, February 2013
The bonus rehearsal session in which Fischer-Dieskau and Brendel discuss and prepare their performance is worth the very reasonable…price of the set alone…
Fischer-Dieskau’s Winterreise, is legendary of course. In command not only of every syllable, but every nuance for the entire duration, the baritone has the additional, and surely essential, talent of projecting the harmonies, tonalities, tempi and even the pauses in such a way that the overall tragedy and hopelessness of the cycle is both unmissable in their impact and searing, shocking in emotion…
Brendel…is right where he should be—at every turn. Listen to the delicacy yet forcefulness of his accompaniment at the start of “Erstarrung”…He neither pushes nor holds back, neither gratuitously complements nor contrasts.
Fischer-Dieskau’s singing [in Die Schöne Müllerin] is fresh, unlabored and highly communicative. He never lacks enthusiasm. But articulates the words of each song as much to contribute to an overall sense of the cycle’s sentiment as gauchely to “explain” events or sentiments.
Admirers of Fischer-Dieskau shouldn’t hesitate to buy and get to know this set. It has all the magic that he always brought to Schubert, these cycles and the art of the Lied. © 2013 Classical Net Read complete review