Janet Baker: A Celebration | Decca 4854438

Janet Baker: A Celebration

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Label: Decca

Cat No: 4854438

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 21

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 29th September 2023

Contents

Works

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Cantata BWV102 'Herr, deine Augen sehen nach dem Glauben'
Cantata BWV159 'Sehet, wir gehn hinauf gen Jerusalem'
Cantata BWV170 'Vergnugte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust'
Mass in B minor, BWV232 (excerpts)
St Matthew Passion, BWV244 (excerpts)

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Ah, perfido!, op.65
Egmont, op.84: Incidental Music (excerpts)
No, non turbati... Ma tu tremi, o mio tesoro?, WoO92a

Berlioz, Hector

Herminie
L'Enfance du Christ, op.25 (excerpts)
La Mort de Cleopatre

Britten, Benjamin

Owen Wingrave, op.85 (excerpt)
Phaedra, op.93
The Rape of Lucretia, op.37 (excerpts)

Cavalli, Francesco

La Calisto (excerpts)

Chausson, Ernest

Chanson perpetuelle, op.37

Delage, Maurice

Poemes hindous (4)

Durante, Francesco

Magnificat a 4 in B flat major

Egk, Werner

The Temptation of St Anthony

Faure, Gabriel

La Chanson d'Eve, op.95

Gluck, Christoph Willibald

Alceste (excerpts)
Armide (excerpts)
Iphigenie en Aulide (excerpts)
Iphigenie en Tauride (excerpts)
La Rencontre imprevue, ou Les Pelerins de la Mecque, Wq32 (excerpts)
Orfeo ed Euridice (Orpheus and Eurydice) (excerpts)
Paride ed Elena (excerpts)

Handel, George Frideric

Ariodante, HWV33 (excerpts)
Atalanta, HWV35 (excerpts)
Cantata HWV145 'La Lucrezia' (O Numi eterni)
Hercules, HWV60 (excerpts)
Joshua, HWV64 (excerpts)
Judas Maccabaeus, HWV63 (excerpts)
Rodelinda, HWV19 (excerpts)
Serse (Xerxes), HWV40 (excerpts)

Haydn, Franz Joseph

Arianna a Naxos, cantata, Hob.XXVIb:2
Scena di Berenice, Hob.XXIVa:10

Holst, Gustav

Savitri

Mahler, Gustav

Lieder und Gesange aus der Jugendzeit

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Abendempfindung an Laura, K523
Cosi fan tutte, K588 (excerpts)
Das Veilchen, K476
La clemenza di Tito, K621 (excerpts)

Purcell, Henry

Dido and Aeneas

Rameau, Jean-Philippe

Hippolyte et Aricie (excerpts)

Ravel, Maurice

Chansons madecasses (3)
Poemes (3) de Stephane Mallarme

Schubert, Franz

Alfonso und Estrella, D732 (excerpts)
Lazarus, D689 (excerpts)
Rosamunde: Incidental Music, D797 (excerpts)
Standchen, D920

Tippett, Michael

A Child of Our Time

Vivaldi, Antonio

Gloria in D major, RV589

Artists

Janet Baker (mezzo-soprano)
Elly Ameling (soprano)
James King (tenor)
Peter Schreier (tenor)
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone)
Graham Johnson (piano)
Raymond Leppard (piano)
Gerald Moore (piano)
Geoffrey Parsons (piano)
Melos Ensemble of London
Academy of St Martin in the Fields
Aldeburgh Festival Strings
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Concertgebouworkest
English Chamber Orchestra
London Philharmonic Orchestra
London Symphony Orchestra
Munich Bach Orchestra
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Conductors

Steuart Bedford
Benjamin Britten
Colin Davis
Werner Egk
Bernard Haitink
Imogen Holst
Bernard Keeffe
Raymond Leppard
Anthony Lewis
Charles Mackerras
Neville Marriner
Karl Richter
David Willcocks

Works

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Cantata BWV102 'Herr, deine Augen sehen nach dem Glauben'
Cantata BWV159 'Sehet, wir gehn hinauf gen Jerusalem'
Cantata BWV170 'Vergnugte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust'
Mass in B minor, BWV232 (excerpts)
St Matthew Passion, BWV244 (excerpts)

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Ah, perfido!, op.65
Egmont, op.84: Incidental Music (excerpts)
No, non turbati... Ma tu tremi, o mio tesoro?, WoO92a

Berlioz, Hector

Herminie
L'Enfance du Christ, op.25 (excerpts)
La Mort de Cleopatre

Britten, Benjamin

Owen Wingrave, op.85 (excerpt)
Phaedra, op.93
The Rape of Lucretia, op.37 (excerpts)

Cavalli, Francesco

La Calisto (excerpts)

Chausson, Ernest

Chanson perpetuelle, op.37

Delage, Maurice

Poemes hindous (4)

Durante, Francesco

Magnificat a 4 in B flat major

Egk, Werner

The Temptation of St Anthony

Faure, Gabriel

La Chanson d'Eve, op.95

Gluck, Christoph Willibald

Alceste (excerpts)
Armide (excerpts)
Iphigenie en Aulide (excerpts)
Iphigenie en Tauride (excerpts)
La Rencontre imprevue, ou Les Pelerins de la Mecque, Wq32 (excerpts)
Orfeo ed Euridice (Orpheus and Eurydice) (excerpts)
Paride ed Elena (excerpts)

Handel, George Frideric

Ariodante, HWV33 (excerpts)
Atalanta, HWV35 (excerpts)
Cantata HWV145 'La Lucrezia' (O Numi eterni)
Hercules, HWV60 (excerpts)
Joshua, HWV64 (excerpts)
Judas Maccabaeus, HWV63 (excerpts)
Rodelinda, HWV19 (excerpts)
Serse (Xerxes), HWV40 (excerpts)

Haydn, Franz Joseph

Arianna a Naxos, cantata, Hob.XXVIb:2
Scena di Berenice, Hob.XXIVa:10

Holst, Gustav

Savitri

Mahler, Gustav

Lieder und Gesange aus der Jugendzeit

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Abendempfindung an Laura, K523
Cosi fan tutte, K588 (excerpts)
Das Veilchen, K476
La clemenza di Tito, K621 (excerpts)

Purcell, Henry

Dido and Aeneas

Rameau, Jean-Philippe

Hippolyte et Aricie (excerpts)

Ravel, Maurice

Chansons madecasses (3)
Poemes (3) de Stephane Mallarme

Schubert, Franz

Alfonso und Estrella, D732 (excerpts)
Lazarus, D689 (excerpts)
Rosamunde: Incidental Music, D797 (excerpts)
Standchen, D920

Tippett, Michael

A Child of Our Time

Vivaldi, Antonio

Gloria in D major, RV589

Artists

Janet Baker (mezzo-soprano)
Elly Ameling (soprano)
James King (tenor)
Peter Schreier (tenor)
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone)
Graham Johnson (piano)
Raymond Leppard (piano)
Gerald Moore (piano)
Geoffrey Parsons (piano)
Melos Ensemble of London
Academy of St Martin in the Fields
Aldeburgh Festival Strings
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Concertgebouworkest
English Chamber Orchestra
London Philharmonic Orchestra
London Symphony Orchestra
Munich Bach Orchestra
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Conductors

Steuart Bedford
Benjamin Britten
Colin Davis
Werner Egk
Bernard Haitink
Imogen Holst
Bernard Keeffe
Raymond Leppard
Anthony Lewis
Charles Mackerras
Neville Marriner
Karl Richter
David Willcocks

About

Dame Janet Baker is an artist who enjoyed seldom-matched success in the concert and recital halls as well as in the opera house – not to mention on disc. She could confidently traverse the entire territory between the well-thumbed volumes of arie antiche through the inexhaustible repertoires of German lieder, the French mélodie and English song, all of them addressed with extraordinary interpretative completeness.

Of contemporary composers with whom she worked, undoubtedly the most important relationship was with Benjamin Britten who created numerous roles for her. In 1970 she was made Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE). More honours followed – Dame Commander (DBE) in 1976 and member of the Order of the Companions of Honour (CH) in 1993.

Dame Janet’s command of language was legion. “She was, in all the languages she sang, one of the most thrilling and electrifying of word-singers, one whose command of vowels and consonants most illuminated what word-singing can be and why it matters,” wrote Max Loppert.

To celebrate this milestone, this 21-CD limited edition collects together all the great British mezzo-soprano’s Philips, L’Oiseau-Lyre, Argo, Hyperion and Deutsche Grammophon recitals, as well as significant excerpts from Bach, Handel and Mozart operas and oratorios. Appearing for the first time, complete, are three Philips recordings made with Raymond Leppard – a Handel recital framed around the composer’s cantata La Lucrezia (1972), Haydn heroines Berenice and Arianna, coupled with music by Mozart (1973), and a Beethoven/Schubert recital (1976). The collection also includes three recital discs she recorded for Hyperion of music by Schubert, Mahler and Fauré.

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