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Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau & Gerald Moore/Jörg Demus/ Christoph Eschenbach (Piano) Fritz Wunderlich & Hubert Giesen (Piano) Christa Ludwig & Irwin Gage (Piano) Jessye Norman & Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
Deutsche Grammophon 1 CD-pluscore 445 188-2 (62.24)
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SCHUBERT: Erlkönig D.328 Ständchen (Horch, horch! die Lerch im Ätherblau) D.889 Geheimes D.719 Wanderers Nachtlied II D.768 Heidenröslein D.257 An die Musik D.547 Das Wandern D.795 no.1 Ungeduld D.795 no.7 (Die schöne Müllerin D.795) Die Forelle D.550 Gretchen am Spinnrade D.118 Der Tod und das Mädchen D.531 Lachen und Weinen D.777Frühlingsglaube D.686

SCHUMANN: Marienwürmchen op.79 no.13 (Lieder für die Jugend op.79) Der Nußbaum op.25 no.3 Die Lotosblume op.25 no.7 Du bist wie eine Blume op.25 no.24 (Myrthen op.25) Mondnacht op.39 no.5 Frühlingsnacht op.39 no.12 (Liederkreis op.39) Im wunderschönen Monat Mai op.48 no.1 Aus meinen Tränen sprießen op.48 no.2 Ich grolle nicht op.48 no.7 (Dichterliebe op.48)

BRAHMS: Liebestreu op.3 no.1 Der Schmied op.19 no.4 Des Liebsten Schwur op.69 no.4 Sapphische Ode op.94 no.4 Therese op.86 no.1 Vergebliches Ständchen op.84 no.4

This is a CD-pluscore release whose potential importance for the record industry cannot be exaggerated; a benchmark for the future. I have recently berated record companies for the lack of texts and paucity of information in CDs of song (notably EMI Classics for their frustrating Fischer-Dieskau collection of songs by mainly obscure composers [7243 5 67349 2 0].)

Developed by Schott Musik International and MusicNotes Ltd. and published in cooperation with Deutsche Grammophon, CD-Pluscore offers interactive listening capabilities for pleasure and as a comprehensive learning tool for music students and other music makers (more information available from

After you select a track, the score is displayed on the screen. You can scroll through the pages, up or down. While the music is playing, the portion of the score being played is displayed automatically. You can listen to the music and follow the score simultaneously, stop, pause, loop & move between tracks, annotate the scores with your own tempo indications, ties or slurs, fingerings, ornaments or text, and thereby create your own individual edition! With MIDI there are numerous further possibilities. CD-pluscore provides top-quality printing and allows you to make custom-made editions! It also provides a range of detailed information on the pieces contained, the composer and the performers, as well as a picture gallery, with guides to take you through the items.

On this example, you can see informal photos of each of the singers with their pianists, which enhances listening pleasure. You can split the screen and have a translation in your own language (whatever it is) alongside the score's vocal line in the original German, and you can even choose to follow An der Musik from a facsimile copy in Schubert's own handwriting, printing it out afterwards for your own collection.

These performances are reissues of well known performances by great singers from recordings dating from 1959 to 1982, satisfactorily remastered. All are fine examples of Lieder singing; favourite songs interpreted by some of the best loved singers of the time. Least known of them may be the tenor Fitz Wunderlich who died at 36. Ten of the 28 tracks are by Fischer-Dieskau, who is celebrated especially for his elevation of the importance of words in Lieder interpretation. Quite apart from its pluscore features, this is an exemplary production. There is a good short essay by Alan Blyth, pictures of the composers and singers, and the sensible use of thin, strong paper makes room for a 60 page booklet in the jewel-case, with all texts in four languages printed in good, legible black ink. There are many lessons here for other record producers and one can only hope that this approach will soon become routine, even for those for whom the costs of pluscore or musicnow's CD-extra system (see my review of Brian Dennis a little Water Music MNCD+001) are prohibitive.

Until then, there may be help on hand for frustrated purchasers on Emily Ezust's website:

The Lied and Song Texts Page:


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