Sunday, November 2, 2014

Taminophile revisits the wonder that is Dame Janet Baker

I know this interview by dear Joyce DiDonato with Dame Janet Baker has been posted across the blogosphere many times since August, 2013, but I just now watched it again, and I am both remarkably inspired and in tears. Two very wise women get to talk in front of a camera.

Of course, this leads us to amazing recordings:

I've shared this amazing clip before--Dido at Glyndebourne, 1966, cond. Charles Mackerras:

Brahms Alto Rhapsody, 1979, Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra under János Ferencsik

This one is a surprise, but then again, maybe not (cond. Raymond Leppard, English Chamber Orchestra, 1972):

By contrast, not a surprise at all to hear this in Dame Janet's repertoire, or to hear it sung so beautifully (cond. Sir Neville Mariner, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields):

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