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

Composer(s)Bach, Johann SebastianHandel, George FridericPurcell, Henry
Period(s) Baroque (1600-1750)
Genre Classical Music
Category OperaVocal
Catalogue 8.111264
Label / Series Naxos Historical / Great Opera Recordings
Quality   320kbps
  Booklet / liner notes available

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


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PURCELL: Dido and Aeneas (Flagstad, Schwarzkopf, Hemsley) (1952) 1:17:04   
  Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626          
      Overture 3:09       
      Act I: Shake the cloud from off your brow (Belinda, Chorus) 1:10       
      Act I: Ah! Belinda, I am press'd with torment (Dido) 3:26       
      Act I: Grief increases by concealing (Belinda, Dido, Chorus) 0:57       
      Act I: Whence could so much virtue spring? (Dido, Belinda) 2:12       
      Act I: Fear no danger to ensue (Belinda, 2nd Woman and Chorus) 1:40       
      Act I: See, your Royal guest appears (Belinda, Aeneas, Dido) 1:17       
      Act I: Cupid only throws the dart (Chorus) 0:35       
      Act I: If not for mine, for Empire's sake (Aeneas) 0:24       
      Act I: Pursue thy conquest, Love (Belinda) 0:49       
      Act I: To the hills and the vales (Chorus) 1:15       
      Act I: The Triumphing Dance 1:18       
      Act II Scene 1: Prelude for the Witches 1:28       
      Act II Scene 1: Wayward sisters (Sorceress, 1st Witch) 1:35       
      Act II Scene 1: Harm's our delight (Chorus) 0:19       
      Act II Scene 1: The Queen of Carthage, whom we hate (Sorceress, Chorus) 0:48       
      Act II Scene 1: Ruin'd ere the set of sun? (1st and 2nd Witches, Sorceress, Chorus) 1:30       
      Act II Scene 1: But, ere we this perform (1st and 2nd Witches) 1:15       
      Act II Scene 1: In our deep vaulted cell (Chorus) 1:16       
      Act II Scene 1: Echo Dance of Furies 1:01       
      Act II Scene 2: Ritornelle 0:29       
      Act II Scene 2: Thanks to these lonesome vales (Belinda, Chorus) 1:44       
      Act II Scene 2: Oft she visits this lone mountain (2nd Woman) 2:06       
      Act II Scene 2: Behold, upon my bended spear (Aeneas, Dido) 0:36       
      Act II Scene 2: Haste to town (Belinda, Chorus) 0:47       
      Act II Scene 2: Stay, Prince! and hear great Jove's command (Spirit, Aeneas) 2:43       
      Act II Scene 2: Then since our Charm's have sped (Chorus) 1:07       
      Act III Scene 1: Prelude - Come away, fellow sailors (Sailor, Chorus) 1:48       
      Act III Scene 1: The Sailor's Dance 0:43       
      Act III Scene 1: See, the flags and streamers curling (Sorceress, 1st and 2nd Witches) 0:56       
      Act III Scene 1: Our next motion (Sorceress) 0:41       
      Act III Scene 1: Destruction's our delight (Chorus) 0:35       
      Act III Scene 1: The Witches' Dance 1:31       
      Act III Scene 2: Your counsel all is urg'd in vain (Dido, Belinda, Aeneas) 4:42       
      Act III Scene 2: Great minds against themselves conspire (Chorus) 1:13       
      Act III Scene 2: Thy hand, Belinda; darkness shades me (Dido) 1:07       
      Act III Scene 2: When I am laid in earth (Dido) 3:59       
      Act III Scene 2: With drooping wings ye cupids come (Chorus) 4:30       
  St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244, Part II: Aria: Erbarme dich, mein Gott 8:47       
  Serse (Xerxes), HWV 40, Act I: Frondi tenere e belle… Ombra mai fu, "Largo" 4:34       
  Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act III: Thy hand, Belinda … When I am laid in earth 5:02       
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