You would think that when the most recorded singer in history
had passed, it would garner effusive media attention.
Unfortunately, that has yet to be the case; therefore, we must
take a moment to pay tribute to the life of baritone
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (1925-2012). Maestro Fischer-Dieskau
passed away on May 18, leaving a rich legacy as a singer, writer,
teacher, and conductor.
His performances were marked by an artistic sensitivity and
sensibility, equaled by few and surpassed by none. However,
what really set him apart was the range of his vocal repertoire,
both in concert and particularly on disc, in many languages. His
professional singing career lasted from 1947 to 1992, although
he retired from the operatic stage during the late 1970’s.
Maestro Fischer-Dieskau’s musical collaborators read like a
“Who’s Who” of the Classical music firmament, having worked
with almost every major conductor during his singing tenure.
His lieder repertoire was more extensive than that of any
other singer, and his recordings as found on the 20-cd set,
“The Fischer-Dieskau Edition,” provide a “textbook example”
of technique and text inflection for any aspiring singer.
He was also the author of memoirs and numerous
books on composers and musical interpretation, as well as
one that discussed the relationship between philosopher
Friedrich Nietzsche and Richard Wagner. His conducting
and pedagogical careers extended beyond his retirement
We were saddened to hear of his passing, yet heartened
by his rich legacy. Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau can
definitely rest in peace.