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A Little Wizardry

Purcell's
'Dido and Aeneas' -
recommended by
ROBERT ANDERSON

'... the playing is stylish and alert throughout.'

Dido and Aeneas. © 2009 FRA Musica

There is much that is obscure about this opera. A cheerful text survives for a prologue, but there is no music to accompany it. Many years ago Thurston Dart found Purcell music that seemed to fit the bill. I doubt whether poems by Ted Hughes, T S Eliot, and Yeats as interpreted here on stage with maximum drama by Fiona Shaw are any sort of improvement. There are other bits of music missing from the earliest sources, and this raises the question whether the performance at the Chelsea girls' school was indeed the first or the most significant...

Copyright © 16 May 2010 Robert Anderson,
London UK

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CD INFORMATION: PURCELL: DIDO AND AENEAS

HENRY PURCELL

DIDO AND AENEAS

LES ARTS FLORISSANTS

WILLIAM CHRISTIE

LONDON

PARIS

UNITED KINGDOM

FRANCE

OPERA COMIQUE

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