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A complete version of Henry Purcell's "Dido & Aeneas" (No. 4. The Hunt) (Catherine Bott, Emma Kirkby, John Mark Ainsley, Julianne Baird, David Thomas, Sara Stowe, Daniel Lochmann, Michael Chance)

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Publicado el 5 oct. 2008

I've divided the work itself into several sections, each centered around a key situation of the work. Thus, the present section could be called "the Hunt".

First, let us note the cast:

Dido - Catherine Bott,
Belinda - Emma Kirkby,
Aeneas - John Mark Ainsley,
Second woman - Julianne Baird,
Sorceress - David Thomas,
Witches - Elizabeth Friday & Sara Stowe,
First sailor - Daniel Lochmann,
Spirit - Michael Chance.

1. No. 11. "Thanks to these lonesome vales", Belinda's opening aria set to a gentle pastoral melody, then repeated to great effect by the chorus. The number is directly preceded by a ritornelle that appears several times through the scene which is, probably, the most elaborate in the work.

2. No. 12. "Oft' she visits", the Second Woman's only aria but fully worth of our attention, if only for the superb accenting and descending bass line that it is accompanied by and the elegant word-painting of Actaeon's poor fate. One of my personal favorites.

3. "Behold upon my bending spear", Aeneas celebrates his luck in hunting, quickly cut short by Dido's remarks of the approaching rain.

4. No. 13. "Haste, haste to town", a short arioso/chorus, as all, with the exception of Aeneas, leave the scene.

5. "Stay, Prince", the faithful appearance of the Sorceress' "trusty elf" in the likeness of Mercury, stunningly noted by a wooden accompaniment, possibly signaling the false god. But Aeneas does not know this.

6. "But what language can I try?", Aeneas does not have an aria, but the present recitative speaks so much, as the hero laments his imminent depart from the woman he loves. A stunningly contemplative accompaniment is contrasted with Aeneas long, flowing lines.

Hope you'll enjoy :)!

  • Categoría

  • Canción

    • Dido And Aeneas / Act 2: Ritornelle - "thanks To These Lonesome Vales"
  • Artista

    • Emma Kirkby;The Academy Of Ancient Music Chorus
  • Álbum

    • Purcell: Dido And Aeneas
  • Con licencia cedida a YouTube por

    • UMG (en nombre de Decca); Public Domain Compositions
  • Canción

    • Dido And Aeneas / Act 2: "oft She Visits" - Ritornelle
  • Artista

    • Julianne Baird
  • Álbum

    • Purcell: Dido And Aeneas
  • Con licencia cedida a YouTube por

    • UMG (en nombre de Decca); Public Domain Compositions y 1 sociedades de derechos musicales
  • Canción

    • Dido And Aeneas / Act 2: "behold Upon My Bending Spear"
  • Artista

    • Emma Kirkby;Catherine Bott;John Mark Ainsley
  • Álbum

    • Purcell: Dido And Aeneas
  • Con licencia cedida a YouTube por

    • UMG (en nombre de Decca); Public Domain Compositions
  • Canción

    • Dido And Aeneas / Act 2: "haste, Haste To Town"
  • Artista

    • Emma Kirkby;The Academy Of Ancient Music Chorus
  • Álbum

    • Purcell: Dido And Aeneas
  • Con licencia cedida a YouTube por

    • UMG (en nombre de Decca); Public Domain Compositions y 1 sociedades de derechos musicales
  • Canción

    • Dido And Aeneas / Act 2: "stay, Prince, Stay"
  • Artista

    • John Mark Ainsley;Michael Chance
  • Álbum

    • Purcell: Dido And Aeneas
  • Con licencia cedida a YouTube por

    • UMG (en nombre de Decca); Public Domain Compositions
  • Canción

    • Ritornelle
  • Artista

    • "Catherine Bott
  • Con licencia cedida a YouTube por

    • UMG (en nombre de Universal Music); Public Domain Compositions

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