Following the death of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau Tom Service talks to the mezzo-soprano Christa Ludwig about what the great German baritone meant to her. Tom also talks to the pianist Murray Perahia who accompanied Fischer-Dieskau on the 1990 recording of Schubert’s Winterreise. There’s another chance to hear Fischer-Dieskau talking to Petroc Trelawny for Music Matters in 2006 and an interview about Schubert recorded just two months ago with Tom Service for BBC Radio 3’s Spirit of Schubert Season.
Murray Perahia is universally acknowledged as one of the world’s greatest pianists. Although born in America Perahia has lived in London for over 30 years after winning the Leeds International Piano Competition in 1972. Tom went to visit him at home and learned how Perahia approaches each piece of music he performs, how essential improvisation has been to him and about his love of jazz. He also talks passionately about the music he loves so much – Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Bach.