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Baker, Janet 1933-

Works: 620 works in 2,951 publications in 11 languages and 59,911 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Operas  Symphonies  Musical settings  Song cycles  Live sound recordings  Oratorios  Songs and music  Masses  Excerpts 
Roles: Performer, Singer, Author, Vocalist, Narrator, mzs, Actor, Other, Editor, a=c, Musician, s=s, mez
Classifications: M2010, 782.1
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Janet Baker
Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell( Recording )

39 editions published between 1961 and 2000 in 4 languages and held by 1,221 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

SYNOPSIS: In order to cure her unhappiness, Dido, queen of Carthage, marries the Trojan prince, Aeneas, who is madly in love with her. While Dido and Aeneas are out hunting, an evil Sorceress and her assistants plot the destruction of Dido and Carthage. Soon, an evil witch disguised as the God Mercury stops Aeneas. She tells him that he must abandon Carthage and found a new Troy on Latin soil. While Aeneas hates the thought of leaving Dido, he cannot refuse a god's command. In the end, Aeneas decides to defy the god's command and stay with Dido. Nevertheless, Dido refuses to stay with a lover who even considered leaving her and soon dies
Les Nuits d'été by Hector Berlioz( )

17 editions published between 1968 and 2019 in 4 languages and held by 978 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Les Nuits d'été: Six mélodies pour voix différentes et orchestre, op. 7. Texte: Théophile Gautier / Lélio, ou Le Retour à la vie: Monodrame-lyrique pour soli, choeur et orchestre, op. 14b
'Cockaigne' : Cello concerto ; Sea pictures by Edward Elgar( )

9 editions published between 2004 and 2012 in English and held by 974 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Symphony no. 2 in C minor : "Resurrection" by Gustav Mahler( )

25 editions published between 1974 and 2006 in 4 languages and held by 922 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Texts of the vocal portions: Urlicht, from Des Knaben Wunderhorn; Auferstehung by Klopstock
Requiem by Giuseppe Verdi( )

28 editions published between 1977 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 831 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recorded Aug. 1939 in the Teatro Reale, Rome
Mass in B minor = Messe in h-Moll = Messe en si mineur by Johann Sebastian Bach( )

29 editions published between 1968 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 812 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recorded at St. Lukes in London, a live recording of the soaring Mass in B Minor performed with the never-mailed-in performance by the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists led by John Eliot Gardiner during the course of their wildly successful 2014 European tour
La damnation de Faust ; La mort de Cléopâtre by Hector Berlioz( )

15 editions published between 1996 and 2007 in French and English and held by 762 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Christmas oratorio = Weihnachtsoratorium = Oratorio de Noël by Johann Sebastian Bach( )

15 editions published between 1977 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 761 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Weihnachts-Oratorium, Teil 1-6, für Soli, Chor, Orchester und Continuo, BWV 248
Requiem, op. 48 [CD] ; Pavane, op. 50 by Gabriel Fauré( )

9 editions published between 1992 and 2007 in Latin and No Linguistic content and held by 749 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The very best of Janet Baker by Janet Baker( )

12 editions published between 2002 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 691 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dame Janet Baker is one of opera's most legendary voices. This collection showcases some of her very best performances
Das Lied von der Erde by Gustav Mahler( Recording )

50 editions published between 1975 and 2008 in 5 languages and held by 664 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

So einzigartig wie die formale Gestaltung des Werks, so extrem sind die Anforderungen an seine Interpreten: Es bedarf zweier gestandener Liedsänger, die im Zusammenwirken mit dem riesigen Orchesterapparat ebenso als Solisten hervortreten, wie sie sich als konzertierende Stimmen in das symphonische Gefüge mit einzuordnen vermögen. Es bedarf eines ausgezeichneten, bestens aufeinander abgestimmten Klangkörpers, und natürlich einer Dirigentenpersönlichkeit, die für Zusammenhalt sorgt und der Großform Geist und Beseeltheit verleiht. Alle diese Parameter fügten sich bei Konzerten zusammen, die am 25. und 26. Januar 2018 im Herkulessaal der Münchener Residenz aufgezeichnet wurden und nun bereits als CD bei BR Klassik veröffentlicht werden
Elijah by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy( )

11 editions published between 1968 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 661 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An oratorio after words from the Old Testament, Op. 70
Giulio Cesare by George Frideric Handel( Visual )

53 editions published between 1984 and 2011 in 6 languages and held by 626 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The most famous opera composed by Handel, Giulio Cesare, presented by the English National Opera in a 1984 production, with opera stars Dame Janet Baker and Valerie Masterson in a somptuous staging. In 48 a.C., just after he won his battle against Pompey the Great, Giulio Cesare (Julius Caesar) is about to restore the peace with his ennemy. However Tolomeo (Ptolemy) brings him on a tray Pompeo's head as a gift ... Horrified, the young Sextus, son of Pompeo and Cornelia, swears he would revenge his father's death, at the same time a terrible fight for power begins between Ptolemy and her sister Cleopatra who share the Egyptian throne. Cleopatra tries to seduce Caesar in order to forestall Ptolemy. Defeated a first time by her brother, she is rescued by Caesar with whom she falls in love. Sextus finally manages to revenge his father in killing Ptolemy, as for Caesar and Cleopatra, they sing their love and receive Ptolemy's royal insignas. Dame Janet Baker, who plays Giulio Cesare, gives a highly dramatic performance of this role, with her mezzo-soprano sensual and a deep voice. Valerie Masterson, who perfectly masters the trills, makes a deeply moving performance of a passionate Cleopatra, as for Della Jones, one of the most sought-after mezzo-soprano of her generation, remarkably performs a tormented Sextus, determined to get his revenge. The staging is rather traditional, but the gorgeous costumes and the scenery are marked by a subtile mix between antique and baroque styles. It leads us in ancient Egypt but still keeps a baroque delicacy that reminds us of the context in which Handel composed this opera, premiered at the King's théâtre Haymarket in London in 1724
I Capuleti e i Montecchi by Vincenzo Bellini( )

23 editions published between 1976 and 2005 in 5 languages and held by 609 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Basada en la obra Romeo and Juliet de W. Shakespeare
Academic festival overture ; Alto rhapsody by Johannes Brahms( )

3 editions published in 2004 in German and held by 601 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Symphony no. 8 : "Symphony of a thousand" ; Kindertotenlieder by Gustav Mahler( )

5 editions published between 1999 and 2004 in German and French and held by 584 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The operas of Benjamin Britten : the complete librettos : illustrated with designs of the first productions by Benjamin Britten( Book )

8 editions published between 1979 and 1989 in English and held by 583 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cello concerto ; Sea pictures by Edward Elgar( Recording )

27 editions published between 1965 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 573 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Esta es, verdaderamente, la grabación más fina del atractivo y elegíaco Cello Concerto de Elgar. Se tiene en alta estima, casi irracional, en el Reino Unido, en gran parte debido a el afecto universal para Jacqueline Du Pré, la esposa de Daniel Barenboim, cuya temprana muerte de esclerosis múltiple cortó lo que hubiera sido una carrera estelar. Este disco es igualmente significativo por la magnífica interpretación, por parte de Dame Janet Baker, de los "Sea pictures", el único ciclo orquestral de canciones del compositor
The Nelson Mass by Joseph Haydn( Recording )

17 editions published between 1962 and 2000 in 4 languages and held by 552 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recorded July 1962 (Haydn), July 1966 (Vivaldi), Chapel of King's College Cambridge
Julius Caesar by George Frideric Handel( )

37 editions published between 1980 and 2007 in 4 languages and held by 537 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Readings, in Latin and English, of Julius Caesar
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Giulio Cesare
The operas of Benjamin Britten : the complete librettos : illustrated with designs of the first productions