Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, dead at 86
I've no doubt that he will be best remembered for his extraordinary performances and recordings of the songs of Schubert. His association with pianist Gerald Moore created some of the definitive readings of this genre. Luckily, it was all recorded when they were both at the height of their talents. Below is a film of the young Fischer-Dieskau, with Gerald Moore at the piano, singing the quintessential Schubert song "Der Erlkönig." The way that he embodies the four roles in Goethe's poem (Narrator, Father, Son, Erlkönig) is a master-class in technique, and a fitting tribute to this amazing performer.