The song cycles “Kerner-Lieder” op. 35 and Liederkreis op. 39 by Schumann, recorded in 1954-55 for West German Radio, are amongst the foremost examples of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau’s mastery of the art of Lieder singing. The listener is treated to pioneering interpretations which laid the foundations for these sets of songs to become established in the recital programmes of younger singers. In the case of the “Kerner-Lieder” this may well be the first complete recording.
In both recordings Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau is heard at the early zenith of his powers as regards both his vocal technique and his crafting of the songs.
"...Fischer-Dieskau is in a class of his own and these additional recordings take their place in history. There is some distortion at climaxes, the piano sound is a little muddy, particularly in 1954, but generally the quality is very acceptable for the date."
Christopher Howell - MusicWeb-International.com - 12 March 2007
"...I can very strongly recommend this as a set of performances that will leave you astonished at the combination of vocal, musical, dramatic, and intellectual skills demonstrated. The monaural sound is at the highest level of mid-1950s broadcast quality ..."
Henry Fogel - Fanfare - November/December 2007