Notes and Editorial Reviews
Leppard gives a performance with considerable bite and verve, matched by Troyanos's tragic and irascible singing.
...Leppard gives a performance with considerable bite and verve... For all that it now seems dated, then, Leppard's performance has dramatic dimensions that are eminently worth retaining. These begin with the contrast between the rich-voiced Dido of Tatiana Troyanos and the clean Belinda of Felicity Palmer: the differences between their characters emerge very strongly here... Troyanos and Palmer may both sound a shade miscast in terms of range...but the contrast of personality between Dido and Belinda must surely be the main dramatic force in the first act...
[T]he confrontation between Dido
and Aeneas in the last act is more powerful in Leppard's recording... [Emma] Kirkby [in Andrew Parrott's recording] cannot challenge the tragic and irascible singing of Troyanos in that scene. This is not a matter of historically appropriate colours, it seems to me, so much as a sense of drama created by flexible tempo and declamation, matters in which Leppard's extensive experience in the theatre gave him the advantage.
...Leppard's musicianship and sensitivity merit the closest attention: nobody will be disappointed with his performance.
-- Gramophone [11/1991]
reviewing this recording previously reissued as Erato 45263
Works on This Recording
Dido and Aeneas, Z 626 by Henry Purcell
Tatiana Troyanos (Soprano),
Linn Maxwell (Soprano),
Elisabeth Gale (Soprano),
Felicity Palmer (Soprano),
Patricia Kern (Mezzo Soprano),
Richard Stilwell (Baritone),
Philip Langridge (Tenor),
Alfreda Hodgson (Mezzo Soprano)
English Chamber Orchestra,
English Chamber Orchestra Choir
Written: 1689; England
Date of Recording: 02/1977
Venue: Henry Wood Hall, London, England
Length: 56 Minutes 17 Secs.
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