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Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra - Purcell: Dido and Aeneas & Music for The Gordian Knot Unty'd (1994)

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Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra - Purcell: Dido and Aeneas & Music for The Gordian Knot Unty'd  (1994)

Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra - Purcell: Dido and Aeneas & Music for The Gordian Knot Unty'd (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 265 Mb | Total time: 60:09 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | HMU 907110 | Recorded: 1993

HENRY PURCELL'S chamber opera, "Dido and Aeneas," is plentifully represented on disk, but Nicholas McGegan's new recording, with the Philharmonia Baroque and the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge is the freshest and most compelling since Andrew Parrott's magnificent account of 1981 (on Chandos). Mr. McGegan's soloists – Lorraine Hunt as Dido, Lisa Saffer as Belinda and Michael Dean as Aeneas – work wonders with the concise characterizations provided by Purcell and his librettist, Nahum Tate.
As gorgeously as Emma Kirkby sang Dido for Mr. Parrott, Ms. Hunt captures the Carthaginian queen's anger and resignation far more vividly. Her voice has the right coloration for the role. Slightly dusky and nicely rounded, it sounds regal but not stolid. As such, it contrasts nicely with Ms. Saffer's brighter, lither sound, an important distinction in the work's opening scene, when the optimistic Belinda unwittingly urges Dido toward a fateful liaison with Aeneas…Mr. Dean is also an ideal match as Aeneas, and that is a rarity…Mr. McGegan mirrors these qualities in an orchestral accompaniment that is spirited, invitingly transparent and, most important, as carefully nuanced as the singing.
–Allan Kozinn

Performed:
Dido, Queen of Carthage – Lorraine Hunt
Belinda – Lisa Saffer
Second Woman – Donna Deam
Sorceress – Ellen Rabiner
First Witch/Spirit – Christine Brandes
Second Witch – Ruth Rainero
Aeneas, a Trojan Prince – Michael Dean
A Sailor – Paul Elliott
The Choir of Clare College
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
Conductor - Nicholas McGegan

Tracklist:
Dido and Aeneas
01. Overture
02. Act I - The Palace - Shake the cloud off your brown
03. Act I - The Palace - Ah! Belinda
04. Act I - The Palace - Grief increases by concealing
05. Act I - The Palace - Fear no danger to ensue
06. Act I - The Palace - See, your Royal Guest appears
07. Act I - The Palace - Pursue thy contest, Love; her eyes
08. Act I - The Palace - To the hills and the vales, to the rocks and the mountains
09. Act II - Scene I: The Cave - Wayward sisters, you that fright
10. Act II - Scene I: The Cave - Ruin'd ere the set of sun?
11. Act II - Scene I: The Cave - But ere we this perform
12. Act II - Scene I: The Cave - In our deep vaulted cell charm we'll prepare
13. Act II - Scene II: The Grove – Ritornelle
14. Act II - Scene II: The Grove - Thanks to these lonesome vales
15. Act II - Scene II: The Grove - Oft she visits this lov'd mountain
16. Act II - Scene II: The Grove - Behold, upon my bending spear
17. Act II - Scene II: The Grove - Haste, haste to town, this open field
18. Act II - Scene II: The Grove - Stay, Prince and hear great Jove's command
19. Act II - Scene II: The Grove – Ritornelle
20. Act III - Scene I: The Ships - Come away, fellow sailors
21. Act III - Scene I: The Ships - The Sailors' Dance
22. Act III - Scene I: The Ships - See the flags and streamers curling
23. Act III - Scene I: The Ships - Our next Motion
24. Act III - Scene I: The Ships - The Witches' Dance
25. Act III - Scene II: The Palace - Your counsel all is urged in vain
26. Act III - Scene II: The Palace - Great minds against themselves conspire
27. Act III - Scene II: The Palace - Thy hand, Belinda, darkness shades me
28. Act III - Scene II: The Palace - With drooping wings ye Cupids come
Music for The Gordian Knot Unty'd
29. I. Overture
30. II. Air
31. III. Rondeau minuet
32. IV. Air
33. V. Jig
34. VI. Chaconne
35. VII. Air
36. VIII. Minuet


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Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra - Purcell: Dido and Aeneas & Music for The Gordian Knot Unty'd  (1994)