Purcell - Dido and Aeneas
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Cat No: AV2309
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 12th May 2014
ArtistsEmily Van Evera (soprano)
Ben Parry (baritone)
Taverner Choir & Players
A sumptuous reissue of Andrew Parrott and his Taverner Choir & Players' seminal recording of Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas features pristine solo turns by baritone Ben Parry as Aeneas, the Trojan king, and soprano Emily Van Evera as Dido, the abandoned Queen of Carthage.
Avie continues to mine the rich catalogue of recordings made by Andrew Parrott and his Taverner Choir & Players. The performance is as fresh as when the recording was made in 1994, with soprano Emily Van Evera delivering an interpretation of Dido’s Lament that is as dignified as it is sublime.
“Places the accent on giving meaning and colour to every word of the text...Parrott directs the excellent Taverner Players in a performance that charms as well as moves in abundance.” - BBC Music Magazine *****/*****
“For all the performances available out there, the listener could not do better than this vividly dramatic reading...as Dido, Emily Van Evera is the standout. Her death scene is a marvel of...expiring passion.” - Newark Star Ledger
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