Notes & Reviews:
AVIE continues to mine the rich catalog of recordings made by Andrew Parrott and his Taverner Choir & Players with a sumptuous reissue of Purcell's Dido & Aeneas. The performance is as fresh as when the recording was made in 1994, with baritone Ben Parry as the Trojan hero Aeneas, and soprano Emily Van Evera as the abandoned Queen of Carthage, delivering an interpretation of Dido's Lament that is as dignified as it is sublime.
BBC Music Magazine
Places the accent on giving meaning and color to every word of the text... Parrott directs the excellent Taverner Players in a performance that charms as well as moves in abundance.
MusicWeb International, 4th December 2014
Tempos are not particularly brisk but the playing is throughout fresh and vivid...the whole ensemble, down to Douglas Wootton's down-to-earth entertaining Sailor and the charming enchantresses, is superb.
This re-issue of the 1994 recording is certainly idiosyncratic but there is much to like, starting with the Taverner Players (led by Andrew Manze) who locate a strain of sad nostalgia right from the beginning and hold onto it in an elegant, expressive performance.
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