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Dame Janet Baker sings Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert

Dame Janet Baker sings Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert

PentaTone RQR  PTC 5186 134

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

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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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.

Copyright © 2006 John Broggio and HRAudio.net

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