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Original Masters - Janet Baker


Release Date: 11/25/2003 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 000150802   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Tommaso GiordaniGiulio CacciniAlessandro StradellaDomenico Natale Sarri,   ... 
Performer:  James TylerDame Janet BakerNicholas KraemerCelia Nicklin,   ... 
Conductor:  Sir Neville MarrinerRaymond LeppardAnthony LewisSir Colin Davis,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the FieldsLondon Philharmonic OrchestraEnglish Chamber Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 5 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 6 Hours 18 Mins. 

Imported from : European Union   
CD not available: This title is currently only available as an MP3 download.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews

This five-disc compilation of selected Janet Baker recordings made between 1961 and 1979 for Decca and Philips captures her in her prime. That makes it a compulsory purchase for Baker fans and, along with various EMI reissues, a good starting place for everyone else. Baker had a unique vocal timbre, instantly recognizable. She can sometimes veer to the flat side of notes, and sometimes sound squeezed and scoop upward, but she's always compelling, her voice beautiful, if not in the conventional sense. She put it to extraordinary use, with superb diction and a controlled intensity that cut to the heart of everything she sang. Few singers of her day matched her involvement and her ability to draw listeners deep into the music. Philips' Read more transfers are uniformly fine, the sound variable depending on date and location but never less than good and often first-rate.


Disc 1 features 18 Arie Amorose by various composers, touchingly sung. The arrangements and the playing of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields orchestra sound anachronistic today, but they're more acceptable than the turgidly sentimental versions sung by some others of her generation. The same can be said for the excerpts from the famous Cavalli La Calisto recording with Raymond Leppard, whose treasurable Handel recordings with Baker are featured on Disc 2. These find Baker in her element, singing with fire and glorious vocalism. She's even more glorious in the Bach cantata aria with Marriner and in one of the best renditions ever made of "Dido's Lament" from Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, a 1961 recording where she's brighter of voice but with a mature subtlety beyond her years. Disc Three is devoted to Viennese classics--Haydn's Arianna a Naxos and Berenice, a pair of Mozart arias, Beethoven's "Ah! Perfido", Schubert's "Ständchen" D. 920 with chorus, and an aria from his rarely heard Lazarus.

Outstanding Rameau and Gluck appear on Disc 4, but honors go to Baker's gripping Berlioz scenes with Colin Davis. She's an unforgettable Cléopâtre, brimming with passion, and an equally intense Herminie, the whole rounded off with an excerpt from Béatrice et Bénédict. The Anglo-French final disc has her Ravel (3 Mallarmé Poems and the Chansons Madécasses) along with Chausson and Delage songs, awkwardly placed alongside scenes from Benjamin Britten's The Rape of Lucretia, Owen Wingrave, and Phaedra, all sung with Baker's customary passion and exemplary diction. Unless you already have most of this set in earlier incarnations, then you need this. The budget price will ease the pain of duplications and the lack of texts and translations, the latter an unforgivable obstacle to full enjoyment.
--Dan Davis, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Caro mio ben by Tommaso Giordani
Performer:  James Tyler (Lute), Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Classical 
Date of Recording: 01/1978 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This work is erroneously attributed to Giuseppe Giordani. 
2.
Le nuove musiche: Amarilli mia bella by Giulio Caccini
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano), James Tyler (Lute)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1602; Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/1978 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
3.
Ragion sempre addita by Alessandro Stradella
Performer:  Nicholas Kraemer (Harpsichord), Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/1978 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
4.
Sen corre l'agnelletta by Domenico Natale Sarri
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano), Celia Nicklin (Oboe)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/1978 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
5.
Orontea: Intorno all'idol mio by Pietro Antonio Cesti
Performer:  Nicholas Kraemer (Harpsichord), Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 01/1978 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
6.
Arminio: Pur dicesti, o bocca bella by Antonio Lotti
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano), Nicholas Kraemer (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1714; Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/1978 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
7.
Spesso vibra per suo gioco by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano), Nicholas Kraemer (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/1978 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
8.
La costanza in amor vince l'inganno: Come raggio di sol by Antonio Caldara
Performer:  James Tyler (Lute), Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1711; Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/1978 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
9.
L'honestà negli amori: Già il sole dal Gange by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano), Nicholas Kraemer (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1680; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/1978 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
10.
Deh più a me non v'ascondete by Giovanni Bononcini
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano), Nicholas Kraemer (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/1978 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
11.
Danza, danza fanciulla gentile by Francesco Durante
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/1978 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
12.
Il Tigrane: Sento nel core certo dolore by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano), Nicholas Kraemer (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1715; Naples, Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/1978 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
13.
La costanza in amor vince l'inganno: Sebben, crudele by Antonio Caldara
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano), Nicholas Kraemer (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1711; Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/1978 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
14.
Selve amiche by Antonio Caldara
Performer:  James Tyler (Lute), Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 01/1978 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
15.
Ogni pena più a spietata by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano), Graham Sheen (Bassoon)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/1978 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
16.
Le faux Lord: O notte, o dea del mistro by Niccolò Piccinni
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1783; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 01/1978 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
17.
La molinara: Nel cor più non mi sento by Giovanni Paisiello
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano), Nicholas Kraemer (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789/1790; Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/1978 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
18.
Calisto: Ardo, sospiro e piango by Pier Francesco Cavalli
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1652; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1971 
Venue:  The Organ Room, Glyndebourne, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
19.
Calisto: Ascender qui ved'io by Pier Francesco Cavalli
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1652; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1971 
Venue:  The Organ Room, Glyndebourne, England 
Length: 7 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
20.
Oh numi eterni, HWV 145 "La Lucrezia" by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1709; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/1972 
Venue:  London, England 
Length: 20 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
21.
Rodelinda, HWV 19: Pompe vane di morte!...Dove sei, amato... by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; London, England 
Date of Recording: 12/1972 
Venue:  London, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
22.
Serse, HWV 40: Ombra mai fu "Largo" by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738; London, England 
Date of Recording: 12/1972 
Venue:  London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Frondi tenere i belle..." 
23.
Hercules, HWV 60: Where shall I fly? by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1744; London, England 
Date of Recording: 12/1972 
Venue:  London, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: English 
24.
Atalanta, HWV 35: Care selve by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1736; London, England 
Date of Recording: 12/1972 
Venue:  London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
25.
Joshua, HWV 64: O had I Jubal's lyre by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1748; London, England 
Date of Recording: 12/1972 
Venue:  London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: English 
26.
Ariodante, HWV 33: Con l'ali di costanza by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1734-1735; London, England 
Date of Recording: 12/1978 
Venue:  London, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Oh! Felice mio core!..." 
27.
Ariodante, HWV 33: Scherza infida, in grembo al drudo by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1734-1735; London, England 
Date of Recording: 12/1978 
Venue:  London, England 
Length: 8 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "E vivo ancora..." 
28.
Ariodante, HWV 33: Dopo notte by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1734-1735; London, England 
Date of Recording: 12/1972 
Venue:  London, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
29.
Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust, BWV 170: no 1, Vergnügte Ruh' 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: 1726; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1966 
Venue:  Decca Studio no 3, West Hampstead 
Length: 6 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: German 
30.
Dido and Aeneas, Z 626: With drooping wings ye Cupids come by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Anthony Lewis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  St. Anthony Singers
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1689; England 
Date of Recording: 10/1961 
Venue:  Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London 
Length: 9 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: English 
31.
Arianna a Naxos, H 26b no 2 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 08/1973 
Venue:  London, England 
Length: 17 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
32.
Berenice, che fai, H 24a no 10 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795; London, England 
Date of Recording: 08/1973 
Venue:  London, England 
Length: 13 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
33.
La clemenza di Tito, K 621: Deh, se piacer mi vuoi by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Prague, Czech Republ 
Date of Recording: 07/1976 
Venue:  London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection concludes with "...Chi ciecamente crede." 
34.
La clemenza di Tito, K 621: Ecco il punto...Non più di fiori by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Prague, Czech Republ 
Date of Recording: 07/1976 
Venue:  London, England 
Length: 7 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
35.
Così fan tutte, K 588: Ah costati...Smanie implacabili by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1974 
Venue:  London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is followed by "Chi ciecammente crede..." 
36.
Ständchen, D 920a (921) by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1976 
Venue:  London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: This selection is followed by "Infelice! Qual orrore!..." 
37.
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:  London, England 
Length: 11 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: German 
38.
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:  London, England 
Length: 13 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
39.
Orfeo ed Euridice: Che farò senza Euridice? by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1762/1774; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1975 
Venue:  London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
40.
Orfeo ed Euridice: Che puro ciel! by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1762/1774; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1975 
Venue:  London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
41.
Alceste: Divinités du Styx by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1767; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1975 
Venue:  London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: French 
42.
La mort de Cléopâtre by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; France 
Date of Recording: 03/1979 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Tooting, London 
Length: 20 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: French 
43.
Herminie by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; France 
Date of Recording: 03/1979 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Tooting, London 
Length: 22 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: French 
44.
Béatrice et Bénédict: Dieu! Que viens-je d'entendre? by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1860-1862; France 
Date of Recording: 03/1979 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 9 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: French 
45.
Poèmes (3) de Stéphane Mallarmé by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Bernard Keefe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; France 
Date of Recording: 1966 
Venue:  London, England 
Length: 11 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: French 
46.
Chansons madécasses by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925-1926; France 
Date of Recording: 1966 
Venue:  London, England 
Length: 13 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection is followed by "Il m'en souvient...Je l'aime donc?..." 
47.
Chanson perpétuelle, Op. 37 by Ernest Chausson
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; France 
Date of Recording: 1966 
Venue:  London, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 51 Secs. 
48.
Poèmes hindous (4) by Maurice Delage
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Bernard Keefe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; France 
Date of Recording: 1966 
Venue:  London, England 
Length: 9 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: French 
49.
Rape of Lucretia, Op. 37: Lucretia! O, never again... by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  John Shirley-Quirk (Bass Baritone), Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Date of Recording: 07/1970 
Venue:  Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: English 
50.
Rape of Lucretia, Op. 37: Last night Tarquinius ravished me by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  John Shirley-Quirk (Bass Baritone), Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Date of Recording: 07/1970 
Venue:  Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: English 
51.
Owen Wingrave, Op. 85: Ah, Owen, what shall I do? by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano), Nigel Douglas (Tenor), Benjamin Luxon (Baritone)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1970; England 
Date of Recording: 12/1970 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 7 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: English 
52.
Phaedra, Op. 93 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Steuart Bedford
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1975; England 
Date of Recording: 03/1977 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham 
Length: 15 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: English 
53.
Plaisir d'amour by Johann Paul A. Martini
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1775; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1978 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: French 
54.
Hippolyte et Aricie: Cruelle mère des amours by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Anthony Lewis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  St. Anthony Singers
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1733; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 07/1965 
Venue:  Decca Studio no 3, West Hampstead 
Length: 6 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: French 
55.
Hippolyte et Aricie: Quelle plainte en ces lieux m'appelle by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Anthony Lewis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  St. Anthony Singers
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1733; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 07/1965 
Venue:  Decca Studio no 3, West Hampstead 
Length: 4 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: French 

Sound Samples

Caro mio ben
Amarilli mia bella
Ragion sempre addita
Sen corre l'agnelletta
Intorno all'idol mio
Pur dicesti, o bocca bella
Spesso vibra per suo gioco
Come raggio di sol
L'honestà negli amore: Già il sole dal Gange
Deh più a me non v'ascondete
Danza fanciulla gentile
Sento nel core
Sebben crudele mi fai languir'
Selve amiche
Ogni pena più spietata
Plaisir d'amour
O notte o dea del mistero
Nel cor più non mi sento
La Calisto - Realization by Raymond Leppard. - Act 1: Ardo, sospiro e piango
La Calisto - Realization by Raymond Leppard. - Act 2: Ascender qui ved'io
Lucrezia Cantate: "O Numi eterni"
Lucrezia Cantate: "Già superbo del mio affano"
Lucrezia Cantate: "Ma voi forse nel cielo"
Lucrezia Cantate: "Il suol che preme"
Lucrezia Cantate: "Ah! che ancor nell' abiso"
Lucrezia Cantate: "Questi la disperata anima"
Lucrezia Cantate: "A voi, a voi, padre, consorte"
Lucrezia Cantate: "Già nel seno comincia compir"
Lucrezia Cantate: "Sento ch'il cor"
Rodelinda / Act 1: "Pompe vane de morte!" - "Dove sei, amato bene?"
Serse, HWV 40 / Act 1: "Frondi tenere e belle" - "Ombra mai fù"
Hercules, HWV 60 / Act 3: "Where shall I fly"
Atalanta / Act 1: Care selve
Joshua, HWV 64 / Part 3: O had I Jubal's lyre
Ariodante HWV 33 / Act 1: "Oh! felice mio core!" - "Con l'ali di costanza"
Ariodante HWV 33 / Act 2: "E vivo ancora?" - "Scherza infida in grembo al drudo"
Ariodante HWV 33 / Act 3: "Dopo notte, atra e funesta"
Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust Cantata, BWV 170: 1. Aria: Vergnügte Ruh', beliebte Seelenlust
Dido and Aeneas / Act 3: But death...When I am laid...With drooping wings...

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