Purcell - Dido and Aeneas
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Cat No: PTC5186230
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 18th March 2016
Academy of St Martin in the Fields
John Alldis Choir
When Henry Purcell wrote his one and only opera Dido and Aeneas in the second half of the seventeenth century, there was no existing opera tradition in England. With a libretto based on Virgil’s Aeneid and its music stylistically close to and derived from the typically English ‘Masque’ form (a festive courtly entertainment involving music, dancing, singing and acting, within an elaborate stage design) Purcell created a monumental baroque opera. Dido and Aeneas is considered by many to be the most important opera to appear between Claudio Monteverdi’s L'incoronazione di Poppea and WA Mozart’s later masterpieces. Still today it is widely performed and its most famous aria ‘When I am lead in earth’ (Dido’s Lament) arguably can be counted amongst some of the most famous opera arias ever.
Producer: Vittorio Negri
Remastering: Polyhymnia International B.V.
This album was recorded at the Walthamstow Town Hall, London, United Kingdom in August 1970, and remastered in Baarn, The Netherlands in November 2015
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