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  • Audio CD (21 Jan. 2010)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B002UIWSMI
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,005 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Dido And Aeneas - OvertureEnglish Chamber Orchestra 2:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Dido And Aeneas/Act 1 - ''Shake The Cloud From Off Your Brow''Raymond Leppard 1:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Dido And Aeneas/Act 1 - ''Ah! Belinda, I Am Prest With Torment''English Chamber Orchestra 5:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Dido And Aeneas/Act 1 - ''Whence Could So Much Virtue Spring?'' - ''Fear No Danger''Raymond Leppard 3:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Dido And Aeneas/Act 1 - ''See, Your Royal Guest'' - ''If Not For Mine'' - ''To The Hills And The Vales'' - The Triumphing DanceSir Thomas Allen 5:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Dido And Aeneas/Act 2 - Prelude For The WitchesRaymond Leppard 1:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Dido And Aeneas/Act 2 - ''Wayward Sisters'' - ''But Ere We This Perform''Helen Walker 4:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Dido And Aeneas/Act 2 - ''In Our Deep Vaulted Cell'' - Echo Dance Of The FuriesEnglish Chamber Orchestra 2:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Dido And Aeneas/Act 2 - Ritornelle - ''Thanks To These Lonesome Vales''English Chamber Orchestra 3:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Dido And Aeneas/Act 2 - ''Oft She Visits'' - ''Behold, Upon My Bending Spear''Sir Thomas Allen 3:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Dido And Aeneas/Act 2 - ''Stay, Prince'' - ''Jove's Commands Shall Be Obey'd''Sir Thomas Allen 3:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Dido And Aeneas/Act 3 - Prelude - ''Come Away, Fellow Sailors''Patrick Power 1:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Dido And Aeneas/Act 3 - The Sailor's Dance - ''See The Flags'' - ''Destruction'sour Delight'' - The Witches' DanceHelen Walker 4:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Dido And Aeneas/Act 3 - ''Your Counsel All Is Urged In Vain'' - ''But Death, Alas''Sir Thomas Allen 5:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Dido And Aeneas/Act 3 - ''Thy Hand, Belinda...When I Am Laid In Earth''Raymond Leppard 5:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Dido And Aeneas/Act 3 - ''With Drooping Wings''English Chamber Orchestra 4:45£0.79  Buy MP3 

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Moore TOP 50 REVIEWER on 8 July 2012
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At under an hour this mini-masterpiece should be in every opera-lover's collection. There are scores of versions available but I tend to favour those with a Dido of really starry vocal quality given that her torments lie at the heart of the opera and all other considerations are secondary: Purcell and his librettist Nathum Tate make little of Aeneas's psychology and the other roles are all supplementary, reflecting upon Dido's plight, even to the extent of some suggesting that the Sorceress is her alter ego (I don't really see it, myself; too much post-Freudian psycho-babble, if you ask me.)

So my three favourite recordings feature mezzo (or, as in Jessye Norman's case, mezzo-ish) divas: Janet Baker's youthful tour de force, Tatiana Troyanos under Charles Mackerras and this one under review. I appreciate that all are now rather venerable: this, the most recent, was recorded in 1985 but so what? They are not heavy or soupy; indeed Leppard instils lots of spring into his rhythms and uses small, alert forces.

Everything works in this account: Norman is able to lighten her velvety timbre when required to convey vulnerability but she can roll out the big, glossy tones for her grandest moments. Tom Allen's neat, flexible and virile baritone is ideal and he is most moving in his brief passages of conflict. Marie McLaughlin's Belinda is delightful, even if her diction is a little occluded, and the supporting cast contains some famous names. I especially like Derek Lee Ragin's ethereal and sinister Spirit, the best on disc, while Patrick Power's sailor is suitably robust. Patricia Kern characterises strongly as the Sorceress without overdoing it and she has a lovely firm voice.

In the end, it's Norman's glorious tour de force as Dido which counts; she invests her every utterance with either the stately grandeur or the plangent suffering it requires and thus her interpretation stands alongside Janet Baker's as a monument to her voice and art.
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By peggie on 14 Jan. 2015
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Excellent, Dido's lament - the grief of it - quite stunning
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By P Crowe on 11 Sept. 2014
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Both stately and sprightly 8 July 2012
By Ralph Moore - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
At under an hour this mini-masterpiece should be in every opera-lover's collection. There are scores of versions available but I tend to favour those with a Dido of really starry vocal quality given that her torments lie at the heart of the opera and all other considerations are secondary: Purcell and his librettist Nathum Tate make little of Aeneas's psychology and the other roles are all supplementary, reflecting upon Dido's plight, even to the extent of some suggesting that the Sorceress is her alter ego (I don't really see it, myself; too much post-Freudian psycho-babble, if you ask me.)

So my three favourite recordings feature mezzo (or, as in Jessye Norman's case, mezzo-ish) divas: Janet Baker's youthful tour de force, Tatiana Troyanos under Charles Mackerras and this one under review. I appreciate that all are now rather venerable: this, the most recent, was recorded in 1985 but so what? They are not heavy or soupy; indeed Leppard instils lots of spring into his rhythms and uses small, alert forces.

Everything works in this account: Norman is able to lighten her velvety timbre when required to convey vulnerability but she can roll out the big, glossy tones for her grandest moments. Tom Allen's neat, flexible and virile baritone is ideal and he is most moving in his brief passages of conflict. Marie McLaughlin's Belinda is delightful, even if her diction is a little occluded, and the supporting cast contains some famous names. I especially like Derek Lee Ragin's ethereal and sinister Spirit, the best on disc, while Patrick Power's sailor is suitably robust. Patricia Kern characterises strongly as the Sorceress without overdoing it and she has a lovely firm voice.

In the end, it's Norman's glorious tour de force as Dido which counts; she invests her every utterance with either the stately grandeur or the plangent suffering it requires and thus her interpretation stands alongside Janet Baker's as a monument to her voice and art.
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