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Purcell: Dido & Aeneas / Mcgegan, Hunt, Saffer, Elliott

Release Date: 09/27/1994 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 907110   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Henry Purcell
Performer:  Lorraine Hunt LiebersonLisa SafferDonna DeamEllen Rabiner,   ... 
Conductor:  Nicholas McGegan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Baroque OrchestraClare College Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"HENRY PURCELL'S chamber opera, "Dido and Aeneas," is plentifully represented on disk, but Nicholas McGegan's new recording, with the Philharmonia Baroque and the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge is the freshest and most compelling since Andrew Parrott's magnificent account of 1981 (on Chandos). Mr. McGegan's soloists -- Lorraine Hunt as Dido, Lisa Saffer as Belinda and Michael Dean as Aeneas -- work wonders with the concise characterizations provided by Purcell and his librettist, Nahum Tate.
As gorgeously as Emma Kirkby sang Dido for Mr. Parrott, Ms. Hunt captures the Carthaginian queen's anger and resignation far more vividly. Her voice has the right coloration for the role. Slightly dusky and nicely rounded, it
Read more sounds regal but not stolid. As such, it contrasts nicely with Ms. Saffer's brighter, lither sound, an important distinction in the work's opening scene, when the optimistic Belinda unwittingly urges Dido toward a fateful liaison with Aeneas...Mr. Dean is also an ideal match as Aeneas, and that is a rarity...Mr. McGegan mirrors these qualities in an orchestral accompaniment that is spirited, invitingly transparent and, most important, as carefully nuanced as the singing."

Allan Kozinn, NEW YORK TIMES
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Works on This Recording

Dido and Aeneas, Z 626 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (Soprano), Lisa Saffer (Soprano), Donna Deam (Soprano),
Ellen Rabiner (Mezzo Soprano), Christine Brandes (Soprano), Michael Dean (Baritone),
Ruth Rainero (Soprano), Nicholas McGegan (Harpsichord), John Butt (Harpsichord),
Paul Elliott (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nicholas McGegan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra,  Clare College Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1689; England 
Date of Recording: 09/1993 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA 
Length: 50 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: English 
Gordian Knot Unty'd, Z 597: Suite by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Nicholas McGegan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1691; England 
Date of Recording: 09/1993 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA 
Length: 10 Minutes 5 Secs. 

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