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Purcell: Dido & Aeneas / Faultless, Ainsley, Tynan, Bardon, Finley, et al

Audio Samples

  1. Purcell — Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626: Overture $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Purcell — Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act I: Shake the Cloud from Off Your Brow (Belinda, Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Purcell — Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act I: Grief Increases By Concealing (Belinda, Dido, Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Purcell — Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act I: Whence Could So Much Virtue Spring? (Dido, Belinda, 2nd Woman, Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Purcell — Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act I: See, Your Royal Guest Appears (Belinda, Aeneas, Dido, Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Purcell — Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act I: Cupid Only Throws the Dart (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Purcell — Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act I: Guitar Chaconne $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Purcell — Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act I: To the Hills and the Vales (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Purcell — Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act I: The Triumphing Dance $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Purcell — Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act II: Wayward Sisters (Sorceress, 1st Witch, Witches) $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Purcell — Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act II: The Queen of Carthage, Whom We Hate (Sorceress, Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Purcell — Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act II: In Our Deep Vaulted Cell (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Purcell — Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act II: Echo Dance of Furies $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Purcell — Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act II: Ritornelle $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Purcell — Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act II: Thanks to These Lonesome Vales (Belinda, Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Purcell — Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act II: Guitar Passacaille $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Purcell — Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act II: Guitar Dance: Oft She Visits This Lone Mountain (2nd Woman) $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Purcell — Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act II: Behold, Upon My Bended Spear (Aeneas, Dido) - Haste, Haste to Town (Belinda, Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Purcell — Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act III: Come Away, Fellow Sailors (1st Sailor, Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Purcell — Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act III: See, the Flags and Streamers Curling (Sorceress, 1st and 2nd Witches) $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Purcell — Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act III: Our Next Motion (Sorceress) $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Purcell — Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act III: Great Minds Against Themselves Conspire (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Purcell — Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act III: Thy Hand, Belinda - Darkness Shades Me (Dido) $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Purcell — Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act III: With Drooping Wings Ye Cupids Come (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes

Notes & Reviews:

"This new recording for Chandos from the Choir and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment is surely set for widespread critical acclaim. The performance takes into account new developments in scholarly thinking, aiming to emulate more closely the court entertainment of Purcell's day. Most noticeable is the incorporation of other dance works by Purcell: a tune from Bonduca, the Almand from his G minor keyboard suite and, my personal favourite, two improvised guitar dances played by the OAE's plucked-continuo players. These inclusions do give the opera a different, more courtly feel to previous recordings; they open it out, allowing more contemplation on the unfolding action." -BBC

Gramophone Magazine
Here is England 's first great opera presented with a truly cohesive sense of theatrical purpose... Sarah Connolly is the driving force from the start... a supremely wide-ranging, tragic and experienced queen... inhabiting the shadows of "Ah! Belinda" with early signs of deplorable fate... the Lament... Connolly lives it with exactly the right blend of pre-conceived nobility and gut-wrenching sadness, simply confirming it as one of the musical high-points of the 17th century.

BBC Music Magazine
This new Dido... enshrines Connolly as one of the most affecting Carthaginian Queens since Janet Baker's account nearly half a century ago. From the outset, Connolly exudes imposing presence, pathos and unassailable dignity; her Act III Lament consummates a deeply-felt empathy with the role (honed not just in Purcell but also mindful of Berlioz's portrait in The Trojans). Gerald Finley's aristocratic Aeneas and Patricia Bardon's gimmick-free yet blood-chilling Sorceress are particularly impressive - though Bardon's sorority of witches sounds more house-trained than maliciously feral, while the playing of the OAE for co-directors Elizabeth Kenny and Stephen Devine is ever-alert and full of flair.

The Guardian
Dido sounds neither "prest with torment" in the opening scenes nor anguished at the close. The great singing comes from Patricia Bardon's lethal Sorceress and Gerald Finley's sincere, subtly anguished Aeneas. The playing, from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, co-directed by harpsichordist Steven Devine and guitarist Elizabeth Kenny, is exquisite.

BBC Music Magazine
A passionate and charismatic venture, the brainchild of Sarah Connolly, the Dido on this disc. Gerald Finley is stunning as a brave and silken-voiced Aeneas, and the continuo powerhouse of Kenny and Devine is awesome.



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