Purcell: Dido & Aeneas

Purcell: Dido & Aeneas
Composer Henry Purcell
Artist
Format 2 CD
Cat. number 92464
EAN code 5028421924649
Release April 2006

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The name John Ernest Galliard may be unfamiliar to many. He was German born, but took British citizenship, and settled in London in 1706. He was a chamber musician to Prince George of Denmark, and was also organist at Somerset House, and an oboist in the opera orchestra under Handel. He wrote many operas and other stage works, and Pan and Syrinx was premiered in Lincoln’s Inn Fields Theatre in 1718.

Pan and Syrinx provides the perfect foil to Purcell’s dark masterpiece Dido and Aeneas. Both works portray loves destructive powers, though in different ways. Galliard’s treatment is light and comic, Purcell’s tragic and destructive.

These are period practice performances, and for Dido, Jed Wentz has used several dances and one chorus by Purcell to fill in gaps in the score as the libretto mentions musical scenes that have been lost.

Other information:
- Recording made by WDR in 2004.
- Fascinating coupling of one of the great masterpieces of English music with a rare work by a fellow German contemporary of Handel who also made London his home.
- Performed on period instruments and conducted with verve and dramatic insight by baroque specialist Jed Wentz.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Dido And Aeneas : Ouverture
  2. Dido And Aeneas : Belinda I
  3. Dido And Aeneas : Dido I
  4. Dido And Aeneas : Belinda Ii
  5. Dido And Aeneas : Dido Ii
  6. Dido And Aeneas : Belinda Iii
  7. Dido And Aeneas : The Baske Dance
  8. Dido And Aeneas : Belinda Iv
  9. Dido And Aeneas : Aeneas I
  10. Dido And Aeneas : The Triumphing Dance
  11. Dido And Aeneas : Sorceress I
  12. Dido And Aeneas : Sorceress Ii
  13. Dido And Aeneas : First And Second Enchantress
  14. Dido And Aeneas : Echo Dance
  15. Dido And Aeneas : Ritournelle
  16. Dido And Aeneas : Belinda Chorus
  17. Dido And Aeneas : Second Woman
  18. Dido And Aeneas : Aeneas Ii
  19. Dido And Aeneas : Spirit
  20. Dido And Aeneas : Sorceress, Chorus
  21. Dido And Aeneas : The Groves' Dance
  22. Dido And Aeneas : Sailor, Chorus
  23. Dido And Aeneas : The Sailors' Dance
  24. Dido And Aeneas : Sorceress Iii
  25. Dido And Aeneas : Sorceress Iv
  26. Dido And Aeneas : A Dance
  27. Dido And Aeneas : Dido Iii
  28. Dido And Aeneas : Dido Iv
  29. Dido And Aeneas : Chorus
  30. Dido And Aeneas : Cupids' Dance

Disk 2

  1. Pan And Syrinx : Ouverture I
  2. Pan And Syrinx : Ouverture Ii
  3. Pan And Syrinx : Ouverture Iii
  4. Pan And Syrinx : Ouverture Iv
  5. Pan And Syrinx : Syrinx I
  6. Pan And Syrinx : Syrinx Ii
  7. Pan And Syrinx : Pan I
  8. Pan And Syrinx : Syrinx Iii
  9. Pan And Syrinx : Pan Ii
  10. Pan And Syrinx : Pan Iii
  11. Pan And Syrinx : Symphony
  12. Pan And Syrinx : Diana I
  13. Pan And Syrinx : Diana Ii
  14. Pan And Syrinx : Diana Iii
  15. Pan And Syrinx : Air
  16. Pan And Syrinx : Air I
  17. Pan And Syrinx : Air Ii
  18. Pan And Syrinx : Sylvan Aside
  19. Pan And Syrinx : Sylvan Ii
  20. Pan And Syrinx : Nymph
  21. Pan And Syrinx : Duo
  22. Pan And Syrinx : A Sylvan & A Nymph Dance
  23. Pan And Syrinx : Pan To The Nymphs & Sylvans
  24. Pan And Syrinx : Pan Iv
  25. Pan And Syrinx : Syrinx Iv
  26. Pan And Syrinx : Syrinx V
  27. Pan And Syrinx : Syrinx Vi
  28. Pan And Syrinx : Pan Aside
  29. Pan And Syrinx : Chorus I
  30. Pan And Syrinx : Syrinx / Pan
  31. Pan And Syrinx : Pan Solus
  32. Pan And Syrinx : Pan V
  33. Pan And Syrinx : Diana
  34. Pan And Syrinx : Diana Lawless Rage & Wild Desire
  35. Pan And Syrinx : Pan Vi
  36. Pan And Syrinx : Dance Of Nymphs And Sylvans
  37. Pan And Syrinx : Bouree I & Ii
  38. Pan And Syrinx : Chorus Ii
  39. The Masque Of Cupid And Bacchus : Enter Shepherds And Nymphs
  40. The Masque Of Cupid And Bacchus : First Nymph, Second Nymph
  41. The Masque Of Cupid And Bacchus : First Nymph
  42. The Masque Of Cupid And Bacchus : First Nymph, Second Nymph, Follower Of Cupid
  43. The Masque Of Cupid And Bacchus : First, Second And Third Follower Of Bacchus
  44. The Masque Of Cupid And Bacchus : Cupid I
  45. The Masque Of Cupid And Bacchus : Chorus
  46. The Masque Of Cupid And Bacchus : Bacchus
  47. The Masque Of Cupid And Bacchus : Cupid Ii
  48. The Masque Of Cupid And Bacchus : Fourth Follower Of Bacchus
  49. The Masque Of Cupid And Bacchus : Cupid & Bacchus, Grand Chorus