From Germany comes the news that Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau has died at 86. The baritone was a seminal singer, one of the towering figures of the postwar vocal scene. If you knew his singing, you had opinions about it, love or hate or something in between, but whether he was to your taste or not, his greatness and influence cannot be denied.
My favorite of his recordings is an oddball: Peter, the father, in Hansel und Gretel. No excerpts on YouTube, so here's Schubert's "An die Musik."
Update: The NY Times obit is up; it's not terribly probing.