It shouldn't surprise me that Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau died yesterday. He was old, and had been retired for sometime. The above photo of him was taken at the premiere of Benjamin Britten's War Requiem. My college library had the Decca recording of it, which I borrowed often.
There is a wonderful appreciate of Fischer-Dieskau's talents by Anthony Tommasini in today's Times: ttp://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/19/arts/music/dietrich-fischer-dieskaus-incomparable-voice.html?emc=eta1 Also there's a multimedia sidebar of eight You Tube clips of him singing lieder. His tone is incredible, though Erlkoenig sounded sharp to me. Or I've got Fritz Wunderlich's rendition burned into my brain and can't properly hear any other.