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Die Schöne Müllerin with András Schiff from TDK -
just in time for Fischer-Dieskau’s 80th Birthday!

SCHUBERT: Die Schöne Müllerin

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone
András Schiff, piano

Schubertiade Feldkirch 1991
Recorded live at the Montforthaus, Feldkirch (Vorarlberg), June 20th, 1991

Release date: May 17th, 2005
Distributed in the U.S. by Naxos of America


To celebrate Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau’s 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 Schubert’s 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 Feldkirch—and so Austrian Television (ORF) recorded the concert. The documentary importance of this film was enhanced by Fischer-Dieskau’s 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 composer’s 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.


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