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Solo Cantatas/Vocal Wks Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (Aug. 1 2003)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B00005B5NN
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #239,661 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Cant No.82 'Ich Habe Genug': Aria: Ich Habe Genug
2. Cant No.82 'Ich Habe Genug': Recitative: Ich Habe Genug
3. Cant No.82 'Ich Habe Genug': Aria: Schlummert Ein
4. Cant No.82 'Ich Habe Genug': Recitative: Mein Gott! Wann Kommt Das Schone, Nun!
5. Cant No.82 'Ich Habe Genug': Aria: Ich Freue Mich Auf Meinen Tod
6. Cant No.169 'Gott Soll Alein Mein Herze Haben': Sinf - Bath Festival Orch/Yehudi Menuhin
7. Cant No.169 'Gott Soll Alein Mein Herze Haben': Arioso: Gott Soll Allein Mein Herze Haben
8. Cant No.169 'Gott Soll Alein Mein Herze Haben': Aria: Gott Soll Allein Mein Herze Haben
9. Cant No.169 'Gott Soll Alein Mein Herze Haben': Recitative: Was Ist Die Liebe Gottes?
10. Cant No.169 'Gott Soll Alein Mein Herze Haben': Aria: Stirb In Mir
See all 18 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Bist Du Bei Mir
2. St. John Passion: Es Ist Vollbracht
3. Cant No.6: Hochgelobter Gottesohn
4. Cant No.161: Komm, Du Susse Todesstunde
5. Easter Orotorio: Saget, Saget Mir Geschwinde
6. Italian Cant No.1 'Ah! Crudel Nel Pianto Mio': Sinf - ASMF/Neville Marriner
7. Italian Cant No.1 'Ah! Crudel Nel Pianto Mio': Aria: Ah! Crudel Nel Pianto Mio
8. Italian Cant No.1 'Ah! Crudel Nel Pianto Mio': Recitative: Non Sdegnerai D'amor
9. Italian Cant No.1 'Ah! Crudel Nel Pianto Mio': Aria: Di Quel Bel Che Il Ciel Ti Diede
10. Italian Cant No.1 'Ah! Crudel Nel Pianto Mio': Recitative: Balena Il Cielo
See all 17 tracks on this disc

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Dame Janet Baker's fans will need no prompting. Others won't, either, after sampling one of the great mezzos of our time in classic recordings of great music to which she brought a voice of individuality and beauty, as well as peerless interpretive gifts. These selections are made the more moving by the tear in Baker's voice, her richly personal timbre, and her absolute mastery of music and texts. Everything on these ample discs dates from the late 1960s to the mid-1970s, when Baker was at her peak. The Bach cantatas are led by Yehudi Menuhin; the mezzo version of "Ich hab genug" is brighter in tone than the more familiar one for bass-baritone, but Baker's dignified reading fully captures the spirit of the piece. In the arias, her partner is Neville Marriner, and Handel's dramatic Italian Cantatas are firmly supported by their arranger, Raymond Leppard. Listeners used to male altos or period instruments will find their preferences challenged by the sheer artistry on display here. --Dan Davis

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The Bach cantatas on this disc are both unusual. "Ich habe genug" is usually sung by baritones, but Bach's intentions as shown in the autograph score are less than clear: the autograph begins for soprano, but the first movement is not completed; the second version of the first movement is for alto; but the final version is for bass. At any rate, it makes you listen to this magnificent music afresh to hear it sung by a different voice-type than usually heard. "Gott soll allein" is a wonderful cantata that features an organ obbligato part in several movements instead of a violin or wind instrument.
Then there is the collection of arias. Bach wrote some truly beautiful music for the alto voice, expressive and heartfelt. Although many of these arias tend to the reflective, there is no routine here. Particularly remarkable is the drama of "Es ist vollbracht" from the St. John Passion. Baker conveys the negative meaning of the words "it is finished" at the beginning, then rips through the section that foreshadows the Resurrection ("Der held von Juda"). But when she returns to the first phrase she conveys the alternate meaning of the words--"It is accomplished." Yes, it is sung softly and slowly, but there is a quality of the voice that is triumphant. Wow!
Dame Janet was also well known for her abilities in the music of Handel, and here she puts all her vocal acting ability at the complete service of the music.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Profoundly moving. Unqualifiedly recommended. Jan. 16 2003
By altoman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The Bach cantatas on this disc are both unusual. "Ich habe genug" is usually sung by baritones, but Bach's intentions as shown in the autograph score are less than clear: the autograph begins for soprano, but the first movement is not completed; the second version of the first movement is for alto; but the final version is for bass. At any rate, it makes you listen to this magnificent music afresh to hear it sung by a different voice-type than usually heard. "Gott soll allein" is a wonderful cantata that features an organ obbligato part in several movements instead of a violin or wind instrument.
Then there is the collection of arias. Bach wrote some truly beautiful music for the alto voice, expressive and heartfelt. Although many of these arias tend to the reflective, there is no routine here. Particularly remarkable is the drama of "Es ist vollbracht" from the St. John Passion. Baker conveys the negative meaning of the words "it is finished" at the beginning, then rips through the section that foreshadows the Resurrection ("Der held von Juda"). But when she returns to the first phrase she conveys the alternate meaning of the words--"It is accomplished." Yes, it is sung softly and slowly, but there is a quality of the voice that is triumphant. Wow!
Dame Janet was also well known for her abilities in the music of Handel, and here she puts all her vocal acting ability at the complete service of the music.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The Incomparable Dame Janet Baker Dec 8 2012
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
EMI Classics has rightfully placed this remastered set of 2 CDs in their collection of worthy recordings. Listening to Dame Janet Baker is like having all else in the world at a hush, so perfectly clear and selfless is her commitment to the music she performs. As most everyone knows Dame Janet Baker was born in 1933 and has though she has retired form the stage her memory lingers vividly. She was particularly closely associated with baroque and early Italian opera and the works of Benjamin Britten. During her career, which spanned the 1950s to the 1980s, she was considered an outstanding singing actress and widely admired for her dramatic intensity, perhaps best represented in her famous portrayal as Dido, the tragic heroine of Berlioz's magnum opus Les Troyens. As a concert performer, Baker was noted for her interpretations of the music of Gustav Mahler and Edward Elgar. David Gutman, writing in the Gramophone, described her performance of Mahler's Kindertotenlieder as "intimate, almost self-communing."

Here we are treated to works by Bach and Handel and the purity of her line and the degree of communication so characteristic of her talent is nowhere better served than in this collection of solo cantatas and arias. The recordings here are samples from releases of original CDs from 1967 to 1974. The collaborators here include Yehudi Menuhin, Neville Marriner and Raymond Leppard.

For this listener the focal points of the collection are Bach's Cantata No.82, `Ich Habe Genug `with Sir Yehudi Menuhin conducting the Bath Festival Orchestra, Bach's `Bist Du Bei Mir' with Academy Of St Martin-In-The-Fields conducted by Neville Marriner, and Handel's Italian Cantata No.1 and Cantata No. 13 with Raymond Leppard conducting the English Chamber Orchestra. Other listeners will have their favorites but as far as selfless simplicity of singing these works are completely unforgettable. Highly Recommended. Grady Harp, December 12
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Admirers of Dame Janet Baker need not hesitate Nov. 4 2014
By Ralph Moore - Published on Amazon.com
I first had the Bach cantatas on a tatty little cassette and fell in love both with the music and Janet Baker's voice, to which the former is ideally suited. You can now get two of Bach's finest cantatas, plus arias from six, three more arias from two oratorios and the St John Passion with an hour of Handel made up of two secular virtuoso cantatas. I have no idea why the later EMI double CD issue has a picture of a melancholy lady on the front rather than either composers or Dame Janet herself but it matters little as you are getting over two and a half hours of glorious singing from the Great Dame in her finest voice.

That voice,instantly recognisable, is warm and agile with a ringing top and a trenchant lower register making it hard to categorise her as a true contralto or a mezzo-soprano; again, it doesn't matter other than to observe that the tessitura of the music hear gives her no problem at both extremes.

The plum here is the opening cantata, "Ich habe genug", brimful of melody and given elegant, stately accompaniment by Yehudi Menuhin directing the Bach Festival Orchestra. The recording might date back to 1966 but there is nothing stodgy or ploggy about the playing and the extended Sinfonia which introduces No.169 is delight., with some superb, sprightly organ-playing. There is also a robust and uncredited chorus for the concluding section of that cantata.

I remember the Handel cantatas coming out on a separate LP; the contrast in style between these two composers, born in the same year in Germany within 80 miles of each other is even more marked when their music is included on the same CD but it makes for an interesting compilation. the bustling energy and overtly operatic quality of Handel's music is very different from Bach's serene spirituality, yet both are highly dramatic and emotional. In truth, there was hardly a musical idiom, style, genre period or Fach that JB could not sing to the highest standard but many of her admirers will recall her just as fondly in Handelian opera as late French Romantic music.


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