La Didone ritrovata
Dr. Peter J. Glidden | Gli Angeli, California | 07/31/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am sooo glad I went ahead and bought this recording in my quest for all of Dorothea Röschman's recordings. I know Jomelli from the only two recordings out there (I believe): Gérard Lesne and Véronique Gens singing Le Lamentazaione del profeta Geremia, which I saw performed in France (snappy!), and Armida Abbandonata (jeez! talk about a fixation on abandoned women!) with Christophe Rousset conducting. Now, let's not confuse Jomelli's opera with "deep" music, yet the sheer amount of glorious coloratura baroque singing is thrilling here as it is elsewhere. All you need is a perfect cast - which Frieder Bernius (nearly) provides us with! Dorothea Röschman is Dido (I hope we all know the story), Martina Borst, mezzo, is Aeneas (a little lackluster at moments, but quite good), William Kendall, tenor, Mechtild Bach, mezzo, and two of my favorite - if much less well known male altos, Daniel Taylor and Arno Raunig. Raunig is actually a very nice male soprano, who only has one other disk out that I know, some arias made famous by Farinelli (all to be found in the movie!). Unfortunately for me, that disk is at the bottom of an elevator shaft in my old appartment in Paris, so I was really glad to find him again on this recording (I'm sure you care)."