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Anna Amalia, Ferruccio Busoni, Max Reger, Johann Friedrich Reichardt, Richard Strauss, Carl Friedrich Zelter

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau sings Goethe settings

Helsinki Festival
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau performs a range of songs set to poems by Goethe
Composers Anna Amalia, Ferruccio Busoni, Max Reger, Johann Friedrich Reichardt, Richard Strauss, Carl Friedrich Zelter
Singer Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Pianist Irwin Gage
Genre Recital

This recording is part of a recital given at the Helsinki Festival devoted entirely to songs with words by Goethe.

The first songs in this group are by composers who were contemporaries of Goethe.

Countess Anna Amalia was the sister of King Frederick of Prussia.  As Duchess of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach she was instrumental in making Weimar a great cultural centre. She was herself a notable composer, often setting music to the words of that other Weimar resident, Goethe.

Johann Freidrich Reichardt was for a time director of music at the court of Frederick the Great.

Carl Friedrich Zelter was director of the Vocal Academy in Berlin in Goethe’s time and he was a friend of the poet, who favoured his settings of his works.

The rest of the group consists of composers from the first part of the twentieth century, namely Richard Strauss, Max Reger and Ferruccio Busoni.

 

Anna Amalia

Auf dem Land

Johann Friedrich Reichardt

Feigergedanken

Carl Friedrich Zelter

Gleich und Gleich

Richard Strauss

Gefunden

Max Reger

Einsamkeit

Ferruccio Busoni

Zigeunerlied

This recording is from the collection of Patrick Saul.

  • Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
    Baritone
  • Irwin Gage
    Piano

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