Dido and Aeneas.DIDO AND AENEAS Dido and Aeneas
with the gods demanding his departure, she commits suicide. [Rom. Lit.: Aeneid; Fr. Opera: Berlioz, The Trojans, Westerman, 174–176]
See : Love, Tragic
There are about two dozen accounts of this opera in the catalogue, from EMI's early LP classic featuring Elizabeth Schwarzkopf and Kirsten Flagstad to this latest release from the Chandos label's early-music division. This is a sonically attractive issue, the acoustic clear but warm, and a kind of state-of-the-art interpretation in terms of the performing version used. The accompanying booklet explains that ideas about the works performance history have undergone major changes over the past century, and some questions will never have clear answers because parts of the work have been lost. This version has some unusual interpolations, including improvised guitar dances. There's good evidence these would have been part of early performances, though not with this music.
This release is a project of the recording's splendid Dido Dido (dī`dō), in Roman mythology, queen of Carthage, also called Elissa. She was the daughter of a king of Tyre. After her brother Pygmalion murdered her husband, she fled to Libya, where she founded and ruled Carthage. , British mezzo mez·zo
n. pl. mez·zos
Music moderately; quite: mezzo-forte
pl -zos Sarah Connolly. She's deeply interested in the character (having also sung Berlioz's take on it), and has performed the Purcell with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) is a British period instrument orchestra. Formed in 1986 by a group of players, it does not have a principal conductor, but rather is led artistically by a board of musicians elected by the musicians themselves. heard here. She issued the invitations to the rest of the cast, including baritone Gerald Finley, now making his second appearance on disc as Aeneas. The results are as elegant and appealing as such pedigrees suggest. With the title roles in such refined vocal hands, there's impeccable support from John Mark Ainsley John Mark Ainsley (born July 9 1963) is an English tenor.
Born in Crewe, Cheshire, he was educated at the Royal Grammar School Worcester and Magdalen College, Oxford. (Sailor), and sopranos Carys Lane and Rebecca Outran out·ran
Past tense of outrun. ) (Two Witches) and Lucy Crowe (Belinda). Orchestra and singers are under the joint musical direction of Steven Devine and Elizabeth Kenny, an unusual experiment in democracy that nonetheless results in a sparkling, sprightly performance that rises like a wave to Connolly's moving "When I am laid to rest."--WG