Remembering Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
We were saddened to learn of the death last week of the great German baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, who had a decades-long history with Carnegie Hall. Fischer-Dieskau made his debut here on November 22, 1964, in a duo recital with soprano Elisabeth Schwarzkopf.
In addition to operas and orchestral solo appearances, most of Fischer-Dieskau's Carnegie Hall performances were in recital—programs often focusing on a single composer such as Beethoven, Brahms, or Schubert. In total, he performed at the Hall 36 times, including alongside Yehudi Menuhin, Mstislav Rostropovich, Vladimir Horowitz, Leonard Bernstein, and Isaac Stern as part of the famous Concert of the Century on May 18, 1976. Fischer-Dieskau's last Carnegie Hall appearance was on March 27, 1988.
Yehudi Menuhin, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Mstislav Rostropovich, Vladimir Horowitz, Leonard Bernstein, and Isaac Stern on May 18, 1976, at the Concert of the Century, a benefit for Carnegie Hall. Courtesy of the Carnegie Hall Archives.
Photograph inscribed "To Carnegie Hall in memory of March 15-22-29 1967," by baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and pianist Gerald Moore. Courtesy Carnegie Hall Archives.
Flyer—front and back—for Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau's concerts at Carnegie Hall in 1967. Courtesy of the Carnegie Hall Archives.
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Flyers for Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau's concerts at Carnegie Hall in 1971 and 1975. Courtesy of the Carnegie Hall Archives.