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Purcell: Dido And Aneas / Christie, Les Arts Florissants

Purcell / Ernman / Les Arts Florissants / Christie
Release Date: 01/12/2010 
Label:  Fra Musica   Catalog #: 501  
Composer:  Henry Purcell
Performer:  Hilary SummersChristopher MaltmanMalena ErnmanJudith van Wanroij,   ... 
Conductor:  William Christie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants
Number of Discs: 1 
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Libretto by Nahum Tate based on a story by Virgile

Sets and Costumes Chloé Obolensky

Lighting Jean Kalman

Coproduction with Netherlands Opera,Amsterdam, Production adapted for Vienna Festival May 2006

Prologue - Fiona Shaw
Dido - Malena Ernman
Aeneas - Christopher Maltman
Belinda - Judith Van Wanroij
Sorceress - Hilary Summers
2nd Woman - Lina Markeby
1st Witch - Ce?line Ricci
2nd Witch - Ana Quintans
Sailor - Damian Whiteley
Spirit - Marc Mauilon
Acrobats: Se?bastien Bruas,
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A genius with the ability to combine French and Italian influences in an art that transported the English language, Purcell may be William Christie's favourite composer.This production of Dido and Aeneas, directed by Deborah Warner and interpreted by Les Arts Florissants, was overwhelmingly acclaimed when created at the Vienna Festival in 2006 and again when repeated at the Opéra Comique in 2008.This short opera, one of the earrliest, is particularly dear to William Christie who has recorded and directed it on several occasions.

Brilliant stage direction by Deborah Warner combines various time spaces in the 17th century with the present day, enhanced by the subtle lighting schemes of Jean Kalman.The elegant, production for television by François Roussillon entirely sustains the stage direction and music bringing to life the performance recorded in December 2008 at the Opéra Comique.

"Ultimately this performance belongs to the remarkable Malena Ernman. Her unhinged, middle-aged visage, penetrating eyes and pitch-perfect performance lend the role a regal, otherworldly air. Her performance is so finely tuned, so precise, as to be invisible. Under Christie's consummate hand, it will break your heart." -- Opera News [5/2010]

Timing: 66 minutes
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Dido and Aeneas, Z 626 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Hilary Summers (Alto), Christopher Maltman (Baritone), Malena Ernman (Mezzo Soprano),
Judith van Wanroij (Soprano), Damian Whiteley (Bass), Lina Markeby (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  William Christie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1689; England 

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