Schubert, Goethe Settings
A very fine mid-price CD from DGG 457 747-2 has Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone) and Jorg Demus (piano) performing a selection of Goethe Lieder. A budget alternative, superbly sung by Janet Baker, with Gerald Moore and Geoffrey Parsons, has a 2 disc selection of Schubert Songs, including several from Goethe poems. This is on the Warner label (ex EMI) 5862512. Another budget disc, one of three featuring Goethe Schubert settings , has Johannes Kalpers (tenor) with Burkhard Kehring (piano) on Naxos 8.554667.
A budget 2 CD set – DGG E4594692, features Jessye Norman (soprano) with Daniel Barenboim (piano), and includes some of the songs featured tonight. This is a beautifully performed recital, well recorded.
As I mentioned earlier, recordings of the duets featured in the programme are hard to find. Fortunately, in the case of the Schumann, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone) and his wife Julia Varady (soprano), accompanied by Cord Garben, perform three of tonight’s duets. The German radio recording is very good, and other songs by Schumann, Beethoven and Mahler complete the disc, which is full price on Audite 95.636.