Remembering Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (1925-2012)

On May 18th of 2012, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, the greatest German lyric baritone, musician, writer and conductor of classical music passed away at age 86, just ten days before his 87th Birthday.

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau was one of the greatest Lieder performers of the history of music.

All music lovers admire his Schubert’s “Winterreise” recordings. 

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau had a very beautiful voice.  He was the most recorded singer of all time.  He was very versatile, his repertory was huge. He sang Lieder, opera and Oratorio and he also sang in various languages like German, Italian, French, English, Russian and Hungarian, just to name a few.

His voice was very very clear, perfect in every language, elegant in every way.

But Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau was not only a magnificent singer and musician but he was also a very cultivated man.  He was a very good writer.  He wrote several good books.  He was not only a music lover but he was also a huge book lover, since he was a little boy.  Fischer-Dieskau grew up in a house filled with books and according to a childhood friend, one never saw the boy Fischer-Dieskau without a book under his arm.

These are the books that Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau wrote:

Wagner and Nietzsche, by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

Schubert: A Biographical Study of His Songs.

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau Robert Schumann, Words and Music: The vocal compositions

Reverberations: The Memoirs of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.

The Fischer-Dieskau Book of Lieder


Musik im Gespräch

Echoes of a Lifetime

The books written by Fischer-Dieskau are a huge pleasure to read. I highly recommend it to all Fischer-Dieskau’s fans.

Another interesting fact: Fischer-Dieskau also loved to Paint.

As many critics and experts said,  Fischer-Dieskau was a touchstone of perfection.  He worked with numerous composers including Benjamin Britten and he sang in the premiere of Britten’s War Requiem at Coventry Cathedral in 1962.

Fischer-Dieskau’s last operatic role was Falstaff, in 1992.  He retired from the musical world in 1993 but he made an interesting life as a reader and writer.

His recordings are a huge treasure for all of us.  Both in music and literature, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau will always live in our hearts, forever.


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