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Today is Dame Janet Baker’s 79th birthday.

This afternoon, NEPR played a recording of her singing “Dido’s Lament” (“When I am Laid in Earth”) by Purcell.  Included were the recitative before and the entire section following the aria.  Dame Janet, chorus and orchestra were all wonderful.

I was quite moved by the vocal beauty, intelligent musicianship, and emotion conveyed.  I began crying, then turned off the radio.  I didn’t want to listen to anything else.

Thank you, Dame Janet.  Happy Birthday.

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