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Janet Baker - Full Circle / Gluck, Donizetti, Elgar


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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Kultur Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 29, 2006
  • Run Time: 72 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GNOSKO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #317,275 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This is an intimate look at the final year in Dame Janet Baker's operatic career. Informal moments at home with her husband, friends and colleagues, together with interview sequences with Dame Janet complete a remarkable insight into the life of one of music's most sympathetic and articulate singers.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. Gawlitta on December 6, 2006
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I was fortunate enough to hear Dame Janet Baker in Madison, WI, while in college, back in the 70's. It was a stunning experience; such class and command of her art. This account of the last year of her operatic career has insights and fine artistry. Unfortunately, the sound recording is below par, especially in some of the spoken moments & interviews. Aside from the fine opera singing, my favorite moment was when she sang "She Moves Thro' the Fair" (an English folk song), at Carnegie Hall, as part of an American tour. Hearing Dame Janet reflect upon her remarkable career is most entertaining. Recorded by the BBC in 1982, and released by Kultur, this is a find for any serious music lover, despite the often fuzzy sound (there ARE subtitles available).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. A. Lovitt HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on August 21, 2013
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In this DVD about Dame Janet Baker's last year on the operatic stage, she sings the title roles in Gluck's "Alceste" at Covent Garden, Donizetti's "Mary Stuart" with the English National Opera at the London Coliseum, and Gluck's "Orfeo" at Glyndebourne, the stage where she had appeared in her first opera.

Unfortunately, a complete recording of her 'Alceste' was never made, although excerpts appear on this DVD, but recordings of her last two operas are available: "Donizetti - Mary Stuart / Baker, Plowright, Rendell, Tomlinson, Opie, Bostock, Mackerras, English National Opera" from EMI; and "Gluck - Orfeo ed Euridice / Baker, Speiser, Gale, Leppard, Glyndebourne Opera" from Erato.

"Full Circle" (both the book and the DVD) provide a detailed, behind-the-scenes look at what it took in terms of talent, suffering, and collegiality to produce these three operas. I can't help wondering whether she agreed to make this video version of her last appearances on the operatic stage, not so much as a memorial, but as a method of forcing herself to retire. Over and over on this video she talks about how relieved and happy she is that this part of her career is coming to an end. Doth the lady protest too much? In her written autobiography, she spends quite a bit of text defending her reasons to quit opera while she was still at the height of her power:

"Some of the young [choristers] expressed mystification that I could give up opera when I can still do it!
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