Friday, May 18, 2012

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (1925-2012)

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, the German baritone considered by many to be the finest art-song interpreter of the past century, has died at 86.

Best-known for his interpretations of Lieder by Schubert, Wolf and other Austro-German composers, Fischer-Dieskau also was active as an opera and oratorio singer and, from the 1960s onward, as a conductor.

An obituary by Daniel Lewis for The New York Times:

The Times’ Anthony Tommasini recalls Fischer-Dieskau’s role in his musical coming-of-age: