Die Schöne Müllerin

By Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone; Christoph Eschenbach, piano

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This video recording of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau singing Schubert's song cycle "The Miller's Beautiful Daughter" is breathtaking. Fischer-Dieskau can be credited with the revival of German lieder in the 20th century as well as other lied composers. He has recorded all six hundred-plus songs of Schubert, and complete songs of other German composers. This astonishing lyric baritone's career spaned over forty years. This DVD presents lieder as was performed during Schubert's life. This performance is in a small concert hall--more intimate than it was performed in Schubert's time frame. One outstanding thing that is immediately noticed is his perfect enunciation. One feature utilized in this song cycle is almost one half of the songs are "strophic" in construction. That is, like hymns, with the music repeated with new text for each of the verses. Schubert quotation - "O Mozart, immortal Mozart, how many, how infinitely many inspiring suggestions of a finer, better life you have left in our souls!"

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