| DIETRICH FISCHER-DIESKAU ON DVD
Die Schöne Müllerin with András Schiff from TDK -
just in time for Fischer-Dieskaus 80th Birthday!
SCHUBERT: Die Schöne Müllerin
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone
András Schiff, piano
Schubertiade Feldkirch 1991
Recorded live at the Montforthaus, Feldkirch (Vorarlberg), June
Release date: May 17th, 2005
Distributed in the U.S. by Naxos of America
To celebrate Dietrich Fischer-Dieskaus 80th birthday on May 28th,
TDK has joined forces with the Schubertiade and Austrian Television to present
a very special concert on DVD.
In 1991, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau finally agreed to perform Schuberts
Die Schöne Müllerin at the Feldkirch Schubertiade - he had not
sung the song-cycle in public for twenty years. The great baritone
belonged to the innermost circle of artists who give this unique, Austrian
festival of chamber music its distinctive character. He had performed
Schubert there on many occasions, but never Die Schöne Müllerin.
The pianist András Schiff was another long-standing member of the
inner circle, but this was the artists first collaboration in Feldkirchand
so Austrian Television (ORF) recorded the concert. The documentary
importance of this film was enhanced by Fischer-Dieskaus retirement
from public performance two years later.
Also included on this DVD is an interview of Fischer-Dieskau with
Franz Zoglauer at the 1985 Schubertiade in which the singer speaks
of his affinity to Schubert and the composers influence on the whole
Lieder repertoire. With regard to his many recordings, Fischer-Dieskau
declares that he has always considered these as snapshots
of a particular situation and never as definitive statements on the repertory.
He states that an interpretation should always be able to react to the
surrounding situation, the accompanist and the audience and that, to keep
a composition alive and meaningful, a performer must always be ready to
approach a work afresh.