Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, pictured in 1965
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German baritone singer Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau dies

18 May 2012 Last updated at 15:05 BST

The respected German baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau has died, aged 86.

Once described as "the most influential singer of the 20th Century", he was famed for his performances of Winter's Journey (Winterreise) by Schubert.

Born in Berlin in May 1925, he emerged as a performer after World War II and was swiftly recognised as one of his generation's finest lyrical vocalists.

Nick Higham reports.