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Purcell - Dido & Aeneas

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  • Orchestra: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
  • Conductor: René Jacobs
  • Composer: Henry Purcell
  • Audio CD (12 Feb. 2001)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi
  • ASIN: B000056SSV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 267,335 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Ov - OAE/Rene Jacobs
  2. Act I: Shake The Cloud - Rosemary Joshua
  3. Act I: Ah! Belinda, I Am Prest - Lynne Dawson
  4. Act I: Grief Increase By Concealing - Rosemary Joshua
  5. Act I: When Monarchs Unite - Clare College Chapel Chor/Timothy Brown
  6. Act I: Whence Could So Much Virtue Spring? - Lynne Dawson
  7. Act I: Fear No Danger To Ensue - Rosemary Joshua/Maria Cristina Kiehr
  8. Act I: See, Your Royal Guest Appears - Rosemary Joshua
  9. Act I: Cupid Only Throws The Dart - Clare College Chapel Chor/Timothy Brown
  10. Act I: If Not For Mine - Gerald Finley
  11. Act I: Pursue Thy Conquest - Rosemary Joshua
  12. Act I: To The Hills And The Vales - Clare College Chapel Chor/Timothy Brown
  13. Act I: The Triumphing Dance - OAE/Rene Jacobs
  14. Act II: Prld For The Witches - OAE/Rene Jacobs
  15. Act II: Harm's Our Delight - Clare College Chapel Chor/Timothy Brown
  16. Act II: The Queen Of Carthage - Susan Bickley
  17. Act II: Ho Ho Ho, Ho Ho Ho! - Clare College Chapel Chor/Timothy Brown
  18. Act II: But Ere We This Perform - Dominque Visse/Stephen Wallace
  19. Act II: In Our Deep Vaulted Cell - Clare College Chapel Chor/Timothy Brown
  20. Act II: Echo Dance Of Furies - OAE/Rene Jacobs
  21. Act II: Ritornelle - OAE/Rene Jacobs
  22. Act II: Thanks To These Lonesome Vales - Rosemary Joshua
  23. Act II: Oft She Visits This Lov'd Mountain - Maria Cristina Kiehr
  24. Act II: Behold, Upon My Bending Spear - Gerald Finley
  25. Act II: Haste, Haste To Town - Rosemary Joshua
  26. Act II: Stay, Prince And Hear Great Jove's Command - Robin Blaze
  27. Act II: Then Since Our Charmes Have Sped - Clare College Chapel Chor/Timothy Brown
  28. Act II: The Grove's Dance - OAE/Rene Jacobs
  29. Act III: Prld - OAE/Rene Jacobs
  30. Act III: Come Away Fellow Sailors - Clare College Chapel Chor/Timothy Brown
  31. Act III: See The Flags And Streamers Curling - Susan Bickley
  32. Act III: Our Next Motion - Susan Bickley
  33. Act III: Destruction's Our Delight - Clare College Chapel Chor/Timothy Brown
  34. Act III: The Witches' Dance - OAE/Rene Jacobs
  35. Act III: Your Counsel All Is Urged In Vain - Lynne Dawson
  36. Act III: Great Minds Against Themselves Conspire - Clare College Chapel Chor/Timothy Brown
  37. Act III: Thy Hand, Belinda - Lynne Dawson
  38. Act III: When I Am Laid In Earth - Lynne Dawson
  39. Act III: With Dropping Wings Ye Cupids Come - Clare College Chapel Chor/Timothy Brown

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BBC Review

With a cast of singers such as the one chosen by Rene Jacobs for his new recording of Purcell's opera Dido and Aeneas it would be hard to imagine anything short of a triumph. Nor, in the event, was I disappointed, though opinions will surely differ over the solution offered by Jacobs for the end of Act II. It has long been thought that music for a concluding scene of the act has been lost. Jacobs has adapted music from Purcell's semi-opera The Fairy Queen to fit the surviving text for 'The Sorceress and her Enchantresses' and borrowed its Act III tune to provide the concluding Grove's Dance indicated in the libretto.

Jacobs paces the drama effectively, seldom underplaying the wide range of emotions contained in the music. Gerald Finley's Aeneas is nobly declaimed, so much so that we can almost feel sympathy for his predicament as he concedes to Jupiter's command at the end of Act II. Susan Bickley's Sorceress, though well characterised, is less menacing than some of her rivals on disc - I'm thinking of Monica Sinclair in the Anthony Lewis recording (Decca) - but Dominique Visse and Stephen Wallace as the First and Second Witches are horridly fiendish. The two leading roles, Dido sung by Lynne Dawson and her lady-in-waiting Belinda by Rosemary Joshua, are rewarding. Dawson, on her strongest form, has as perfect a voice for the role as any I can think of, delivering a beautifully sustained monologue - not quite enough anger, perhaps - and a deeply felt concluding lament, in which she is sensitively supported by the strings of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Restrained, clear-textured singing by the Choir of Clare College Chapel, Cambridge, sets the seal on a fine performance. Andrew Parrott (Chandos), William Christie (Erato), Anthony Lewis (Decca) and Geraint Jones (EMI) are among those versions which, in a diversity of respects, offer interesting and mainly satisfying alternatives, but the newcomer has fewer weak moments than any of them.

Performance *****
Sound *****

© BBC Music Magazine 2001


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