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Dame Janet Baker Sings Mozart, Beethoven & Schubert


Release Date: 04/18/2006 
Label:  Pentatone   Catalog #: 5186134   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartLudwig van BeethovenFranz Schubert
Performer:  Dame Janet BakerRaymond Leppard
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber OrchestraEnglish Chamber Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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MOZART La clemenza di Tito: Parto! Parto; Deh, per questo istante solo. Abendempfindung. 1 Das Veilchen. 1 BEETHOVEN Egmont: Die Trommel gerühret; Freudvoll und Leidvoll. No, non turbarti. 2 Ah! Perfido. SCHUBERT Zögernd leise. 3 Rosamunde: Der Vollmond strahlt. Lazarus: So schlummert auf Rosen. Alfonso und Estrella: Könnt? Ich ewig hier verweilen ? Janet Baker (mez); Raymond Leppard (fp, 1 hpd, 2 pn 3 ), cond; English CO ? PENTATONE PTC 5186 134 (Hybrid multichannel SACD: 71:06 & )


What a pleasure it is to listen to Janet Baker. I suspect if someone had set the telephone book to C-Major arpeggios, she would have found a way to make it engrossing. This CD, compiled from Philips recordings made in 1973 and 1976, finds Baker in good voice?relishing subtle turns of phrases and smooth vocalism in ways that always catch the ear but never sound mannered. Her technique is surprisingly agile when it needs to be (?Parto! Parto? for example), but it is her ability to inflect the voice, to imply meaning through subtle changes in dynamics?and/or tempo, while never destroying the flow of the music, that distinguished Baker?s art.


Leppard accompanies her at times on the piano or the fortepiano, and once the harpsichord, and he leads the English Chamber Orchestra where orchestral forces are required. Leppard follows expertly, and conducts with a nice feel for style, though one rarely feels a strong musical presence from him. But in no way is he a negative factor, and he seems captivated by her moods throughout. Perhaps it is best that he permit her to be the dominant personality here?she has a way of bringing everyone, listener as well as participating musicians, into the world of the composer as she sees it.


This is an SACD edition to which I listened only in simple stereo. The original Philips recordings were made in the quadraphonic technique, and the purpose of the SACD release is to bring the original quad sound back. Heard in its two-channel version, the sound is ideal?warm, full, but never muddy or unfocused. Helpful notes and full texts and translations complete this superb release.


FANFARE: Henry Fogel
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Works on This Recording

1.
La clemenza di Tito, K 621: Parto, parto, ma tu ben mio by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Date of Recording: 08/1973 
Venue:  Brent Town Hall, Wembley, London 
Length: 6 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
2.
La clemenza di Tito, K 621: Deh, per questo istante solo by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Prague, Czech Republ 
Date of Recording: 08/1973 
Venue:  Brent Town Hall, Wembley, London 
Length: 6 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
3.
Abendempfindung, K 523 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano), Raymond Leppard (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 08/1973 
Venue:  Brent Town Hall, Wembley, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: German 
4.
Das Veilchen, K 476 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano), Raymond Leppard (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 08/1973 
Venue:  Brent Town Hall, Wembley, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: German 
5.
Egmont, Op. 84: no 2, Die Trommel gerühret by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1810; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1976 
Venue:  Brent Town Hall, Wembley, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: German 
6.
Egmont, Op. 84: no 5, Freudvoll und leidvoll by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1810; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1976 
Venue:  Brent Town Hall, Wembley, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: German 
7.
No, non turbarti, WoO 92a by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Raymond Leppard (Harpsichord), Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801-1802; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1976 
Venue:  Brent Town Hall, Wembley, London 
Length: 6 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
8.
Ah, Perfido!, Op. 65 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795-1796; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1976 
Venue:  Brent Town Hall, Wembley, London 
Length: 13 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
9.
Ständchen, D 920a (921) by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano), Raymond Leppard (Piano)
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1976 
Venue:  Brent Town Hall, Wembley, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: German 
10.
Rosamunde, D 797/Op. 26: no 5, Romance "Der Vollmond strahlt" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1976 
Venue:  Brent Town Hall, Wembley, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: German 
11.
Lazarus, D 689: So schlummert auf Rosen by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1820; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1976 
Venue:  Brent Town Hall, Wembley, London 
Length: 11 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: German 
12.
Alfonso und Estrella, D 732: Könnt' ich ewig hier verweilen by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1821; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1976 
Venue:  Brent Town Hall, Wembley, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: German 

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