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Nikolaus Harnoncourt|Purcell : Dido and Aeneas  (DAW 50)

Purcell : Dido and Aeneas (DAW 50)

Nikolaus Harnoncourt

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Teldec's 1983 recording of Dido and Aeneas features Nikolaus Harnoncourt leading the Arnold Schoenberg Choir and Concentus Musicus Wein, two exceptionally accomplished ensembles. The choir, especially, performs with distinction, vividly characterizing the various groups it portrays, the minions of the Sorceress, sailors, and members of the court of Carthage. Ann Murray is a regal, intense, and passionate Dido, singing with fluidity, warmth, and fullness. Rachel Yakar is a sweet-voiced and empathetic Belinda. Best of all, though, is Trudeliese Schmidt, a deliciously wicked Sorceress. The slight accent she brings to the role gives her just the right degree of separation from the moral world of the other characters. She bends her pitches with a wonderfully gleeful deviousness that's ideal for a character who creates mischief just for the fun of it. Paul Esswood's nearly whispered Spirit is genuinely spooky and it's no wonder Aeneas takes his dire admonitions to heart. Harnoncourt's musical differentiation between the world of the Sorceress and of the nobility of the court of Carthage is one of the greatest strengths of this version. His reading is straightforward and makes little use of ornamentation, which some listeners may find refreshingly clean and others may perceive as too austerely limiting of the expressive possibilities of performance practice of the period. The playing of Concentus Musicus Wein is immaculately crisp and well nuanced, making the most of Purcell's carefully graded dynamics. The harpsichord may sound a little too prominent and clattery for some tastes, especially for those attuned to the variety of continuo textures of more recent performances of middle Baroque opera. Overall, this version, if not the most distinguished on disc, is a solid and fully engaging version of the opera. The sound is clear, if occasionally a little distant.
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Purcell : Dido and Aeneas (DAW 50)

Nikolaus Harnoncourt

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1
Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626: Overture - Song and Chorus. "Shake the Cloud from off Your Brow" (Belinda, Chorus)
00:03:05

Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Conductor - Nahum Tate, Poet - Concentus Musicus Wien, Orchestra - Nikolaus Harnoncourt & Concentus musicus Wien, MainArtist - Arnold Schoenberg Chor, Choir, FeaturedArtist - Henry Purcell, Composer - Rachel Yakar, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2007 Warner Classics & Jazz, Warner Music UK Ltd A Warner Classics/Teldec release, ℗ 1983 Warner Music UK Limited

2
Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act I: Song. "Ah Belinda, I Am Press'd with Torment" - Duet and Chorus. "Fear no Danger to Ensue" (Dido, Belinda, Second Woman, Chorus)
00:08:53

Ann Murray , Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Conductor - Concentus Musicus Wien, Orchestra - Elisabeth von Magnus, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Nikolaus Harnoncourt & Concentus musicus Wien, MainArtist - Arnold Schoenberg Chor, Choir, FeaturedArtist - Henry Purcell, Composer - Rachel Yakar, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2007 Warner Classics & Jazz, Warner Music UK Ltd A Warner Classics/Teldec release, ℗ 1983 Warner Music UK Limited

3
Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act I: Trio. "See Your Royal Guest Appears" - Chorus. "Cupid Only Throws the Dart" (Belinda, Aeneas, Dido, Chorus)
00:04:03

Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Conductor - Concentus Musicus Wien, Orchestra - Anton Scharinger, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Nikolaus Harnoncourt & Concentus musicus Wien, MainArtist - Arnold Schoenberg Chor, Choir, FeaturedArtist - Henry Purcell, Composer - Rachel Yakar, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2007 Warner Classics & Jazz, Warner Music UK Ltd A Warner Classics/Teldec release, ℗ 1983 Warner Music UK Limited

4
Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act I: The Triumphing Dance
00:01:23

Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Conductor - Concentus Musicus Wien, Orchestra - Nikolaus Harnoncourt & Concentus musicus Wien, MainArtist - Henry Purcell, Composer

© 2007 Warner Classics & Jazz, Warner Music UK Ltd A Warner Classics/Teldec release, ℗ 1983 Warner Music UK Limited

5
Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act II: Prelude for the Witches. "Wayward Sisters, You That Fright" - Chorus. "Harm's Our Delight" (Sorceress, First Witch, Chorus)
00:06:23

Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Conductor - Concentus Musicus Wien, Orchestra - Elisabeth von Magnus, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Nikolaus Harnoncourt & Concentus musicus Wien, MainArtist - Arnold Schoenberg Chor, Choir, FeaturedArtist - Henry Purcell, Composer - Trudeliese Schmidt, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2007 Warner Classics & Jazz, Warner Music UK Ltd A Warner Classics/Teldec release, ℗ 1983 Warner Music UK Limited

6
Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act II: Duet. "But Ere We This Perform" - Chorus. "In Our Deep Vaulted Cell" & Echo Dance of Furies (First Witch, Second Witch, Chorus)
00:02:11

Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Conductor - Concentus Musicus Wien, Orchestra - Elisabeth von Magnus, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Nikolaus Harnoncourt & Concentus musicus Wien, MainArtist - Arnold Schoenberg Chor, Choir, FeaturedArtist - Henry Purcell, Composer - Helrun Gardow, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2007 Warner Classics & Jazz, Warner Music UK Ltd A Warner Classics/Teldec release, ℗ 1983 Warner Music UK Limited

7
Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act II: Ritornello - Song and Chorus. "Thanks to These Lonesome Vales" (Belinda, Chorus)
00:02:17

Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Conductor - Concentus Musicus Wien, Orchestra - Nikolaus Harnoncourt & Concentus musicus Wien, MainArtist - Arnold Schoenberg Chor, Choir, FeaturedArtist - Henry Purcell, Composer - Rachel Yakar, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2007 Warner Classics & Jazz, Warner Music UK Ltd A Warner Classics/Teldec release, ℗ 1983 Warner Music UK Limited

8
Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act II: Song. "Oft She Visits This Lone Mountain" - Duet. "Behold Upon My Bending Spear" & Song and Chorus. "Haste, Haste to Town" (Second Woman, Aeneas, Dido, Belinda, Chorus)
00:03:00

Ann Murray , Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Conductor - Concentus Musicus Wien, Orchestra - Anton Scharinger, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Elisabeth von Magnus, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Nikolaus Harnoncourt & Concentus musicus Wien, MainArtist - Arnold Schoenberg Chor, Choir, FeaturedArtist - Henry Purcell, Composer - Rachel Yakar, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2007 Warner Classics & Jazz, Warner Music UK Ltd A Warner Classics/Teldec release, ℗ 1983 Warner Music UK Limited

9
Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act II: Duet. "Stay Prince" (Spirit, Aeneas)
00:03:02

Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Conductor - Concentus Musicus Wien, Orchestra - Anton Scharinger, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Nikolaus Harnoncourt & Concentus musicus Wien, MainArtist - Paul Esswood, Counter-Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Henry Purcell, Composer

© 2007 Warner Classics & Jazz, Warner Music UK Ltd A Warner Classics/Teldec release, ℗ 1983 Warner Music UK Limited

10
Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act III: Song and Chorus. "Come Away" (Sailor, Chorus)
00:02:25

Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Conductor - Concentus Musicus Wien, Orchestra - Nikolaus Harnoncourt & Concentus musicus Wien, MainArtist - Arnold Schoenberg Chor, Choir, FeaturedArtist - Henry Purcell, Composer - Josef Köstlinger, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2007 Warner Classics & Jazz, Warner Music UK Ltd A Warner Classics/Teldec release, ℗ 1983 Warner Music UK Limited

11
Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act III: Duet. "See, See the Flags" - Song. "Our Next Motion" - Chorus. "Destruction's Our Delight" & The Witches' Dance (Sorceress, First Witch, Second Witch, Chorus)
00:03:41

Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Conductor - Concentus Musicus Wien, Orchestra - Elisabeth von Magnus, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Nikolaus Harnoncourt & Concentus musicus Wien, MainArtist - Arnold Schoenberg Chor, Choir, FeaturedArtist - Henry Purcell, Composer - Trudeliese Schmidt, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Helrun Gardow, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2007 Warner Classics & Jazz, Warner Music UK Ltd A Warner Classics/Teldec release, ℗ 1983 Warner Music UK Limited

12
Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act III: Trio. "Your Counsel All Is Urged in Vain" - Chorus. "Great Minds Against Themselves Conspire" (Dido, Belinda, Aeneas, Chorus)
00:05:46

Ann Murray , Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Conductor - Concentus Musicus Wien, Orchestra - Anton Scharinger, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Nikolaus Harnoncourt & Concentus musicus Wien, MainArtist - Arnold Schoenberg Chor, Choir, FeaturedArtist - Henry Purcell, Composer - Rachel Yakar, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2007 Warner Classics & Jazz, Warner Music UK Ltd A Warner Classics/Teldec release, ℗ 1983 Warner Music UK Limited

13
Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act III: Recitative. "Thy Hand, Belinda" - Song. "When I Am Laid in Earth" (Dido)
00:04:33

Ann Murray , Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Conductor - Concentus Musicus Wien, Orchestra - Nikolaus Harnoncourt & Concentus musicus Wien, MainArtist - Henry Purcell, Composer

© 2007 Warner Classics & Jazz, Warner Music UK Ltd A Warner Classics/Teldec release, ℗ 1983 Warner Music UK Limited

14
Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act III: Chorus. "With Drooping Wings" (Chorus)
00:02:50

Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Conductor - Concentus Musicus Wien, Orchestra - Nikolaus Harnoncourt & Concentus musicus Wien, MainArtist - Arnold Schoenberg Chor, Choir, FeaturedArtist - Henry Purcell, Composer

© 2007 Warner Classics & Jazz, Warner Music UK Ltd A Warner Classics/Teldec release, ℗ 1983 Warner Music UK Limited

Album Description

Teldec's 1983 recording of Dido and Aeneas features Nikolaus Harnoncourt leading the Arnold Schoenberg Choir and Concentus Musicus Wein, two exceptionally accomplished ensembles. The choir, especially, performs with distinction, vividly characterizing the various groups it portrays, the minions of the Sorceress, sailors, and members of the court of Carthage. Ann Murray is a regal, intense, and passionate Dido, singing with fluidity, warmth, and fullness. Rachel Yakar is a sweet-voiced and empathetic Belinda. Best of all, though, is Trudeliese Schmidt, a deliciously wicked Sorceress. The slight accent she brings to the role gives her just the right degree of separation from the moral world of the other characters. She bends her pitches with a wonderfully gleeful deviousness that's ideal for a character who creates mischief just for the fun of it. Paul Esswood's nearly whispered Spirit is genuinely spooky and it's no wonder Aeneas takes his dire admonitions to heart. Harnoncourt's musical differentiation between the world of the Sorceress and of the nobility of the court of Carthage is one of the greatest strengths of this version. His reading is straightforward and makes little use of ornamentation, which some listeners may find refreshingly clean and others may perceive as too austerely limiting of the expressive possibilities of performance practice of the period. The playing of Concentus Musicus Wein is immaculately crisp and well nuanced, making the most of Purcell's carefully graded dynamics. The harpsichord may sound a little too prominent and clattery for some tastes, especially for those attuned to the variety of continuo textures of more recent performances of middle Baroque opera. Overall, this version, if not the most distinguished on disc, is a solid and fully engaging version of the opera. The sound is clear, if occasionally a little distant.
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