On this single-disc set of Schubert songs performed by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Gerald Moore, 19 of the 21 songs also appear among the 37 songs on their two-disc set of Schubert songs, but not in quite the same order. On this disc, Fischer-Dieskau's seduction serenade Standchen is track 18 between the equally saucy Heldenröslein and the radiantly fresh-faced Der Jüngling an der Quelle. On the two-disc set, it's disc 1, track 8 after Heldenröslein but before the between-sea-and-star eroticism of Des Fischers Liebesglück. Every sublime interpretation of every transcendent song that's on this disc is just as sublime and transcendent on those discs. The two new songs on this disc are a fine and frisky interpretation of Die Forelle and the Die Erlkönig. This performance by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau's of Schubert's setting of Goethe's "Die Erlkönig" is one of the greatest of the greatest of the greatest recordings ever made. As was standard procedure for the greatest singer of German Lieder in the past 50 years, Fischer-Dieskau interprets each of the voices of the song with complete understanding, heightened expressivity, and the utmost intensity, which in Fischer-Dieskau's Die Erlkönig is a lot of intensity to bring to bear on a four-minute song about a father, his son, and die Erlkönig, who steals the boy's soul and leaves his shriven body in his father's arms. It is terrifying, but worth it just for these four minutes.
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AllMusic Review by James Leonard
Auf dem Wasser zu singen ("Mitten im Schimmer der spiegelnden Wellen"), song for voice & piano, D. 774 (Op. 72)
Der Schiffer ("Im winde, im Sturme befahr' ich den Fluss"), song for voice & piano, D. 536 (Op. 21/2)