For years regarded as the preeminent interpreter of Franz Schubert's lieder, baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau performed the song cycles several times in his career with an equally esteemed partner, pianist Gerald Moore, and their collaboration resulted in classic recordings for EMI and Deutsche Grammophon. This 1961 rendition of Die schöne Müllerin for EMI has long been praised for its special artistry and expressive depth, and some listeners prefer it to Fischer-Dieskau's later recordings because it captures him in his prime, both in terms of his vocal powers, which were at their strongest, and of his ability to communicate both text and meaning with natural ease. Moore's masterful accompaniment is always appropriate to any of Schubert's mercurial moods, and his fluency with art songs allows him to play with a spontaneity and comfort level with Fischer-Dieskau that other accompanists could only envy. Highly recommended for any collection.
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AllMusic Review by Blair Sanderson
|Die schöne Müllerin, D795|