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Dido and Aeneas

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Dido and Aeneas

...a monumental work
CHAN0757 (Chandos)
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1
Overture

Overture

Composer Henry Purcell
Band Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Writer Nahum Tate
02:04 Play $1.70
2
Act I: Shake the cloud from off your brow (Belinda, Chorus)

Act I: Shake the cloud from off your brow (Belinda, Chorus)

Composer Henry Purcell
Band Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Writer Nahum Tate
01:08 Play $1.70
3
Act I: Ah! Belinda, I am press'd with torment (Dido)

Act I: Ah! Belinda, I am press'd with torment (Dido)

Composer Henry Purcell
Band Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Writer Nahum Tate
06:40 Play $3.40
4
Act I: Grief increases by concealing (Belinda, Dido, Chorus)

Act I: Grief increases by concealing (Belinda, Dido, Chorus)

Composer Henry Purcell
Band Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Writer Nahum Tate
00:50 Play $1.70
5
Act I: Whence could so much virtue spring? (Dido, Belinda, 2nd Woman, Chorus)

Act I: Whence could so much virtue spring? (Dido, Belinda, 2nd Woman, Chorus)

Composer Henry Purcell
Band Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Writer Nahum Tate
04:22 Play $1.70
6
Act I: See, your Royal guest appears (Belinda, Aeneas, Dido, Chorus)

Act I: See, your Royal guest appears (Belinda, Aeneas, Dido, Chorus)

Composer Henry Purcell
Band Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Writer Nahum Tate
00:53 Play $1.70
7
Act I: Cupid only throws the dart (Chorus)

Act I: Cupid only throws the dart (Chorus)

Composer Henry Purcell
Band Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Writer Nahum Tate
00:40 Play $1.70
8
Act I: If not for mine, for Empire's sake (Aeneas, Belinda)

Act I: If not for mine, for Empire's sake (Aeneas, Belinda)

Composer Henry Purcell
Band Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Writer Nahum Tate
01:09 Play $1.70
9
Act I: Guitar Chaconne

Act I: Guitar Chaconne

Composer Henry Purcell
Band Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Writer Nahum Tate
02:32 Play $1.70
10
Act I: To the hills and the vales (Chorus)

Act I: To the hills and the vales (Chorus)

Composer Henry Purcell
Band Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Writer Nahum Tate
01:03 Play $1.70
11
Act I: The Triumphing Dance

Act I: The Triumphing Dance

Composer Henry Purcell
Band Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Writer Nahum Tate
01:26 Play $1.70
12
Act II: Wayward sisters (Sorceress, 1st Witch, Witches)

Act II: Wayward sisters (Sorceress, 1st Witch, Witches)

Composer Henry Purcell
Band Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Writer Nahum Tate
02:12 Play $1.70
13
Act II: The Queen of Carthage, whom we hate (Sorceress, Chorus)

Act II: The Queen of Carthage, whom we hate (Sorceress, Chorus)

Composer Henry Purcell
Band Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Writer Nahum Tate
00:40 Play $1.70
14
Act II: Ruin'd ere the set of sun? (Witches, Sorceress, Chorus)

Act II: Ruin'd ere the set of sun? (Witches, Sorceress, Chorus)

Composer Henry Purcell
Band Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Writer Nahum Tate
02:26 Play $1.70
15
Act II: In our deep vaulted cell (Chorus)

Act II: In our deep vaulted cell (Chorus)

Composer Henry Purcell
Band Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Writer Nahum Tate
01:19 Play $1.70
16
Act II: Echo Dance of Furies

Act II: Echo Dance of Furies

Composer Henry Purcell
Band Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Writer Nahum Tate
01:16 Play $1.70
17
Act II: Ritornelle

Act II: Ritornelle

Composer Henry Purcell
Band Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Writer Nahum Tate
00:50 Play $1.70
18
Act II: Thanks to these lonesome vales (Belinda, Chorus)

Act II: Thanks to these lonesome vales (Belinda, Chorus)

Composer Henry Purcell
Band Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Writer Nahum Tate
02:59 Play $1.70
19
Act II: Guitar Passacaille

Act II: Guitar Passacaille

Composer Henry Purcell
Band Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Writer Nahum Tate
03:05 Play $1.70
20
Act II: Guitar Dance: Oft she visits this lone mountain (2nd Woman)

Act II: Guitar Dance: Oft she visits this lone mountain (2nd Woman)

Composer Henry Purcell
Band Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Writer Nahum Tate
01:47 Play $1.70
21
Act II: Behold, upon my bended spear (Aeneas, Dido) - Haste, haste to town (Belinda, Chorus)

Act II: Behold, upon my bended spear (Aeneas, Dido) - Haste, haste to town (Belinda, Chorus)

Composer Henry Purcell
Band Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Writer Nahum Tate
01:22 Play $1.70
22
Act II: Stay, Prince! and hear great Jove's comamand (Spirit, Aeneas)

Act II: Stay, Prince! and hear great Jove's comamand (Spirit, Aeneas)

Composer Henry Purcell
Band Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Writer Nahum Tate
02:38 Play $1.70
23
Act II: Groves' Dance: Then since our charms have sped (Chorus)

Act II: Groves' Dance: Then since our charms have sped (Chorus)

Composer Henry Purcell
Band Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Writer Nahum Tate
01:31 Play $1.70
24
Act III: Come away, fellow sailors (1st Sailor, Chorus)

Act III: Come away, fellow sailors (1st Sailor, Chorus)

Composer Henry Purcell
Band Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Writer Nahum Tate
02:17 Play $1.70
25
Act III: See, the flags and streamers curling (Sorceress, 1st and 2nd Witches)

Act III: See, the flags and streamers curling (Sorceress, 1st and 2nd Witches)

Composer Henry Purcell
Band Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Writer Nahum Tate
01:02 Play $1.70
26
Act III: Our next motion (Sorceress)

Act III: Our next motion (Sorceress)

Composer Henry Purcell
Band Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Writer Nahum Tate
01:16 Play $1.70
27
Act III: The Witches' Dance

Act III: The Witches' Dance

Composer Henry Purcell
Band Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Writer Nahum Tate
01:22 Play $1.70
28
Act III: Your counsel all is urg'd in vain (Dido, Belinda, Aeneas)

Act III: Your counsel all is urg'd in vain (Dido, Belinda, Aeneas)

Composer Henry Purcell
Band Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Writer Nahum Tate
07:47 Play $3.40
29
Act III: Great minds against themselves conspire (Chorus)

Act III: Great minds against themselves conspire (Chorus)

Composer Henry Purcell
Band Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Writer Nahum Tate
01:00 Play $1.70
30
Act III: Thy hand, Belinda; darkness shades me (Dido)

Act III: Thy hand, Belinda; darkness shades me (Dido)

Composer Henry Purcell
Band Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Writer Nahum Tate
05:05 Play $3.40
31
Act III: With drooping wings ye cupids come (Chorus)

Act III: With drooping wings ye cupids come (Chorus)

Composer Henry Purcell
Band Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Writer Nahum Tate
04:51 Play $1.70
Total Running Time 70 minutes Purchase all tracks 
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Based on Book IV of Virgil's Aeneid the opera recounts the love story of Dido, Queen of Carthage and the Trojan hero Aeneas, and her despair at his abandonment of her. A monumental work in Baroque opera, it is remembered as one of Purcell's finest contributions to music.

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This impressive performance by an extraordinary group of musicians makes for a significant addition to the catalogue.

'The care and love that has gone into this recording shines out from the very first notes... All the cast, made of some of the finest British early music talent of our time, deliver the text brilliantly - not a word misses its mark, This is a definitive Dido and Aeneas, deserving of the highest praise.' Early Music Today

'Played with poise and clarity that we have come to expect of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, this is a beautiful performance.' Opera Now

Choice: 'From the outset, Connolly exudes imposing presence, pathos and unassailable dignity; her Act III Lament consummates a deeply-felt empathy with the role... Purcell year will doubtless bring a crop of highly cherishable performances; Connolly's Dido already sets the bar decidedly high.' BBC Music Magazine

Editor's Choice: 'Here is England's first great opera presented with a truly cohesive sense of theatrical purpose, one which unusually allows the drama to unfold in a close identification with each of the cameo characters... we have a supremely wide-ranging, tragic and experienced queen from the start, inhabiting the shadows of ‘Ah! Belinda' with early signs of deplorable fate, which are accentuated by an extended symphony luxuriating poignantly on this resonating conceit... Lucy Crow's Belinda is a splendid foil for Connolly's self-absorption, with her astute and increasingly desperate buoying up.' Gramophone

'There are many recordings of Dido and Aeneas, and I am convinced that this one must rank among the finest. Sarah Connolly assembled the cast and played a major part in the artistic decisions, including the insertion of pieces of additional music. She brings to the role of Dido a regal gravity that is indispensable for a convincing portrayal... The success or failure of a performance of Dido can depend on the celebrated lament. Here Sarah Connolly takes a very slow tempo, but the dramatic tension and musical direction are never in jeopardy. It is an exquisitely eloquent reading.' American Record Guide

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