Posted on  UTC 2020-01-01 02:01

01.01.2020 – Peter Schreier (1935-2019)

A reader writes to remind us that tenors also sing Schubert Lieder and that a noted one has just left us: the German tenor Peter Schreier (1935-2019) died, 85 years old, on 25 December last year.

Born and raised in Saxony, he was ten years old when the war ended. The foundations of his career were thus laid in East Germany. Although he remained resident there, he was permitted to travel and was able, from the mid-sixties on, to establish an international career.

He also managed to become internationally recognized as a conductor, the importance of which increased as his singing career came to a natural conclusion.

We recently looked at Schubert's masterful setting of Goethe's poem Wandrers Nachtlied II. This is what Peter Schreier made of it in 1972, in his DDR days:

Wandrers Nachtlied II, Opus 96/3, D 768 Peter Schreier, Tenor; Walter Olbertz, Klavier. 1972

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