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5.0 out of 5 stars Two great masters of lieder, 8 Jan. 2009
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martin jones (Shropshire, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Schubert: Schwanengesang; Lieder (Audio CD)
If you look at old records of lieder you will invariably see the name of the singer in large print followed by (in a smaller font) "accompanied by xxx" or - worse - "with xxx at the piano" or - even worse - "with piano accompaniment". Nowadays, although the name of the singer still comes first it is usually followed by "xxx: piano", and often in the same sized font.

That the pianist is now treated as the second among equals is largely due to the work of Gerald Moore. It was he who almost single-handedly made people realise (or rediscover) that in the works of Schubert, Schumann and their successors the pianist does far more than merely accompany the singer. Here he appears with the baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, as he had on so many other recordings. It is immediately apparent that this is a true partnership.

This disc contains the late settings of seven poems by Rellstab and six by Heine. To them Schubert's publisher added the last lied that Schubert composed (Taubenpost), and the fourteen songs were issued as a collection under the title "Schwanengesang" (Swan song). The title of the collection is not Schubert's but it is very apposite. They do not form a cycle as such but, like a lot of early romantic poems, mainly reflect on death or unrequited love. That makes them sound gloomy, but the overall impression is not remotely like the unremittingly bleak Winterreise. And the inclusion of the up-beat final song is sufficient to lift any sagging spirits.

Fischer-Dieskau and Moore were the first (and only?) pair to record every one of Schubert's 600-odd lieder. They have obviously thought deeply about the texts and the music and their vast experience shines through in every note. At the same time there is no sense of routine or merely going through the motions and they clearly love this great music.

The disc is filled out with eight of Schubert's best-known lieder by the same artists. Most devotees of lieder will have one or other version of these additional songs already but that doesn't matter: they are far more than just padding.

Altogether this is a wonderful disc of wonderful music and as such can be recommended without qualification to all lovers of Schubert's music. And also to those of you who don't already know and love this music: you have a treat in store!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 18 Nov. 2014
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Listen constantly to this. Always hearing something new.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 4 Jan. 2015
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everything is excellent
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3 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Master Recording, 12 July 2000
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This review is from: Schubert: Schwanengesang; Lieder (Audio CD)
Who doesn't know about Fischer-Dieskau's recordings of Schubert's Lieder ? This CD contains some of the most famous songs in a very witty interpretation. Maybe not for beginners, as the Swan's Cygne cycle of songs is a bit more personnal as other song cycles... A must have though...
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