Dame Janet Baker

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


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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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
1967 Kindertotenlieder / Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen Gustav Mahler; Janet Baker, Hallé Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli 1
1970 Bach: Magnificat D-Dur, BWV 243 / Bruckner: Te Deum Bach, Bruckner; Lucia Popp, Anne Pashley, Birgit Finnilä, Janet Baker, Robert Tear, Don Garrard, Thomas Hemsley, New Philharmonia Chorus, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim 1
1977 L'enfance du Christ Berlioz; Janet Baker, Eric Tappy, Thomas Allen, Jules Bastin, The John Alldis Choir, London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis 1
1978 Béatrice et Bénédict Berlioz; Baker, Eda‐Pierre, Watts, Tear, Allen, Lloyd, Bastin, John Alldis Choir, London Symphony Orchestra, Colin Davis 1
1980 Cléopâtre / Herminie Berlioz; Janet Baker, London Symphony Orchestra, Colin Davis 1
1980 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 2
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
1987 Symphony no. 2 “Resurrection” Mahler; Arleen Augér, Janet Baker, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Simon Rattle 4 3
1988 Les Nuits d'été / La Mort de Cléopâtre / Les Troyens: Mort de Didon Hector Berlioz; Janet Baker 1
1988 Symphony no. 2, "Resurrection" Gustav Mahler; Sheila Armstrong, Janet Baker, Edinburgh Festival Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein 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
1990 Janet Baker sings Handel: Largo: Ombra mai fù / Cantata « Lucrezia » Handel; Janet Baker, English Chamber Orchestra, Raymond Leppard 1
1992 Orfeo ed Euridice Christoph Willibald Gluck, Dame Janet Baker, Elizabeth Gale, Elisabeth Speiser, Raymond Leppard & London Philharmonic Orchestra 1
1993 Verdi Requiem Verdi; Georg Solti, Leontyne Price, Janet Baker, Veriano Luchetti, José van Dam, Chicago Symphony Chorus, Margaret Hillis, Chicago Symphony Orchestra 2
1996 Orchestral Songs Gustav Mahler; Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bernard Haitink, Jessye Norman, Janet Baker, James King, Hermann Prey, John Shirley‐Quirk 1
1996 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
1996 Lieder Schubert; Janet Baker, Gerald Moore, Geoffrey Parsons 3
1997 From the Diary of Virginia Woolf Dame Janet Baker / Martin Isepp 1
1999 Elijah Mendelssohn; Gwyneth Jones, Janet Baker, Nicolai Gedda, Dietrich Fischer‐Dieskau, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Chorus, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos 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 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
2012 Fauré: Requiem / Pavane / Duruflé: Requiem Fauré, Duruflé; Robert Chilcott, Dame Janet Baker, Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, John Butt, Philharmonia Orchestra, Sir David Willcocks, Philip Ledger 1
Britten: Owen Wingrave Benjamin Britten; Benjamin Luxon, John Shirley‐Quirk, Nigel Douglas, Sylvia Fisher, Jennifer Vyvyan, Janet Baker, Peter Pears, English Chamber Orchestra, Benjamin Britten 1
Das Lied von der Erde Gustav Mahler;Dame Janet Baker,John Mitchinson,BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra,Raymond Leppard 1
Des Knaben Wunderhorn Gustav Mahler; Janet Baker, Geraint Evans, The London Philharmonic Orchestra, Wyn Morris 1
La Damnation de Faust / La Mort de Cléopâtre Berlioz; Janet Baker, Nicolai Gedda, Gabriel Bacquier, Chœurs de l’Opéra de Paris, Orchestre de Paris, London Symphony Orchestra, Georges Prêtre, Alexander Gibson 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, Philharmonia Orchestra, Philharmonia Chorus, 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 Symphonie 2 "Auferstehung" Mahler; Chor & Symphonie-Orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Otto Klemperer, Heather Harper, Janet Baker 1
2002 Baker Gluck, Lully, Marcello, Berkeley, Finzi, Vaughan Williams, Britten, Purcell, Warlock; Janet Baker, Geoffrey Parsons 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

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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
2005 St Matthew's Passion: Arias, Recitatives and Choruses J. S. Bach; Ameling, Baker 1

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