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Brahms: Lieder / Dame Janet Baker


Release Date: 01/30/2007 
Label:  Bbc Legends   Catalog #: 4200   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Dame Janet BakerPaul HamburgerErnest Lush
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mixed 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Once again Dame Janet proves herself the supreme Lieder singer

Listening to these Brahms songs culled from BBC broadcasts one realises just why Dame Janet's reputation continues to remain so high and why so many of her successors don't quite match her standards. To every song here, familiar or unfamiliar, she brings her special ability of making it her own and reaching to its heart. It's an almost uncanny gift, and not one easy to explain, but it makes every song in this programme momentous. I wondered at the sustained half-voice with which she invests Nachtwandler with its intimate, sad feeling. Then there's the outpouring of joy that is Meine Liebe ist grün to which she brings the most lustrous tone and an
Read more outgoing manner, and finally the gentle sense of fun, never overdone, which she brings to the very familiar Vergebliches Ständchen.

If Brahms had written no other songs than Feldeinsamkeit, Der Tod, das ist die kühle Nacht and Von ewiger Liebe, he would surely be hailed as a great Lieder composer. Baker obviously understands their astonishing high quality. The first is sung, as it should be, with a kind of inner wonder, each amazing line given its full due. In the second, a Liebestod avant la lettre, she sings with the proper impassioned feeling, while the last, a happier statement of eternal love, is sung with the rugged conviction that always showed the singer at her very best.

Lush and Hamburger, especially the latter, are fully cognisant of what to do with Brahms's intricate writing for the piano. The sound is admirable, catching early Baker in full flow. Tully Potter provides a discerning note.

-- Alan Blyth, GRAMOPHONE (2/2007)
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Works on This Recording

1. Songs (6), Op. 86: no 2, Feldeinsamkeit by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano), Paul Hamburger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1877-79; Austria 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
2. Songs (4), Op. 43: no 1, Von ewiger Liebe by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Ernest Lush (Piano), Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1864; Austria 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording. 
3. Songs (9), Op. 63: no 8, Heimweh no 2 "O wüsst' ich doch den Weg zurück" by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Ernest Lush (Piano), Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Germany 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
4. Songs (5), Op. 71: no 3, Geheimnis by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano), Ernest Lush (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; Austria 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
5. Songs (4), Op. 96: no 2, Wir wandelten, wir zwei zusammen by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano), Ernest Lush (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Austria 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
6. Songs (4), Op. 96: no 4, Meerfahrt by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Ernest Lush (Piano), Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Austria 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
7. Songs (5), Op. 106: no 1, Ständchen by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano), Ernest Lush (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1888; Austria 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
8. Songs (5), Op. 106: no 5, Ein Wanderer by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Ernest Lush (Piano), Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Austria 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
9. Mondnacht, WoO 21 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Ernest Lush (Piano), Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Germany 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
10. Songs (5), Op. 72: no 4, Verzagen by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano), Paul Hamburger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; Austria 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
11. Songs (5), Op. 72: no 3, O kühler Wald by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Ernest Lush (Piano), Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; Austria 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
12. Regenlied, WoO 23 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Ernest Lush (Piano), Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; Austria 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
13. Songs (5), Op. 107: no 3, Das Mädchen spricht by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Ernest Lush (Piano), Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Austria 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
14. Songs (5), Op. 107: no 5, Mädchenlied by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Ernest Lush (Piano), Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1887; Austria 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
15. Songs (5), Op. 105: no 4, Auf dem Kirchhofe by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Ernest Lush (Piano), Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Austria 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
16. Romances and Songs (5), Op. 84: no 4, Vergebliches Ständchen by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Paul Hamburger (Piano), Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1877-79; Austria 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
17. Songs (4), Op. 46: no 4, An die Nachtigall by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Paul Hamburger (Piano), Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
18. Songs (9), Op. 63: no 5, Junge Lieder I "Meine Liebe ist grün" by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Paul Hamburger (Piano), Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; Austria 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
19. Songs (7), Op. 48: no 7, Herbstgefühl by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano), Paul Hamburger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Austria 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
20. Songs (5), Op. 72: no 2, Sommerfäden by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano), Paul Hamburger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; Austria 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
21. Songs (4), Op. 70: no 4, Abendregen by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano), Paul Hamburger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; Austria 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
22. Songs (6), Op. 86: no 3, Nachtwandler by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano), Paul Hamburger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1877-79; Austria 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
23. Songs (6), Op. 97: no 5, Komm bald by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano), Paul Hamburger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884-1885; Austria 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
24. Songs (4), Op. 96: no 1, Der Tod, das ist die kühle Nacht by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Paul Hamburger (Piano), Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Austria 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 

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