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Henry Purcell: Dido & Aeneas / Vivica Genaux, Ana Quintans, Henk Neven et al.; Le Poème Harmonique; Dumestre; Opéra de Rouen et al. [DVD]

Album Summary

>Purcell, Henry : Dido and Aenaeas
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

After the success of the DVDs devoted to Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme and Cadmus & Hermione, Vincent Dumestre and Le Poème Harmonique continue their exploration of repertoires of the 17th century. This piece, combining theatre and music, allowed Purcell to achieve his dramatic ideal. In fact, he wrote only a single opera in his short career - he died at the age of 36 - , but with it, he left us a gem of rare beauty and extreme concision. The work's genius is also due in part to the quality of the libretto, skilfully put together by Nahum Tate. Cécile Roussat and Julien Lubek, stage directors coming from the arts of the circus and the mime Marceau, had already collaborated with Le Poème Harmonique on the Carnaval Baroque. Here, they combine mime, dance and acrobatics with the music in a moving, magical production.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 80 min.
Region: 0
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): Dolby Digital 5.1,
Subtitles: English


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Works Details

>Purcell, Henry : Dido and Aenaeas
  • Performers: Vincent Dumestre; Vivica Genaux; Marc Mauillon; Henk Neven; Stephane Venite
  • Conductor: Vincent Dumestre
  • Ensemble: Le Poème Harmonique
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1689
  • Studio/Live: Live