Purcell - Dido and Aeneas | Pentatone PTC5186230

Purcell - Dido and Aeneas

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Label: Pentatone

Cat No: PTC5186230

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 18th March 2016

Contents

Artists

Josephine Veasey
John Shirley-Quirk
Academy of St Martin in the Fields
John Alldis Choir

Conductor

Colin Davis

Works

Purcell, Henry

Dido and Aeneas

Artists

Josephine Veasey
John Shirley-Quirk
Academy of St Martin in the Fields
John Alldis Choir

Conductor

Colin Davis

About

Philips Classics began making multi-channel recordings back in the 1970s, at a time when most companies were still only recording in two-channel stereo. The concept of surround sound, let alone the possibility that this might someday be reproduced at home in the living room, was as yet unheard of. After remastering them, PENTATONE is now presenting these original Philips Classics recordings in the REMASTERED CLASSICS series on Super Audio CD, thereby making it possible to finally enjoy these recordings in the quality they were intended to possess from the beginning.

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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