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listen  1. Purcell: Dido and Aeneas: Overture 1:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Purcell: Dido and Aeneas: Act I: Shake the cloud from off your brow / Banish sorrow0:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Purcell: Dido and Aeneas: Act I: Ah! Belinda 3:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Purcell: Dido and Aeneas: Act I: Grief increases by concealing / When monarchs unite 2:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Purcell: Dido and Aeneas: Act I: Fear no danger to ensue 1:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Purcell: Dido and Aeneas: Act I: See, your Royal Guest appears / Cupid only throws 1:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Purcell: Dido and Aeneas: Act I: Pursue thy conquest, Love0:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Purcell: Dido and Aeneas: Act I: To the hills and the vales / The Triumphing Dance 2:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Purcell: Dido and Aeneas: Act II: Prelude / Wayward sisters / Harm's our delight 2:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Purcell: Dido and Aeneas: Act II: Ruin'd ere the set of sun?0:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Purcell: Dido and Aeneas: Act II: But ere we this perform 1:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Purcell: Dido and Aeneas: Act II: In our deep vaulted cell / Echo Dance of Furies 2:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Purcell: Dido and Aeneas: Act II: Ritornelle0:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Purcell: Dido and Aeneas: Act II: Thanks to these lonesome vales 2:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Purcell: Dido and Aeneas: Act II: Oft she visits this lov'd mountain 2:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Purcell: Dido and Aeneas: Act II: Behold, upon my bending spear0:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Purcell: Dido and Aeneas: Act II: Haste, haste to town0:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Purcell: Dido and Aeneas: Act II: Stay, Prince / Jove's commands 2:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen20. Purcell: Dido and Aeneas: Act III: Prelude / Come away, fellow sailors 1:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen25. Purcell: Dido and Aeneas: Act III: Your counsel all is urged in vain 3:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen26. Purcell: Dido and Aeneas: Act III: Great minds against themselves conspire0:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen27. Purcell: Dido and Aeneas: Act III: Thy hand, Belinda / When I am laid in earth 3:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen28. Purcell: Dido and Aeneas: Act III: With drooping wings ye Cupids Come 4:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen29. Music For "The Gordian Knot Unty'd": Overture 2:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen30. Music For "The Gordian Knot Unty'd": Air0:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen31. Music For "The Gordian Knot Unty'd": Rondeau minuet 1:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen32. Music For "The Gordian Knot Unty'd": Air 1:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen33. Music For "The Gordian Knot Unty'd": Jig0:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen34. Music For "The Gordian Knot Unty'd": Chaconne 1:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Performer: Henry Purcell, Nicholas McGegan, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Lisa Saffer, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, et al.
  • Audio CD (September 27, 1994)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi Fr.
  • ASIN: B0000007E6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,429 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 11, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Performing Purcell's 'Dido and Aeneas' is a task that has made conductors very curious - the many and varied recordings and performances of it prove it. The circumstances in which the work was originally performed is somewhat vague, the manner of performing Purcell generally is not very clear, the scores found are varied (no manuscript was ever found) and there are two missing parts - the prologue and probably a ballet or choir section at the end of the second act. I have heard several recordings of the work, however, I feel McGegan has done it in a way which sounds just right, as if this is how ot should have been done. First of all, the choice of basing the performance on a couple of the scores found seems to be appropriate, and in my opinion the right mix was done here. Lorraine Hunt makes a brilliant Dido, she has a very dramatic power mixed with a pure voice and a great sense of the time. Lisa Saffer is the most wonderfull Belinda I have ever heard, singing softly and sweetly and expressing the character very strongly. Michael Dean sounds as flat as Aeneas should be, in my opinion, but one can clearly sense he is understanding the role and singing that way intentionally. Donna Deam is doing a wonderfull job as the second woman - a role which is quite small but has great importance, especially in her air in the second act, which in my opinion is the greatest one in the opera, except, of course, for the lament. I was a bit bothered with Ellen Rabiner, as the Sorceress - she was using too much vibrato which, sometimes, made the pitch unclear, and was not very convincing dramatically. The choir of Clare College are absolutely brilliant. The orchestra plays beautifully and McGegan has got some brilliant passages on the harpsichord.Read more ›
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Leslie Richford on April 30, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Henry Purcell (1659 – 1695): Dido and Aeneas. Opera in 3 Acts. Music for “The Gordian Knot Unty’d”. Performed by: Lorraine Hunt[-Lieberson] (Dido); Lisa Saffer (Belinda); Donna Deam (Second Woman); Ellen Rabiner (Sorceress); Christine Brandes (First Witch and Spirit); Ruth Rainero (Second Witch); Michael Dean (Aeneas); Paul Elliott (A Sailor); The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge; The Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, conducted by Nicholas McGegan.

Recorded in September, 1993, at Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, California. Harmonia Mundi HMU 907110. Total time: 60’09”.

The number of recordings of Purcell’s ever-popular mini-opera “Dido and Aeneas” has increased greatly over the past years, and almost all of the best-known period-performance conductors have tried their hand at it: Ivor Bolton, William Christie (twice), Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Richard Hickox, Christopher Hogwood, Rene Jacobs, Nicholas McGegan, Andrew Parrott (twice), Trevor Pinnock … That alone gives evidence of how fascinating and attractive this music must be and puts a big question mark behind the comments of the reviewer who thinks that Purcell was not a good composer. In fact, of course, Purcell was a genius, combining his English heritage in a brilliant way with the latest influences from Italy (although he probably only knew these second-hand). Of course this work, written in the 1680’s, cannot be compared with music (and certainly not with opera!) from a later period; it has to be taken for its own value as it stands.

Personally, I own three CD versions of the piece, of which Nicholas McGegan’s is, in my opinion, the most attractive. But let me take things in chronological order.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Coney on October 10, 2002
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Unlike the other versions I've heard, this Harmonia Mundi recording flows brilliantly with the emotion of the story. The orchestration and singing is moved by the events and feelings of the story. It doesn't move slowly as if weighted down by later operatic traditions, but quickly with a light rocking feeling; the listener being rhythmically cradled in the arms of the performers. I was moved to tears by this presentation, and while I found other versions to be competent to excellent in their own way,nothing even approached the emotional and musical oneness of this Dido and Aeneas, which immerses the listener in its mythological grandness. Lorraine Hunt and Lisa Saffer are brilliant.
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