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Purcell - Dido & Aeneas / Bott, Kirkby, Ainsley, Thomas, AAM, Hogwood [Original recording reissued]

Henry Purcell , Christopher Hogwood , Academy of Ancient Music Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (23 Jan 2006)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Universal Classics (L'Oiseau-Lyre)
  • ASIN: B000CC3MZ6
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,900 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Overture
2. Shake The Cloud From Off Your Brow
3. Ah! Belinda. I Am Prest With Torment
4. When Monarchs Unite
5. Whence Could So Much Virtue Spring?
6. Fear No Danger
7. See, See, Your Royal Guest Appears
8. Cupid Only Throws The Dart
9. If Not For Mine
10. Pursue Thy Conquest, Love
11. A Dance Gittars Chacony
12. To The Hills And The Vales
13. The Triumphing Dance
14. Prelude For The Witches - Wayward Sisters
15. Harm's Our Delight
16. The Queen Of Carthage, Whom We Hate
17. In Our Deep Vaulted Cell
18. Echo Dance Of The Furies
19. Ritornelle - Thanks To These Lonesome Vales
20. Glitter Ground - A Dance
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Dido And Aeneas (hogwood Aam Bott Kirby)

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good rendition at a good price 2 Oct 2008
By James
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I received this from Amazon UK a week ago and am very pleased with it. It is beautifully recorded and all the solo singers adhere to the pure vibrato-free style of the period. The historical orchestra is well balanced with some delectable archlutes and theorbos to the fore, and the choir is precise with good diction and tuning. A full libretto is enclosed (unusual at mid-price nowadays) with two scholarly essays about the sources used and decisions made in constructing the performance. I didn't find the sound effects as intrusive as my fellow reviewer.

All in all I think Purcell himself would have relished this performance and would recommend it to anyone seeking a first version of the opera.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Look no further! 28 July 2009
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With so many versions of Dido and Aeneas available, and no guide for the perplexed to make a decision from amongst such a wide choice being offered to us, what on Earth is one to do? Well your search is over. This is the "if you only get one version, get this" version.

Hogwood seems to have a bit of a Midas touch, combining fabulous performances by Catherine Bott and Emma Kirby at their finest, a great supporting cast and musicians directed with impeccable timing and pace.

Now it's not entirely perfect. In striving for authenticity, trouser and skirt roles are retained - I generally prefer to hear those parts in versions where the sorceress is played by a woman and the sailors by men - plus the sorceress and witches do ham it up a bit. But overall there is no better performance than this.

Full libretto included, and all at a great price.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars opera for an Oscar 31 Jan 2011
By darko
Format:Audio CD
usually I'm not a great fan of operas but this opera stunned me for life, it is not dull nor boring or long... it lasts cca. 50 min. and same time accomplished every aspects of opera.I have several recordings of Dido and Aeneas and this one I must say is very BEST recording ever made, it is recorded on period instruments and sung by the best voices specialised for baroque art of singing (no dramatic vibrato and purity of voice)including the unique voice of Emma Kirkby :))) One of most interesting parts is that the chief sorceress is sung by a male and it sounds GREAT!! so, I give two thumbs up for this superb recording.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You could be in the room..... 20 Feb 2012
Format:Audio CD
at William and Mary's court. Crisp, clean and sharp recording.
Catherine Bott is particularly good - she dips and soars like a lark - beautiful.
Michael Chance also very good.
Purcell's score skips along with purposeful drama leading to the inevitable heart breaking 'When I am laid in earth'. It was so moving I literally cried...all in all a great recording.
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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Too much thunder and lightning 23 July 2007
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This is certainly a good rendition of Purcell's chamber opera, well sung and performed, although I find the sound effects of thunder and lightning overdone and partly disturbing, especially since they are not in accordance with the otherwise "authentic practice" of this recording. (I am sure there was no prefabricated thunder and lightning at hand in Purcell's time, was it?) Still, there are more interesting versions of "Dido and Aeneas" available. If you are getting your first CD with this opera, try out the legendary 1961 recording with the English Chamber Orchestra, featuring Janet Baker as Dido. It's full of drama, and the sound engineering is excellent. If you prefer a version on period instruments, take a look at William Christie's 1994 recording with Les Arts Florissants. The playing is more transparent than on the Hogwood CD and the sound altogether more brilliant.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very close second choice Dido for me!! 21 Mar 2014
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The Pinnock Dido still remains my first choice for some reason but with the magnificent Catherine Bott, some wonderful thunder effects in between and the brilliant Christopher Hogwood in charge, make this download a very close second and I could never be without both on my Android :-) I've got both on CD too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful 17 Mar 2014
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As a long-time fan of the authentic approach to baroque music and of Kirkby, Bott, Chance and Hogwood as interpreters, I went for this recording when I was working towards a performance of Dido and Aeneas. Charged with emotion, it does not disappoint. The singing has clarity and purity, beautifully balanced by sensitive instrumental playing. The additional MP3 download proved a great bonus when learning the work as I could go back and back over just a very few bars at a time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The only opera you need buy 28 Aug 2014
By B. M. Clegg TOP 500 REVIEWER
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On the whole I detest opera. The music is generally second rate, the acting abysmal and the plots ludicrous. Throw in over-wobbly singing and the whole thing is a musical nightmare. (For me - I appreciate lots of people love it.) But there is a remarkable exception, and that's Dido and Aeneas.

Firstly it's short. Secondly, it's Purcell. And finally it contains what has to be one of the most gorgeous arias known in When I am Laid in Earth.

If you like music of the period, what's not to love - and this is a classic recording with people who really know how to avoid being heavy handed. Beautiful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great music
Fantastic piece of music and a good recording. For anyone unfamiliar with Purcell, as I largely was, this is a great listen.
Published 2 days ago by Greg Newton
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent choice
Beautifully sung,played and recorded. I am not an opera fan but this has changed my opinion of opera
Published 1 month ago by tom4hedges
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As recommended, beautiful version of this timeless music
Published 1 month ago by Michele Gasper
5.0 out of 5 stars Dido & Aeneas
A perfect early instrument performance with some of the finest interpreters and performers of Purcell's music today. Read more
Published 12 months ago by nigelpickles
5.0 out of 5 stars Beutiful interpretation of an amazing opera
Emma Kirkby is the definitive Dido. "Thy hand Belinda - When I am laid in Earth" has to be my all time favourite Aria and this performance is so moving. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Conall
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dido to have
Catherine Bott is to me the best Dido ever. What a lament! Emma Kirkby, Dido in Parrott's recording for Chandos, an excellent Belinda, the rest of the cast, orchestra and... Read more
Published on 29 Aug 2010 by Papageno
5.0 out of 5 stars moving
Superb recording of Dido and Aeneas. Great clarity, no added vibrato. Brings tears to my eyes and makes my throat well up.
Published on 21 April 2010 by C. Adamson
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Dido & Aeneas
First rate playing and singing: top quality soloists. Two very minor quibbles. 1) too much thunder (intrusive in parts); 2) recording quality not quite up to 2009 standards (but... Read more
Published on 24 Oct 2009 by Mr. P. E. Buckmaster
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