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The Very Best of Janet Baker

Audio Samples

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Christmas Oratorio
>     Bereite dich, Zion
>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
>     He was despised
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Elijah
>     O rest in the Lord
>Brahms, Johannes : Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53
>Mahler, Gustav : Ruckert Lieder (5)
>Duparc, Henri : L'invitation au voyage
>Duruflé, Maurice : Requiem
>     Pie Jesu
>Elgar, Edward : Sea Pictures, Op. 37
>Elgar, Edward : The Dream of Gerontius
>     The Angel's Farewell
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Linden Lea
>Britten, Benjamin : Corpus Christi Carol, for voice or unison chorus & organ
>Warlock, Peter : Pretty ring time
>Fauré, Gabriel : Prison, Op. 83 no 1
>Fauré, Gabriel : Soir, Op. 83 no 2
>Fauré, Gabriel : Clair de lune, Op. 46 no 2
>Schubert, Franz : Ave Maria
>Schubert, Franz : Gretchen am Spinnrade, D 118
>Schubert, Franz : Lullaby
>Schubert, Franz : Der Jüngling an der Quelle, D 300
>Schubert, Franz : Auf dem Wasser zu singen, D 774
>Schubert, Franz : An die Musik, D 547
>Schubert, Franz : An Sylvia
>Schubert, Franz : Nacht und Traume, D 827
>Schubert, Franz : Du bist die Ruh, D 776/Op. 59 no 3
>Schubert, Franz : Der Erlkönig, D 328
>Mendelssohn, Felix : On Wings of Song
>Schumann, Robert : Liederkreis, Op. 39
>Schumann, Robert : Frauenliebe und Leben, Op. 42
>Brahms, Johannes : Gesänge (2) for Alto, Viola and Piano, Op. 91
>Strauss, Richard : Befreit, Op. 39 no 4
>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (4), Op. 27

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Christmas Oratorio
>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Elijah
>Brahms, Johannes : Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53
>Mahler, Gustav : Ruckert Lieder (5)
>Duparc, Henri : L'invitation au voyage
>Duruflé, Maurice : Requiem
>Elgar, Edward : Sea Pictures, Op. 37
>Elgar, Edward : The Dream of Gerontius
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Linden Lea
>Britten, Benjamin : Corpus Christi Carol, for voice or unison chorus & organ
>Warlock, Peter : Pretty ring time
>Fauré, Gabriel : Prison, Op. 83 no 1
>Fauré, Gabriel : Soir, Op. 83 no 2
>Fauré, Gabriel : Clair de lune, Op. 46 no 2
>Schubert, Franz : Ave Maria
>Schubert, Franz : Gretchen am Spinnrade, D 118
>Schubert, Franz : Lullaby
>Schubert, Franz : Der Jüngling an der Quelle, D 300
>Schubert, Franz : Auf dem Wasser zu singen, D 774
>Schubert, Franz : An die Musik, D 547
>Schubert, Franz : An Sylvia
>Schubert, Franz : Nacht und Traume, D 827
>Schubert, Franz : Du bist die Ruh, D 776/Op. 59 no 3
>Schubert, Franz : Der Erlkönig, D 328
>Mendelssohn, Felix : On Wings of Song
>Schumann, Robert : Liederkreis, Op. 39
>Schumann, Robert : Frauenliebe und Leben, Op. 42
>Brahms, Johannes : Gesänge (2) for Alto, Viola and Piano, Op. 91
>Strauss, Richard : Befreit, Op. 39 no 4
>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (4), Op. 27
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers


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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Christmas Oratorio :: Bereite dich, Zion
  • Performer: Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Ensemble: Academy Of St Martin In The Fields
  • Running Time: 5 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1734

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: He was despised
  • Performer: Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 12 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Elijah :: O rest in the Lord
  • Performer: Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Conductor: Rafae Frühbeck de Burgos
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 08/11/1846

>Brahms, Johannes : Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53
  • Performer: Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 11 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1869

>Mahler, Gustav : Rückert Lieder (5)
  • Performer: Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Conductor: John Barbirolli
  • Ensemble: Hallé Orchestra
  • Running Time: 6 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 08/16/1901

>Duparc, Henri : L'invitation au voyage
  • Performer: Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Conductor: Andre Previn
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1870

>Maurice Duruflé (Composer/Organ) (1902 - 1986) : Requiem :: Pie Jesu
  • Performers: John Butt (Organ); Timothy Hugh (Cello); Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Conductor: Philip Ledger
  • Ensemble: Choir Of King's College, Cambridge
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1947

>Elgar, Edward : Sea Pictures, Op. 37
  • Performer: Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Conductor: John Barbirolli
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 23 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1897-1899

>Elgar, Edward : The Dream of Gerontius :: The Angel's Farewell
  • Performer: Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Conductor: John Barbirolli
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1900.
  • Running Time: 6 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1900

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Linden Lea
  • Performer: Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1901.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1901

>Britten, Benjamin : Corpus Christi Carol, for voice or unison chorus & organ
  • Performer: Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1961

>Warlock, Peter : Pretty ring time
  • Performer: Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1925

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Prison, Op. 83 no 1
  • Performer: Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 12/04/1894

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Soir, Op. 83 no 2
  • Performer: Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 12/17/1894

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Clair de lune, Op. 46 no 2
  • Performer: Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1887

>Schubert, Franz : Ave Maria
  • Performers: Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano); Gerald Moore (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1825

>Schubert, Franz : Gretchen am Spinnrade, D 118
  • Performers: Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano); Gerald Moore (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 10/19/1814

>Schubert, Franz : Lullaby
  • Performers: Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano); Gerald Moore (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 11/1816

>Schubert, Franz : Der Jüngling an der Quelle, D 300
  • Performers: Geoffrey Parsons (Piano); Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano)
  • 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: Composition written: 1823.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1823

>Schubert, Franz : An die Musik, D 547
  • Performers: Geoffrey Parsons (Piano); Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1817

>Schubert, Franz : An Sylvia
  • Performers: Geoffrey Parsons (Piano); Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1826

>Schubert, Franz : Nacht und Träume, D 827
  • Performers: Geoffrey Parsons (Piano); Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Notes: Composition written: ?1825.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 33 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)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 08/19/1815

>Schubert, Franz : Der Erlkönig, D 328
  • Performers: Geoffrey Parsons (Piano); Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1823.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1823

>Mendelssohn, Felix : On Wings of Song
  • Performers: Geoffrey Parsons (Piano); Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 10/01/1835

>Schumann, Robert : Liederkreis, Op. 39
  • Performer: Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1840

>Schumann, Robert : Frauenliebe und Leben, Op. 42
  • Performers: Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano); Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1840

>Brahms, Johannes : Gesänge (2) for Alto, Viola and Piano, Op. 91
  • Performers: Cecil Aronowitz (Viola); Andre Previn (Piano); Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1864-84.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1864-1884

>Strauss, Richard : Befreit, Op. 39 no 4
  • Performers: Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano); Gerald Moore (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898

>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (4), Op. 27
  • Performers: Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano); Gerald Moore (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894