Dame Janet Baker

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Renowned opera singer knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for her services to music.

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Famous for singing roles origionally done by Castrati. Castrati were male singers who were castrated before puberty so that their voices wouldn't change. The Castrati sound combined the purity of a boy's voice, with the lung power and control of a full-grown male voice. Because this practice has been outlawed, today only women can sing in the range of a castrato role. Baker specialized in this type of role and became very famous for it.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1960 A Midsummer Night's Dream Mendelssohn; Heather Harper, Dame Janet Baker, Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer 2
1965 Cello Concerto / Sea Pictures Elgar; Jacqueline du Pré, Sir John Barbirolli, Dame Janet Baker, London Symphony Orchestra 7
1981 Songs for Sunday Janet Baker, Philip Ledger 1
1986 Le songe d'une nuit d'été Felix Mendelssohn; Heather Harper, Dame Janet Baker 1
1987 The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Volume 1: Goethe & Schiller Settings Franz Schubert; Dame Janet Baker, Graham Johnson 1
1988 Les Nuits d'été / La Mort de Cléopâtre / Les Troyens: Mort de Didon Hector Berlioz; Janet Baker 1
1988 Symphony no. 3 / Rückert-Lieder Mahler; London Symphony Orchestra, Michael Tilson Thomas, Dame Janet Baker 1
1989 La Chanson d'Eve and Other Songs Gabriel Fauré; Dame Janet Baker, Geoffrey Parsons 1
1991 Matthäus-Passion (1980 recording, not the 1959 one) Johann Sebastian Bach; Edith Mathis, Janet Baker, Peter Schreier, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Matti Salminen, Münchener Bach-Chor, Münchener Bach-Orchester, Karl Richter 1
1992 Orfeo ed Euridice Christoph Willibald Gluck, Dame Janet Baker, Elizabeth Gale, Elisabeth Speiser, Raymond Leppard & London Philharmonic Orchestra 1
1996 Orchestral Songs Gustav Mahler; Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bernard Haitink, Jessye Norman, Janet Baker, James King, Hermann Prey, John Shirley-Quirk 1
1996 Lieder Schubert; Janet Baker, Gerald Moore, Geoffrey Parsons 3
1997 From the Diary of Virginia Woolf Dame Janet Baker / Martin Isepp 1
2000 Haydn: Arianna a Naxos / Schumann: Frauenliebe und -leben / Schubert / Wolf / R. Strauss Haydn, Schumann, Schubert, Wolf, Strauss; Janet Baker 1
2001 Symphony no. 9 / Kindertotenlieder Mahler; Janet Baker, London Symphony Orchestra, Scottish National Orchestra, Jascha Horenstein 1
2003 Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde Gustav Mahler; Dame Janet Baker, Ludovic Speiss, BBC Symphony Orchestra & Rudolf Kempe 1
2003 The Dream of Gerontius Elgar; Dame Janet Baker, John Mitchinson, John Shirley-Quirk, CBSO Chorus, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Simon Rattle 1
2004 Opera Arias Gluck; Janet Baker, English Chamber Orchestra, Raymond Leppard 1
2008 Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde; Brahms: Alto Rhapsody Gustav Mahler, Johannes Brahms; Dame Janet Baker, John Mitchinson, BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Raymond Leppard & Sir Adrian Boult 1
Das Lied von der Erde Gustav Mahler;Dame Janet Baker,John Mitchinson,BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra,Raymond Leppard 1
Verdi Requiem Verdi; Georg Solti, Leontyne Price, Janet Baker, Veriano Luchetti, José van Dam, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Margaret Hillis 1
Weihnachts-Oratorium Johann Sebastian Bach; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Philip Ledger, Elly Ameling, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Janet Baker, Robert Tear, King’s College Choir, Cambridge 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1981 Dame Janet Baker Sings Popular Schubert Songs Franz Schubert; Dame Janet Baker, Geoffrey Parsons 1
1989 The Dream of Gerontius / Sea Pictures Elgar; Hallé Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Hallé Choir, Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus, The Ambrosian Singers, Dame Janet Baker, Richard Lewis, Kim Borg, Sir John Barbirolli 2
1991 Symphony no. 1 "Titan" / Symphony no. 2 "Resurrection" Mahler; New York Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein, Edinburgh Festival Chorus, Janet Baker, Sheila Armstrong 1
1992 Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream / Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1 Mendelssohn, Liszt; Heather Harper, Janet Baker, Annie Fischer, Philharmonic Chorus, Philharmonic Orchestra, Otto Klemperer 1
1998 Berlioz: Les Nuits d'été / Mendelssohn: Psalm 42 - Infelice / Brahms: Alto Rhapsody / Respighi: La Sensitiva Berlioz, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Respighi; Dame Janet Baker, London Symphony Chorus, City of London Sinfonia, Richard Hickox 1
2002 The Very Best of Janet Baker Dame Janet Baker 1
2003 The Legendary Dame Janet Baker Dame Janet Baker 1
2004 Cello Concerto / Sea Pictures / Overture: “Cockaigne” Elgar; London Symphony Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli, Jacqueline du Pré, Dame Janet Baker 1
2007 Monteverdi, Gratiani, Barringcloe, Humfrey, Purcell, Schubert, Fauré, Gounod, Handel Claudio Monteverdi, Bonifatio Gratiani, Mister Barringcloe, Pelham Humfrey, Henry Purcell, Franz Schubert, Gabriel Fauré, Charles-François Gounod, George Frideric Handel; Dame Janet Baker 1
2007 The Dream of Gerontius / Enigma Variations Elgar; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Janet Baker, John Mitchinson, John Shirley-Quirk, Simon Rattle 1
2010 Janet Baker: The Beloved Mezzo Dame Janet Baker 1
2012 Elgar: Cello Concerto, Sea Pictures / Delius: Cello Concerto, Songs of Farewell Elgar; Delius; Jacqueline du Pré, Dame Janet Baker, London Symphony Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Malcolm Sargent 1
String Quintet in C / Ave Maria and other popular songs Franz Schubert; Chilingirian Quartet, Dame Janet Baker 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2001 Chausson: Poème de l'amour et de la mer / Berlioz: Les nuits d'été / Schoenberg: Song of the Wood Dove Chausson, Berlioz, Schoenberg; Janet Baker, London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Evgeny Svetlanov, Carlo Maria Giulini, Norman Del Mar 1
2001 Lieder / Sehnsucht / Das Rosenband / Abendstern / Der Musensohn Schubert; Janet Baker, Graham Johnson, Martin Isepp, Geoffrey Parsons 1
2002 Mahler: Symphonie 2 "Auferstehung" Otto Klemperer, Heather Harper, Janet Baker, Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks & Symphonie-Orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks 1
2002 Bruckner: Symphony no. 8 / Wagner: Tristan and Isolde: Prelude to Act I / Wesendonck Lieder Bruckner, Wagner; Janet Baker, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Reginald Goodall 1
2010 The Coronation of Poppea Claudio Monteverdi; Sadler's Wells Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Raymond Leppard, Dame Janet Baker 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1997 Best-Loved Classics Vol. 15 Dame Janet Baker & Rudolf Kempe 1
1999 Mahler: Lieder Kindertotenlieder, 5 Ruckertlieder, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen Gustav Mahler, Dame Janet Baker & Sir John Barbirolli 1
1999 Elijah Mendelssohn; Gwyneth Jones, Janet Baker, Nicolai Gedda, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Chorus, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos 1

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