Dame Janet Baker sings Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert
PentaTone RQR PTC 5186 134
Classical - Vocal
Mozart: La Clemenza di Tito K. 621 ("Parto ! Parto, ma tu ben moi", "Deh, per questo istante solo"), Abendempfindung K. 523, Das Veilchen K. 476, Beethoven: Egmont Op. 84 ("Die Trommel gerühret", "Freudvoll und leidvoll"), No, non turbarti, WoO 92a, Ah! Perfido Op. 65, Schubert: Zögernd leise, D 920, Rosamunde D 797 ("Der Vollmond strahlt"), Lazarus D 689 ("So schlummert auf Rosen"), Alfonso und Estrella D 732 ("Könnt’ ich ewig hier verweilen")
Dame Janet Baker (mezzo-soprano)
English Chamber Orchestra & Choir
Raymond Leppard (conductor, piano, forte-piano, harpsichord)
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- Ludwig van Beethoven: Ah! Perfido for Soprano and Orchestra, Op. 65
- Ludwig van Beethoven: Egmont - Incidental Music, Op. 84
- Ludwig van Beethoven: No, non turbarti - Aria, WoO 92a
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Abendempfindung - Song, K. 523
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Das Veilchen - Song, K. 476
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: La clemenza di Tito - Opera, K. 621
- Franz Schubert: Alfonso und Estrella - Opera, D. 732
- Franz Schubert: Lazarus, oder Die Feier der Auferstehung - Cantata, D. 689
- Franz Schubert: Rosamunde - Incidental Music, D. 797
- Franz Schubert: Ständchen - Song for Alto, Chorus and Piano, D. 920
Review by John Broggio - May 12, 2006
This remarkably well recorded SACD brings back to life some, frankly, less than stellar performances from all involved; both interpretative ideas and the quality of singing leave a lot to be desired. Right from the off, Dame Janet sounds a little hard under strain and has certainly lost some of the richness of timbre that she used to possess. Sadly, hardly a track goes by without some fairly major intonation disagreements with the accompanying orchestra. Interpretatively too, the first two numbers cannot hold a candle to Jacobs new complete set of Mozart: La clemenza di Tito - Jacobs; time has moved on and the tempi should have too! Even for someone raised on the Berliner/Wiener Philharmonikers in Mozart, Beethoven & Schubert, the sound from the orchestra is far too rich. It is a great shame that I cannot be more enthusiastic about the performances because the recording deserves far more than the material it is asked to reproduce.
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