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Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53
>Wagner, Richard : Wesendonck Lieder
>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (5), Op. 32
>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (4), Op. 36
>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (4), Op. 27
>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (3), Op. 43
>Elgar, Edward : Sea Pictures, Op. 37
>Elgar, Edward : The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38
>Berlioz, Hector : Les nuits d'été, Op. 7, song cycle
>Ravel, Maurice : Shéhérazade, poems (3) for soprano (or tenor) & orchestra (or piano)
>Chausson, Ernest : Poème de l'amour et de la mer, Op. 19
>Mahler, Gustav : Kindertotenlieder, song cycle for voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Mahler, Gustav : Rückert Lieder (5)
>Mahler, Gustav : Ruckert Lieder (5)
>Mahler, Gustav : Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 2 in C minor "Resurrection"
>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
>Handel, George Frideric : Ah! crudel, nel pianto mio, cantata for soprano & ensemble, HWV 78
>Handel, George Frideric : Dietro l'orme fuggaci, HWV 105 "Armida abbandonata"
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 82, "Ich habe genug" BWV 82
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Saint John Passion, BWV 245
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Bist du bei mir, aria arranged for voice & continuo (after Gottfried Stölzel), BWV 508
>Dowland, John [Composer] : Come again, sweet love doth now invite, for 4 voices & lute (First Book of Songs)
>Campion, Thomas : Never love unlesse you can
>Campion, Thomas : Oft Have I Sigh'd for Him That Heares Me Not for voice, lute & bass viol
>Campion, Thomas : If Thou Long'st So Much to Learn for voice, lute & bass viol
>Campion, Thomas : Faine would I wed a faire yong man, that day and night could please mee
>Purcell, Henry : Sleep, Adam, sacred song for soprano & continuo, Z. 195
>Purcell, Henry : Lord, what is man?, Z 192
>Boyce, William : Tell me, lovely shepherd
>Munro, George : My Lovely Celia, for voice & keyboard
>Arne, Thomas A. : Where the Bee sucks, there lurk I, song
>Schubert, Franz : Gretchen am Spinnrade, D 118
>Schubert, Franz : Ave Maria
>Schubert, Franz : Du bist die Ruh, D 776/Op. 59 no 3
>Schubert, Franz : An die Musik, D 547
>Schubert, Franz : Der Jüngling an der Quelle, D 300
>Schubert, Franz : Auf dem Wasser zu singen, D 774
>Schubert, Franz : Der Erlkönig, D 328
>Schubert, Franz : Nacht und Traume, D 827
>Schubert, Franz : An Sylvia
>Schumann, Robert : Frauenliebe und Leben, Op. 42
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Songs (6), Op. 19a
>Mendelssohn, Felix : On Wings of Song
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Songs (6), Op. 71
>Liszt, Franz : Die Loreley
>Liszt, Franz : Über allen Gipfeln ist Ruh, S 306 "Wandrers Nachtlied II"
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

A new release in the recently-launched EMI Classics ICON Series, this 5-CD set is dedicated to Dame Janet Baker, long praised as one of the finest mezzos ever to sing. Admired equally for both her dramatic intensity and elegant singing, her remarkable recordings of the works of Berlioz, Elgar, Schubert, and many others remain unmatched to this day. This elegantly-presented release pays tribute to her singular recordings.

2008 five CD set from Dame Janet Baker, the British mezzo-soprano who has achieved international fame and adulation from generations of music fans.



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Works Details

>Brahms, Johannes : Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53
  • Performer: Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 11 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1869

>Wagner, Richard : Wesendonck Lieder
  • Performer: Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 22 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1857-1858

>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (5), Op. 32
  • Performer: Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1896

>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (4), Op. 36
  • Performer: Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1897.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1897

>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (4), Op. 27
  • Performer: Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (3), Op. 43
  • Performer: Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1899.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1899

>Elgar, Edward : Sea Pictures, Op. 37
  • Performer: Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Conductor: John Barbirolli
  • Running Time: 23 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1897-1899

>Elgar, Edward : The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38 :: Softly and gently
  • Performer: Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Conductor: John Barbirolli
  • Notes: Free Trade Hall, Manchester, England (12/27/1964-12/30/1964)
  • Running Time: 7 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1900

>Berlioz, Hector : Les nuits d'été, Op. 7, song cycle
  • Performer: Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Conductor: John Barbirolli
  • Running Time: 30 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 09/1841

>Ravel, Maurice : Shéhérazade, poems (3) for soprano (or tenor) & orchestra (or piano)
  • Performer: Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Conductor: John Barbirolli
  • Notes: Kingsway Hall, London, England (12/27/1967-12/28/1967)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1903

>Chausson, Ernest : Poème de l'amour et de la mer, Op. 19
  • Performer: Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Conductor: Andre Previn
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (04/18/1977-04/21/1977)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1882-1893

>Mahler, Gustav : Kindertotenlieder, song cycle for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  • Performer: Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Conductor: John Barbirolli
  • Running Time: 27 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1901-1904

>Mahler, Gustav : Rückert Lieder (5)
  • Performer: Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Conductor: John Barbirolli
  • Notes: Watford Town Hall, Watford, Hertfordshire, England (07/18/1969-07/19/1969)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 06/14/1901

>Mahler, Gustav : Rückert Lieder (5)
  • Performer: Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Conductor: John Barbirolli
  • Notes: Watford Town Hall, Watford, Hertfordshire, England (07/18/1969-07/19/1969)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 07/1901

>Mahler, Gustav : Rückert Lieder (5)
  • Performer: Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Conductor: John Barbirolli
  • Notes: Watford Town Hall, Watford, Hertfordshire, England (07/18/1969-07/19/1969)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1901

>Mahler, Gustav : Rückert Lieder (5)
  • Performer: Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Conductor: John Barbirolli
  • Notes: Watford Town Hall, Watford, Hertfordshire, England (07/18/1969-07/19/1969)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 08/1902

>Mahler, Gustav : Rückert Lieder (5)
  • Performer: Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Conductor: John Barbirolli
  • Notes: Watford Town Hall, Watford, Hertfordshire, England (07/18/1969-07/19/1969)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 08/16/1901

>Mahler, Gustav : Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
  • Performer: Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Conductor: John Barbirolli
  • Running Time: 17 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1883-1885

>Mahler, Gustav : Rückert Lieder (5)
  • Performer: Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Conductor: John Barbirolli
  • Running Time: 6 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 08/16/1901

>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 2 in C minor "Resurrection" :: Part 4. Urlicht. Sehr feierlich, aber schlicht
  • Performer: Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Watford Town Hall, Watford, Hertfordshire, England (04/27/1986/05/30/1986)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1888-1894

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: He was despised
  • Performer: Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Ah! crudel, nel pianto mio, cantata for soprano & ensemble, HWV 78 :: Per trofei di mia costanza
  • Performer: Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Conductor: Raymond Leppard
  • Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (11/22/1967/11/24/1967)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 09/1707

>Handel, George Frideric : Dietro l'orme fuggaci, HWV 105 "Armida abbandonata" :: Ah! crudel, e pur ten vai
  • Performer: Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Conductor: Raymond Leppard
  • Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (11/22/1967/11/24/1967)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1707

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 82, "Ich habe genug" BWV 82 :: Schlummert ein, ihr matten Augen
  • Performer: Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Conductor: Yehudi Menuhin
  • Ensemble: Bath Festival Orchestra
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (07/18/1966/07/20/1966)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 02/02/1727

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 :: Bereite dich, Zion
  • Performer: Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (10/07/1975-10/09/1975)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1734

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Saint John Passion, BWV 245 :: Es ist vollbracht
  • Performer: Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (10/07/1975-10/09/1975)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 04/07/1724

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Bist du bei mir, aria arranged for voice & continuo (after Gottfried Stölzel), BWV 508
  • Performer: Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (10/07/1975-10/09/1975)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1722-1725

>Dowland, John [Composer] : Come again, sweet love doth now invite, for 4 voices & lute (First Book of Songs)
  • Performers: Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano); Robert Spencer (Lute)
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (02/09/1967-02/11/1967)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1597

>Campion, Thomas : Never love unlesse you can
  • Performers: Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano); Robert Spencer (Lute)
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (02/09/1967-02/11/1967)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Campion, Thomas : Oft Have I Sigh'd for Him That Heares Me Not for voice, lute & bass viol
  • Performers: Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano); Robert Spencer (Lute)
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (02/09/1967-02/11/1967)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Campion, Thomas : If Thou Long'st So Much to Learn for voice, lute & bass viol
  • Performers: Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano); Robert Spencer (Lute)
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (02/09/1967-02/11/1967)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1617

>Campion, Thomas : Faine would I wed a faire yong man, that day and night could please mee
  • Performers: Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano); Robert Spencer (Lute)
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (02/09/1967-02/11/1967)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1613

>Purcell, Henry : Sleep, Adam, sacred song for soprano & continuo, Z. 195
  • Performers: Ambrose Gauntlett (Viola da gamba); Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano); Martin Isepp (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (02/09/1967-02/11/1967)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1693

>Purcell, Henry : Lord, what is man?, Z 192
  • Performers: Ambrose Gauntlett (Viola da gamba); Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano); Martin Isepp (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (02/09/1967-02/11/1967)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1692

>Boyce, William : Tell me, lovely shepherd
  • Performers: Ambrose Gauntlett (Viola da gamba); Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano); Martin Isepp (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (02/09/1967-02/11/1967)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Munro, George : My Lovely Celia, for voice & keyboard
  • Performers: Ambrose Gauntlett (Viola da gamba); Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano); Martin Isepp (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (02/09/1967-02/11/1967)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Arne, Thomas A. : Where the Bee sucks, there lurk I, song
  • Performers: Douglas Whittaker (Flute); Ambrose Gauntlett (Viola da gamba); Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano); Martin Isepp (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (02/09/1967-02/11/1967)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1746

>Schubert, Franz : Gretchen am Spinnrade, D 118
  • Performers: Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano); Gerald Moore (Piano)
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (08/29/1970/09/12/1970)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 10/19/1814

>Schubert, Franz : Ave Maria
  • Performers: Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano); Gerald Moore (Piano)
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (08/29/1970/09/12/1970)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1825

>Schubert, Franz : Du bist die Ruh, D 776/Op. 59 no 3
  • Performers: Geoffrey Parsons (Piano); Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (04/03/1980-04/05/1980)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 08/19/1815

>Schubert, Franz : An die Musik, D 547
  • Performers: Geoffrey Parsons (Piano); Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (04/03/1980-04/05/1980)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1817

>Schubert, Franz : Der Jüngling an der Quelle, D 300
  • Performers: Geoffrey Parsons (Piano); Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (04/03/1980-04/05/1980)
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1817

>Schubert, Franz : Auf dem Wasser zu singen, D 774
  • Performers: Geoffrey Parsons (Piano); Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (04/03/1980-04/05/1980)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1823

>Schubert, Franz : Der Erlkönig, D 328
  • Performers: Geoffrey Parsons (Piano); Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (04/03/1980-04/05/1980)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1823

>Schubert, Franz : Nacht und Träume, D 827
  • Performers: Geoffrey Parsons (Piano); Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (04/03/1980-04/05/1980)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: ?1825

>Schubert, Franz : An Sylvia
  • Performers: Geoffrey Parsons (Piano); Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (04/03/1980-04/05/1980)
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1826

>Schumann, Robert : Frauenliebe und Leben, Op. 42
  • Performers: Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano); Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (08/11/1968/07/03/1975)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1840

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Songs (6), Op. 19a
  • Performers: Geoffrey Parsons (Piano); Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (12/29/1980-12/31/1980)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Mendelssohn, Felix : On Wings of Song
  • Performers: Geoffrey Parsons (Piano); Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (12/29/1980-12/31/1980)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 10/01/1835

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Songs (6), Op. 71
  • Performers: Geoffrey Parsons (Piano); Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (12/29/1980-12/31/1980)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 10/01/1847

>Liszt, Franz : Die Loreley
  • Performers: Geoffrey Parsons (Piano); Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (06/07/1979-06/08/1979)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1841-1859

>Liszt, Franz : Über allen Gipfeln ist Ruh, S 306 "Wandrers Nachtlied II"
  • Performers: Geoffrey Parsons (Piano); Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (06/07/1979-06/08/1979)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1846-1860