The baritone's classic performances captured on video: Schubert, Schumann, Bach and more.
German baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (1925–2012) is widely considered the greatest lieder singer of the 20th century. His frequent duo partner, soprano Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, once described him as "a born god who has it all", and it's easy to see why in this clip from the 1950s, early in his career. His searing intensity and robust tone make for a particularly thrilling, urgent rendition of Schubert's Der Erlkönig. The pounding repeated notes (played by Fischer-Dieskau's longterm accompanist Gerald Moore) sound out hoofbeats as a father races through the forest with his young dying sun, who hears the calls of the evil Elf King luring him away from the world of the living. One of Fischer-Dieskau's signature tunes.
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