Henry Purcell: Dido & Aeneas

Henry Purcell: Dido & Aeneas
I. Kolassi, Y. le Marc'Hadour, Groupe de musiciens de l'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande et al.
Cascavelle "Flash-Back" VEL 3107 [CD]


    Henry Purcell: Dido and Aeneas, Z 626. Opera in three acts

  1. Overture

  2. Act I
  3. Shake the cloud from off your brow... Belinda
  4. Ah, Belinda, I am press'd with torments...
  5. Grief increase by concealing... Belinda, Dido
    When monarchs unite, how happy their state... Choir
    When could so much virtue spring... Dido, Belinda
    Fear no danger to ensue, the hero loves as well as you... Belinda, choir
  6. See your royal guest appears... Belinda, Aeneas
    Cupid only throws the dart... Choir
    If not for mine, for empire's sake... Aeneas
    Pursue thy conquest, Love, her eyes confess the flame... Belinda
    To the hills and the vales... Choir
  7. The triumphing dance...

  8. Act II
  9. Prelude for the witches. Wayward sisters, you that fright the lonely traveller by night..
    Harm's our delight and mischief all our skill... Choir
    The Queen of cartage, whom we hate... Witches
    Ho, ho, ho... Choir
    Ruin'd ere set of sun ? tell us... 1st & 2nd witches, Sorceress
    Ho, ho, ho... Choir
    But ere we this perform, well' conjure for a storm... Witches
  10. In our deep-valtued cell, the charm we'll prepare... Choir
    Echo dance of furies
  11. Ritornelle...
    Thanks to these lonesome vales, these desert hills and dales... Belinda, choir
  12. Oft she visit this lov'd mountain... 2nd follower
  13. Behold, upon my bending spear... Aeneas, Dido
    Haste, haste to town... Belinda, choir
  14. The spirit of the sorceress descends to Aeneas in the likeness of Mercury. Stay
    Prince, and hear great Jove's command... Spirit, Aeneas

  15. Act III
  16. Prelude: Come away, fellow sailors... 1st sailor, choir
  17. The sailors' dance...
  18. See the flags and streamers curling... Sorceress, 1st Witch
    Our next motion must be to storm... Witches
    Destruction's our delight... Choir
    The witches' dance
  19. Your counsel all is urg'd in vain... Dido, Belinda, Aeneas
    Great minds against themselves conspire... Choir
  20. Thy hand, Belinda, darkness shades me... Dido
    When I am lead in earth... Dido
    With dropping wings ye Cupids come... Choir

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Groupe de musiciens de l'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Maroussia le Marc'Hadour (harpsichord)
Irma Kolassi (voice « Dido »), Gisèle Vivarelli (voice « Belinda »), Yvon le Marc'Hadour (voice « Aeneas »), Hugues Cuénod (voice « Spirit »), Marguerite Pifteau (voice « Sorceress »), Ellen Benoît (voice « First Witch »), Juliette Bise, (voice « Second Witch »), Adrienne Comte (voice « First Woman »), Nastia Diakoff (voice « Second Woman »)
Choeur d'élèves du Conservatoire de Genève
Pierre Capedevelle, dir.

Recording site and date:
Studio de Genève, Switzerland [01/ 1951];
Rel.: 2007

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Reviewed in:
Diapason (#-p.): 548-117 (june 2007)

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