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.
- Janet Baker: A life in music (guardian.co.uk) This is a wonderful interview, very well written.