Friday 28 May 2021


 Today would have been the 96th birthday of the great lyric baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, so it's as good an excuse as any for a little Schubert-Fischer-Dieskau-Gerald Moore magic. 
This is the achingly beautiful 'Im Adendrot' (at sunset). Listening to it, it's hard to believe that Fischer-Dieskau was, for most of his career, a smoker. It doesn't seem to have affected either his glorious voice or his longevity: he died just shy of his 87th birthday, though by then he had given up smoking. 'I smoked for 35 years,' he said, 'and then stopped in a single day.' 

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