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PURCELL: Dido and Aeneas (Flagstad, Schwarzkopf, Hemsley) (1952)


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PURCELL: Dido and Aeneas (Flagstad, Schwarzkopf, Hemsley) (1952)

When this recording of Dido and Aeneas first appeared in January 1953 The Gramophone commented: “At last we have a really satisfactory recording of Dido”.The reviewer found “Madame Flagstad in splendid voice and her tone is most perfectly controlled”. Elisabeth Schwarzkopf was deemed “a vivacious Belinda”, Arda Mandikian’s Sorceress “sufficiently spiteful” and Thomas Hemsley “a dignified and slightly diffident Aeneas, but I imagine Dido gave him a strong inferiority complex”. Geraint Jones, who enjoyed a highly successful career as an organist, harpsichordist, conductor and recording producer, was praised for his “musicianly playing and a lack of that lumpy rhythm that is fatal in Purcell’s music”.

Purcell, Henry
Tate, Nahum, lyricist(s)

  Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626
1.   Overture 00:03:09
2.   Act I: Shake the cloud from off your brow (Belinda, Chorus) 00:01:10
3.   Act I: Ah! Belinda, I am press'd with torment (Dido) 00:03:26
4.   Act I: Grief increases by concealing (Belinda, Dido, Chorus) 00:00:57
5.   Act I: Whence could so much virtue spring (Dido, Belinda) 00:02:12
6.   Act I: Fear no danger to ensue (Belinda, 2nd Woman and Chorus) 00:01:40
7.   Act I: See, your Royal guest appears (Belinda, Aeneas, Dido) 00:01:17
8.   Act I: Cupid only throws the dart (Chorus) 00:00:35
9.   Act I: If not for mine, for Empire's sake (Aeneas) 00:00:24
10.   Act I: Pursue thy conquest, Love (Belinda) 00:00:49
11.   Act I: To the hills and the vales (Chorus) 00:01:15
12.   Act I: The Triumphing Dance 00:01:18
13.   Act II Scene 1: Prelude for the Witches 00:01:28
14.   Act II Scene 1: Wayward sisters (Sorceress, 1st Witch) 00:01:35
15.   Act II Scene 1: Harm's our delight (Chorus) 00:00:19
16.   Act II Scene 1: The Queen of Carthage, whom we hate (Sorceress, Chorus) 00:00:48
17.   Act II Scene 1: Ruin'd ere the set of sun (1st and 2nd Witches, Sorceress, Chorus) 00:01:30
18.   Act II Scene 1: But, ere we this perform (1st and 2nd Witches) 00:01:15
19.   Act II Scene 1: In our deep vaulted cell (Chorus) 00:01:16
20.   Act II Scene 1: Echo Dance of Furies 00:01:01
21.   Act II Scene 2: Ritornelle 00:00:29
22.   Act II Scene 2: Thanks to these lonesome vales (Belinda, Chorus) 00:01:44
23.   Act II Scene 2: Oft she visits this lone mountain (2nd Woman) 00:02:06
24.   Act II Scene 2: Behold, upon my bended spear (Aeneas, Dido) 00:00:36
25.   Act II Scene 2: Haste to town (Belinda, Chorus) 00:00:47
26.   Act II Scene 2: Stay, Prince! and hear great Jove's command (Spirit, Aeneas) 00:02:43
27.   Act II Scene 2: Then since our Charm's have sped (Chorus) 00:01:07
28.   Act III Scene 1: Prelude - Come away, fellow sailors (Sailor, Chorus) 00:01:48
29.   Act III Scene 1: The Sailor's Dance 00:00:43
30.   Act III Scene 1: See, the flags and streamers curling (Sorceress, 1st and 2nd Witches) 00:00:56
31.   Act III Scene 1: Our next motion (Sorceress) 00:00:41
32.   Act III Scene 1: Destruction's our delight (Chorus) 00:00:35
33.   Act III Scene 1: The Witches' Dance 00:01:31
34.   Act III Scene 2: Your counsel all is urg'd in vain (Dido, Belinda, Aeneas) 00:04:42
35.   Act III Scene 2: Great minds against themselves conspire (Chorus) 00:01:13
36.   Act III Scene 2: Thy hand, Belinda; darkness shades me (Dido) 00:01:07
37.   Act III Scene 2: When I am laid in earth (Dido) 00:03:59
38.   Act III Scene 2: With drooping wings ye cupids come (Chorus) 00:04:30

Bach, Johann Sebastian
Bible - New Testament / Henrici, Christian Friedrich, lyricist(s)

  St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244, Part II: Aria: Erbarme dich, mein Gott
39.   St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244, Part II: Aria: Erbarme dich, mein Gott 00:08:47

Handel, George Frideric
Minato, Nicolo, lyricist(s)

  Serse (Xerxes), HWV 40, Act I: Frondi tenere e belle… Ombra mai fu, "Largo"
40.   Serse (Xerxes), HWV 40, Act I: Frondi tenere e belle… Ombra mai fu, "Largo" 00:04:34

Purcell, Henry
Tate, Nahum, lyricist(s)

  Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act III: Thy hand, Belinda … When I am laid in earth
41.   Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act III: Thy hand, Belinda … When I am laid in earth 00:05:02

Total Playing Time: 01:17:04

Bach, Johann Sebastian; Handel, George Frideric; Purcell, Henry

Bible - New Testament; Henrici, Christian Friedrich; Minato, Nicolo; Tate, Nahum

Braithwaite, Warwick; Jones, Geraint; Susskind, Walter

Mermaid Orchestra; Philharmonia Orchestra

Mermaid Singers

Flagstad, Kirsten; Hemsley, Thomas; Lloyd, David; Mandikian, Arda; McNab, Eilidh; Pollak, Anna; Rex, Sheila; Schwarzkopf, Elisabeth

Label: Naxos Historical

Series: Great Opera Recordings

Genre: Opera; Vocal

Period: Baroque

Catalogue No: 8.111264

Barcode: 0747313326426

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Physical Release: 08/2007

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