The legendary mezzo-soprano, Dame Janet Baker, celebrates her birthday today, 21 August.
During her prestigious career she has recorded many classical pieces, among them the wondrous song cycle, Sea Pictures, by Sir Edward Elgar.
Sea Pictures is much loved by my wife, Jane, who regards Dame Janet Baker's rendition as by far the best.
The cycle consists of five songs written by various poets and arranged for singer and orchestra.
If you want more information about the songs themselves, you will find it at https://en.wikipedia.or/wiki/SeaPictures
or you can listen to Dame Janet’s unforgettable performance by clicking here.