Purcell: Dido and Aeneas

Purcell: Dido and Aeneas

Emmanuelle Haïm

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An early example of English-language opera, Henry Purcell composed 'Dido and Aeneas' between 1683 and 1688. Now a mainstay of repertoire for period-instrument ensembles, its initial popularity faded during the 18th century. It experienced a revival in 1895 when it was performed by students of London's Royal College of Music to mark the bicentenary of Purcell's death. 'Dido and Aeneas' is based on Virgil's Aeneid and inspired by John Blow's opera 'Venus and Adonis'. In three acts, the story loosely follows the tale of the 'Aeneid', but with the introduction of extra characters. These new additions, the Sorceress and her witches, may be seen as an allegory for Roman Catholicism and Dido as the British subjects, with Aeneas as King James II. Dido and Aeneas has been extensively recorded by English ensembles, but our choice of recording features a French director and ensemble with an international cast of singers. Emmanuelle Haïm's Le Concert d'Astrée recorded this album in 1993, and received plaudits from BBC Music Magazine for their passionate and emotional interpretation.
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Tracklist

  • Purcell: Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626: Overture

    Emmanuelle Haïm, Le Concert d'Astrée

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    2:15

  • Purcell: Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act 1: "Shake the cloud from off your brow" (Belinda)

    Camilla Tilling, Emmanuelle Haïm

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    0:36

  • Purcell: Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act 1: "Banish sorrow, banish care" (Chorus)

    Emmanuelle Haïm, European Voices

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    0:31

  • Purcell: Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act 1: "Ah! Belinda, I am prest, with torment not to be confest" (Dido)

    Emmanuelle Haïm, Susan Graham

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    4:06

  • Purcell: Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act 1: "Grief increasing by concealing" (Belinda, Dido)

    Camilla Tilling, Emmanuelle Haïm, Susan Graham

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    0:34

  • Purcell: Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act 1: "When Monarchs unite how happy their state" (Chorus)

    Emmanuelle Haïm, European Voices

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    0:15

  • Purcell: Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act 1: "Whence could so much virtue spring?" (Dido, Belinda, Second Woman)

    Camilla Tilling, Emmanuelle Haïm, Susan Graham

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    1:41

  • Purcell: Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act 1: "Fear no danger to ensue" (Belinda, Second Woman, Chorus) - Dance this Chorus, the Baske

    Camilla Tilling, Cécile De Boever, Emmanuelle Haïm, European Voices

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    2:14

  • Purcell: Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act 1: "See, your Royal Guest appears" (Belinda, Aeneas, Dido)

    Camilla Tilling, Emmanuelle Haïm, Ian Bostridge, Susan Graham

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    0:47

  • Purcell: Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act 1: "Cupid only throws the dart" (Chorus)

    Emmanuelle Haïm, European Voices

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    0:35

  • Purcell: Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act 1: "If not for mine, for empire's sake" (Aeneas, Belinda) - A Dance, Gittars Chacony

    Camilla Tilling, Emmanuelle Haïm, Ian Bostridge

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    1:29

  • Purcell: Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act 1: "To the hills and the vales" (Chorus)

    Emmanuelle Haïm, European Voices

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    1:03

  • Purcell: Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act 1: The Triumphing Dance

    Emmanuelle Haïm

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    1:26

  • Purcell: Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act 2 Scene 1: Prelude for the Witches - "Wayward sisters, you that fright" (Sorceress, First Witch) - "Harm’s our delight" (Chorus)

    Emmanuelle Haïm, European Voices, Felicity Palmer

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    2:11

  • Purcell: Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act 2 Scene 1: "The Queen of Carthage, whom we hate" (Sorceress) - "Ho ho ho" (Chorus)

    Emmanuelle Haïm, European Voices, Felicity Palmer

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    0:39

  • Purcell: Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act 2 Scene 1: "Ruin'd e're the set of sun?" (First Witch, Second Witch, Sorceress) - "Ho ho ho" (Chorus) - Dance

    Emmanuelle Haïm, European Voices, Felicity Palmer

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    1:09

  • Purcell: Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act 2 Scene 1: "But e're we this perform" (First Witch, Second Witch)

    Emmanuelle Haïm, European Voices

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    1:12

  • Purcell: Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act 2 Scene 1: "In our deep vaulted cell the charm" (Chorus) - Dance

    Emmanuelle Haïm, European Voices

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    1:28

  • Purcell: Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act 2 Scene 1: Echo Dance of Furies

    Emmanuelle Haïm

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    1:17

  • Purcell: Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act 2 Scene 2: Ritornelle

    Emmanuelle Haïm, Le Concert d'Astrée

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    0:43

  • Purcell: Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act 2 Scene 2: "Thanks to these lonesome vales" (Belinda, Chorus) - Dance

    Camilla Tilling, Emmanuelle Haïm, European Voices

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    3:15

  • Purcell: Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act 2 Scene 2: "Oft she visits this lone mountain" (Second Woman) - A Dance to entertain Aeneas

    Cécile De Boever, Emmanuelle Haïm

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    2:18

  • Purcell: Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act 2 Scene 2: "Behold upon my bending spear" (Aeneas, Dido)

    Emmanuelle Haïm, Ian Bostridge, Susan Graham

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    0:29

  • Purcell: Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act 2 Scene 2: "Haste, haste to town this open field" (Belinda, Chorus)

    Camilla Tilling, Emmanuelle Haïm, European Voices

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    0:44

  • Purcell: Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act 2 Scene 2: "Stay, Prince, and hear Great Jove's command" (Spirit, Aeneas, Sorceress, First Witch, Second Witch) - The Groves Dance

    David Daniels, Emmanuelle Haïm, Ian Bostridge

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    2:18

  • Purcell: Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act 3 Scene 1: Prelude - "Come away, fellow sailors" (First Sailor, Chorus)

    Emmanuelle Haïm, European Voices, Paul Agnew

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    1:35

  • Purcell: Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act 3 Scene 1: The Sailors' Dance

    Emmanuelle Haïm

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    0:50

  • Purcell: Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act 3 Scene 1: "See the flags and streamers curling" (Sorceress, First Witch, Second Witch)

    Emmanuelle Haïm, European Voices, Felicity Palmer

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    1:02

  • Purcell: Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act 3 Scene 1: "Our next motion must be to storm" (Sorceress)

    Emmanuelle Haïm, Felicity Palmer

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    0:42

  • Purcell: Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act 3 Scene 1: "Destruction's our delight" (Chorus)

    Emmanuelle Haïm

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    0:32

  • Purcell: Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act 3 Scene 1: The Witches' Dance

    Emmanuelle Haïm

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    1:22

  • Purcell: Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act 3 Scene 2: "Your councel all is urg’d in vain" (Dido, Belinda, Aeneas)

    Camilla Tilling, Emmanuelle Haïm, Ian Bostridge, Susan Graham

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    3:27

  • Purcell: Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act 3 Scene 2: "Great minds against themselves conspire" (Chorus)

    Emmanuelle Haïm, European Voices

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    0:50

  • Purcell: Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act 3 Scene 2: "Thy hand Belinda" (Dido)

    Emmanuelle Haïm

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    0:57

  • Purcell: Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act 3 Scene 2: "When I am laid in earth"" (Dido)

    Emmanuelle Haïm

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    4:00

  • Purcell: Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act 3 Scene 2: "With drooping wings" (Chorus)

    Emmanuelle Haïm

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    2:16

  • Total playing time

    53:04

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Credits

    Released

    2003

    Executive Producer

    Alain Lanceron

    Producer, Recording Producer

    Daniel Zalay

    Director

    Simon Halsey

    Balance Engineer

    Jean Chatauret

    Balance Engineer

    Jiri Heger

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