PRIVATE LP FWR-67: JANET BAKER - Town Hall Recital Dec 2, 1966
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Background on this item -
Dame Janet Abbott Baker, CH, DBE, FRSA (born 21 August 1933) is an English mezzo-soprano best known as an opera, concert, and lieder singer. She was particularly closely associated with baroque and early Italian opera and the works of Benjamin Britten. During her career, which spanned the 1950s to the 1980s, she was considered an outstanding singing actress and widely admired for her dramatic intensity, perhaps best represented in her famous portrayal as Dido, the tragic heroine of Berlioz's magnum opus Les Troyens. As a concert performer, Baker was noted for her interpretations of the music of Gustav Mahler and Edward Elgar. David Gutman, writing in the Gramophone, described her performance of Mahler's Kindertotenlieder as "intimate, almost self-communing."

Baker was born in Hatfield, South Yorkshire, northern England. Her father was an engineer who sang in a male voice choir. Members of her family worked at Bentley pit, in Doncaster, South Yorkshire. She attended York College for Girls and then Wintringham Girls' Grammar School in Grimsby. The death of her elder brother, Peter, when she was 10 years old, from a heart condition, was a formative moment that made her take responsibility for the rest of her life, she revealed in a BBC Radio 3 Lebrecht Interview in September 2011.

In her early years Baker worked in a bank, transferring to London in 1953 where she trained with Meriel St Clair and Helene Isepp, whose son Martin became her regular accompanist. Knocked down by a bus in 1956, she suffered concussion and a persistently painful back injury. That same year, she came second in the Kathleen Ferrier Memorial Competition at the Wigmore Hall, winning national attention.

In 1956, she made her stage debut with the Oxford University Opera Club as Miss Róza in Smetana's The Secret. That year, she also made her debut at Glyndebourne. In 1959, she sang Eduige in the Handel Opera Society's Rodelinda; other Handel roles included Ariodante (1964), of which she later made an outstanding recording with Raymond Leppard, and Orlando (1966), which she sang at the Barber Institute, Birmingham.

PRIVATE PRESSING Records LP item - Light BLUE record labels with BLACK lettering - see pictures for more detail
Record Made in the USA
Pressing is in STEREO - the recording is from a performance she gave at Town Hall, December 2, 1966
Record Speed: 33 rpm
Record issued in: circa 1960s
Record Catalog Number: FWR 67

This listing is for a very rare, out of print LP featuring -


Performers on this title include -
Janet Baker, vocals
Martin Isepp, piano

LP Title -

Track listings -
1. Mozart: Vado, ma dove? (K.583), Parto, parto (from Titus)
2. Schubert: Heimliches Lieben, Abendrothe, Der Sieg, Abendstern, Auflosung, Der Gondelfahrer, An die Music (encore #1 from end of recital)
3. Duparc: Au pays ou se fait la guerre, Soupir
4. Berlioz: Villanelle, L'le inconnue
5. Faure: Apres un reve, Les roses d'Ispahan, Fleur jetee, Aurore, Notre amour, Chanson d'amour (encore #3)
6. Brahms: Das Madchen spricht (encore #2)

The LP jacket is in near MINT minus condition.
The jacket has NO seam splits - it is completely intact and only shows some shelf wear, primarily along the seams and corners.
It has NO drill holes or saw marks of any kind - see pictures with this listing for a better understanding of the condition of this item.
There is hand writing and little white stickers with stamps on both the front and back of the jacket.
The cover has clean and sharp colors - see picture with this listing for more detail.

The LP (vinyl) itself:
The LP is in near MINT minus condition!
It retains most of the original gloss and sheen!
The record has no serious marks on it, obviously well taken care of.
NO significant spindle marks either - just a couple of light ones.
This is the copy you have always wanted in your collection - any picky audiophile or collector should be happy with this one!
This LP may have a slight mark or two (spider marks) which are caused by sliding the LP in and out of the inner sleeve and are usually not audible on most audio systems, depending of course, on the sensitivity of your turntable, arm and cartridge.

Please understand that this is a vintage LP record - as such, one cannot expect the vinyl to sound like a brand new, audiophile pressing! Some noise is inevitable - for best results, always properly clean your LPs before playing them.

The LP is an audiophile quality pressing (any collector of fine MFSL, half speeds, direct to discs, Japanese/UK pressings etc., can attest to the difference a quality pressing can make to an audio system).

A Short Note About LP GRADING -
Mint {M} = Only used for sealed items.
Near Mint {NM} = Virtually flawless in every way.
Near Mint Minus {NM-} = Item has some minor imperfections, some audible.
Excellent {EXC} = Item obviously played and enjoyed with some noise.
Very Good Plus {VG+} = Many more imperfections which are noticeable and obtrusive.

Don't let this rarity slip by!!!

  • Item #: Private Records LP FWR-67 NM
  • Manufacturer: Private Records
  • Condition: Used

PRIVATE LP FWR-67: JANET BAKER - Town Hall Recital Dec 2, 1966

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