Purcell: Dido and Aeneas

Purcell: Dido and Aeneas
Composer Henry Purcell
Artist Musica Ad Rhenum, Musica Ad Rhenum Choir, Jed Wentz
Format 1 SACD
Cat. number 92538
EAN code 5028421925387
Release April 2006

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Available on SACD, Purcell's Didi and Aeneas. It is an exciting interpretation, recorded shortly after Musica ad Rhenum had given a very well-received performance of it, during for the highly critical audience of the Utrecht Early Music Festival. All orchestra parts are played by single (period) instruments clearly exposing the structure of the music. The leader of the ensemble, Baroque specialist Jed Wentz, has reconstructed this opera, adding some “new” pieces by Purcell. These are mainly dances mentioned in the libretto but missing in the manuscripts.

Oter information:
- The booklet contains the complete libretto.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Dido & Aeneas: “Overture (Orchestra)”
  2. Dido & Aeneas: Act the First - Scene: The Palace – “Shake the cloud from off your brow (Belinda/Chorus)”
  3. Dido & Aeneas: Act the First - Scene: The Palace – “Ah! Belinda, I am press’d with torment (Dido)”
  4. Dido & Aeneas: Act the First - Scene: The Palace – “Grief increases by concealing(Belinda/Dido/Second Woman/Chorus)”
  5. Dido & Aeneas: Act the First - Scene: The Palace – “Whence could so much virtue spring? (Dido/Belinda/Second Woman)”
  6. Dido & Aeneas: Act the First - Scene: The Palace – “Fear no danger to ensue (Belinda/Second Woman/Chorus)”
  7. Dido & Aeneas: Act the First - Scene: The Palace – “The Baske Dance (Orchestra)”
  8. Dido & Aeneas: Act the First - Scene: The Palace – “See, your royal guest appears (Belinda/Aeneas/Dido/Chorus)”
  9. Dido & Aeneas: Act the First - Scene: The Palace – “If not for mine, for Empire’s sake (Aeneas/Belinda/Chorus)”
  10. Dido & Aeneas: Act the First - Scene: The Palace – “The Triumphing Dance (Orchestra)”
  11. Dido & Aeneas: Act the Second - Scene One: The Cave – “Wayward sisters, you that fright(Sorceress/First Witch/Chorus)”
  12. Dido & Aeneas: Act the Second - Scene One: The Cave – “The Queen of Carthage, whom we hate(Sorceress/Chorus/First and Second Witch)”
  13. Dido & Aeneas: Act the Second - Scene One: The Cave – “But ere we this perform (First and Second Witch/Chorus)”
  14. Dido & Aeneas: Act the Second - Scene One: The Cave – “Echo Dance of Furies (Orchestra)”
  15. Dido & Aeneas: Act the Second - Scene Two: The Grove – “Ritornelle (Orchestra)”
  16. Dido & Aeneas: Act the Second - Scene Two: The Grove – “Thanks to these lonesome vales (Belinda/Chorus)”
  17. Dido & Aeneas: Act the Second - Scene Two: The Grove – “Oft she visits this lone mountain (Second Woman)”
  18. Dido & Aeneas: Act the Second - Scene Two: The Grove – “Behold! upon my bending spear (Aeneas/Dido/Chorus)”
  19. Dido & Aeneas: Act the Second - Scene Two: The Grove – “Stay, Prince, and hear great Jove’s command! (Spirit/Aeneas)”
  20. Dido & Aeneas: Act the Second - Scene Two: The Grove – “Then since our charms have sped (Sorceress/Chorus)”
  21. Dido & Aeneas: Act the Second - Scene Two: The Grove – “The Groves’ Dance (Orchestra)”
  22. Dido & Aeneas: Act the Third - Scene One: The Ships – “Come away, fellow sailors (Sailor/Chorus)
  23. Dido & Aeneas: Act the Third - Scene One: The Ships – “The Sailors’ Dance (Orchestra)”
  24. Dido & Aeneas: Act the Third - Scene One: The Ships – “See the flags and streamers curling (Sorceress/First and Second Witch)”
  25. Dido & Aeneas: Act the Third - Scene One: The Ships – “Our next motion (Sorceress/Chorus)”
  26. Dido & Aeneas: Act the Third - Scene One: The Ships – “A Dance (Orchestra)”
  27. Dido & Aeneas: Act the Third - Scene Two – “Your counsel all is urg’d in vain (Dido/Belinda/Aeneas/Chorus)”
  28. Dido & Aeneas: Act the Third - Scene Two – “Thy hand, Belinda…When I am laid in earth (Dido)”
  29. Dido & Aeneas: Act the Third - Scene Two – “With drooping wings ye Cupids come (Chorus)”
  30. Dido & Aeneas: Act the Third - Scene Two – “Cupids’ Dance (Orchestra)”