Friday, January 06, 2006

Dido and Aeneas

When I was a sophomore in college, I played the spirit in a production of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas. We used the same Thurston Dart edition of the score as they are using in this "Legends" edition with Janet Baker. Every note is familiar. All goes exactly as it should.

Janet Baker is wonderfully serious. It is the deep character of the heroine that keeps this unique short opera in the repertoire. The charm of each number is simply irresistable, and the entire recording is excellent. The style of performance seems exactly right, something I have not thought about other recordings of this piece.

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