Dame Janet Baker – a great singer reflects on her career
Friday, December 29, 2023
We revisit a podcast made in 2013, made to celebrate Dame Janet's 80th birthday, in which she talks about some of the milestones of her career
Dame Janet Baker's contribution to classical music - in performance and on record - has been remarkable, enriching both the stage and the catalogue with performances of astonishing beauty, power and vivid insight. To mark her 80th birthday in August 2013, James Jolly met with her at Wigmore Hall to talk about her career for a Gramophone Milestones Podcast, made in association with EFG International. She shared her memories of working with Sir John Barbirolli, Leonard Bernstein, Gerald Moore, Raymond Leppard and Benjamin Britten.
Now 10 years on, we revisit the podcast to celebrate one of the UK's greatest musical artists, the recipient in 2011 of Gramophone's Lifetime Achievement Award.
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And sample Dame Janet Baker's art on this Warner Classics collection, 'The Very Best of Janet Baker', on Apple Music.