Who do you think is the BEST singer of all time and why?
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25-08-2012, 10:22 PM
RE: Who do you think is the BEST singer of all time and why?
All time? I'm not sure anyone alive can be the judge of that since we've missed out on centuries of singers who never had the chance to be recorded... Out of the few I've heard from the past 150 years or so (since sound recordings were available), for me, it is Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. I know part of it is because he is a baritone like me, but his tone and diction just blow me away every time.

I was very sad when he passed away at the beginning of the summer, listened to my recording of him singing Schubert's Die Wintereise and some YouTube videos of some of his performances that day.

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, "Der Lindenbaum", from Die Wintereise, by Franz Schubert

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Der Erlk├Ânig, by Franz Schubert

I probably also love him because I love Schubert's lieder so much.
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