Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau / Elisabeth Schwarzkopf / Gerald Moore

Wolf: Spanish Songbook

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"One of the greatest lieder recordings ever made." That's what every critic who has ever heard Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, and Gerald Moore's 1967 recording of the Wolf's Spanisches Liederbuch. And it's true: the poetic, lyrical, emotional, and musical qualities of Wolf's songs are ideally matched by the singers and their pianist. Both singers are, of course, the preeminent exponents of the exquisite art of singing German art songs in the second half of the twentieth century, and every nuance and subtlety of Wolf's writing is perfectly expressed. And their pianist is unsurpassed in the delicate and tactful art of accompanying singers. Together, they have truly created one of the greatest lieder recordings ever made. But the result seems to be somewhat artificial. The art song is a highly artificial medium of artistic expression and performing art songs is as highly stylized an artistic endeavor as writing a sonnet in iambic pentameter. Nevertheless, for all the excellences of Schwarzkopf and Fischer-Dieskau's performances, their performances seem to be too objective, too distant, and too removed from the music to be truly effective. Their performances, as wonderful as they are, are more impressive than moving. Still, despite any reservations, this is one of the greatest lieder recordings ever made.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Spanisches Liederbuch, nach Heyse und Geibel, for voice & piano
1 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau / Gerald Moore / Elisabeth Schwarzkopf 04:14 Amazon
2 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau / Gerald Moore / Elisabeth Schwarzkopf 02:17 Amazon
3 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau / Gerald Moore / Elisabeth Schwarzkopf 02:27 Amazon
4 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau / Gerald Moore / Elisabeth Schwarzkopf 03:07 Amazon
5 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau / Gerald Moore / Elisabeth Schwarzkopf 02:33 Amazon
6 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau / Gerald Moore / Elisabeth Schwarzkopf 02:00 Amazon
7 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau / Gerald Moore / Elisabeth Schwarzkopf 04:32 Amazon
8 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau / Gerald Moore / Elisabeth Schwarzkopf 03:14 Amazon
9 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau / Gerald Moore / Elisabeth Schwarzkopf 03:22 Amazon
10 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau / Gerald Moore / Elisabeth Schwarzkopf 05:21 Amazon
11 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau / Gerald Moore / Elisabeth Schwarzkopf 01:45 Amazon
12 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau / Gerald Moore / Elisabeth Schwarzkopf 02:06 Amazon
13 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau / Gerald Moore / Elisabeth Schwarzkopf 02:21 Amazon
14 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau / Gerald Moore / Elisabeth Schwarzkopf 01:18 Amazon
15 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau / Gerald Moore / Elisabeth Schwarzkopf 02:23 Amazon
16 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau / Gerald Moore / Elisabeth Schwarzkopf 02:35 Amazon
17 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau / Gerald Moore / Elisabeth Schwarzkopf 02:28 Amazon
18 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau / Gerald Moore / Elisabeth Schwarzkopf 01:36 Amazon
19 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau / Gerald Moore / Elisabeth Schwarzkopf 01:00 Amazon
20 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau / Gerald Moore / Elisabeth Schwarzkopf 03:01 Amazon
21 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau / Gerald Moore / Elisabeth Schwarzkopf 01:57 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Spanisches Liederbuch, nach Heyse und Geibel, for voice & piano
1 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau / Gerald Moore / Elisabeth Schwarzkopf 01:56 Amazon
2 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau / Gerald Moore / Elisabeth Schwarzkopf 01:41 Amazon
3 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau / Gerald Moore / Elisabeth Schwarzkopf 01:37 Amazon
4 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau / Gerald Moore / Elisabeth Schwarzkopf 02:26 Amazon
5 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau / Gerald Moore / Elisabeth Schwarzkopf 01:37 Amazon
6 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau / Gerald Moore / Elisabeth Schwarzkopf 01:07 Amazon
7 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau / Gerald Moore / Elisabeth Schwarzkopf 01:49 Amazon
8 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau / Gerald Moore / Elisabeth Schwarzkopf 02:41 Amazon
9 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau / Gerald Moore / Elisabeth Schwarzkopf 01:42 Amazon
10 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau / Gerald Moore / Elisabeth Schwarzkopf 01:56 Amazon
11 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau / Gerald Moore / Elisabeth Schwarzkopf 02:43 Amazon
12 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau / Gerald Moore / Elisabeth Schwarzkopf 01:47 Amazon
13 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau / Gerald Moore / Elisabeth Schwarzkopf 03:12 Amazon
14 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau / Gerald Moore / Elisabeth Schwarzkopf 01:52 Amazon
15 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau / Gerald Moore / Elisabeth Schwarzkopf 02:55 Amazon
16 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau / Gerald Moore / Elisabeth Schwarzkopf 01:03 Amazon
17 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau / Gerald Moore / Elisabeth Schwarzkopf 02:16 Amazon
18 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau / Gerald Moore / Elisabeth Schwarzkopf 01:11 Amazon
19 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau / Gerald Moore / Elisabeth Schwarzkopf 02:17 Amazon
20 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau / Gerald Moore / Elisabeth Schwarzkopf 01:01 Amazon
21 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau / Gerald Moore / Elisabeth Schwarzkopf 02:49 Amazon
22 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau / Gerald Moore / Elisabeth Schwarzkopf 01:33 Amazon
23 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau / Gerald Moore / Elisabeth Schwarzkopf 03:21 Amazon
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