During the hurley-burley of the heat wave of the last two weeks, I didn't mention the passing of the great German singer Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. An artist of supreme intelligence, his recordings of the Schubert song cycles, Die Winterreise (The Winter's Journey) and Die schone Mullerin (The Miller's Daughter) have been a part of my life since college so many years ago. Although he may be totally unfamiliar, if you are a movie buff, you may have already heard his voice. The great recording of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony by Fricsay featured throughout Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange" featured his ringing voice.
Ah, the break in the heat is so welcome. I wish it would have rained last night!