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Purcell: Dido & Aeneas

14 Feb 2014 | Format: MP3

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  • Label: Decca Music Group Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 2005 Decca Music Group Limited
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  • Total Length: 52:12
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  • ASIN: B001RNW4XA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,977 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By James on 2 Oct 2008
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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 By E. L. Wisty TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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 By darko on 31 Jan 2011
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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 By Book Raven on 20 Feb 2012
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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 By C. G. Kiem on 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 By Scott N. on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By retired reader on 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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By nigelpickles on 12 Aug 2013
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A perfect early instrument performance with some of the finest interpreters and performers of Purcell's music today. Although Janet Baker was a great Dido (especially the lament) with the English Chamber Orchestra and Sir Anthony Lewis in a 1961 recording.
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