1 800 222 6872

Purcell: Dido & Aeneas / Rachael Lloyd, Robert Davies, Elin Manahan Thomas. Armonico Consort, Christopher Monks

Audio Samples

  1. Purcell — Dido & Aeneas, Z. 626: Overture $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Purcell — Dido & Aeneas, Z. 626, Act I: Belinda & Chorus - “Shake the cloud from off your brow” $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Purcell — Dido & Aeneas, Z. 626, Act I: Dido - “Ah! Belinda, I am press’d with torment” $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Purcell — Dido & Aeneas, Z. 626, Act I: Belinda & Dido - “Grief increases by concealing” $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Purcell — Dido & Aeneas, Z. 626, Act I: Chorus - “When monarchs unite, how happy their state” $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Purcell — Dido & Aeneas, Z. 626, Act I: Dido & Belinda - “Whence could so much virtue spring?” $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Purcell — Dido & Aeneas, Z. 626, Act I: Belinda, Second Woman & Chorus - “Fear no danger to ensue” $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Purcell — Dido & Aeneas, Z. 626, Act I: Belinda, Aeneas, Dido - “See, your royal guest appears” $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Purcell — Dido & Aeneas, Z. 626, Act I: Chorus - “Cupid only throws the dart” $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Purcell — Dido & Aeneas, Z. 626, Act I: Aeneas - “If not for mine, for Empire’s sake” $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Purcell — Dido & Aeneas, Z. 626, Act I: Belinda - “Pursue thy conquest love” $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Purcell — Dido & Aeneas, Z. 626, Act I: Guitars’ Chaconne $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Purcell — Dido & Aeneas, Z. 626, Act I: Chorus - “To the hills and the vales” $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Purcell — Dido & Aeneas, Z. 626, Act I: The Triumphing Dance $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Purcell — Dido & Aeneas, Z. 626, Act II Scene 1: Prelude for the Witches (Sorceress & First Witch) - “Wayward sisters” $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Purcell — Dido & Aeneas, Z. 626, Act II Scene 1: Chorus - “Harm’s our delight” $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Purcell — Dido & Aeneas, Z. 626, Act II Scene 1: Sorceress - “The Queen of Carthage, whom we hate” $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Purcell — Dido & Aeneas, Z. 626, Act II Scene 1: Chorus - “Ho ho ho, ho ho ho!” $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Purcell — Dido & Aeneas, Z. 626, Act II Scene 1: First & Second Witches, Sorceress - “Ruin’d ere the set of sun?” $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Purcell — Dido & Aeneas, Z. 626, Act II Scene 1: Chorus - “Ho ho ho, ho ho ho!” (Reprise) $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Purcell — Dido & Aeneas, Z. 626, Act II Scene 1: First & Second Witches - “But, ere we this perform” $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Purcell — Dido & Aeneas, Z. 626, Act II Scene 1: Chorus - “In our deep vaulted cell” $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Purcell — Dido & Aeneas, Z. 626, Act II Scene 1: Echo Dance of Furies $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Purcell — Dido & Aeneas, Z. 626, Act II Scene 2: Ritornelle $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Purcell — Dido & Aeneas, Z. 626, Act II Scene 2: Belinda & Chorus - “Thanks to these lonesome vales” $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Purcell — Dido & Aeneas, Z. 626, Act II Scene 2: Second Woman - “Oft she visits this lone mountain” $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Purcell — Dido & Aeneas, Z. 626, Act II Scene 2: Aeneas & Dido - “Behold, upon my bended spear” $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Purcell — Dido & Aeneas, Z. 626, Act II Scene 2: Belinda & Chorus - “Haste to town” $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Purcell — Dido & Aeneas, Z. 626, Act II Scene 2: Spirit & Aeneas: “Stay, Prince! and hear great Jove’s command” $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Purcell — Dido & Aeneas, Z. 626, Act III Scene 1: The Sailor’s Dance I $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Purcell — Dido & Aeneas, Z. 626, Act III Scene 1: Drunken Sailor & Chorus - “Come away, fellow sailors” $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Purcell — Dido & Aeneas, Z. 626, Act III Scene 1: The Sailor’s Dance II $0.99 on iTunes
  33. Purcell — Dido & Aeneas, Z. 626, Act III Scene 1: Sorceress, First & Second Witches - “See, the flags and streamers curling” $0.99 on iTunes
  34. Purcell — Dido & Aeneas, Z. 626, Act III Scene 1: Sorceress - “Our next motion” $0.99 on iTunes
  35. Purcell — Dido & Aeneas, Z. 626, Act III Scene 1: Chorus - “Destruction’s our delight” $0.99 on iTunes
  36. Purcell — Dido & Aeneas, Z. 626, Act III Scene 1: The Witches’ Dance $0.99 on iTunes
  37. Purcell — Dido & Aeneas, Z. 626, Act III Scene 2: Dido, Belinda & Aeneas - “Your counsel all is urged in vain” $0.99 on iTunes
  38. Purcell — Dido & Aeneas, Z. 626, Act III Scene 2: Chorus - “Great minds against themselves conspire” $0.99 on iTunes
  39. Purcell — Dido & Aeneas, Z. 626, Act III Scene 2: Dido - “Thy hand, Belinda, darkness shades me” $0.99 on iTunes
  40. Purcell — Dido & Aeneas, Z. 626, Act III Scene 2: Dido - “When I am laid in earth” $0.99 on iTunes
  41. Purcell — Dido & Aeneas, Z. 626, Act III Scene 2: Chorus - “With drooping wings” $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Purcell, Henry : Dido and Aeneas, Z 626
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The Armonico Consert and soloists perform Henry Purcell's evergreen chamber opera Dido & Aeneas, the work based on Virgil's epic, the Aeneid. Armonico Consert is one of the largest and most innovative organizations of its kind in the UK, existing to inspire audiences with its unique programs. About Armonico Consert: "... the whole thing seems suffused with light reflected from Manahan Thomas' voice, and Steele-Perkins' effortlessly projected trumpet." (BBC Radio 3 CD review of Let The Bright Seraphim, SIGCD289) "... a disc of unending delight." (Gramophone review of Naked Byrd Two, SIGCD235).

The Telegraph, 24th May 2015
Lithe, colourful, tastefully phrased and dynamically astute playing...[the cast] sing compellingly and inhabit their roles with the same sensitivity that distinguishes the whole performance.

Sunday Times, 24th May 2015
This account has likeable soloists..., a fine chorus (though "Great minds" and "With drooping wings" are too slow) and a lively band. One-string-to-a-part weakens passages like the end of "Oft she visits", but brings out Purcell's expressive part-writing.

The Guardian, 4th June 2015
A fine performance should magic up a sense of epic. Christopher Monks and his Armonico Consort almost manage to. This is a clean, uncluttered account featuring crystalline voices, good diction, safe tempos and well-defined phrasing...vocal ensembles are luminous and the instrumental playing is bright and streamlined. Best of all is Rachael Lloyd's dignified Dido, rich-voiced, poetic and flawlessly delivered.

Financial Times, 20th June 2015
The Armonico Consort and its musical director, Christopher Monks, capture this abundance of inspiration in a performance full of life and variety...Rachael Lloyd's dignified Dido and Elin Manahan Thomas's bright Belinda are well contrasted.

Gramophone Magazine, August 2015
There's a lot going for this newcomer. The scale is modest...The playing is wonderfully vital...The soloists are equally fine. Bright-toned Elin Manahan Thomas is well cast as Belinda...Roderick Morris is pleasingly unexaggerated as a countertenor Sorceress...Rachael Lloyd - lovesick, imperious, resigned - is an excellent Dido, her famous Lament no less effective for being restrained.

BBC Music Magazine, September 2015
This new recording, with a cast of youthful, fresh-voiced soloists and an ingenuous approach, recaptures the spirit of the first known performance in a Chelsea boarding school for 'young gentlewomen'... Rachel Lloyd makes a graceful Dido... Christopher Monks's fleet direction and wispy instrumental playing enhance the all-pervasive dance rhythms.

American Record Guide, November/December 2015
This is very much a small-scale Dido. The orchestra consists of only six members, the strings one per part. Of the cast, I found particularly appealing baritone Davies, who makes it possible to think of Aeneas as a sympathetic character. The most beautiful work, is done by the eight-member chorus, which sings with robust discipline or delicate expressiveness, all in handsomely blended ensemble.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Church of St Augustine, Kilburn (10/20/2014-10/21/2014).



Reviews

There are currently no reviews, be the first one!
Login or Create an Account to write a review
 

Also Purchased

Works Details

>Purcell, Henry : Dido and Aeneas, Z 626
  • Conductor: Christopher Monks
  • Ensemble: Armonico Consort
  • Notes: Church of St Augustine, Kilburn (10/20/2014-10/21/2014)
  • Running Time: 42 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1689