomparable, the performances all of the legendary mould, including the genial Gerald Moore himself, whose final words and final notes on the piano are an exceptional tribute in themselves to these 3 great artists and to the role that music has played in his life.

It is notable that Victoria de los Angeles was included in what is largely a German music evening. And the Rossini cat duet, like the other two Rossini duets on this recording, is hardly spoiled by the outbursts of laughter, on the contrary. Not a note is silenced by this suggestive behaviour which makes us, only listeners, curious to know what shenanigans these two great ladies are up to! We smile throughout it all.

I own this recording and am floored every time i put it on, by the magnificent voices themselves, the impeccable interpretations, unsurpassable accoustics and, of course, the pristine yet moving playing by the author of AM I TOO LOUD? There is nothing like this recording. It is pure bliss.

Marya Berry, music critic
11 commentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 5 January 2015
This CD is an invaluable memento, particularly for the privileged ones as is my case, who were lucky to get tickets for Gerald Moore's Farewell at the Royal Festival Hall, on that unique night of February 20, 1967, when the three greatest recitalists in the world appeared together to pay Homage to their great pianist of many years, the supreme Gerald Moore. When I saw it announced in the Daily Telegraph weeks before I couldn't believe it and considering that each one of them separately packed the Hall I immediately decided I would have to go and queue in the early hours of the night one month before the concert was due in order to get tickets. I was right. When in the early hours of the night of January 20th, about 4am I arrived at the Southbank there was already a very long queue of at least 500 people. The last one was a young man, like me, from New Zealand. We had hours ahead of us and didn't stop talking about lieder in general and about Schwarzkopf, de los Angeles and F. Dieskau. in particular, at the time at the peak of their careers. The performance was an exceptional occasion to treasure and luckily EMI recorded it live. Four supreme artists who always put their exceptional talents at the service of music, making music together. BBC TV wanted to film it but Walter Legge refused as he said that would not be fair to the audience in the Hall because of the extra lights required in those days. The wonderful consequence of that long queue is that the New Zealand young man in front of me introduced me to his Australian and New Zealander friends and to this day we still keep very much in touch almost daily by email and see each other whenever they come to Europe on visits. And still discuss music among ourselves. A very blesed queue and very blessed and irreplaceable artists.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 12 June 2004
Although described as Three Living Legends this is in fact a selection from Gerald Moore's retirement concert .
As such audience participation is to be expected and it is a fine tribute to Moore . Enjoyable at its low price
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 26 June 2014
a great selection of songs from three of the worlds best ever singers. reproduction surprisingly goo considering the age of the recording
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 23 May 2014
I have the original boxed set of this but needed the convenience of it on DVD, especially the "Cat duet"
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
1 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 19 February 2004
Cat duet spoiled by exessive loud laughter throughout.
Very disappointing
22 commentsWas this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
A Tribute To Gerald Moore / Homage To Gerald Moore
A Tribute To Gerald Moore / Homage To Gerald Moore by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Audio CD - 2003)

A Tribute to Gerald Moore
A Tribute to Gerald Moore by Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Audio CD - 1989)


Send us feedback

How can we make Amazon Customer Reviews better for you?
Let us know here.