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Purcell: Dido And Aeneas / Parrott, Taverner Choir & Players

Release Date: 04/20/1999 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 62993   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Henry Purcell
Performer:  Hanne Mari OrbaekJanet LaxHaden AndrewsLucie Skeaping,   ... 
Conductor:  Andrew Parrott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner PlayersTaverner Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Parrott directs the excellent Taverner Players in a performance that charms as well as moves in abundance.

This fresh performance, recorded in 1994, places the accent on giving meaning and colour to every word of the text. Those who are looking for big-voiced singers - big-voiced even within the restricted remit of most period-style performance practice - will be disappointed. But not I. Casting Ben Parry as Aeneas was a minor masterstroke. Parry will never strut the stage of the Met - his singing is more akin to what one might expect in a carefully cast musical - but his youthful, slightly husky Aeneas is wholly credible. What better to excuse the Trojan king's rather odd behaviour than lack of experience? Emily van
Read more Evera's Dido, Jane Lax's Belinda and Haden Andrews's Sorceress (Andrews is a bass-baritone) are all equally good, and Parrott directs the excellent Taverner Players in a performance that charms as well as moves in abundance. For me its closest rival on CD is Christopher Hogwood's gripping account on Decca Florilegium. But given a simple choice between the two, I'd walk away with this one.

Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- Stephen Pettitt, BBC Music Magazine


For all the performances available out there, the listener could not do better than this vividly dramatic reading...and as Dido, Emily Van Evera is the standout. Her death scene is a marvel of...expiring passion.

-- Newark Star Ledger
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Works on This Recording

Dido and Aeneas, Z 626 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Hanne Mari Orbaek (Soprano), Janet Lax (Soprano), Haden Andrews (Tenor),
Lucie Skeaping (Soprano), Kate Eckersley (Soprano), Sara Stowe (Soprano),
Douglas Wootton (Tenor), Emily van Evera (Soprano), Ben Parry (Baritone)
Conductor:  Andrew Parrott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Players,  Taverner Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1689; England 
Date of Recording: 09/1994 
Venue:  St. Giles, Cripplegate, London, England 
Length: 57 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: English 
Pavan for 3 Violins and Basso Continuo in G minor, Z 752 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Mark Levy (Bass Viola da gamba), Caroline Balding (Violin), Andrew Manze (Violin),
Richard Gwilt (Violin), Andrew Parrott (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1680; England 
Date of Recording: 09/1994 
Venue:  St. Giles, Cripplegate, London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 8 Secs. 

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