The Flying Inkpot
The Scholars Baroque Ensemble's voices are uniformly clear, blending with each other well and firm enough to take on difficult solo parts.
The performance here is a fine one, though it reveals no new aspects of the work. ... Kym Amps as Dido and Anna Crookes as Belinda knew their parts well and their many exchanges were well played.
The excellent playing in the Act III makes up for whatever shortfalls came before. Starting with the playful spirit of Robin Doveton as the Sailor's 'Come Away Fellow Sailors', the energetic playing continued to the Witches Scene, where Sarah Connolly, Ghislaine Morgan, Anna Crookes as the Sorceress and the two witches respectively led a campily evil performance.The act and opera ended with Kym Amps' suitably affecting Dido's Lament. Paying great attention to the words and musical nuances, she gave a performance that rivals the work's best. The CD finally ends with the Cupids' chorus, featuring the beautiful harmony of the group's singing talents.
Performance-wise, I would rate this CD 3 out of 5. A fine performance, with fine singing and playing, that does justice to the piece. ... If you are looking for a recording on budget price, performed on period instruments, this release by Naxos is as good as it gets."