Julianne Baird's artistic
accomplishments are too numerous to summarize adequately, however,
here are a few highlights:
The New York Philharmonic
celebrated the entrance to the new millenium with a 10 CD set highlighting
its best performances of 20th century composers. Dr.
Baird is featured in the World Premiere orchestral recording of
Steve Reich's Tehillim with Zubin Mehta conducting. In the recently
released Jane's Hand, Dr. Baird sings English arias
culled from the personal hand- copied musical notebooks of the authoress.
The CD, Jane's Hand as well as a CD featuring Fanny Mendelssohn
Lieder was recorded in the Gordon Theater on the Camden
is the first and only recording of Schubert's original 1827 version
of his monumental song cycle--a project made possible by a Rutgers
Research Council Grant. English Lute Song was given
an Ovation Nomination for best Solo Vocal Album. Lullabies:
. . . from The Metropolitan Museum of Art was commissioned
by the Museum.
Dance on a Moonbean
(issued in July 2000) features Dr. Baird, Meryl Streep, Dawn Upshaw
and Frederica von Stade in a project to benefit children. Among
the recordings of Dr. Baird's to be released in Fall 2000 are Passionate
Pavans and Galliards: The Music of John Dowland, recorded
in New York's Town Hall, and the premiere recording of the modern
composer John Freeman: settings of poetry by John Donne.
was one of the original five singers who performed and recorded
Bach's B-minor Mass with one singer to a part-- realizing
musicologist Joshua Rifkin's controversial theory of Bach's performing
forces and launching a debate still current in musicological circles
today. In fact Dr. Baird participated with Joshua Rifkin at the
International Celebration of Bach in the year 2000 by performing
the Magnificat in Bach's own Thomaskirche in
Leipzig, Germany. Although the debate persists, the critics
gave their "highest scores" to Julianne Baird, who "convinced with
clear and firm arias."
Dr. Baird's soprano solos
in Handel's Messiah have garnered the highest praise from reviewers
of both her recording and performances. Most recently, James R.
Oestreich, in his comprehensive survey of recent recordings and
performances of Handel's Messiah for the N.Y.
Times, concluded with special praise for Julianne Baird's
interpretative skills: "in that respect, Ms. Baird remains the model".
Baird is Distinguished Professor of Music
Rutgers University in Camden,
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