I don't normally do many music posts here but in this case I must make an exception. The great German baritone, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, was a familiar figure growing up. He may not be as familiar to most as say, Pavarotti, but he should be. I was saddened to learn of his death yesterday. He sang the first recordings I ever heard of Beethoven's 9th Symphony along with Schubert's lied 'Der Erlkonig'. Perhaps his voice lacked the power of others but he was a joy to listen to. His recording of 'Erlkonig' became for me the standard by which I judged all others. As a budding musician growing up, he seemed to be one of those people who was around forever.
He sang everything, from Bach to Wagner and I can think of few others who could boast such a wide repertoire. From opera to lieder to large-scale vocal works, from performing to conducting and teaching, Dieskau did it all and had a remarkable career. He truly was, in the words of the late Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, "a born god who has it all."
Alas, a great voice falls silent.