Now out on SACD. This recent recording of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas was earlier released as an ordinary stereo CD. It is an exciting interpretation of Dido recorded shortly after Musica ad Rhenum had given a very well-received performance of it during for the highly critical audience of the Utrecht Early Music Festival. All orchestra parts are played by single (period) instruments clearly exposing the structure of the music. The leader of the ensemble, Baroque specialist Jed Wentz, has made a new reconstruction of this opera, adding some “new” pieces by Purcell. These are mainly dances mentioned in the libretto but missing in the manuscripts. The booklet contains the complete libretto.
PURCELL Dido and Aeneas Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
Dido and Aeneas
Soloists: Dido - Nicola Wemyss Aeneas - Matthew Baker Belinda - Francine van der Heijden Second Woman - Penni Clarke Sorceress - Helene Rasker First Enchantress - Maaike Poorthuis Second Enchantress - Yong-Hee Kim Spirit - Rowena Simpson Sailor - Richard Zook - Musica ad Rhenum: violins: Franc Polman, Alida Schat viola:Örzse Adam viola da gamba: Cassandra L. Luckhardt harpsichord: Menno van Delft baroque guitar: David van Ooijen - Musica ad Rhenum Choir Musica ad Rhenum Jed Wentz, conductor 1. No tracks
Recording: 13/14 September 2004, Church Maria Minor, Utrecht, The Netherlands. Producer & engineer: Peter Arts, Arts Music Recording Rotterdam. Holland Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht Muziek Centrum Vredenburg Utrecht- ThuisKopieFonds