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Arnold Goldsbrough, English Chamber Orchestra, Janet Baker - Handel: Orlando (2006)

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Arnold Goldsbrough, English Chamber Orchestra, Janet Baker - Handel: Orlando (2006)

Arnold Goldsbrough, English Chamber Orchestra, Janet Baker - Handel: Orlando (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 568 Mb | Total time: 78:54+75:09 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ponto ‎| PO 1048 | Recorded: 1963

Orlando (HWV 31) is an opera seria in three acts by George Frideric Handel written for the King's Theatre in London in 1733. The Italian-language libretto was adapted from Carlo Sigismondo Capece"L'Orlando after Ludovico Ariosto"Orlando Furioso, which was also the source of Handel's operas Alcina and Ariodante". More an artistic than a popular success at its first performances, Orlando is today recognised as a masterpiece.

Halle Orchestra & Choir, Sir John Barbirolli, Soloists - Edward Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38 (1999) 2 CDs

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Halle Orchestra & Choir, Sir John Barbirolli, Soloists - Edward Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38 (1999) 2 CDs

Edward Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38 (1999) 2 CDs
Richard Lewis, tenor; Dame Janet Baker, mezzo-soprano; Kim Borg, bass
Hallé Orchestra & Choir; Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus; Ambrosian Singers;
conducted by Sir John Barbirolli

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 488 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 240 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Choral, Oratorio | Label: EMI | # 7243 5 73579 2 0 | Time: 01:38:16

'The Dream of Gerontius' is probably Edward Elgar's masterpiece and certainly one of the glories of the English oratorio tradition. A setting of Cardinal Newman's poem about a man's death and the journey of his soul toward heaven, it is one of the most heartwarming affirmations of faith and salvation in all of music and also a work of great intensity and passion, influenced by both Mahler and Italian opera. Several great British conductors have left their mark on 'Gerontius,' but none was more strongly associated with it than Sir John Barbirolli, who directed it many times before making this famous recording, which he regarded as a testament of his own faith, in 1964. While Barbirolli's Halle Orchestra and the combined choirs distinguish themselves mightily, the crowning asset of this vividly dramatic reading is Janet Baker's glowing performance as the Angel, a breath of life which makes an already powerful experience unforgettable.

Karl Richter, Münchener Bach-Orchester und Chor, Regensburger Domspatzen - Bach: Matthäus-Passion (1989)

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Karl Richter, Münchener Bach-Orchester und Chor, Regensburger Domspatzen - Bach: Matthäus-Passion (1989)

Karl Richter, Münchener Bach-Orchester und Chor, Regensburger Domspatzen - Bach: Matthäus-Passion (1989)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 869 Mb | Total time: 203:48 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | # 427 704 | Recorded: 1979

The opening with the opening choir "Kommt, ihr Töchter" immediately sets the tone; not a quick-played waltz, but imposing and wide-set, like the start of a great human drama. Richter exceeds 11 minutes with this tempo. Only the version by Otto Klemperer is even slower. But unlike Klemperer, here in the rest of the MP we are not dealing with a somewhat stately approach, but with a sharply profiled and dramatic one!

Janet Baker, Raymond Leppard, English Chamber Orchestra - Gluck: Opera Arias (1989)

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Janet Baker, Raymond Leppard, English Chamber Orchestra - Gluck: Opera Arias (1989)

Janet Baker, Raymond Leppard, English Chamber Orchestra - Gluck: Opera Arias (1989)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 295 Mb | Total time: 53:53 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Philips ‎| # 422 950-2 | Recorded: 1975

This is a stunning album for fans of Gluck, Janet Baker or just opera in general. 13 glorious arias from 7 of Gluck's operas comprise an album you'll not neglect to listen to repeatedly! Sung in French and Italian, mezzo-soprano Janet Baker gives an unforgettable performance. Divinities Of The Styx from Alceste delights the ear and is a great highlight on this album. Also the opener "The Perfidious Renaud Eludes Me" from Armide also is not to be missed. Raymond Leppard and the English Chamber Orchestra are top notch too.

Gerald Moore, Dame Janet Baker, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Elly Ameling - Schubert: Duets, Trios, Quartets (2007)

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Gerald Moore, Dame Janet Baker, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Elly Ameling - Schubert: Duets, Trios, Quartets (2007)

Gerald Moore, Dame Janet Baker, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Elly Ameling - Schubert: Duets, Trios, Quartets (2007)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:02:34 | 596 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 435596

"In the typically genial 2 CD collection of Schubert duets, trios and quartets are resurrected golden age stereo analogue recordings made in 1973. These come to 25 works, all piano accompanied. The artists are the elite of the day. The only name unfamiliar to me was the tenor Horst R Laubenthal. No corners are cut with the notes which have been freshly penned by Malcolm Macdonald. On the other hand there are no texts or translations.

Anthony Lewis, The Baroque Opera Orchestra, Janet Baker - Handel: Admetus, King of Thessaly (2004)

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Anthony Lewis, The Baroque Opera Orchestra, Janet Baker - Handel: Admetus, King of Thessaly (2004)

Anthony Lewis, The Baroque Opera Orchestra, Janet Baker - Handel: Admetus, King of Thessaly (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 530 Mb | Total time: 63:55+71:32+77:09 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ponto | # PO-1029 | Recorded: 1968, 1969

For decades there has been only one recording of Admeto available: a quite splendid performance from 1977 (Virgin Records 5613692) directed by Alan Curtis with Il complesso barocco. One of the first baroque operas to be recorded with original instruments, it reflects the best of the historical performance movement. It is thus with considerable anticipation and curiosity that one approaches this new release of Handel’s Admeto, sung in English (to a fine translation by Geoffrey Dunn), directed by Sir Anthony Lewis, and recorded just nine years earlier in 1968. The cast for this recording is no less remarkable. Dame Janet Baker plays the self-sacrificing Alcestis; Admetus is sung elegantly and expressively by Maureen Lehane; Sheila Armstong is a brilliant and stylish Antigona, and the mezzo soprano Margaret Lensky provides a touching portrayal of the lovesick Thrasymedes.

Roger Norrington, The English Chamber Orchestra, Janet Baker - Handel: Radamisto (2007)

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Roger Norrington, The English Chamber Orchestra, Janet Baker - Handel: Radamisto (2007)

Roger Norrington, The English Chamber Orchestra, Janet Baker - Handel: Radamisto (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 994 Mb | Total time: 75:54+79:03+79:44 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ponte | # PO-1054 | Recorded: 1984

The performance of Radamisto is notable for an array of vocal talent headed by Janet Baker. Every name is familiar and admired. The ECO was a vibrant presence in the Handel operatic and oratorio market at this time and Norrington at the helm ensures that period practices are helpfully integrated into the fabric of a modern instrument performance – recitatives for instance, once the bane of some 1960s and 70s performances, move fluidly and intelligently, highly responsive to textual meaning and dramatic implications. Note Act I’s Reina, infausto avviso when Tigrane and Polissena’s recitative embodies fine pacing, telling rubato, and appropriately coloured accompaniment. Some cuts though were clearly necessary to accommodate the length of the production.

Anthony Lewis, The English Chamber Orchestra, Janet Baker - Handel: Tamerlano (2008)

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Anthony Lewis, The English Chamber Orchestra, Janet Baker - Handel: Tamerlano (2008)

Anthony Lewis, The English Chamber Orchestra, Janet Baker - Handel: Tamerlano (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,14 Gb | Total time: 79:34+76:51+69:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ponto | # PO-1058 | Recorded: 1972

The first pleasant surprise here is the brightness and clarity of the radio broadcast sound; indeed, it is a bit too bright and harsh but better that than muddiness. There is evidently an audience who applaud at the end but otherwise there is no extraneous noise throughout. Secondly, there is the spring and bounce of the English Chamber Orchestra, alertly directed by Baroque specialist Sir Anthony Lewis. Thirdly we hear a first rate cast of splendid voices headed by Janet Baker, an array of voices unequalled in any of the other nine extant recordings. True, the performance is over forty years old but several of the subsequent recordings are in versions other than Handel's final thoughts before the 1724 premiere and are very much more expensive than this Ponto issue - furthermore, it offers as a bonus a live, 1972 recording of Berlioz's "Les nuits d'été" sung by Janet Baker and played by the BSO conducted by Colin Davis.

Charles Mackerras, English Chamber Orchestra, Wandsworth School Choir - Handel: Judas Maccabaeus (1995)

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Charles Mackerras, English Chamber Orchestra, Wandsworth School Choir - Handel: Judas Maccabaeus (1995)

Charles Mackerras, English Chamber Orchestra, Wandsworth School Choir - Handel: Judas Maccabaeus (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 827 Mb | Total time: 59:37+67:25+42:27 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | # 447 692-2 | Recorded: 1977

Surely a Judas Maccabaeus recorded on modern instruments nearly twenty years ago is one to ignore? Well, no. Charles Mackerras is one of music’s fresher minds, and he has always favoured incisive rhythms, clear textures, light bowing and carefully varied articulation in Baroque music. The ECO responds with verve to the wondrous grace and variety of Handel’s music. The late Russell Burgess’s Wandsworth School Choir is an eloquent testament of what is possible in an inner-city comprehensive given will-power and a gifted enough teacher. And who would willingly trade a cast of Ryland Davies as Maccabaeus, John Shirley-Quirk as Simon, the incomparable Felicity Palmer and Janet Baker, at the height of their powers, as the Israelitish Woman and Man, for another? Not I.
– Stephen Pettitt

Daniel Barenboim, English Chamber Orchestra, John Barbirolli, New Philharmonia Orchestra - Mozart, Verdi: Requiem (2002)

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Daniel Barenboim, English Chamber Orchestra, John Barbirolli,  New Philharmonia Orchestra - Mozart, Verdi: Requiem (2002)

Daniel Barenboim, English Chamber Orchestra, John Barbirolli, New Philharmonia Orchestra - Mozart, Verdi: Requiem (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 561 Mb | Total time: 72:04+75:56 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI | # 5 75383 2 | Recorded: 1969-70, 1971

This double CD makes an excellent introduction to two great works even if other individual recordings might be preferable. This is particularly true of the Mozart in that although the ladies are peerless vocally, Barenboim's conducting is quite heavy and neither Gedda - typically somewhat pinched and throaty at times - nor Fischer-Dieskau - too light and woolly of tone for the bass-baritone required - is ideal.

Charles Mackerras, Orchestra of English National Opera, Janet Baker - Donizetti: Mary Stuart [Maria Stuarda] (2005/1982)

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Charles Mackerras, Orchestra of English National Opera, Janet Baker - Donizetti: Mary Stuart [Maria Stuarda] (2005/1982)

Charles Mackerras, Orchestra of English National Opera, Janet Baker - Donizetti: Mary Stuart [Maria Stuarda] (2005/1982)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | English (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 7.06 Gb (DVD9) | 138 min
Classical | NVC Arts | Sub: English, Deutsch, Espanol, Francais, Italiano, Portugues

This famous production of Donizetti’s Mary Stuart was one of English National Opera’s most memorable from the 1980’s. Dame Janet Baker chose the title role of Donizetti’s Scottish queen for her farewell to the London operatic stage in 1982. It was a triumph for Dame Janet, in one of the most rewarding of operatic roles. As Mary, she displays her full range as a great singing actress, at times imperious and confrontational, yet during the quieter reflective moments intensely moving. Her adversary Elizabeth is sung by Rosalind Plowright, in one of the best performances of her career, both intense and passionate in this demanding role. The famous, though entirely fictional, encounter scene between the two Queens is extremely powerful. The cast also includes John Tomlinson I commanding voice as Talbot, and David Randall as an ardent Leicester. The Performance is gloriously conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras.