Wandrer, du müder, du bist zu Haus.
Widely recognized as one of the greatest singers of the last century, German baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau died today at the age of 86. I regret that I never got to hear Fischer-Dieskau perform live - he stopped giving public concerts in 1992, when I was twelve - but over the years I've come to respect and appreciate his artistry by listening to some of his many recordings. Fischer-Dieskau's voice has been heard on this blog once before, singing Gustav Mahler's setting of "Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen" in a late-career performance in Berlin. To honor Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau on the day of his passing, here he is singing "Des Baches Wiegenlied" from Franz Schubert's song cycle Die schöne Müllerin in a 1951 performance also featuring pianist Gerald Moore. Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau may be gone, but he will not be soon forgotten. Requiescat in pace. AMDG.