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Schubert: Lieder / Die Schone Mullerin, d. 795 / Winterreise, d. 911 / Schwanengesang, d. 957 Box set, Limited Edition
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Ordinarily, back in days not so long ago three separate single compact discs in their plastic jewel boxes would set you, the buyer, back some forty-five dollars. Their cost would be even more money if the music was not on sale. This was the status quo, the rule rather than the exception for a good number of years, especially during the early years in which compact discs made their initial appearance in the retailing marketplace. I mention this because during the time, Schubert's three greatest song cycles: Die Schone Mullerin, Schwanengesang, and Winterreisse
In this case with the Schubert Lieder, there are twenty-one Deutsche Grammophon compact discs with hundreds of Franz Schubert songs for male voice and piano, including the aforementioned (on the last three compact discs!), tucked away in cardboard sleeves in this neat little box.
This is at least the third incarnation for the Schubert LIEDER with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau with Gerald Moore performing the piano, released by DG to commemorate DFD's eighty fifth birthday. The earlier releases were issued at a much greater cost, with the most recent release prior to this one for DFD's seventy fifth costing double the price of this one.
Technically, to me the recordings sound resonant and clear. DFD was well at ease and at home with these recordings captured in his prime with the originally recorded songs, from the late 1960s-early 1970s.
Admittedly, lieder is not for everyone, but I am sure that its partisans believe that ultimately, in classical music at least, it ought to be. I had the aforementioned three cycles already with another performer on another label, together with some lieder by Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, and Schumann.Read more ›
Technical aspects aside, this is a beautiful collection, extremely well done with obvious care and thought. I was recommended this collection by professors and colleagues alike, and I could not be happier.
The sound is top notch late 60s sound, with simple miking. The voice is a favored a bit over the piano, but its not a problem.
All recording date from 1966-1972, when DFD was still in his prime.
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More than 24 hours of beautiful songs presented by a great singer.Published 2 months ago by Terence Mills
Never bettered recorded performances of Schubert lieder in the days of modern recording.Published 15 months ago by J. Alexander Bodkin
This is an incredible collection. No one sang like DFD and to get the entire package for only $55 is incredible. I am so glad I bought it.Published on May 31, 2013 by Julie