Farewell, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (1925 – 2012)

The German baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau died today at the age of 86. The classical music world has lost one giant singer. He was especially known for his many interpretations of German Lieder. He had more than 3.000 songs in his repertoire and recorded more than 1.000 recordings!

Fischer-Dieskau was born in Berlin and died in his home in Berg in Upper Bavaria today, ten days before his 87th birthday.

Fischer-Dieskau also sang opera, and at least at two occasions together with Pavarotti.

Fischer-Dieskau sang Macbeth together with Pavarotti’s Macduff in a studio recording of Verdi’s opera Macbeth in 1970. This recording is available on Decca CDs.

Fischer-Dieskau sang Amonasro together with Pavarotti’s Radamès on stage in Verdi’s opera Aida at Deutsche Oper Berlin (German Opera Berlin) in Berlin in 1982. More than one of these performances from March 1982 exists on tape and have surfaced on various non-official recordings, among them the recording of the March 22 performance, which is issued on Ponto CDs.

Fischer-Dieskau’s recording were many, and luckily for us they are easily available on CDs, many of them on Deutsche Grammophon. Many clips have found its way to YouTube and elsewhere.

So there’s no time than the present to check out one of the greatest classical singers of all time: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.