Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau as Amfortas in Wagner's Parsifal Bayreuther Festspiele 1952
Jules Massenet (1842-1912) was a French composer best known for his operas. His compositions were very popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and he ranks as one of the greatest melodists of his era. Soon after his death, Massenet's style went out of fashion, and many of his operas fell into almost total oblivion. . However, since the mid-1970s, many operas of his such as Thaïs and Esclarmonde have undergone periodic revivals.
Fritz Wunderlich, Wien, Daphne
William Havergal Brian (1876 - 1972) English composer of the generation that followed Charles Villiers Stanford, Edward Elgar, Charles H.H. Parry, etc (in other words: roughly contemporary with Ralph Vaughan Williams, Granville Bantock, Donald Tovey, Frank Bridge and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor; older than Arthur Bliss, William Walton, etc).
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau sings Der Wanderer - Sviatoslav Richter
French composer Charles Gounod (1818-1893) was the son of F. L. Gounod, a talented painter. He entered the Paris Conservatoire in 1836, studied under Reicha, Halévy and Lesueur, and won the "Grand Prix de Rome" in 1839. While residing in the Eternal City he devoted much of his time to the study of sacred music, notably to the works of Palestrina and Bach. In 1843 he went to Vienna, where a "requiem" of his composition was performed. Supported by Adolphe Adam he composed a.o. Ulysse and…