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|Henry Purcell, Anthony Lewis, Thurston Dart|
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / James, Lewis, Baker, Herincx
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Daniel Y. (coolascaliban) from CANTON, MI
Reviewed on 1/16/2008...
An excellent introduction to 17th century composition. The story is classic yet concise and filled with emotional intensity, particularly track 16.
3 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.
Michelle P. from LINWOOD, NJ
Reviewed on 11/2/2006...
New, never opened.
1 of 5 member(s) found this review helpful.
Yes and YES.
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you're thinking of exploring baroque opera, this opera, and more especially this recording, makes a brilliant introduction - not too expensive, easily enjoyable, and with great singing all round. But of course, for 5 stars it would need to be more than that... and it most certainly is. This recording rates in my mind as one of the greatest achievements in all opera. Dame Janet Baker is simply breathtaking as Dido - she portrays all the noble tragedy of the part, and I guarantee her aching rendition of the famous lament will raise a few tears. This is undoubtedly her finest recording (rating with the tremendous and foolishly underrated Mackerras Messiah).As for the more controversial portrayals - those of Aeneas and the Sorceress - I personally agree full heartedly with the casting. Herincx 'gruff' manner is in fact perfect for the role, Aeneas is after all a rough and tumble warriorman, is he not? And besides, the A minor recitative at the end of the second act is executed with stunning beauty. As for Monica Sinclair's Sorceress, what a characterful performance! Her somewhat ugly, vicious singing of the part contrasts superbly with the pure nobility of Dido. I suppose it is similar in some ways to Stolze's Mime on the Solti Siegfried - really a matter of taste.Baker, Sinclair and Herincx receive tremendous support from supporting cast and chorus. The chorus is asked to fulfill a number of roles, and all are done commendably. Lewis' direction of the ECO, which though predating the advent of period performance still achieves a lithe and often stirring texture, and Thurston Dart's stylish execution of the harpsichord continuo round out a unsurpassed and faultless performance. A must."
The Best Dido Of All
Erin Matthiessen | Portland, OR USA | 09/09/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In my not very humble opinion, no one has sung this role better than Dame Janet. For nobility of expression, intensity of feeling, tonal beauty and almost unendurable grief she is unmatched. If you are unaware of the artistry of Janet Baker, this is an excellent place to start your discovery of one of the greatest, and now - sadly - somewhat forgotten, interpretive artists of our time. You owe it to yourself."