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on 17 April 2009
It is sometimes too easy to allow ones initial impressions of a piece of music, or a particular recording, to become the standard by which all others are judged. Subjectivity is, by its very nature, relative, and as such will always influence the opinions of those expressing them.
In writing this review, I have tried to be mindful of allowing any conceit on my part to unduly influence my opinion; I would hope that when I say that I consider this recording of Dido & Aeneas to be quite simply the greatest that I have ever heard, the reader will forgive any lack of objectivity on my part that they may perceive.
This recording, made in 1961, is quite astonishing in its precision, vitality, depth, and clarity. The engineers responsible for re-mastering this work have produced something quite superb. From the overture (which from the very beginning tells you that this is not a story that will have a happy ending) to the heart-rending finale, the beauty of this work resonates throughout. The vocal and instrumental performances are harmonious, poised, and express fully the emotional depth of the opera in all its glory.
Should you decide to purchase this particular recording, I am sure that it will become one of the treasures in your collection.