Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

Hugo Wolf: Lieder & Orchesterwerke [Box Set]

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AllMusic Review by James Leonard

The great German baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau recorded the complete songs of Hugo Wolf for male voice twice: first in the late '50s and '60s for EMI with pianist Gerald Moore and then again in the middle '70s for Deutsche Grammophon with pianist Daniel Barenboim. Both groups of recordings are excellent, but the earlier EMI recordings are undeniably better. For one thing, Fischer-Dieskau's voice was in good shape in the '70s but it was in superlative shape in the '50s with a legato that's smoother and tonal control that's more polished. For another thing, the younger Fischer-Dieskau was a more enthusiastic, even a more passionate singer than the older Fischer-Dieskau and that pays added dividends in Wolf's highly emotional songs. And finally it has to be said that though Barenboim is the better pianist, Moore is a more soulful and more sympathetic accompanist and his playing here is supportive but never obsequious. With many of the performances here receiving their first releases and the bonus of Fischer-Dieskau leading the Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart in exciting performance of Wolf's extant orchestral works, this seven-disc set will be mandatory listening for those who revere either the singer or the songs. Whether recorded in monaural in the early '50s, stereo in the later '50s and '60s, or digital in the mid-'90s for the orchestral works, EMI's sound is consistently warm, clear, and deep.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 02:06 Amazon
2 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 01:35 Amazon
3 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 01:37 Amazon
4 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 01:35 Amazon
5 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 02:06 Amazon
6 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 01:54 Amazon
7 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 01:38 Amazon
8 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 00:46 Amazon
9 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 02:12 Amazon
10 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 02:24 Amazon
11 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 01:58 Amazon
12 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 01:14 Amazon
13 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 01:53 Amazon
14 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 01:48 Amazon
15 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 01:28 Amazon
16 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 02:59 Amazon
17 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 02:38 Amazon
18 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 04:18 Amazon
19 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 01:28 Amazon
20 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 01:39 Amazon
21 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 01:31 Amazon
22 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 01:04 Amazon
23 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 01:34 Amazon
24 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 02:19 Amazon
25 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 04:50 Amazon
26 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 03:04 Amazon
27 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 05:17 Amazon
28 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 01:42 Amazon
29 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 02:22 Amazon
30 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 03:42 Amazon
31 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 02:25 Amazon
32 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 02:56 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 02:00 Amazon
2 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 01:45 Amazon
3 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 03:22 Amazon
4 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 02:38 Amazon
5 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 01:20 Amazon
6 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 02:20 Amazon
7 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 01:15 Amazon
8 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 02:47 Amazon
9 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 04:04 Amazon
10 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 02:26 Amazon
11 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 02:38 Amazon
12 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 02:24 Amazon
13 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 04:32 Amazon
14 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 03:27 Amazon
15 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 03:17 Amazon
16 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 02:49 Amazon
17 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 03:24 Amazon
18 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 01:29 Amazon
19 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 01:44 Amazon
20 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 01:27 Amazon
21 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 02:07 Amazon
22 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 02:43 Amazon
23 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 03:05 Amazon
24 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 03:56 Amazon
25 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 01:01 Amazon
26 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 03:41 Amazon
27 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 01:54 Amazon
28 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 02:55 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 02:33 Amazon
2 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 03:24 Amazon
3 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 05:02 Amazon
4 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 02:25 Amazon
5 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 02:03 Amazon
6 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 01:40 Amazon
7 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 02:21 Amazon
8 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 02:40 Amazon
9 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 01:14 Amazon
10 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 00:46 Amazon
11 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 03:58 Amazon
12 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 01:39 Amazon
13 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 02:26 Amazon
14 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 01:10 Amazon
15 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 02:09 Amazon
16 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 02:21 Amazon
17 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 00:54 Amazon
18 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 01:10 Amazon
19 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 01:11 Amazon
20 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 02:08 Amazon
21 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 02:10 Amazon
22 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 02:12 Amazon
23 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 02:39 Amazon
24 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 03:33 Amazon
25 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 04:42 Amazon
26 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 02:26 Amazon
27 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 03:02 Amazon
28 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 06:41 Amazon
29 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 02:07 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 02:13 Amazon
2 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 01:07 Amazon
3 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 01:09 Amazon
4 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 01:48 Amazon
5 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 02:37 Amazon
6 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 05:44 Amazon
7 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 05:02 Amazon
8 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 01:22 Amazon
9 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 01:06 Amazon
10 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 03:01 Amazon
11 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 02:03 Amazon
12 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 02:37 Amazon
13 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 02:02 Amazon
14 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 03:03 Amazon
15 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 02:12 Amazon
16 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 02:37 Amazon
17 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 01:24 Amazon
18 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 01:23 Amazon
19 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 01:15 Amazon
20 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 01:40 Amazon
21 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 02:03 Amazon
22 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 01:17 Amazon
23 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 02:33 Amazon
24 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 04:19 Amazon
25 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 03:01 Amazon
26 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 03:10 Amazon
27 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 02:33 Amazon
28 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 07:55 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 5

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 05:13 Amazon
2 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 07:21 Amazon
3 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 04:14 Amazon
4 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 02:37 Amazon
5 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 02:35 Amazon
6 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 02:37 Amazon
7 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 01:48 Amazon
8 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 03:17 Amazon
9 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 03:15 Amazon
10 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 02:29 Amazon
11 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 01:20 Amazon
12 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 02:24 Amazon
13 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 01:00 Amazon
14 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 02:48 Amazon
15 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 02:23 Amazon
16 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 01:27 Amazon
17 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 01:01 Amazon
18 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 01:55 Amazon
19 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 01:49 Amazon
20 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 01:57 Amazon
21 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 02:30 Amazon
22 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 01:05 Amazon
23 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 03:19 Amazon
24 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 01:43 Amazon
25 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 02:48 Amazon
26 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 02:44 Amazon
27 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 03:09 Amazon
28 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 02:30 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 6

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 02:57 Amazon
2 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 03:20 Amazon
3 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 02:55 Amazon
4 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 01:02 Amazon
5 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 02:51 Amazon
6 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 02:23 Amazon
7 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 03:15 Amazon
8 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 02:26 Amazon
9 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 05:30 Amazon
10 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 05:01 Amazon
11 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 04:50 Amazon
12 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 02:03 Amazon
13 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 03:01 Amazon
14 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 02:31 Amazon
15 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 01:07 Amazon
16 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 02:02 Amazon
17 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 03:01 Amazon
18 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 01:28 Amazon
19 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 03:13 Amazon
20 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 02:10 Amazon
21 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 02:03 Amazon
22 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 02:54 Amazon
23 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 02:32 Amazon
24 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 02:27 Amazon
25 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 02:37 Amazon
26 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 02:39 Amazon
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