Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

"It is no wonder that during the intense concentration required in choosing, grouping and studying lieder, the master himself is conjured up, makes his presence felt and insists on having his say....For I am then no longer alone or with only the accompanist, but in the uncomfortable presence of the composer... Wolf never relaxes his demands for a wide range of expression  shading of vocal colour and clarity of consonants. What he achieved so naturally between his first reading of a poem and the writing out of his musical setting should always be within the grasp of the listener"