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Purcell: Dido And Aeneas / Haim, Graham, Bostridge


Release Date: 11/17/2009 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 66821   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Henry Purcell
Performer:  Ian BostridgeFelicity PalmerDavid DanielsCamilla Tilling,   ... 
Conductor:  Emmanuelle Haïm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert D'AstréeEuropean Voices
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Despite its brevity, Purcell's Dido and Aeneas holds many charms for audience and performers alike, so it's no wonder that there has recently been something of a boomlet in recordings and reissues (certainly, it doesn't hurt that this mini-sized opera fits easily on one disc). This particular traversal is helmed by the rising young French conductor and harpsichordist Emmanuelle Haïm, whose snap and vigor in this repertoire is immensely appealing. Another real pleasure is getting to know the stylish Concert d'Astrée, whose poise and elegance is a welcome addition to the roster of Baroque ensembles.

Haïm keeps the work zipping along at a terrific clip but still gives her soloists plenty of room to
Read more luxuriate--and what soloists she has! As Dido, Susan Graham blends her signature warmth with a great deal of sweet wistfulness, particularly in the famous aria "Dido's Lament", in which her melancholy is matched by a chromatically descending bass line. As sung by Ian Bostridge, Aeneas is a soulful warrior, and Felicity Palmer's Sorceress offers plenty of venom without resorting to the nasal vamping that many others singing this role have used. David Daniels' brief turn as the Spirit deserves a special salute for a wonderfully funny caricature (imagine a minor, wheedling office clerk from the bureaucratic pantheon). The sound is as full and rich as the mythic portrayals, making this an easy recommendation. [2/17/2004]

--Anastasia Tsioulcas, ClassicsToday.com [reviewing Virgin 45605]
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Works on This Recording

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Dido and Aeneas, Z 626 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Ian Bostridge (Tenor), Felicity Palmer (Soprano), David Daniels (Countertenor),
Camilla Tilling (Soprano), Susan Graham (Mezzo Soprano), Cecile De Boever (Soprano),
Paul Agnew (Tenor)
Conductor:  Emmanuelle Haïm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert D'Astrée,  European Voices
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1689; England 
Date of Recording: 03/2003 
Venue:  Arsenal de Mertz, France 

Sound Samples

Dido and Aeneas: Overture
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 1: Scene: The Palast: Shake the Clouds from off your Brow (Belinda)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 1: Scene: The Palast: Banish Sorrow, banish care (Chorus)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 1: Scene: The Palast: Ah! Belinda, I am press'd with torment (Dido)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 1: Scene: The Palast: Grief increases by concealing (Belinda-Dido)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 1: Scene: The Palast: Whence could so much virtue spring? (Dido-Belinda)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 1: Scene: The Palast: Fear no danger to ensue (Belinda-Second Woman-Chorus)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 1: Scene: The Palast: See, your Royal Guest appears (Belinda-Aeneas-Dido)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 1: Scene: The Palast: Cupid only throws the dart (Chorus)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 1: Scene: The Palast: If not for mine, for Empire's sake (Aeneas-Belinda)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 1: Scene: The Palast: To the Hills and the Vales (Chorus)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 1: Scene: The Palast: The Triumphing Dance
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 2, Scene 1:The Cave: Wayward sisters, you that fright (Sorceress)/Harm's our Delight (Chorus)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 2, Scene 1:The Cave: The Queen of Carthage, whom we hate (Sorceress)/Ho Ho Ho (Chorus)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 2, Scene 1:The Cave: Ruin'd ere the set of sun? (Two Witches-Sorceress)/Ho Ho Ho (Chorus)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 2, Scene 1:The Cave: But ere we this perform (Two Witches)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 2, Scene 1:The Cave: In our deep vaulted cell (Echo Chorus)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 2, Scene 1:The Cave: Echo Dance of Furies
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 2, Scene 2: The Grove: Ritornelle
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 2, Scene 2: The Grove: Thanks to these lonesome vales (Belinda-Chorus)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 2, Scene 2: The Grove: Oft she visits this lone mountain (Second Woman)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 2, Scene 2: The Grove: Haste, haste to town (Belinda-Chorus)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 2, Scene 2: The Grove: Stay, Prince, and hear Great Jove's Command (Spirit-Aeneas)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 3, Scene 1: The Ships: Come away fellow Sailors (First Sailor-Chorus)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 3, Scene 1: The Ships: The Sailors' Dance
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 3, Scene 1: The Ships: See the flags and streamers curling (Sorceress-Two Witches)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 3, Scene 1: The Ships: Our next Motion (Sorceress)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 3, Scene 1: The Ships: Destruction's our delight (Chorus)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 3, Scene 1: The Ships: The Witches' Dance
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 3, Scene 2: Your Counsel all is urg'd in vain (Dido-Belinda-Aeneas)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 3, Scene 2: Great minds against themselves conspire (Chorus)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 3, Scene 2: Thy hand Belinda; Darkness shades me (Dido)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 3, Scene 2: When I am laid in earth (Dido)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 3, Scene 2: With drooping wings (Chorus)

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