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Schubert: Lieder [SACD]

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau Audio CD
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Disc: 1
1. Der Wanderer an den Mond, D.870
2. Ãber Wildemann, D.884
3. Der Einsame, D.800
4. Auflösung, D.807
5. Der Kreuzzug, D.932
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Disc: 2
1. Dem Unendlichen, D.291
2. Die Sterne, D.939
3. An die Musik, D.547
4. Wehmut, D.772
5. No. 2. Kriegers Ahnung. - Schwanengesang D957
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Disc: 3
1. Gruppe aus dem Tartarus, D.583
2. Die Götter Griechenlands, D.677
3. Die Erwartung, D.159
4. Sehnsucht, D.52
5. Der Taucher, D.77
Disc: 4
1. IV. Standchen. - Schwanengesang D957
2. Alinde, D.904
3. NÃhe des Geliebten, D.162
4. Normans Gesang, D.846
5. VI. In Der Ferne. - Schwanengesang D957
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wunderkind Fischer-Dieskau Aug. 25 2012
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Unlike some of the other reviewers on amazon.com and amazon.co.uk, I have listened to these mono hybrid SACDs, although only in PCM. The 4 CDs are remasters of 4 LPs fom the late 1950's; 40 songs, ~174 minutes, including all of Schwanengesang. Fischer-Dieskau was in his early 30's, his voice airy and innocent, in complete control but without the intensity and word-pointing that chararcterizes later recordings. Gerald Moore, flawless as usual, is the primary accompanist. The sound on my basic system was pleasant and without hiss, although slightly rolled off in the treble. Unfortunately some of the songs are shortened, and there are no texts or translations. Instead, EMI gives us 40 pages+ of self-promotion. Good value for FiDi fans, but not the first choice for those new to Schubert lieder.
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5.0 out of 5 stars have to give highest praise Oct. 13 2012
By John N. Tozzi - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
It's a treat to hear these recordings in high resolution digital. I have a couple of the original lps, but the clicks and pops do intrude...Yes, I have a record cleaning machine. These disks come remarkably close to providing the level of detail and top to bottom coherence of the LPs. And, they are much better sounding than the DG CD collection released years ago.

I'm also happy to have the original album sequence retained. For one, I always find it disconcerting to get to "the end of an album" to find that there is more music. A proper album has a sequence to the songs that the producer/artist felt communicated a certain feel. This is lost in "best of" collections or "shuffle play." I'm looking forward to the remaining releases in this series.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great singing beautifully produced Oct. 4 2012
By Dr. J. J. Kregarman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Yes, I have a few complaints, primarily the lack of translations of the lieder, but what a joy it is to hear Fi-Di in magnificent, clear voice singing these great Schubert songs. These CDs are indeed a joy to hear.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Beginning of a deluge I hope Aug. 15 2012
By A techno geek - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The other two reviews so far complain about the price and about the other EMI recordings not yet being released on SACD. Both complaints are ridiculous --- even if these 4 disks could fit on 3 disks, the price per disk would still be less than a standard CD price, hardly an "elevated price". The other complaint is that these recordings were made in monophonic, and therefore other recordings should have been released first on SACD. To have released the late Fischer-Dieskau's early recordings, ones which helped put him on the map, in their best possible format is only to be praised.

Let the deluge of archival SACDs from EMI's vaults begin! (I only hope this includes the Beatles!)

Update: Since writing the review, I've discovered there has been a deluge of EMI SACD releases. But I discovered to my total dismay from the liner notes in Late Symphonies that the Abbey Road engineers have used 96Khz/24 bit sampling to digitize the priceless fifty year old tapes.

So I have to wonder what planet are the Abbey Road engineers living on? The liner notes boast that "In order to have the best digital remastering tools at our disposal for the remastering, we transfer from analogue to the digital domain at 96 KHz and 24-bit resolution". Ten years after the Rolling Stones released their 1960s recordings on 2.8 MHz Direct Stream Digital format (DSD), the Beatles' recording studio is using 1990s digital resolution for these priceless glorious recordings. Since the engineers wanted to do equalization and sometimes noise reduction, DSD might not be as appropriate. However, if they truly wanted the best the would use 352.8 KHz 24-bit DXD, with 3.7 x the resolution. DXD is now being used to master even CDs for goodness sake (e.g. Autumn Yearning Fantasia (DXD Master)). EMI's use of 1/4 the available digital resolution is inexplicable. And a tragic loss for posterity if these tapes decay without ever getting a high resolution digital copy.
11 of 32 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Why so little music? April 11 2012
By William Kasimer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I haven't heard the CD in question, although I know the contents from previous RBCD and LP incarnations. If you appreciate Fischer-Dieskau and don't already own these, this set is probably self-recommending.

But look the timings on the back of the CD case! The total time is less than three hours, so the contents would have fit quite easily onto 3 discs, rather than 4. Or EMI could have added one of DFD's recordings of Winterreise. As it is, this set strikes me as very, very poor value.

EMI is to be commended for finally hopping on the SACD bandwagon (as usual with EMI, long after everyone else has already done so). But if they want this series to be successful, they need to remember that the buying public for classical music is not stupid, and dislikes being gouged by companies issuing discs that contain a less than 40 minutes of music.
9 of 32 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A questionable EMI SACD affairs... April 14 2012
By Judy Spotheim - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
One must wonder about EMI 'politics' in regards their SACD issuing; what is the logic behind their decision to release this particular repertoire and on 4 SACDs...?

As the other reviewer mentioned, the music on those four SACDs would comfortably fit on 3 disks.
The recordings are mono and as such do not have the modern 'sex-appeal' certainly not at this exaggerated asking price...

Looking at their other re-issues on SACDs some other items are also mono historic recordings, so what's their point? The brain there at EMI that assumes that a De-Stefano Italian songs in SACD mono will make them big bucks must be delusional.

As for their other re-issues on SACD, there is no logic to those also: how many buyers there are for Bruckner's two symphonies, or how many buyers there are for 4 disks of 1954 mono Debussy recordings with Gieseking, and at this exaggerated asking price...?

Out of the scanty ten items offered on EMI SACD, there might be only four items that will have some followers amongst buyers. The EMI choice of re-issues on SACD is an enigma at best and a questionable decision on EMI part. So, proceed with caution.
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