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The Very Best Of Janet Baker


Release Date: 04/09/2002 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 75069   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachGeorge Frideric HandelFelix MendelssohnJohannes Brahms,   ... 
Performer:  Dame Janet BakerJohn ButtTimothy HughGerald Moore,   ... 
Conductor:  Sir Neville MarrinerSir Charles MackerrasRafael Frühbeck de BurgosSir Adrian Boult,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the FieldsEnglish Chamber OrchestraNational Philharmonic Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 35 Mins. 

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Works on This Recording

1. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no 4, Bereite dich, Zion by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1734-1735; Leipzig, Germany 
Language: German 
2. Messiah, HWV 56: He was despised and rejected by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Language: English 
3. Elijah, Op. 70: O rest in the Lord by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Germany 
Language: English 
4. Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  John Alldis Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Austria 
Language: German 
5. Rückert Lieder (5): no 3, Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
6. L'invitation au voyage by Henri Duparc
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1870; France 
Language: French 
7. Requiem, Op. 9: Pie Jesu by Maurice Duruflé
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano), John Butt (Organ), Timothy Hugh (Cello)
Conductor:  Sir Philip Ledger
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; Paris, France 
Language: Latin 
8. Sea Pictures, Op. 37 by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897-1899; England 
Language: English 
9. The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38: Softly and Gently "Angel's Farewell" by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ambrosian Singers,  Hallé Orchestra,  Hallé Orchestra Chorus  ... 
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899-1900; England 
Language: English 
10. Linden Lea by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1901; England 
Language: English 
11. A Boy was Born, Op. 3: Corpus Christi Carol by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955/1961; England 
Language: English 
12. Pretty ring time by Peter Warlock
Performer:  Gerald Moore (Piano), Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; England 
Language: English 
13. Prison, Op. 83 no 1 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; France 
Language: French 
14. Soir, Op. 83 no 2 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; France 
Language: French 
15. Clair de lune, Op. 46 no 2 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Gerald Moore (Piano), Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; France 
Language: French 
16. Ellens Gesang III, D 839/Op. 52 no 6 "Ave Maria" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
Language: Scottish 
17. Gretchen am Spinnrade, D 118/Op. 2 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Gerald Moore (Piano), Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1814; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
18. Wiegenlied, D 498/Op. 98 no 2 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Gerald Moore (Piano), Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
19. Die Forelle, D 550 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
20. Auf dem Wasser zu singen, D 774/Op. 72 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
21. An die Musik, D 547 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
22. An Sylvia, D 891/Op. 106 no 4 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
23. Nacht und Träume, D 827 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
24. Heidenröslein, D 257/Op. 3 no 3 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
25. Du bist die Ruh, D 776/Op. 59 no 3 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
26. Songs (6), Op. 34: no 2, Auf Flügeln des Gesanges by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; Germany 
Language: German 
27. Liederkreis, Op. 39: no 5, Mondnacht by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Daniel Barenboim (Piano), Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Language: German 
28. Frauenliebe und Leben, Op. 42: no 4, Du Ring an meinem Finger by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Daniel Barenboim (Piano), Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Language: German 
29. Songs (2) for Alto, Viola and Piano, Op. 91: no 2, Geistliches Wiegenlied by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano), Cecil Aronowitz (Viola), André Previn (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1864-84; Austria 
Language: German 
30. Lieder (5), Op. 39: no 4, Befreit by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Gerald Moore (Piano), Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Language: German 
31. Lieder (4), Op. 27: no 4, Morgen by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Germany 
Language: German 

Sound Samples

Bereite dich, Zion from Christmas Oratorio BWV248 (2001 Digital Remaster)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 2: He was despised (alto air: Largo)
Elijah Op. 70 (1968 Digital Remaster): No. 31 - O rest in the Lord (Angel I)
Alto Rhapsody Op. 53 (1988 Digital Remaster)
Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen (1999 Digital Remaster)
L'Invitation au voyage (1978 Digital Remaster)
Requiem Op. 9 (version with organ) (1993 Digital Remaster): Pie Jesu
Sea Pictures Op. 37 (1997 Digital Remaster): I. Sea Slumber-Song (Roden Noel)
Sea Pictures Op. 37 (1997 Digital Remaster): II. In Haven (Capri) (C. Alice Elgar)
Sea Pictures Op. 37 (1997 Digital Remaster): III. Sabbath Morning at Sea (Elizabeth Barrett Browning)
Sea Pictures Op. 37 (1997 Digital Remaster): IV. Where Corals Lie (Richard Garnett)
Sea Pictures Op. 37 (1997 Digital Remaster): V. The Swimmer (A. Lindsay Gordon)
The Dream of Gerontius Op.38 (1965 Digital Remaster): The Angel's Farewell (Softly and gently)
Linden Lea - A Dorset song
Corpus Christi Carol (1994 Digital Remaster)
Pretty Ring Time (1994 Digital Remaster)
2 Songs Op. 83 (1994 Digital Remaster): Prison (Verlaine)
2 Songs Op. 83 (1994 Digital Remaster): Soir (Samain)
2 Songs Op. 46 (1994 Digital Remaster): Clair de lune (Verlaine)
Ellens Gesang III - Ave Maria D839 (1996 Digital Remaster)
Gretchen am Spinnrade D118
Wiegenlied (Schlafe, schlafe) D498 (1971 Digital Remaster)
Die Forelle D550 (1996 Digital Remaster)
Auf dem Wasser zu singen D774 (1996 Digital Remaster)
An die Musik D547 (1996 Digital Remaster)
An Sylvia D891
Nacht und Träume D827 (1996 Digital Remaster)
Heidenröslein D257 (1996 Digital Remaster)
Du bist die Ruh D776 (1996 Digital Remaster)
Auf Flügeln des Gesanges (wds. Heine) from 6 Lieder Op. 34 (2000 Digital Remaster)
Liederkreis Op. 39 (2000 Digital Remaster): Mondnacht
Frauenliebe und -leben Op. 42 (1995 Digital Remaster): Du Ring an meinem Finger
2 Lieder Op. 91 (1978 Digital Remaster): Geistliches Wiegenlied (wds. Geibel after Lope de Vega)
Funf Lieder Op. 39 (1994 Digital Remaster): Befreit (Dehmel)
4 Lieder Op. 27 (1994 Digital Remaster): Morgen! (Mackay)

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