Baritone Dietrich Fiescher Dieskau's Rehearsal
Portrait of baritone Dietrich Fiescher Dieskau and rehearsal of Hugo Wolf's lied The Knight of Fire with pianist Sviatolslav Richter, in the context of the musical festivities of Touraine.
The great baritone of the 20th century was born in 1925 in Berlin. His first artistic taste was for poetry. Very soon he headed for the Lied, a difficult word to translate: the great Germanic melody without the insipid aspect that this word retains in French.
Then, in the 50s and 60s he had a crazy idea: to sing (and record) the whole repertoire of Lieders! Naturally, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Wolf, Liszt, the masters of the Lied, formed the base of his repertoire, but his curiosity made him tackle a crowd of musicians for their melodies, for example by Spohr or Raynaldo Hahn... We find his taste for poetry in his singing style, an extreme attention to the texts, subtlety and nuances, clarity and great musicality. His protean talent allowed him to also sing Bach, Mozart, Verdi, Wagner, not to mention the contemporary repertoire (Schoek, Messiaen, Reimann...). After the Second World War, he was among other the symbol of the new Germany. This humanist was also a musicologist, author of essays about Schubert, Schumann, Wagner... He was even a painter and since his brutal decision to stop singing in 1992, a conductor and a professor on the art of Lied.