Remembering Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau


On Monday’s NewsHour, we remember world renowned German opera singer, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. He was a master of the lieder, a form of German song, which he helped make popular in the 20th century. Fischer-Dieskau died Friday at the age of 86.

We plan to air an excerpt of Fischer-Dieskau singing a section of Franz Schubert’s Winterreise. The performance was recorded in 1979 with Alfred Brendel playing the piano. Here’s the full performance:

Also on Monday’s program, I also talked to Anne Midgette, the classical music critic for the Washington Post, about the life and legacy of Fischer-Dieskau. Here’s the continuation of our conversation that I mentioned on the program. (We’ll post the on-air discussion later Monday evening):